A look ahead to the financial, operating and strategic challenges industry will face in the year head, 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 (ET)||Day 2 - Thursday, November 19 (ET)|
|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.|
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 has deliberated and the finalists shortlist has been revealed.
The judging panel consists of Chemical Week's and external experts with a variety of experience.
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