GreenBiz 19

26 - 28 February 2019

ERM is a Contributing Sponsor of GreenBiz 19 and will be presenting and exhibiting throughout the conference.

Join sustainability leaders from the world’s largest companies at the GreenBiz forum to explore the challenges, opportunities and latest trends in sustainable business.

The event offers a rich blend of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities framed by the State of Green Business report, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual research report, analyzing key sustainability metrics and trends. The 2019 program will focus on 7 different topics organized around the following tracks:

  • Responsible supply chains
  • Circular economy
  • The new energy landscape
  • Purpose & people
  • Materiality & metrics
  • Finance & ESG
  • Stakeholders & storytelling

Learn more about GreenBiz 19

ERM at the Event

ERM is a Contributing Sponsor and will be exhibiting at booth 27 throughout the conference.

ERM and ERM companies are presenting at three sessions on Wednesday, February 27th:

Rate the Raters: Which Ratings Do Companies and Investors Find Most Credible and Why?
8:30am - 9:30am

Ratings and rankings have become the bane of many a sustainability professional's existence. But whether you like them or hate them, they have a significant role to play in our industry. From 2010-2012, SustainAbility launched a multi-phase research program, Rate the Raters (RtR) designed to influence and improve the quality and transparency of corporate sustainability ratings. Six years after the last RtR publication, we found that corporates still struggle with how to decide which ratings and rankings to prioritize.

During the summer of 2018, SustainAbility completed an updated survey to in partnership with Globescan, asking sustainability professionals and investors which ratings they find most credible. This session will share highlights from the research uncovering which ratings sustainability professionals and investors find most credible and why, and compare where they agreed and disagreed.

Christina Wong, Director at SustainAbility (an ERM Group company) will be presenting.

The Global Landscape of Sustainable Business
11:25am - 11:45am

Sustainability is increasingly been seen as a differentiator for corporates and investors alike. To demonstrate this, we need robust, relevant, comparable and forward-looking measurement, management and reporting of data, as well as the assurance of such data.

Keryn James, ERM's CEO, will share a global perspective on what it will take for corporates and investors to succeed in this evolving context.

Investors Are Asking: Why Sustainability and Investor Relations Must Compare Notes
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Sustainability practitioners are no strangers to alphabet soup, but as SASB, TCFD, ESG gain momentum, Investor Relations teams need to be well-versed in how corporate sustainability initiatives can translate to long-term shareholder value.

Mike Wallace, Partner at BrownFlynn (an ERM Group company), will join CSOs and investor relations executives as they share the lessons learned and big wins that can be uncovered when sustainability strategy is fully integrated with investor communications.

The Evolution of Social and Human Capital Management and Disclosure
4:15pm - 5:15pm

Corporate managers have long heralded people as their companies’ most important assets and research confirms the vital role of human capital in long-term value creation. In recognizing the importance and value of social and human capital – both to internal decision making and external disclosure – many corporations, their investors, stakeholders and business partners are seeking to establish standard, consistent and widely available measurement approaches.

Mike Wallace, Partner at BrownFlynn (an ERM Group company) will join other representatives of the Social and Human Capital Coalition and key stakeholders to delve into both the context and potential for these efforts as the world seeks to define these emerging and material issues.

ERM's Speakers

Keryn James is the Group Chief Executive of ERM. She commenced this role in April 2017, having previously been the Global Director of Operations and the Regional CEO for Asia Pacific. Keryn joined ERM in 1993 and has worked with clients across a range of geographies including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America. She has over 25 years’ experience in sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) consulting across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, mining, chemicals, infrastructure and power. She has supported clients in the development of sustainability and EHS strategy, evaluation of mergers, acquisitions and divestments, as well as project development and implementation and operational performance management, working at corporate and site level. Her specific technical expertise including social and environmental impact assessment, due diligence and management.

Mike Wallace is a Partner at BrownFlynn (an ERM Group company) and is responsible for expanding market engagement across North America, developing new and existing strategic partnerships, providing innovative corporate responsibility and sustainability solutions to clients. His most recent work on social and human capital issues has included strategic engagements with the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS), IMPACT2030 and the Social & Human Capital Coalition. Mike established and then directed GRI’s North American operations from 2010 to 2014, where he was instrumental in driving sustainability and reporting across the North American economy. Mike’s 20 years of international experience in the sustainability field provides clients and strategic partners with a global view of the sustainability landscape.

Christina Wong is a Director at SustainAbility, an ERM Group company, and has worked with SustainAbility clients to help them define and prioritize material issues and strategies to address them. 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. Christina is an experienced facilitator and trusted advisor to her clients, and passionate about environmental risk analysis and in particular water scarcity issues. 


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ERM's Sustainability Services

ERM offers a number of services to identify and leverage opportunities to improve performance and profitability, strengthen reputation and relationships with key stakeholders, and enhance competitive advantage by embedding sustainability across our clients’ businesses.

Registration discount code

ERM's network can enjoy 20% off conference registration with the code GB19SP20.