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Must-Haves for a Successful Sustainability Strategy

November 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Chamber Room, Kevin Taylor, 1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

Do you know what it takes to make true progress on your company’s sustainability efforts? Come and hear from experts on what every brand needs in order to establish or evolve your sustainability strategy. Leave with a better understanding and take-home resources to help you identify the issues that matter most to your business, gain deeper transparency into your supply chain and materials, and plan for action. Plus, we’ll share our favorite hacks for designing and executing your sustainability game-plan for small to mid-sized brands.
Please note, there is a fee in place for this session (prices go up by $50 dollars on 10/13): 

  • OIA Member: $145
  • Non-Member Manufacturer, Distributor, Supplier: $245
  • Non-Member Other: $445
  • FREE FOR OIA SWG LEADERSHIP MEMBERS! Email us at to get your code!


Part I: How to identify the issues that matter most to your business. Whatever you call it (“materiality assessment” or something else), you need a means to understand the impacts and issues that are significant to your business and stakeholders in order to focus your sustainability strategy on what matters – and where you can have the greatest impact. Jennifer Anderson from Sustrana (bio – link to content below) will talk about the what, why and how to approach this critical issues assessment step. Participants will get some hands-on experience conducting a real-time issues assessment and prioritization.

Speaker: Jennifer K. Anderson is the COO and Co-Founder, Sustrana, a sustainability management solutions company.  Sustrana offers an online platform and consulting services to companies seeking to integrate environmental, social and governance best practices into their businesses.  Over the past 10 years, Jennifer has worked with numerous companies spanning multinational Fortune 500 enterprises to regional non-profits across a range of industries to build and implement sustainability strategies.  Prior to 2008, Jennifer worked in management consulting and investment management, including nine years at SEI, a global institutional investment company.  She presents frequently on sustainability management, has authored a number of papers on the topic, and contributes regularly to industry publications.  She is a Senior Certified Sustainability Professional, holds a BA in Economics and Japanese from Bucknell University, and a Masters of Public Health from Drexel University.

Part II: How to map your supply chain and materials. Do you really know your supply chain and how your materials are produced? If not, you’re not only missing some big opportunities (most of the impact is way back up the supply chain!), but you’re also at risk. Speakers will share insights on why this is critical and how to go about doing it. Hint: You don’t need fancy software or a big budget, just a willingness to dig, ask questions, and geek out on data.

  • Jenn Swain, Senior Sustainability Manager, Burton
  • Brianna Kilcullen, Sustainability & Supply Chain Consultant