Environmental impacts and innovation: Corporate practices with green intentions
Building environmentally stable practices into existing corporate practices is top of mind for many companies - not only as a way to be a better steward of finite natural resources and better neighbors to the community, but as a way to improve the stability of the company. There has been a recent shift from seeing environmental practices as "nice to have" to becoming a necessary part of a sustainable business model - one that considers potential risks and vulnerabilities and responds before they negatively impact the business.
We will hear from three companies about their environmental practices and solutions, and why they chose to focus on particular areas.
Tom Carpenter, Waste Management
Tom is the Director of Growth & Development at Waste Management Sustainability Services. The group provides operational consulting and total project management services for Waste Management’s national account customers.
Tom Carpenter provides over 18 years of environmental and business management experience. His client work has spanned various industries and organizations including: manufacturing, chemical, consumer products, commercial properties, retail and education. Through the pioneering of a sustainability consultancy within Waste Management, his speaking engagements and sustainability strategy expertise, Tom has helped business leaders leverage sustainability as a platform for innovation in developing their products and services while creating long-term value.
Suzette Carty, Brown-Forman
Suzette Carty is Manager of Environmental Sustainability and Strategy at Brown Forman Corporation. A natural innovator, she is responsible for leading environmental sustainability programs and collaborating with senior leadership and global production business leaders to develop and implement business strategies for global production operations and other Brown-Forman businesses.
Prior to working with Brown-Forman, Ms Carty worked in corporate environmental departments of both Genentech and General Electric advancing environmental sustainability efforts. In addition she taught physics and biology at the high school level.
Diana Glassman, TD Bank
In her role, Diana is working with the bank’s senior executives to look across the business with an environmental lens to identify opportunities to expand TD’s environmental commitment. Opportunities could include employee and community activities, operations, real estate and product offerings.
A businesswoman with two decades of experience in strategy consulting and the financial services industry, Diana believes the environment is an integral component of a bank’s ability to provide great service and maintain financial strength.
Diana’s experience in environmental strategy consulting has illustrated her passion and dedication to the field. An entrepreneur, Diana led a strategy consulting firm from 2005 to 2011 which provided holistic environmental advice to private equity, corporate and government organizations.
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