supplyshift summit 20

Program Overview

Join industry leaders for two half-days of insightful discussion on the future of sustainability, procurement, and responsible business.


November 18 & 19, 2020 10am – 3pm EST

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Day 1: November 18

10:00am – 3:00pm EST

Welcome Remarks

10:00 – 10:15 am

SupplyShift welcomes you to our 2020 summit and shares some information to help you ease into the format.

The shifting landscape of responsible business

10:15 – 10:30 am

Explore key takeaways from the year, which has propelled the supply chain to the forefront of conversations on risk, resilience, and sustainability.


Alex Gershenson, CEO, SupplyShift 

C-Suite Responsible business panel –What’s in store in 2021?

10:30 -11:15 am

2020 has been a whirlwind of a year, and many thought its challenges signaled inevitable delays for globally established sustainability goals. Yet headlines, governments, and investors continue to highlight an increased focus on climate change, diversity, and other pressing issues. As we address these challenges, the lines between sustainability, procurement, and business resilience continue to blur. Has real progress accelerated, or stalled? What can we expect going forward? Join this c-suite panel discussion as we set the stage for the event and chart a vision of the year ahead.


Thomas Udesen, Chief Procurement Officer, Bayer

Erin Meezan, Cheif Sustainability Officer, Interface

Alex Gershenson, CEO, SupplyShift


11:15 – 11:35 am

Mindfulness session

11:35 – 12:00 pm

Sarah de Sousa leads a brief mindfulness and meditation session.

Breakout sessions

12:00pm – 1:00 pm

Attendees will be able to choose from three breakout rooms.
Room 1. Panel: Strategies for making and keeping sustainability commitments
  • How to set ambitious, achievable commitments
  • The importance of collaborating with other functions around your goals
  • How technology can help scale efforts in the supply chain


Bob Willard, Sustainability Advantage

Liz Hershfield, SVP, Supply Chain and Sustainability, Madewell

Cynthia Cummis, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation, SBTi/WRI

John Laughead, Product Sustainability and Wellness manager, Ahold Delhaize

Moderator: Laura Haworth

Room 2. Panel: Elevating GHG criteria as a purchasing factor
  • How do you engage and educate buyers on GHG?
  • How do you make it easy for them to get/understand/take action on the data?
  • How can industry collaboration help?
  • How do you engage and drive action in suppliers?


Tony Roy, Risk, Policy, and Sustainability, BT Group

Dr. Micheal Heite, VP, Head of Procurement Sustainability & Compliance, Bayer

Morten Stogaard, Global Project Lead – Corporate Environmental Strategy, Novo Nordisk

Moderator: Oliver Hurrey

Room 3. Workshop: Emerging trends and legislation on human rights
  • How human rights issues in the supply chain are evolving
  • What new legislation is heading our way, and what you can do to comply


Bex Hall, Managing Consultant – Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Verisk Maplecroft

Gus Mcfarlane, VP, Verisk Maplecroft

Moderator: Matt Gottron


1:00 – 1:30 pm

Find a discussion group to join, tour the space, or take a breather.
Meet us back in 30 minutes for the next round of breakouts.
Breakout sessions

1:30 – 2:25 pm

Attendees will be able to choose from three breakout rooms.
Room 1. Solving the scope 3 puzzle
  • Biggest barriers in scope 3 measurement and how to overcome them
  • The urgency of engaging suppliers on emissions
  • What scope 3 measurement looks like in the future

Lisa Boulton, Program Manager, GHG Data and Analytics, Nestle

Yui Kamikawa, Senior Manager – Global Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company

Cher Xue, Project Engineer – Sustainability, Kohler

Moderator: Tara Norton, Global Head Supply Chain Solutions, Engie Impact

Room 2. Integrating sustainability data for responsible purchasing
  • What data to collect and how to pool it together
  • Best practices in simplifying the supplier assessment process
  • What stakeholders need to be bought in
  • Navigating the market of available tools

Phil Foti, Director – Product Strategy and Innovation, Coupa

Donna Westerman, CEO, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) 

Mulan Mu, Manager – Value Chain and Product Sustainability, Fitbit

Room 3. Translating good intentions into action in material supply chains
  • How do risks manifest differently for different materials?
  • Red flags to look for when addressing issues in material supply chains
  • Tips on engaging suppliers to future-proof against environmental/ labor violations

Lauren Newton, Responsible Sourcing Analyst, Burt’s Bees

Patricia Jurewicz, VP and Founder, Responsible Sourcing Network

Thibault Gravier, Supply Chain and Sustainability Practice Lead, BSR


Case study – Transforming the consumer goods industry with THESIS

2:30 – 3:00 pm

THESIS is the independent, science-based, holistic sustainability performance solution that allows brands and manufacturers to understand the sustainability story of their products. See how THESIS is transforming the way retailers and suppliers think about sustainability.


Jessica Ginger, Senior Director, THESIS Impact Team, The Sustainability Consortium


3:00 and on.

Official sessions are a wrap for the day. Continue to network with peers for as long as you’d like!

Day 2: November 19

10:00am – 3:00pm EST

Opening Remarks

10:00 – 10:10 am

Opening remarks – How standardized metrics can make environmental and labor improvements achievable

10:10 – 10:30 am

Supply chain sustainability can be a magnanimous task, but making progress can be much less daunting when you’re able to collaborate. Learn how alignment between businesses, industry groups, NGOs, and subject matter experts can accelerate progress toward shared goals.



Jamie Barsimantov, Cheif Operating Officer, SupplyShift



Panel – The responsible procurement maturity curve

10:30 -11:30 am

For many procurement teams, sustainability fell to back-burner as they shifted to damage control through the pandemic. But the data is in – those that had already prioritized sustainability tenets, like transparency and deep supplier engagement, were able to navigate the situation with far less difficulty. At this stage, how can the procurement function fast-track its way to a responsible, resilient, and profitable future?

Join leaders in the field as they outline the qualities that procurement innovators embody. Explore strategies and frameworks that you can adopt as part of your approach today



Sarah Smith, Senior Manager – Global Sustainability, Kellogg’s

Shannon Hess, Associate Director – Responsible Sourcing, Clorox

Moderated by Oliver Hurrey, Founder, Galvanized



11:30 – 12:15 am

Find a discussion group to join, tour the space, or take a breather. Meet us back in 30 minutes for the next round of breakouts.


Breakout sessions

12:15 – 1:15 pm

Attendees will be able to choose from three breakout rooms.


Room 1. Panel: Engaging with suppliers to drive sustainable improvement
  • Why supplier engagement is critical in sustainability and procurement
  • Supplier engagement best practices



Nira Johri, Director of Sustainability, Rich Products Corporation
Andi Trindle Mersch, Director of Coffee Tea and Sustainability, Philz Coffee

Moderator: Shanta Bodhan


Room 2. Panel: Beyond the code of conduct – identifying human rights vulnerabilities in the supply chain
  • Procurement’s role in ensuring ethical labor in the supply chain
  • Processes for identifying violations



David Lawrence, Executive Director, AIM Progress

Moderator: Oliver Hurrey


Room 3. Workshop: Charting your climate action journey
  • Project models to accelerate GHG reduction efforts
  • Where to focus depending on what stage you’re starting from
  • Technologies and strategies to enable efficient, scalable progress



Josh Whitney, Executive Director, Anthesis
Anna Turrell, Head of Environment, Tesco

Moderator: Jamie Barsimantov



1:15 – 1:45 pm

Find a discussion group to join, tour the space, or take a breather.
Meet us back in 30 minutes for the next round of breakouts.
Breakout sessions
1:45 – 2:45 pm
Attendees will be able to choose from three breakout rooms.


Room 1. Embedding sustainability across the business
  • Escaping the silo of sustainability
  • Effective ways to embed sustainability into traditional business goals
  • Managing stakeholders to get buy-in on sustainability goals

Sara Allan, Senior Analyst – Global Sustainability, General Mills
Cesare Guarini, Director of Sustainability Procurement, Philip Morris International
Niki King, Director of CSR, Novo Nordisk



Room 2. Taking a holistic approach to equity and inclusion with your supply chain
  • How supply chains factor into racial justice causes
  • Ensuring DEI standards extend to supply partners practices in simplifying the supplier assessment process
  • Incentivizing suppliers to promote diversity in smaller businesses

Kate Sweeny, COO/CFO, Keen Footwear

Stephanie Cocumelli, Chief Executive Officer, Taproot Ventures

LeShaun Smedley, Supplier Inclusion Manager, Kroger

Victoria Reca, Manager – Women’s Empowerment, BSR

Moderator: Laura Mansfield, Cheif Catalyst and Visionary, Taproot Ventures



Room 3. Workshop: ensuring a future for smallholder farmers
  • Why smallholder engagement should factor into corporate diversity initiatives
  • What smallholder communities face the highest risk
  • How to ensure upstream decisions don’t negatively impact smallholders
  • Sourcing processes to help improve smallholder viability


Will Crosse, Director of Tailored Programs, Rainforest Alliance
Brad Chatterley, Director of Oil Sourcing, Young Living




2:45 – 2:50 pm



Sustainable investing and closing remarks

2:50 – 3:15 pm


Craig Vachon, Corporate Development, SupplyShift



Closing remarks

3:10 pm




3:15 pm and on.

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