NAEM Impact19: Sustainability - From Aspiration to Operation

6 - 8 August 2019

ERM is a proud VIP sponsor, moderator, pre-conference workshop host and exhibitor at the 2019 NAEM Impact Conference, being held this year in Milwaukee, WI.

NAEM’s 2019 Impact conference focus is Sustainability: From Aspiration to Operation. Come to Milwaukee to benchmark leading practices, discover new solutions, and learn innovative strategies that companies are using to achieve sustainability goals while creating business value.

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ERM at the Conference

ERM is a VIP Sponsor and will be exhibiting throughout the conference conference, where our experts will be available for targeted discussions. ERM helps companies across industry sectors understand stakeholder expectations and the strategic relevance of environmental, social, and economic impacts, risks and opportunities. We help companies develop and implement sustainability strategies and measure and disclose performance to protect and create long-term business value.

ERM and ERM companies are hosting a pre-conference workshop, moderating a session and participating at the Solution Center Meetings and Networking Break.

Training Workshop: Rate the Raters - Expert Views on ESG Ratings
Tuesday, August 6, 2019; 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

During an engaging workshop, highlights from the multi-year Rate the Raters research will be shared to support discussion exploring the evolving ratings landscape (from a practitioner and investor perspectives), including the quality and usefulness of ESG ratings, how ratings are currently used and the future of ESG ratings in light of macro drivers and trends. We will also share best practices to help improve ESG ratings.

Presenters: Christina Wong, Director at SustainAbility, an ERM Group company, and 
Katherine Shetterly, ESG Consultant at BrownFlynn, an ERM Group company

Session: Key Steps to Executing Your Sustainability Strategy
Wednesday, August 7, 2019; 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Companies with strong sustainability performance have taken distinct steps to develop, implement and execute a sustainability strategy. Whether driven by a materiality assessment, stakeholder engagement or other business sustainability frameworks, this session will examine how leading companies have established their priorities, allocated resources and executed their strategy. Panelists will share candid lessons learned and pragmatic advice for overcoming key challenges - including getting internal buy-in, securing funding, and integrating sustainability into the business - and showcasing the business value of sustainability.

Moderator: James Margolis, Senior Partner at ERM

Solution Center Meetings and Networking Break: How to make materiality strategic?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019: 10:45am - 11:15am; 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Thursday, August 8, 2019: 10:45am - 11:15am

Datamaran and ERM are partnering to offer the best materiality assessment on the market – a comprehensive, data-driven analysis using the only materiality software out there, based on state-of-the-art AI technology, tailored and operationalized through ERM’s expert team of sustainability advisory consultants.

Materiality is generally seen as the cardinal principle to define strategic priorities. Nonetheless, it is often confined to reporting purposes - disconnected from risk management, strategic planning, investor engagement. A robust materiality analysis, backed by data-driven evidence, supported by processes to regularly monitor the evolution of material issues, operationalized through the advice of experts, enables teams to work together, in an integrated way, generating actionable insights for investor relations, goal setting, risk identification, assessment, and mitigation. This session will highlight how leading companies use Datamaran's data and ERM's advice to make materiality strategic. 

Presenter: James Margolis, Senior Partner at ERM
Presenter: Donato Calace, Director of Accounts and Innovation at Datamaran

ERM's Speakers

Christina Wong
Christina Wong is a Director at SustainAbility, an ERM Group company. Christina has worked with SustainAbility clients to help them define and prioritize material issues and strategies to address them. Her past and present portfolio includes Barclays, Brown-Forman, Connecticut Green Bank, Credit Suisse, Loblaw, Mattel, Nestlé, Nuveen, Pearson, the Rockefeller Foundation and Starbucks. 

Christina is an experienced facilitator and trusted advisor to her clients. She is focused on driving SustainAbility’s work around ESG evaluation by uncovering how companies can better communicate sustainability actions as they relate to the fundamental equity evaluation of the company. She is leading SustainAbility’s Rate the Raters: Ratings Revisited work and is passionate about environmental risk analysis and in particular water scarcity issues. Before joining SustainAbility, Christina worked for The Nature Conservancy, Steven Winter Associates (an energy efficiency consultancy), and most recently, EKO Asset Management assessing the development of water funds in Colombia.

Prior to her focus on sustainability, Christina spent 8 years advising Fortune 500 clients such as Unilever and Johnson & Johnson on advertising strategy, brand development and strategic planning. Christina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Management from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

James Margolis
James Margolis is a Senior Partner with ERM and a nationally recognized expert in environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHSS) governance and management systems.

Jimmy has helped numerous companies develop and implement EHSS strategies, design and implement EHSS organizations, develop and roll out corporate EHSS policies and standards, define EHSS metrics and set EHSS goals, develop sustainability reports, become listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, conduct product lifecycle assessments, implement EHSS information technology solutions, and develop more sustainable supply chains. During the course of his career, he has visited hundreds of industrial sites and developed and led hundreds of EHSS management training courses, seminars and workshops. Jimmy also leads ERM’s GRI-certified training partnership.

Prior to joining ERM in 2001, Jimmy spent eleven years with Arthur D. Little and six years with Deloitte. He started his career as an engineer at an oil refinery and petrochemical plant.

Katherine Shetterly
Katherine Shetterly is an ESG Consultant at BrownFlynn, an ERM Group company. Katherine has a diverse skillset that empowers her to advise her clients’ on leading ESG practices. In her role, Katherine works with numerous Fortune 500 companies and private firms to build and grow their ESG programs. Katherine specializes in working with clients to improve their transparency and performance in key ESG ratings and rankings, as well as investor relations, ESG strategy, reporting, materiality assessments, benchmarking, and stakeholder engagement. 

Katherine’s background in investor relations, technology, energy systems, real estate, and corporate sustainability strategy uniquely position her to advise her clients on best in class ESG practices. She focuses on finding creative solutions for her clients to add value and deliver results.

Katherine holds an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA.


Saint Kate Arts Hotel
Milwaukee, WI, United States

NAEM Annual Forum 2019

ERM will also be participating in NAEM’s Annual Forum in Toronto this October.

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