2013 Business Conference on CSR
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%.
SIA’s environmental stewardship programs have also achieved outstanding financial results and garnered national recognition. In 2011, SIA had a net savings of over $1.5 million from its environmental stewardship programs. SIA has received four EPA WasteWise awards and in 2011 was recognized with the Urban Wheel Award for the Greenest Automaker in America and the American Manufacturing Strategies Award for Greenest Manufacturing Plant in America. In June 2012, SIA was named to the global SUSTAINIA 100. SIA’s environmental stewardship programs have also been the subject of several television segments and news articles, including feature stories in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
In addition to its environmental stewardship efforts, SIA’s entire 832-acre site has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
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.
Assistant General Merchandise Manager, Corporate Foods
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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.
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.
GlobalEdge’s principals have worked in the sustainable business sector for decades providing enduring value to shareholders and stakeholders. They have worked with major corporations and large organizations including Nike, UPS, the Gates Foundation and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
GlobalEdge also draws on strategic partners KRW International and Brink Communications to support clients in their change management and communications strategies around sustainable business practices. In coordination with the KRW Research Institute, GlobalEdge provides a “Sustainability Snapshot 2.0” for clients. This quick assessment provides an analysis of where an organization’s current efforts are in eight key indicator areas shown to be critical to fully integrate sustainability: governance, strategy, measurable goals, employee engagement, transparency, business conduct and execution readiness.
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.
The team conducted advanced 3-D current modeling, field studies, location and power analysis for turbines, a survey of all the existing tidal and river turbine technology, and permitting and economic analysis. The study concluded in December 2007 that utility-scale tidal power generation is very challenging and it is not economically competitive at the Tacoma site.
Burt recognized that turbine technology could be successful at a smaller scale in rivers, canals and waterways. Following the Tacoma study, Burt started Hydrovolts, Inc. The new company has invented and and is patenting new in-stream hydrokinetic turbines. These new turbines will revolutionize renewable in-stream power generation and make it cost-effective around the world.
Hydrovolts is a Certified B Corporation.
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.
The Alliance helps its members reach their environmental goals through direct support and focused research, facilitated networking with recognized leaders in the industry, compilation and sharing of best practices in venue operations and team communications, workshops, a monthly webinar series, and much more.
Partners of the Green Sports Alliance include several professional sports leagues, leading environmental organizations, and sports and arena management companies. Partners provide fundamental support to both individual members and the greater mission of the Alliance, and help to aggregate and amplify the innovative strategies and success stories the Alliance network is producing.
Global Lead, Senior Product Designer
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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.
Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges.
Design thinking is a deeply human process that taps into abilities we all have but get overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. It relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional, and to express ourselves through means beyond words or symbols. Nobody wants to run an organization on feeling, intuition, and inspiration, but an over-reliance on the rational and the analytical can be just as risky. Design thinking provides an integrated third way.
The design thinking process is best thought of as a system of overlapping spaces rather than a sequence of orderly steps. There are three spaces to keep in mind: inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Inspiration is the problem or opportunity that motivates the search for solutions. Ideation is the process of generating, developing, and testing ideas. Implementation is the path that leads from the project stage into people’s lives.
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.
Timberland relies on the Stewards to communicate the company’s CSR agenda and organize large-scale service projects and other CSR activities. Stewards also create increased opportunities for employees to use the Path of Service™ program benefit. They build relationships with stakeholders to assess opportunities for impact, and gather data to support Timberland’s reporting efforts to measure and manage social and environmental impacts.
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.
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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.
- Building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing
- Accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Lab’s GIIRS Ratings & Analytics by institutional investors
- Promoting legislation creating a new corporate form that meets higher standards of purpose, accountability and transparency.
B Lab’s solutions empower these inspiring entrepreneurs and the movement of individual consumers, investors, workers, and citizens who support them.
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.
Moss Adams gives back to the accounting profession in many ways. Its people participate on boards and committees at the state, national, and international level, and Moss Adams provides financial support to a variety of organizations that support the accounting profession. In recent years Moss Adams partners have been elected president of two state societies of CPAs and have been members of three state boards of accountancy. They have numerous partners and employees on AICPA and state CPA society committees, and past and present CEOs have held—and continue to hold—influential roles in national and international professional organizations.
The firm is committed to balancing environmental stewardship with its overall goals and operations. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of its partners and employees, they launched the Moss Adams Green Initiative, designed to, among other things, help reduce personal power consumption and increase office recycling programs. Moss Adams also provides employee encouragement and incentives to limit its carbon impact, and works with like-minded vendors and clients who are aligned with its green practices.
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.
- They set goals to reduce their carbon footprint and inspired employees to make innovative changes. As a result, in just one year, they achieved an incredible 15-percent reduction in operational greenhouse gas emissions measured on a per kiosk basis and 4-percent absolute reduction even while the business grew rapidly.
- After the launch of their community engagement initiatives, more than 25 percent of Coinstar employees participated in at least one company-sponsored events.
- 41 percent of Coinstar employees completed the Global Corporate Challenge, a 16-week competition to improve fitness. Together they walked, ran, biked and swam a total of more than 445,000 miles.
They are proud of their progress and know that there are many opportunities ahead. Their strong record of innovation gives them confidence that they will capitalize on these opportunities. As a leader in automated retail, they are eager to lead in corporate responsibility as well.
Founder and CEO
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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.
Focus on sustainable growing practices benefits both our fragile environmental ecosystem and all of the people inhabiting our planet. Integrated pest management protects farmers and the environment from damaging pesticides. Shade grown cacao allows for biodiversity and much needed forest habitat for many species such as migratory birds. Reforestation helps offset worldwide air pollution and has a positive impact on global warming.
Theo’s small batch chocolate production is truly an art form. They take great time and care to steward their cocoa beans through the entire manufacturing process, add only the finest, sustainably produced ingredients, and are proud to offer chocolate they can guarantee is equal parts ethical and delicious.