Preparing sustainability leaders and their companies for the new risks and realities of the new economy

 

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable provides a local forum for global companies in SE Wisconsin to participate and learn from each other in facilitated conversations on important, strategic business issues in sustainability and corporate social responsibility(CSR). Member leaders engage the full spectrum of CSR and sustainability topics, frequently moving the conversation beyond energy and environmental sustainability to address the issues of the new economy:

  • new realities of resource scarcity,
  • opportunities in product development,
  • the rise of the circular economy,
  • supply chain sustainability,
  • employee engagement,
  • transparency and communications.

Our Purpose:

  • Problem solve and create new value by bringing together strategic corporate thought leaders within a region.
  • Identify potential opportunities and challenges associated with resource scarcity,  future regulations, and global reporting.
  • Strategize on key business opportunities and challenges associated with issues of risk mitigation, workforce development, and product innovation and development.
  • Confidentially engage, explore, and learn from each other and industry leaders/subject matter experts by sharing, experiences, challenges, resources, and opportunities related to global topics in sustainability/CSR.
  • Foster regional collaboration through facilitated conversations sparked by engaging conversation starters.
  • Maximize sustainability impact and understanding through facilitated discussions with key business stakeholders (i.e. human resources, finance, supply chain) who are not typically part of the corporate sustainability team around global sustainability issues. The format for the sustainability roundtable was designed to maximize company participation (TWO employees are able to attend along with an occasional guest) and to further foster employee professional development.

Our Vision – To Be:

  • nexus for sustainable business leadership in the greater Milwaukee metro business region.
  • A community of practice for sustainability leaders for growth, discovery, and enrichment.
  • A resource for collaboration, new ideas, smart business practices, and opportunities and concerns.
  • Strengthening sustainability programs and their results within member companies.
  • Building sustainability into the fabric of business operations throughout the metro region.

Launched January 2014

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable is a tradename of Sustainability Roundtables LLC, a Wisconsin Limited Liability Company.

Thoughts from attendees:

Member*

Zero-waste to landfill discussions sparked internal discussions.  It prompted to ask:  What is the gap? What would it take to become zero waste next year? and take action.
Member*- Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable
Troy Pfaff

The Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable fills a void in the upper Midwest in terms of sustainability learning and stretching.
Troy Pfaff- Rockwell Automation
Guest*

The session helped me understand how to add specific benefit to internal networks by adding a sustainability lens to their discussions and speaking the language of business (finance).
Guest*- Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable
Amanda Goetsch

The discussion on Talent Sustainability and HR brought sustainability to a whole new level.
Amanda Goetsch- Inpro Corporation, Sustainability Manager
Guest CFO*

We, (Sustainability) leaders, should be mining our departments for opportunities to add the sustainability lens in choosing the right business equipment to purchase and what will be its impact.
Guest CFO*- Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable
Amanda Goetsch

Regarding the preparation packets sent out prior to each meeting – Love all the readings.  I’ve put them all in a binder and our office uses it as an ongoing resource.
Amanda Goetsch- Inpro Corporation, Sustainability Manager
Guest

(The software that was shared as a resource by one of our members) could eliminate the need for various spreadsheets and free up my time to pursue projects vs. chase data. Value to me and my organization? approximately 200 hrs or $10,000.
Guest- Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable
Mike Sekula, VP Supply Chain Management - Inpro Corporation

I was very intrigued by the discussions and the level of speakers they had at the first Sustainability Round Table I attended. I never saw a green roof before and from what I learned from Rockwell Automation I thought there is definitely an ROI, there just needs to be more research when presenting the project. I would definitely like to attend another meeting.
Mike Sekula, VP Supply Chain Management - Inpro Corporation- Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable
Member

Side discussion on supplier engagement provided some opportunities and ideas to expand our efforts.
Member- Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable
CEO guest that became a Member after the session

As this was my first session, I came with an open mind and was pleased with the speaker, attendees and open forum for the sharing of ideas and best practices. I’ve already reviewed this with our people and have asked them to actively engage with this group going forward.
CEO guest that became a Member after the session- Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable

* Conversations at the roundtable are held in confidence unless explicitly authorized. All quotes are shared with permission.