Agenda: The ESGs of Manufacturing
1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
The State of ESG in Manufacturing and What’s to Come
Christopher McClure, Partner at Crowe LLP will provide an overview of key ESG market and industry trends, highlight emerging regulatory requirements, and offer best practices for managing ESG efforts in the face of increase stakeholder pressures.
*Attending this earns 1 CPE credit
Christopher is a Partner with Crowe, a top-ten global accounting and consulting firm. He assists companies, their boards, and their counsel with regulatory compliance, investigations, and other complex matters. Christopher has significant experience dealing with SEC, EPA, and other regulatory issues.
Christopher leads Crowe’s national ESG Center of Excellence and assists a wide variety of clients with ESG strategy, program implementation, and reporting requirements. He is a frequent speaker on the subject, most recently at the American College of Corporate Directors, the American Bar Association, and many other industry and professional organizations. He has been quoted in Forbes, the LA Times, and other media outlets.
2:00 – 2:30 pm ET
Let's Talk About the Environment
Be prepared to go in-depth on the "E," which focuses on how companies utilize their natural resources and their environmental impact, by discussing physical and transitional risks and how the insurance market responds by answering how we maintain durable capital for companies' risks, reduce volatility from their balance sheet, and a call to action for public and private support.
Aon’s Veronica Benzinger, National Practice Leader for our Environmental Risk Solutions, Patty Errico, Global Commercial Head of ESG, and Tracie Thompson, Head of ESG & Climate for our Global Commercial Risk Solutions, will highlight how rating agencies hold great sway over the investment market by calculating and promulgating ESG scores. Some argue that environmental insurance should be a criteria – the purchase of which not only de-risks an environmental exposure, it ensures that there is a financial mechanism in place to address pollution accidents.
Organizations that don't take a serious look at their policies and practices are at an increased financial risk.
*Attending this earns .5 CPE credit
National Practice Leader, Environmental Risk Solutions, Aon
Veronica Benzinger is the National Practice Leader of Aon’s Environmental practice. She is responsible for leading the environmental broking team nationally. Aon’s Environmental practice works with Aon offices around the world to assist clients in managing their environmental exposures. Ms. Benzinger specializes in finding solutions for clients that address their environmental risks. She designs and implements complex environmental risk management programs for clients worldwide. Her responsibilities include coordination of specialized environmental marketing/brokerage resources in the implementation of integrated environmental risk management programs.
Veronica’s experience includes thirty years in commercial insurance. During her time with Aon she has served as Department Manager, Group Leader and Account Executive and her responsibilities have included all areas of account management and team coordination. Expertise Ms. Benzinger’s expertise lies in Sales, Sales Management and Brokerage, spanning middle, national and global markets. She negotiates complex coverage terms for large national and multi-national environmental insurance programs such as:
- Design of customized environmental solutions for the Mergers & Acquisitions space, facilitating the entrance and exit from environmentally challenged company targets and specific assets.
- Specialized consulting and placement design for mega construction projects around the country.
- Risk management consulting for airlines, transportation authorities and municipal authorities at airports throughout the country including JFK, LGA, ACY, MIA, FLL and SWF
- Designed a comprehensive environmental liability program allowing the bankruptcy court and FLDEP to approve sale of a distressed property in closure. The sale reduced the estimated closure costs thereby saving FL taxpayers $50M in expense to close the property.
Global Commercial Head ESG, Aon
As Aon’s Global Commercial Lead for the Corporate Governance and ESG Advisory practice, Patty coordinates and drives global corporate ESG consultancy and data solution efforts for clients, focusing on helping clients identify evolving risks and opportunities and providing mitigation and prioritization strategies unique to a company’s most complex challenges. With over 20 years’ experience in the evolving and transforming energy and professional services sectors, Patty brings subject matter expertise and strong understanding of risks and opportunities for Aon clients of all industries, sizes, and maturities in delivering strategic solutions that navigate stakeholder demands in areas of ESG, climate, reputation management, and strategic communications.
Over the last 20 years Patty has led public and government affairs and ESG strategy efforts in public corporate environments. During her tenure within the energy and professional services sectors, she held a variety of positions across multiple business functions with unique risk portfolios. Focused on building robust internal and external communication aligned with corporate issues management, crisis and conflict management, and corporate reputation strategies. Patty led strategies on critical issues as ESG, climate, trade, infrastructure, corporate tax, and energy policy.
2:30 – 3:00 pm ET
Zooming in on the "S" in ESG
The "S" of ESG highlights an organization's relationship with its people, community, and its impact on society. Social impact – or lack thereof – will affect your company's bottom line. Karla Guzman-Mims, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at The Mosaic Company will chat about how they are prioritizing social impact at their organization and what they've learned along the way.
*Attending this earns .5 CPE credit
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, The Mosaic Company
As Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at The Mosaic Company, Karla is responsible for the company’s corporate community investment strategy and execution, including Mosaic’s long-term partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Karla collaborates with local, national and international teams on food, water and local community investments while developing nonprofit partnerships. Karla’s professional experience includes over two decades in social responsibility work with extensive knowledge and understanding of community and employee engagement impact. Karla serves on the Hillsborough County Literacy Council and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s Hispanic Advisory Council. In addition, she volunteers as a mentor with American Corporate Partners, a national nonprofit organization that helps veterans transitioning from military to civilian careers. Karla holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Governance and Reporting Just Got Real
Two of our very own, Athena Polydorou, Managing Director of the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) community and Lynn Stephan, Managing Director of our Legal, Risk, and Compliance Community will lead a dynamic group of panelists to address two important topics in ESG - governance and reporting. Our panel of manufacturing leaders includes Benne Hutson, Director, ESG, and Deputy General Counsel from EnPro Industries, Inc., Betty Ungerman, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Chief IP & Ethics at Lennox , and Taylor Price, Senior Manager of Global Sustainability from AptarGroup.
*Attending this earns 1 CPE credit
Managing Director of the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Community, Manufacturers Alliance
Managing Director of Legal, Risk and Compliance Community, Manufacturers Alliance
As an attorney, Lynn offers her expertise in law, risk management, ethics & compliance, strategic planning, and board management for the Legal, Risk & Compliance community at Manufacturers Alliance.
Lynn comes to the Manufacturers Alliance with almost a decade of association education experience. She worked as the Vice President of Education and Events at ARMA International and as the Associate Director of Education at the American Association for Justice. She earned her law degree at New England Law | Boston and her Bachelors at Mount St Mary's University. Lynn volunteers her time as a board member of her local Meals on Wheels chapter and is happiest with her partner and their son in picturesque Ithaca, New York.
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Chief IP & Ethics, Lennox
Betty Ungerman is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Lennox International Inc. (NYSE LII), a leading global provider of climate-control solutions in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration markets, with approximately 11,000 employees. Betty is also President of the LII LENNOX Foundation. Betty spearheaded LII’s ESG program and published their first ESG report in December 2020 and then again in 2021 and 2022. She also leads the Ethics & Compliance Office and Global Trade Compliance activities.
Betty earned her law degree from the SMU Dedman School of Law, and she is a Community Fellow in the Inns of Court program. She is past statewide Chair and an active member of the Texas General Counsel Forum (TGCF); past President of (and a Master in) The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn IP Inn of Court and past Chair of the International Section of the State Bar. She is on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Council and a Leadership Circle member of the University of Texas Center for Women in Law. Betty received her undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and her MBA from Oklahoma City University.