This 60-minute live webcast presentation and panel discussion focussed on key themes covered in the Changing Tack report with an emphasis on scaling and accelerating corporate leadership in the field of sustainable development. The webcast incorporated implications and recommendations from extensive research, engagement and deliberation over the past 18 months.
The panel discussion was followed by a 30-minute interactive Q&A with attendees who submitted questions to panelists using the Twitter hashtag #ChangingTack.
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Jo Confino is an executive editor of the Guardian, chairman and editorial director of Guardian Sustainable Business and sustainability consultant to parent company Guardian Media Group (GMG). As a journalist for the past 24 years, he has worked on regional and national newspapers and websites. He was Wall Street correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and subsequently finance and business news editor for the Guardian. As well as producing the Guardian's award-winning annual sustainability audit, Jo launched one of the world’s first interactive sustainability reporting websites. He created a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the Ugandan village of Katine and helped create the Guardian Global Development website. He has completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath and is also a qualified executive coach. Jo is on the management board of environmental justice NGO Capacity Global and is also a trustee of the charities Theatre for a Change and Chance for Change.
Ursula Mathar started her professional career in 1989 working on strategic health policy topics at Bayer HealthCare in Leverkusen, Germany. With an educational background in business and pharmacology, she subsequently held several strategic marketing positions at Bayer HealthCare and headed the self-care and consumer products business at Bayer Switzerland. In 2002, Ursula joined the Environment & Sustainability department of Bayer AG in Germany and headed the Sustainability and External Reporting division. There she was responsible for sustainability strategy, sustainability reporting, sustainability ratings and rankings, and, together with the investor relations department, for sustainability communications for the financial markets. In April 2012, she joined the BMW Group as Vice President of Sustainability & Environmental Protection. In this function, she reports to the head of Corporate Planning and Product Strategy and is responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy and the management of environmental issues.
As Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Kathy Mulvany helps steward Cisco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) vision of multiplying impact through collaborative people and technology networks. She drives awareness of Cisco’s social investment programs in education, healthcare, economic development, and critical human needs. Programs include Cisco Networking Academy, one of the largest education programs in the world, recognized globally for its innovative approach to providing ICT skills education to more than 1 million concurrent students in over 165 countries. She oversees the Cisco Foundation as well as all cash and product grants from Cisco Corporate to NGO partners such as City Year, Grameen Foundation, Teach for America, Community Voicemail, Inveneo, and NetHope. She manages Cisco’s CSR reporting and stakeholder engagement as well as partnering with Cisco functional leaders to provide feedback and guidance on emerging CSR issues across Governance and Ethics, Supply Chain, Our People, Society and Environment. Kathy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English from the University of California, Berkeley.
With more than 25 years of experience, Kelly Semrau oversees sustainability actions, public and governmental policy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility on a global and local level for SC Johnson & Son. Prior to joining SC Johnson in 2000, Kelly owned her own company, managing communications for high-profile clients in consumer products, transportation and other industries. Previously, Kelly was Executive Vice President at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide in Washington, DC. Kelly also served as Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, as well as Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary to the U.S. Trade Representative. She was also Press Secretary to Congressman Joe McDade of Pennsylvania. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bradley University. She lives with her husband and two children in Racine, Wisconsin.
Chris Coulter is President of GlobeScan. He is a sought-after speaker and facilitator, regularly briefing clients on trends in business and society. A thought-leader on reputation, brand and sustainability, he is a valued advisor to global leadership companies and organizations. Chris provides expertise to GlobeScan’s project teams, and strengthens the company’s partnerships with long-term clients and external consultancies. Chris has been with GlobeScan since 1998.
Mark Lee is SustainAbility’s Executive Director. He is based in Berkeley, California and his work helps companies make more and faster progress on sustainable development. Mark has two decades experience in key leadership positions in the sustainability field. Presently he oversees SustainAbility’s think tank as well as SustainAbility’s consultancy in the Americas. His past and present portfolio includes Bayer, Brown-Forman, BT, Cisco, Darden, Disney, Fairtrade International, Ford, Gap, Natura, Nestlé, Nike, Novo Nordisk, Shell, Starbucks, and The Nature Conservancy. Mark was previously Vice President at Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco and Manager, CSR at Vancity Savings in Vancouver.