Metrics and Materiality Insights


The 2014 Metrics and Materiality for EHS & Sustainability Reporting Conference is designed to help you learn key actionable steps to immediately improve your reporting initiatives.


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1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

GRI Pre-Conference Workshop: Learning and Applying the GRI G4 Guidelines

Optional Workshop ($279)


This workshop training will feature an exploration of GRI's new G4 guidelines, and will provide an opportunity for those less-familiar with the guidelines to drill down in detail on the G4 requirements and how they are being implemented. This informative session will help “set the table” for non-experts prior to attending the NAEM conference on Wednesday and Thursday.


Come ready to dive in! The workshop is designed to be highly interactive, using several small group exercises to provide hands-on experience in how G4 is applied in practice and to maximize learning.


Preliminary agenda:


  • Overview of Sustainability and Sustainability Reporting
  • G4 Overview
  • Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement
  • Materiality
  • Metrics and Goals
  • Assurance
  • Wrap-up

About the Facilitators

ERM is one of only several firms currently approved as GRI-certified training partners in the US. This workshop is a condensed and streamlined version of a two-day GRI-Certified Training Course ERM is offering commercially. The facilitators have worked on dozens of sustainability reporting projects for major US-based corporations, including several companies implementing G4 for their 2013 sustainability reports.


About GRI

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that promotes transparent disclosure regarding economic, environmental and social sustainability performance. GRI publishes a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is highly respected and widely used around the world. A new version of the guidelines, G4, was released in May 2013 and many companies have been transitioning to the new guidelines.

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions


  • Carol Singer NeuveltExecutive Director; NAEM
  • Thomas ReeveExecutive VP & General Counsel; Gates Corp.
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote: Refining Sustainability Strategy Using the Lens of Materiality

As companies move from a collection of EHS and sustainability programs to a focused strategy, many are refining and evolving their efforts using the lens of materiality. This opening session will explore how Intel is applying this lens and how it's impacting their programs and resource allocations and informing the overall direction of their strategy. Attendees that must balance limited resources and make strategic decisions about their sustainability efforts will learn from the insights and reflections of Mr. Niekerk on this recent shift in expectations for corporate sustainability disclosure and the opportunities and challenges it presents for EHS & Sustainability managers. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and share their own challenges and experiences.


  • Gary Niekerk, Director, Global Citizenship; Intel Corp.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break with Sponsors

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Setting the Table: Materiality Assessments as a tool to Inform Sustainability Strategy

Determining where to best focus sustainability strategies and reporting, in a world of growing and dynamic expectations, is an ongoing challenge for many companies. Increasingly, companies have gravitated to materiality assessments as a desired mechanism for determining what is most relevant (or material) to the business and key stakeholders. This session will provide attendees with context for why materiality matters internally and externally, and explore different approaches that can be used to determine materiality at various stages along the sustainability journey.


  • Nick Martin, Sustainability Practice Lead and Senior Consultant; Antea Group

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Case Studies: Approaches to Understanding Material Issues

This session will offer attendees a deeper look at how three companies with different drivers and risks approached and performed their materiality assessments and are utilizing the results to inform their sustainability strategy.


  • Veli Ivanova, Global Sustainability Practice Director; CH2M HILL Inc.
  • Hector Rodriguez, Global Director EHS and Sustainability; Biogen Idec Inc
  • Jessica Smith, Corporate Sustainability Manager; Lockheed Martin Corp.

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

What You Need to Know About SASB Standards
With growing investor demand to measure how companies are managing non-financial risks and opportunities, The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) has emerged as a leader in providing sustainability standards that provide decision-useful information to evaluate corporate sustainability performance. This session will take a deeper dive into the value proposition of SASB, how SASB defines materiality, an overview of the standard setting process and timeline, and ways to get involved.


  • Deb Martin, Manager, Stakeholder Engagement; SASB
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Special Presentation: Denver’s 2020 Sustainability Goals

Already one of the most sustainable cities in the nation, the City of Denver is pushing even further with 2020 goals that span 12 resource areas. This presentation will cover many of the same issues that corporations face, including who’s involved in the goal setting process, tracking and reporting progress, and working with a very diverse group of stakeholders.


  • Sonrisa LuceroSustainability Strategist; City and County of Denver
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Understanding Materiality in the Context of Supply Chains

Reporting is an increasingly important component of corporate responsibility practices. Yet organizations and suppliers both face the challenge of inconsistent processes and capabilities for requesting and reporting information throughout the supply chain. Join this session for an informative panel discussion featuring representatives from industry groups from various sectors who will address questions such as: What data are organizations requesting of their supply chains? How do they combine primary and secondary data? And what steps do they take to ensure data integrity?

  • Billy Grayson, Program Director; Electronic Industry Citzenship Coalition
  • David Lapinski, EHS Associate Director; Bristol-Myers Squibb
400 - 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

NAEM Research Discussion: Materiality From the Inside Out

How does your metrics and materiality strategy match up to your peers? NAEM Corporate Members and conference attendees will be given a survey to complete ahead of the conference. This short survey and facilitated discussion will  examine the purpose, process, application and value of materiality assessments in the sustainability strategy and reporting space. Attendees will be encouraged to contribute their own experiences as well pose questions to the group. All conference attendees will receive a copy of the results.


  • Marcus Krembs, Senior HSE Specialist; Newfield Exploration Co.
  • Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM
5:15 p.m. Adjourn

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

The Future of Sustainability Metrics and Reporting

Examine the current and future trends in sustainability metrics and reporting. Discover what companies are measuring now and how those metrics will likely evolve. What metrics are increasingly requested by stakeholders and which stakeholders are setting the agenda for emerging sustainability metrics? The speakers will also share their insights on how the field of Sustainability and ESG reporting will likely change in the next 3-5 years. Will annual sustainability reports still be the norm? Will we be moving to integrated reporting? What will the sustainability report of the future be and how will expectations for corporate disclosure and transparency change between now and 2020?


  • Michael Muyot, President; CRD Analytics
  • Mark A. Serwinowski, President; MetaVu

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.



10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Assurance and 3rd Party Data Validation
Learn from your peers' experiences in assurance and 3rd party data validation. Is third party validation necessary? What value does it bring? What standards are validators held too? Is the effort useful enough to justify the time and expense.


  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
  • Brian Schoening, greeNG Sustainability Analyst; Northrop Grumman Corp.
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lessons Learned from the CDP and DJSI Disclosure Process
Hear tips and insights from your peers who've successfully participated in the CDP and DJSI disclosure processes. Apply their experiences and get ideas for how to improve your company’s performance ratings.


  • Gretchen Digby, Director, Global Sustainability Programs; Ingersoll-Rand Inc.
  • Holly EmersonSenior Analyst; Ingersoll-Rand Inc.
  • Kym Fawcett, Manager, Safety & Social Responsibility; Enerplus Corp
  • Nicole Roseberry, Senior Environmental Specialist; Abbott Laboratories
12:15 p.m. Conference Adjourns



Interested in speaking?


Are you an EHS or leader with a case study to share? Contact Ray Long, Program Manager at (202) 986-6616 to learn about speaking opportunities.


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