Chemical Industry Financial Outlook & Sustainability Forum & Awards 2021 (November 17-18, 2021)

A look ahead to the financial, operating and strategic challenges industry faces, with a focus on ESG issues.

The Forum will provide critical insight on how to balance the competing demands of profitability and sustainability.

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Agenda 2020

Day 1 - November 18, 2020 Day 2 - November 19, 2020
8:30 Welcome and overview  8:30 Welcome and presentation of the Carver-Curie Award for Diversity in the chemical industry, co-presented by The Chemists' Club and Chemical Week.
8:45 The recovery playbook. Jim Fitterling, Dow chairman and CEO of Dow. How Dow and industry manage the post-pandemic and address critical long-term issues such as sustainability, circularity. 8:35 The business case for diversity. Denise Hartmann, Senior Vice President – Dispersions & Resins, Americas, BASF and Patricia Rossman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, BASF 
9:10 Economic indicators: Looking Beyond COVID-19. Nariman Behravesh, Senior vice president and chief economist, IHS Markit. Looking Beyond COVID-19. A discussion on the macroeconomic outlook and what long-term implications executives should be aware of as they plan post-Covid playbooks. 9:00 ESG investing and chemicals. Emilio Tenuta, chief sustainability officer, Ecolab and Karina Funk, portfolio manager and chair of sustainable investing, Brown Advisory. A discussion of how ESG investors view the chemical industry, including what companies can do to bolster ESG and how investors can foster sustainability.
9:35 Chemical Markets in Recovery. Mark Eramo, vice president, energy & natural resources, IHS Markit Assessment of expectations for the post-pandemic chemical world, including shifts in demand trends, the investment outlook and impact of energy transition. 9:25 M&A: finding opportunity in uncertainty. Kevin Yttre, president and managing director, Grace Matthews, and Mukta Sharma, managing director/chemical consulting, IHS Markit. A discussion of how to navigate transactions and find opportunities in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and change.
10:00 ESG in the chemical industry. Trisha Taneja, Head of ESG Advisory, Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank 9:50 A case study in strategic scenario planning. Mark Douglas, CEO, FMC Corporation. Through shrewd M&A and resource allocation, FMC has positioned itself as a top-tier agchems player. The company’s journey shows how strategic planning can be both disciplined and flexible.
10:30 Day one ends   10:15 Recycling challenges. Jim Seward, senior VP/R&D, technology and sustainability, LyondellBasell and Jean-Marc Boursier, COO, Suez Group.
    10:40 Award presentations


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Speakers 2020

Jim Fitterling

Keynote Speaker Chairman and CEO, Dow Inc


Emilio Tenuta

Chief Sustainability Officer, Ecolab

Mark Douglas


Patricia Rossman

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, BASF

Denise Hartmann

Senior Vice President – Dispersions & Resins, Americas, BASF

Jim Seward

Senior VP/R&D, Technology and Sustainability, LyondellBasell

Trisha Taneja

Head of ESG Advisory, Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank

Mark Eramo

Global Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream, and Chemicals, IHS Markit

Kevin Yttre

President and Managing Director, Grace Matthews

Karina Funk

Portfolio Manager and Chair of Sustainable Investing, Brown Advisory

Nariman Behravesh, Ph.D.

Chief economist
IHS Markit

Mukta Sharma

Managing Director, Chemical Consulting
IHS Markit

Jean-Marc Boursier

Suez Group


Awards 2020

Sustainability concerns are becoming more urgent with chemical makers facing pressure to act.  Such principles have long been part of the chemicals sector, whether the focus is on safe operations, regulatory compliance, or reputational issues. Sustainability programs and metrics, including ESG reporting, are being increasingly used by companies and investors to track performance and progress. Chemweek’s Sustainability 2021 Awards will recognize excellence in reporting and initiatives.

Submissions for Chemical Week’s Sustainability Awards 2021 will be announced soon.

Award Categories

  • Best sustainable product: The award will recognize sustainable products that will have the most meaningful impact on environmental or sustainability performance.

  • Best sustainable initiative: The award is open to all chemical makers who publish a sustainability or ESG report. It will recognize the overall quality of a company's sustainability-related disclosures, impact of sustainability and environmental, social and governance metrics, transparency and disclosure.

  • Best sustainable program: The award will recognize sustainability initiatives that will have the most meaningful impact on sustainability or ESG performance.


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Judging panel 2020

The judging panel consists of Chemical Week's and external experts with a variety of experience.

Neil Hawkins

President, Erb Family Foundation & Former Chief Sustainability Officer, Dow Chemical Company

Ashley C. Hall

Sustainable Packaging Lead for Walmart

Therese Noorlander

Sustainability Director Europe, The Coca-Cola Company

Babu Cherian

Global Director, Packaging & Sustainability, Research & Development, Oral Care, Unilever PLC

Ulla Hueppe

Head of Sustainability Adhesive Technologies, Henkel

Gianluca Valente

Sr. Procurement Director Global Raw Materials, Greif

Guido Aufdemkamp

Executive Director, Flexible Packaging Europe

Dr. Just Jansz

Founder and Managing Director, Expertise Beyond Borders

Lyn Tattum

IHS Markit Vice President and CW Publisher

Rob Westervelt

Editor-in-Chief, Chemical Week

Vincent Valk

Senior Editor, Chemical Week

Dr. Mark Morgan, Ph.D.

VP, Chemicals Consulting, IHS Markit

Monika MacDevette

Deputy Director, Ecosystems Division at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



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