ESG Virtual Summit


Learn From Experts at Sphera's 2nd Annual ESG Summit: How to Drive Your Organization Toward a Sustainable Future

As investors, regulators and the public put more pressure on companies to report their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, having a strong ESG strategy is quickly moving from being optional to mandatory. To meet stakeholder demands, achieve climate targets and reduce risk, companies must change the way they do business. 

Each day of the summit covered the different ESG challenges that companies are currently facing, including decarbonization, creating the business case for life cycle assessment (LCA) automation, building resilient supply chains and more. With the right strategies, technology and expertise, companies can solve these challenges, improve their ESG performance, mitigate risk and bolster their brand reputation. 

 View recorded sessions and learn how to:   

Get ready for ESG disclosure requirements

Bridge the gap between data, investing and ESG factors

Solve ESG challenges within the supply chain

Use LCA data to drive ESG performance

Address Scope 3 challenges

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Keynote: The Secret to ESG Is to Measure, Then Manage

Companies should continue to anticipate greater scrutiny of their ESG performance. They need a strategy built on expertise and technology to support their efforts to reduce risk, improve performance and enhance brand reputation. It’s not only better for people and the planet, it’s also good for business because there are proven financial benefits.​

Paul Marushka, president and CEO at Sphera, shares insights into why operationalizing ESG using a sound strategy to collect data at the product, operational and enterprise level boosts a company’s ability to mitigate their ESG risks, identify opportunities and update policies and procedures. Because without data to measure, there is no data to manage.​ Because in order to manage your performance, you first need data to measure your performance.

Then, we’ll invite industry leaders to each tell their story about how they collect quality data, calculate a baseline, identify hotspots, set targets and use software to monitor and improve their ESG performance all while confidently communicating with their most important stakeholders. ​


Paul Marushka, President and CEO | Sphera
Tina Armstrong, Global Sustainability Director, Impact and Systems | Arcadis
Ann Tracy, Chief Sustainability Officer | Colgate-Palmolive
Alissa Santucci, Director, ESG Reporting | Estee Lauder

Keynote: How the Evolving ESG Regulatory Landscape Is Impacting Business

2022 brought a flurry of new rules, regulations and frameworks aimed at sustainable investing and the consideration of ESG factors, and we expect more in 2023. The shift from voluntary to mandatory ESG and climate-related disclosures is transforming corporate sustainability practice along the way. ​

Verdantix analyst Kim Knickle will set the stage by reviewing the latest regulatory developments and identifying the greatest challenges companies are facing due to these changes. ​

Our expert panelists will then discuss how companies can overcome these challenges, in particular those related to the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s climate-related disclosure rules. ​


Kim Knickle, Research Director, ESG & Sustainability | Verdantix
Andrea Duque,  North America Corporate Assurance Lead-Associate Partner | ERM
Jeffrey Crawford, VP of Sustainability | Sustana
Stefan Premer, Principal Consultant – Global Lead Climate Strategy | Sphera
Hannas Partl, Director, Consulting | Sphera

Panel: Turn Scope 3 Accounting Challenges into Decarbonization Opportunities

In order to fully deliver on net-zero commitments, businesses must consider consider their Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions. While the measurement of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions has become relatively commonplace, tackling Scope 3—or value chain—emissions constitutes a major data challenge.

Sphera’s experts will share the five best practices of any successful decarbonization program, including some guidance about when to use spend-based vs. qualitative data for Scope 3 calculation methods. Additionally, industry-leading ESG businesses will provide examples of how they quantified their emissions, how they overcame their data challenges and what solutions they implemented to help manage and improve performance. ​


Preyasi Patel, Director, Client Services – Corporate Sustainability EMEA | Sphera
Sean Daley, Director, Sustainability Consulting | Sphera

Keynote: Building a Culture of Action-Oriented Decarbonization Programs Starts With Life Cycle Assessments​

LCA helps identify and deliver environmental savings across your products’ value chains. But it can do more. When applied strategically, LCA can help your company build an actionable corporate decarbonization strategy. Marc Binder, VP Global Sustainability Consulting at Sphera, will share how LCA can help companies turn their ambitious decarbonization targets into effective action.

We will then provide an example of how a company can scale the LCA generation process to inform decarbonization strategy.   Learn how Eastman is leading that charge by using Sphera’s Life Cycle Assessment Automation technology to scale up product carbon footprint and LCA data across their entire global portfolio.


Marc Binder, VP Global Sustainability Consulting | Sphera
Paul Fanning, Development Associate and Six Sigma Deployment Leader | Eastman

Panel: How Leading Companies Are Using LCA Data to Drive ESG Performance​

LCA models are no longer just being used as a tool to make material and product comparisons. Organizations are using this method and technology to pinpoint nodes in their supply chain where improvement can have a material effect on their ESG performance. In this session, you’ll learn from a panel of companies and Sphera consultants about how they’re driving innovations in this space.​


Alessandro Pistillo, Director – Digital Strategic Projects | BASF
Mark Evans, Director, Business Development – Sustainability Consultant | Sphera
Martijn Gipmans, Director Business Development | Sphera

How to Create the Business Case for LCA Automation

LCA is becoming a critical technology for helping businesses meet ambitious net-zero targets and corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting requirements. However, LCA professionals are often unsure about how to connect LCA automation technology to outcomes. In this session, you’ll hear from Sphera experts about how LCA automation technology can support your organization’s ESG ambitions.


Nick Abbatiello, Sr. Distinguished Engineer, Experience Design Group | Dell
Sebastian Schulz, Solution Manager, Product Sustainability | Sphera
Dr. Constantin Herrmann, Director of Sustainability Consulting, Manufacturing & Electronics | Sphera

ESG, CSR and SCRM: The New Source of Competitive Advantage​

Building better supply chains today requires a new level of awareness for managing ESG and corporate social responsibility (CSR) requirements and the risks that accompany them. Presented by leading industry analyst Bertrand Maltaverne, this session will address the factors that are forcing organizations to change supply chain risk management (SCRM) and assess the importance of building C-level alignment to address today’s corporate sustainability goals and regulatory compliance mandates.


Bertrand Maltaverne, Sr. Analyst | Spend Matters
Constantine Limberakis, VP, Head of Product Line Marketing – ORM | Sphera

Embedding ESG Into Your ​Supply Chain Risk Program

Join leading practitioners for a panel discussion covering how they are looking at the evolution of CSR and ESG. This session will assess the current state of supply chains in 2023 and the challenges that lie ahead. Panelists will also address how industry and geography affect the ability to build sustainable supply chains​.


Scott Robinson, Director Operations & Enablement, Global Supply Management | Corning Incorporated
Constantine Limberakis, VP, Head of Product Line Marketing – ORM | Sphera

Recipe for Success: Building Resilient Supply Chains That Foster ESG and Sustainability​

Heiko Schwarz, the founder of riskmethods (now Sphera Supply Chain Risk Management), has provided leadership on successfully adopting SCRM technology for over a decade. Based on the quickly evolving ESG landscape, in this session, Heiko will provide his insights on what procurement and supply chain leaders need to do now to adapt their SCRM programs to ensure compliance with emerging regulatory requirements.


Heiko Schwarz, Global Supply Chain Risk Advisor | Sphera
Constantine Limberakis, VP, Head of Product Line Marketing – ORM | Sphera



Paul Marushka
Founding CEO and President, Sphera


Heiko Schwarz
Global Supply Chain Risk Advisor, Sphera


Alessandro Pistillo
Director – Digital Strategic Projects, BASF

Alissa Santucci
Director, ESG Reporting, Estee Lauder Companies Inc.

Andrea Duque
North America Corporate Assurance Lead  -Associate Partner, ERM

Ann Tracy
Chief Sustainability Officer, Colgate-Palmolive

Bertrand Maltaverne
Sr. Analyst, Spend Matters

Paul Fanning
Development Associate and Six Sigma Deployment Leader, Eastman

Donald Reed
Managing Director, PwC

Jake Shirmer
Principal, Sustainability, Blackstone

Jeffrey Crawford
VP of Sustainability, Sustana

Kim Knickle
Research Director, ESG & Sustainability, Verdantix

Nick Abbatiello
Sr. Distinguished Engineer, Experience Design Group, Dell

Scott Robinson
Director Operations & Enablement, Global Supply Management, Corning Incorporated

Tina Armstrong, Ph.D.
Global Sustainability Director, Impact and Systems, Arcadis

Constantine Limberakis
VP, Head of Product Line Marketing – ORM, Sphera


Dr. Constantin Herrmann
Director of Sustainability Consulting, Manufacturing & Electronics, Sphera


Hannes Partl
Director, Consulting, Sphera


Marc Binder
VP Global Sustainability Consulting, Sphera

Mark Evans

Mark Evans
Director, Business Development – Sustainability Consulting, Sphera


Martijn Gipmans
Director Business Development, Sphera


Preyasi Patel
Director, Client Services  – Corporate Sustainability EMEA, Sphera


Sean Daley
Director, Sustainability Consulting, Sphera


Sebastian Schulz
Solution Manager, Product Sustainability, Sphera


Sharlene Key
Director, Product Management, Sphera


Stefan Premer
Principal Consultant – Global Lead Climate Strategy, Sphera


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