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2013 Business Conference on CSR

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Speakers and Presentations

Keynote: Thomas Easterday
Executive Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.


In 1998, Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) became the first automotive assembly plant in the U.S. to be ISO 14001 certified. Through innovative kaizen efforts, SIA then achieved zero landfill status on May 4, 2004. SIA’s environmental stewardship programs continue to achieve outstanding results. Since 2000, on a per unit basis, SIA has reduced its CO2 emissions by 30%, volatile organic compound emissions by 26%, pounds per unit of steel used by 43%, and waste generated by 51%.

Patrick Drum

Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager
The Arbor Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc.


The Arbor Group is a member of UBS Institutional Consulting Services. Services include Investment Policy, Asset Allocation, Independent Manager Search, Performance Monitoring and Board Review. The Arbor Group Portfolio Management is part of the UBS Portfolio Management Program (PMP) and specializes in socially and environmentally responsible, globally diversified investments.

Sheri Flies
Assistant General Merchandise Manager, Corporate Foods

Presentation not available

Costco's first location, opened in 1976 under the Price Club name, was in a converted airplane hangar on Morena Boulevard in San Diego. Originally serving only small businesses, the company found it could achieve far greater buying clout by also serving a selected audience of non-business members. With that change, the growth of the warehouse club industry was off and running. In 1983, the first Costco warehouse location was opened in Seattle. Costco became the first company ever to grow from zero to $3 billion in sales in less than six years. When Costco and Price Club merged in 1993, the combined company, operating under the name PriceCostco, had 206 locations generating $16 billion in annual sales.

Chris Gilbert
Managing Principal 
GlobalEdge Solutions


A group of senior sustainability professionals comprises GlobalEdge Solutions, a firm providing strategic sustainability services that drive business performance. With offices in Atlanta, Portland and Seattle, GlobalEdge Solutions helps organizations understand their unique business case for sustainability by working with clients to determine risks and opportunities, create and implement plans for improvement, and navigate regulatory and cultural barriers to provide measurable long-term business, environmental and social benefits.

Burt Hamner


Hydrovolts grew out the most advanced study of tidal power feasibility in the USA to date.  In 2005 the City of Tacoma, WA proposed a 16 MW renewable tidal power project in the Tacoma Narrows of Puget Sound in Washington State. Tacoma Power, the city electric utility, hired Hydrovolts founder Burton Hamner and his company Puget Sound Tidal Power LLC (now Hydrovolts, Inc.) for the Tacoma Narrows Tidal Power Feasibility Study in February 2007.

Scott Jenkins
Vice President, Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners
Chairman, Board of Directors, Green Sports Alliance


The Seattle Mariners and their home field, Safeco Field, are founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. Since launching in March 2011 with 6 professional teams and 5 venues as founding members, the Green Sports Alliance has grown to well over 100 teams and venues from 14 different sports leagues.

Green Sports Alliance Members have committed to measure their environmental performance, and with the support of the Alliance and its partners, to develop strategies and goals to reduce their impact and monitor their progress. Membership in the Alliance is open to any team, venue or collegiate athletic program willing to make this commitment.

Beto Lopez

Global Lead, Senior Product Designer

Did not give electronic presentation

IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.

Margaret Morey-Reuner
Senior Manager, Global Brand and Values Marketing


In 2005, Timberland launched the Global Stewards Program to extend their commitment to corporate social responsibility worldwide without increasing employee headcount. The Global Stewards are a team of passionate individuals within the company who volunteer above and beyond their regular job responsibilities to serve as ambassadors of CSR to their local countries and offices.

Jill Purdy
Associate Professor of Management
Milgard School of Business
University of Washington Tacoma


Academic research has moved beyond the search for a direct link between social responsibility and financial performance. Instead of focusing on past activities, scholars are helping businesses look forward to help them understand the barriers and benefits of social and environmental investments. Innovative efforts such as benefit corporations and crowdsourcing are changing the landscape for business and raising new questions about what social responsibility really means.

Stephanie Ryan
Community Development
B Lab

Did not give electronic presentation

B Lab is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of business to address the world’s most pressing challenges. They support entrepreneurs who use business as a force for good. B Lab is building a business community and the market infrastructure necessary to create a new sector of the economy that will redefine success in business.

Laurie Tish
CPA and Partner
Moss Adams, LLP


Moss Adams’ Pillar Values require integrity and ethical behavior from everyone in the firm.  In the many communities in which Moss Adams employees live and work, dedicated employees work countless hours to make the dreams of families and children a reality through outreach, volunteerism, and charitable donations.

Nicole Trimble
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Coinstar and Redbox


The last few years have been a time of unprecedented growth at Coinstar. So much so, that Fortune recognized them as one of the world's "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" in 2011. In the midst of the tremendous growth, Coinstar has stayed focused on delighting its consumers and expanding relationships with partners. Coinstar says that with this growth comes responsibility.

Joe Whinney
Founder and CEO
Theo Chocolates

Did not present due to illness

Joe always dreamt of building the first organic chocolate factory in the USA. Prior to Theo’s inaugural chocolate run in March of 2006, all organic chocolate was manufactured in Europe and imported into the American market. As the first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country, Theo Chocolates carefully screens all its ingredients to ensure they meet strict standards for social and environmental responsibility.