2018 Product Stewardship Conference

27 - 29 September 2018

ERM will be sponsoring and presenting at the 2018 Product Stewardship Conference in Washington D.C. in September.

The 2018 Product Stewardship Conference brings together professionals from over a dozen different industry sectors and throughout the value chain to deliver unique education and networking opportunities.​ The event will offer new ideas, practical solutions, and best practices to help you manage the challenges of today while preparing for the issues of tomorrow.

Learn more about the 2018 Product Stewardship Conference

ERM at the Conference

ERM is a proud Gold Sponsor of the conference and will have a booth in the conference’s networking break room, The Exchange.

We will be presenting on the topic of supply chain/value chain during our session:

Complex Risk and Customer Demand Management in Complex Supply Chains
Friday, September 28, 8:00 - 9:00am

Today’s world of product stewardship is highly complex and is continually evolving. Not only are companies dealing with complex material chemical compliance data down very complex supply chains, but they are also faced with increasing number of supply chain human rights laws and directives, given the global nature of supply chains. For even greater complexity, consumer product manufacturers are demanding more renewable or biodegradable materials. This engaging and informative session focuses on a real-world case of a specialty chemical manufacturer addressing material chemical compliance and meeting consumer electronics customer demand for more renewable or biodegradable material in its products, all the while avoiding hazardous chemicals and meeting material performance specifications.

ERM Partner Showcase: Plastics in the Environment - ERM’s Point of View
Friday, September 28, 11:00 - 11:20am

This session will provide a high-level summary of the human health and environmental challenges presented by this ubiquitous material from a lifecycle perspective to pinpoint ways to best mitigate its negative impacts. ERM will encourage audience participation to share differing points of view during the session and share its experience supporting different clients along the supply chain and end of life management.

ERM's Speakers

Sarah Medearis is an ERM Partner in the Washington, DC office. She has more than 25 years environmental consulting experience with a specialization in helping clients mitigate emerging regulatory risks and realize market opportunities through effective product stewardship programs. Her industry focus has been in the chemical, healthcare, consumer manufacturing and high tech sectors. She holds both masters and bachelor degrees in geochemistry. 

Dr. Robert Janssen is an ERM Partner in the Frankfurt, Germany office. He has over 10 years of experience in chemical regulations: REACH, BPR, PIC, TSCA and upcoming new "REACH-like" chemical regulations around the globe. Robert also has over 20 years of experience in chemical manufacturing, process design & optimization, procurement of chemicals and HSE, substance identification and analysis (NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, elemental analysis, UV, FT-IR). 


Marriott Marquis
Washington, DC, United States

Product Stewardship

Learn more about ERM’s approach to and service offerings for product stewardship.