Chemical Industry Financial Outlook & Sustainability Forum & Awards 2020

A look ahead to the financial, operating and strategic challenges industry will face in the year ahead, with a focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

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

Chemweek Sustainability 2020 Awards will recognize excellence in reporting and ESG initiatives, as ESG metrics which are being increasingly used by chemical makers and investors to track performance and progress.


Day 1 | Wednesday, November 18
Time (EST) Session
Welcome and overview 
Recovery playbook
Key economic indicators for 2021
How will COVID change sector?
How to navigate in a challenging industry environment
Live Panel Discussion 
Day one ends  
Day 2 | Thursday, November 19
Time (EST) Session
The business case for diversity
ESG: The case for chemicals
M&A: Finding opportunity in uncertainty
Scenario planning and making smart investment decisions
The recycling economics challenge
Award presentations
Conference ends 



Jim Fitterling

Keynote Speaker Chairman and CEO, Dow Inc


Emilio Tenuta

Chief Sustainability Officer, Ecolab

Mark Douglas


Philipp Meister

Senior Director Sustainability Strategy, Adidas Group

Mark Eramo

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

Nariman Behravesh, Ph.D.

Chief Economist, IHS Markit



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 2020 Awards will recognize excellence in reporting and initiatives.

Submissions for Chemical Week’s Sustainability Awards are now closed. We received more than 50 submissions from 39 companies across three categories. The judging panel will now deliberate.

The shortlist for each of the categories will be announced on 25th September.

  • 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.

Judging panel

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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