Annual Sustain Conference 2022: sessions are available in replay!

April 21, 2022 EcoVadis EN

The #Sustain2022 sessions are available in replay!

On March 14-15, 2022, more than 3,200 participants from 77 countries tuned in to EcoVadis’ Sustain conference, an annual meeting of industry experts and thought leaders focused on the intersection of sustainability and ESG with procurement, sourcing, and supply chains. Organized around the theme #DestinationImpact, the conference was replete with penetrating, original and provocative insights pertaining to all the most pertinent and complex sustainability issues confronting procurement leaders in an increasingly unpredictable world.

A big THANK YOU to the more than 70 participants who gave their time and effort to these two days of conferences. We would also like to thank the rapper Baba who, to the great delight of the participants, gave a musical voice to the main ideas of this international Sustain 2022 conference. 

All the sessions are accessible: follow the links of the program!


Day 1/ On 14 March

14H00 : Welcome to Sustain 2022

With EcoVadis' Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Frédéric Trinel and Pierre-François Thaler. 

14H10 : Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More

In this headline keynote session from Sustain 2022,  Paul Polman, business leader, activist, author and former CEO of Unilever, joins Nicole Sherwin, SVP Customer Success, EcoVadis for a fireside chat on courageous purpose. 

14H30 : Turning the Tide on Climate Action: the Time is Now

There is no better time than the present to turn the tide on climate action. But how are young climate activist leaders reacting to the impacts of corporate business decisions that have climate and social impacts? Will they engage, or "cancel" bad actors? Hear the perspectives of these future leaders in this recording from Sustain 2022. With Evelyn Acham, National Coordinator, Rise Up Movement and Ester Galende-Sánchez, Climate Policy Researcher, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3).

15H00 : Diversity and Inclusion in the Spotlight

In this fireside chat during the opening plenaries at Sustain 2022, Keri Gilder, Chief Executive Officer at Colt Technology Services, argued that business leaders must start considering “Diversity as a strategic imperative, not just as a moral imperative”, referencing a range of empirical data sources that demonstrate how diverse workforces are at once more productive and more creative.

15H20 : The Sustainable Procurement Pledge. Let's Drive Change.

Emily Rakowski, Chief Marketing Officer, EcoVadis, interviews Sustainable Procurement Pledge founders, Thomas Udesen, CPO, Bayer and Bertrand Conquéret, CPO, Henkel, and explores the passion and power of the (SPP) and how you can drive change through personal commitment to sustainable procurement.

15H50 : The Executive CPO Panel

Sustainable procurement requires complete buy in across the organization and from all relevant stakeholders. The Executive CPO panel with Michelle Moore, CPO, The Chemours Company, Bertrand Conquéret, CPO, Henkel and Amanda Davies, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, Mars Wrigley. Moderator: Camille Messer, Global Strategic Accounts Manager, EcoVadis.

16H30 : Impact: Buzzword or Call for Action?

It is the imperative that business leaders be courageous in taking action on sustainability issues. For as Kat Borlongan, Chief Impact Officer at Contentsquare, emphasized: “we increasingly live in a world where you can’t afford to accumulate moral debt.”

Session with Kat Borlongan, Director of Impact, Contentsquare, Holly Elwood, Senior Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Uwe Schulte, Global Sustainability Center Manager, The Conference Center.

17H00 : EcoVadis Outlook and Update

With co-CEOs Pierre-François Thaler and Frédéric Trinel.

What can we do to shift from ‘risk management’ and ‘reducing footprint’ to “improving handprint and Net Positive”? Learn about key new dimensions that, #Together, we can leverage in the value chain to drive sustainability impact at scale - such as new tools for Carbon engagement, Online learning, Predictive supply chain mapping to prioritize opportunities for impact, and cascading engagement to Tier 2 and beyond, and more.

17H20 : Sustainable Procurement Leadership Awards 2022 

Schneider Electric, W.R. Grace, John Deere, Auchan Retail, Unilever and Klabin Recognized for Excellence in Sustainable Procurement Performance

17H30 : Hear the day one “Rap-up” from rapper Baba Brinkman!


Day 2/ 15 March

13H10 : Welcome, Day 2

Opening speech with Pierre-François Thaler, Co-CEO, EcoVadis and Emily Rakowski, CMO, EcoVadis.

13H20 : Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

Addressing the real scope of biodiversity loss requires solutions that extend beyond direct impacts to include upstream, indirect and spillover effects.

With Pavan Sukhdev, former WWF President, CEO and founder of GIST, and Johan Rockstrom, Professor and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research to learn more about the Planetary boundary framework and how Nature-based solutions present major opportunities to drive economic growth and biodiversity protection.

13H40 : Driving Sustainable Innovations

Sue Y. Nabi, CEO of Coty, and Valérie Touchon, Chief Impact Officer at EcoVadis, discuss how companies in the Beauty industry can drive innovations in sustainability.

14h00 : Breakout Session 1

Learn from NSG, Dialight, Sekisui and Gas Malaysia Energy and Services on how they engage and incentivize suppliers, as well as the challenges and benefits from the supplier perspective.

With Veolia, DPDHL, Coca-Coca HBC and Coty to learn more about their field experiences and best practices on how to  accelerate sustainable procurement.

Lisa Spice, Director of Global Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Inclusion at Levi Strauss & Co, and Anna Hakobyan, Global Supplier Diversity, Sustainability & Government Compliance Lead at AstraZeneca, shared their experiences with DE&I programs within the business and strategies for building inclusive supply chains. 

B Corp and EcoVadis join forces to support companies in setting targets to drive impact in their sustainable procurement strategy

Explore the rise in sustainability-linked loans from a lender and borrower perspective through the intervention of Roland Mees, Director Sustainable Finance, ING and Yvonne Wiersma, General Counsel, Kendrion N.V. A session moderated by Sophie Bertreau, VP New Solutions, EcoVadis and Alex Garkov, Sustainable Finance Specialist, EcoVadis.


15h00 : Breakout Session 2 

A joint discussion between IDH, Schneider Electric and L'Oréal on benchmarking methods to help define and achieve wage gap reduction targets.

In this session Air France, AkzoNobel, Mars and Biomérieux explain the value of sector initiatives: from sharing standards and practices to creating value across the industry. 

In this session Feudil Chebana, CEO, Cosmint, Lydia Elliott, Supply Chains Manager, We Mean Business Coalition & Davide Montanari, Sustainability & CSR Project Manager, Intercos discussed perspectives from SME practitioners, share best practices and explore challenges and opportunities of getting started on a decarbonization journey.

Artificial Intelligence in Procurement can unlock opportunities for data-driven decisions and create value for the wider business and beyond according to Microsoft, Danone and Celonis.

In this session learn  how Nokia, Lavazza, Cytiva and Altavia support their partners to drive improvement as well as the latest from The EcoVadis Academy.


16h00 : Breakout Session 3

W.R. Grace, Albéa, Worldline unveil the best sustainable procurement practices to be implemented by companies of all sizes to accelerate sustainability within their value chains.

In this session Auchan and JPMorgan Chase explain how outsourcing and use of contract resources drive spent into indirect service categories and increase risk, particularly for sustainability.

Grundfos and WM Ware explain the importance of supplier engagement in Climate Action and the path to Supply Chain Decarbonization.

Learn from Industry Leading Experts on the Upcoming Environmental and Social Due Diligence Regulations and how to be better prepared for it with Ulula, Shift, L'Oréal and EcoVadis.

Private Equity firms (Astorg, Kohlberg & Co, CVC) and portfolio companies (Corialis, Breitling and PCI Pharma Services) shared their best practices and challenges to accelerate value creation around ESG performance.


16H50 : Closing Remarks, Day 2 

With Frédéric Trinel, Co-CEO, EcoVadis and Emily Rakowski, CMO, EcoVadis

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