This year’s presenters discussed innovations that can deliver bottom line results from sustainability practices.

LEVERAGING CORPORATE AD DOLLARS

Paul Polizzotto, President and Founder – CBS EcoMedia

BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

Fennie Wang, Head of Legal, Operations and Strategy, IXO Foundation

SENSORS AND DRONES

Stephen Donofrio and Martin Hoffman, Founders – Greenpoint Innovations

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Christopher Walker, Director of the North America- WBCSD

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The 2018 Global Sourcing Council Innovation & Sustainability Summit demonstrated innovative ways for businesses to unlock the true value of sustainability.

In the next 20 years, we will be faced with mounting pressures as the population grows, giving way to an expanding middle class and unsustainable trends of rapid urbanization and consumption, all underscored by a changing climate, deforestation, and global ecosystem decline. The private sector is uniquely equipped to aid in solving these challenges by leveraging innovation and technology.

The theme of the 2018 Global Sourcing Council Annual Meeting was Unlocking the Business Value of Sustainability Through Innovation.  We invited to brightest, most agile business leaders in sustainability to speak on how their innovative ideas are both solving challenges and unlocking business value.

Our Keynote Speaker, Paul Polizzotto, the President and Founder of CBS EcoMedia spoke on leveraging corporate advertising dollars to support the work of the US’s most effective nonprofits. By placing a media buy through EcoMedia, advertisers direct part of their ad spend to support critical, yet underfunded, social and environmental programs.

Two emerging technologies being leveraged for sustainability featured at the GSC Annual Meeting also included the use of blockchain technology by the IXO Foundation and the use of sensors and drones by Greenpoint Innovations (GPI).  The IXO Foundation utilizes it’s IXO protocol to harness blockchain technology to verify and obtain high quality data on impact. GPI offers SustainaDrone Solutions (SDS), an innovative suite of environmental sustainability oriented drone-enhanced technologies and services for the purposes of on-the-ground project management and creative stakeholder communications.

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Today’s technology provides powerful tools to enhance organizational efforts to unlock the business value of sustainable practices. — Erik Plesset, President, Global Sourcing Council

Our Speakers

Paul Polizzotto

Paul Polizzotto

Keynote, CBS EcoMedia

Paul Polizzotto began his distinguished career in social enterprise in 1989, when he founded his first venture—an industrial and environmental cleaning company called Property Prep. As a lifelong surfer, Paul melded his passion for the ocean with his talent for entrepreneurship by pioneering two technologies that scrub toxins from parking lots and industrial sites, thus preventing run-off from entering storm drain systems and polluting the waters into which they feed. As President and Founder of EcoMedia, Paul oversees a unique social good advertising program that has generated more than $80 million in funding and resources for the nation’s most-effective nonprofits since 2001. Through the company’s innovative model, brands direct a portion of their ad-spends to these nonprofits in order to address some of the most important social issues of our time. EcoMedia was acquired by CBS in 2010 and has impacted more than 30 million Americans to date. Paul was recently recognized as a Public-Private Visionary by Vanity Fair magazine, honored as one of the EPA’s “Environmental Heroes,” and named one of “America’s 25 Most Influential Philanthropy and Social Innovation Experts” by Philanthropy Media.

Fennie Wang

Fennie Wang

IXO Foundation

Fennie is a financial analyst turned securities lawyer turned entrepreneur in the blockchain space, leading strategy and legal at the ixo Network, which is a blockchain powered platform for collecting, verifying and tokenizing any project‘s impact data, which can then be monetized, shared, or traded. The ixo Network is UNICEF Ventures’ first blockchain investment. When not working on ixo, she is involved in legal advocacy for the emergent token economy, as a contributor to Don Tapscott’s Blockchain Research Institute and as a working group coordinator at COALA, a cross disciplinary policy group in the blockchain and legal space. She started her career as a high yield research analyst at JPMorgan. In between Wall Street and law school, she founded a legal services non-profit in Uganda. She holds a law degree from Columbia and undergraduate degrees from Berkeley.

Mike Noel

Mike Noel

Futerra

Mike is a Senior Strategist at Futerra where he helps companies unlock the business value of sustainability. He has advised the leadership teams at American Express, Mondelez International, and Target on circular business model innovation, stakeholder engagement, and vision development. Before Futerra he helped launch Fordham University’s Sustainable Business program. He is also a new father of twins is probably very tired right now.

Arnaud Brohe

Arnaud Brohe

CO2logic

Arnaud is a seasoned consultant with international experience in carbon management, sustainability and ESG. Arnaud carried out the first carbon audits for the EU Emission Trading System sites back in 2005, was among the first consultants to calculate the carbon footprint of complex organizations (banks, chemical factories, universities, cities, etc.) and products (beer, chocolate, textile, cooling systems, etc.). Arnaud was co-author of several landmark reports, including for the European Commission. He published extensively on carbon accounting and carbon markets. His book Carbon Markets, for which Lord Nicholas Stern wrote the foreword, was awarded a prize by the American Library Association. Besides his role as CEO of CO2logic Inc., Arnaud is a professor of sustainable management at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a guest lecturer at Imperial College London where he teaches carbon accounting in the MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance.

Stephen Donofrio

Stephen Donofrio

Greenpoint Innovations

Leads the vision, direction, sourcing, and implementation of projects at GPI. Stephen founded GPI in 2014 with the foundation of over a decade of experience working with corporate, public and non-governmental organizations within the contexts of environmental, social and governance (ESG) sustainability. Previously, Stephen was Vice President of CDP North America (Carbon Disclosure Project) and earlier worked as an Economist at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). In addition, he is Senior Advisor to Supply Change, an initiative of Forest Trends that tracks progress toward private sector commitments to remove deforestation from commodity supply chains. Stephen is an educator with Arizona State University, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and ISOS Group, and is a member of various working groups and steering committees. Stephen holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University.

Christopher Walker

Christopher Walker

WBCSD

Since, October 2014, Chris serves as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as the Director, North America based in New York City. As part of his role, he manages the organization’s relationship with approximately 40 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in North America and leads the WBCSD’s Engaging Capital Markets program which assists WBCSD member engagement on ESG issues with the Financial sector. He has worked in a variety of roles over the last 15 years on climate and sustainability. Most recently he was a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. He previously was the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, and the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust. He has served on the National Academy of Science’s, congressionally mandated study “America’s Climate Choices” (July 2010) and as Executive Director for North America for The Climate Group and as Head of Swiss Re‘s Sustainability Business Development. At Swiss Re, he ran a unit responsible for developing commercial applications to Swiss Re Sustainability as well as government affairs liaison on climate change/GHG emissions issues. Prior to Swiss Re, he litigated environmental law. He is a graduate with a BA and JD from St. John’s University and attended the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown.

Dawn Emling

Dawn Emling

Thomson Reuters

Dawn Emling leads the ESG Footprint Committee as part of the Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion team at Thomson Reuters. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Prior to her role with Thomson Reuters, Dawn served as CEO of a sustainability consulting firm and COO of a social impact technology company. During her tenure with Credit Suisse, Dawn held two leadership positions as the head of sustainability in EMEA and the head of community investment in Asia. Early in her career, Dawn was a senior advisor to the United States Agency for International Development.

Martin Hoffman

Martin Hoffman

Greenpoint Innovations

Leads productions, media asset content acquisition, and creative planning at GPI. Building upon nearly 15 years freelancing in the New York City entertainment industry in all roles, including Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Drone Operator, for feature films, documentaries, sporting events, reality TV, and more, Martin specializes in aerial imaging and photography for TV and Film. In addition, he is proficient in the industrial use of drones and UAV’s for services such as 3D mapping, utility inspections, and precision agriculture. Martin completed a post-graduate program at the NYU School of Professional Studies and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications from University of San Diego.

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