Communicating Sustainability Over the Long Haul – inside and outside.

3rd Quarter 2016 MSR Topic

How do we sustain our message? How do we move beyond reporting and employee engagement? How does sustainability/CSR become part of the culture and cultural language.

Conversation Starter: Rick Van Dellen Global Sustainability Leader at
Amway Corporation

DATE: Tuesday, August 12th, 8am-noon
LOCATION: Milwaukee Metro – details made available to members
Attendees: Bostik, GE, GE Healthcare, InPro, Kohler, Rockwell Automation, Smithfield (formerly Patrick Cudahy), WE Energies and WMEP.

vandellen-wmsbfWe have a special treat coming to Milwaukee in August, Rick Van Dellen of Amway, the direct marketing company with over 10 million global distributors. Rick is a sustainability veteran who has weathered several economic upheavals over the past two decades.

Eric is currently responsible for managing global sustainability programs at Amway including metrics, energy, and water conservation.  In addition, he supports real estate transactions and tax incentives, and global insurance coverage for the corporation.   Prior to that position, he managed Environment, Health & Product Safety, with responsibilities for environmental and occupational health compliance, auditing, remediation, and toxicology.  He has published in the fields of microbiology, nutritional analysis, drinking water treatment, and environmental toxicology.  His early career at Amway included group leader positions in nutritional analysis and microbiology labs.  Eric is the past Chairman of the Environmental Quality and Energy Committee for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, twice the past board president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and an active member of the American Cleaning Institute’s Sustainability Committee.  He received his BA and MA in chemistry from Western Kentucky University, and attended school on an athletic scholarship.

We plan to engage engage in a conversation about communicating sustainability over the long haul internally and externally. We’ll move beyond PR and reporting and into building a culture through communication.

Interested in attending or learning how your company can become involved in the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable?  Contact Matthew at 414-939-3594

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