October 2017: How C-Suites Are Responding to Increasing Stakeholder Demand
Seeing a strong link between corporate sustainability performance and financial performance, more than 70 percent of investors say sustainability is central to their investment decisions, according to a 2016 survey by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group. This trend will only grow with rising customer pressures, fueled by demographic shifts and the proliferation of non-financial ratings and data.
At this CEOs for Sustainability Speaker Series launch event held Oct. 25 at the Energy Innovation Center, keynote speaker Mike Krzus of BrownFlynn and a panel of local sustainability leaders addressed how businesses are positioning through winning sustainable business strategies.
After a warm introduction by IKEA Pittsburgh’s Ciannie Rodriguez, Krzus (above) presented a survey of global drivers of change in business valuation, including demographic and technological trends, and opportunities for companies and the executives who lead them. IKEA Pittsburgh’s Jennifer Stockdale led a lively audience Q&A session with Krzus.
CEOs for Sustainability leaders then shared how their businesses are integrating sustainability into the business from the top down. The audience Q&A session drilled into specific opportunities and challenges of sustainability for organizations in sectors as varied as retail and manufacturing, real estate, construction and clean energy:
- Steve Guy, President and CEO, Oxford Development Company
- Ciannie Rodriguez, Manager, IKEA Pittsburgh
- Jack Scalo, President and CEO, Burns & Scalo Roofing Company and Scalo Solar Solutions
Thanks to IKEA Pittsburgh and Covestro, sponsors of the CEOs for Sustainability Speaker Series.
October 2017: Eden Hall Campus Tour, Chatham University
Presenters shared the business case for and financing considerations of sustainability systems, along with the educational opportunities:
- David Finegold, president, Chatham University
- Walt Fowler, senior VP finance and administration, Chatham University
- Jack Scalo, president and CEO, Burns & Scalo
- Jamie Moore, director of sourcing and sustainability, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
- Peter Walker, dean of the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment, Chatham University
- Lou Anne Caliguiri, executive director and dean, Eden Hall Campus, Chatham University
- Roy Weitzell, aquatic laboratory director, Falk School of Sustainability and Environment, Chatham University
- Tony Miga, farm manager, Eden Hall Campus, Chatham University
- Mary Whitney, director of university sustainability, Chatham University
- Iris Grossman, assistant professor of sustainable technology, Chatham University
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