Example Year of Topics – Milwaukee’s first year

Sustainability Roundtables started in Metro-Milwaukee. Below you will find a year in review from the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable’s first year, highlighting the amazing conservations, which were shared between corporate sustainability leaders.


Q1 2014 We launched with the People Side of Sustainability – reframing our thinking from volunteerism and engagement to valued critical resource, beginning with Chris Jarvis’ talk on Transformative Value. Jeffrey Joerres , CEO of ManpowerGroup, then stole the show with surprise visit and strategic look at Talent Sustainability.

Roundtable Outcome: The conservation resulted in a shift in understanding regarding people (employees). Talent/employees are a sustainable supply chain issue.


Q2 2014 Two great conversations on Waste, Zero Waste, and By-product synergy. First with Andy Mangan of the USBCSD talking about regional collaborative efforts to find synergies in our waste streams. Second with a stellar virtual conversation with Michelle Long of Subaru of Indiana Automotive on their Journey to Sustainability (contact us for  password to watch the session)

Roundtable Outcome: At this roundtable our members learned to collaborate in a non-competitive manner. Members discussed local best practices to solve complicated waste issues (wood dunnage, difficult plastics) and how to incorporate reusable packaging within operations.


Q3 2014 August brought a wake up call with Sustainability and the CFO: Speaking the Language of Finance. Our guest, Charter Financial Analyst, Bill McGinnis gave us tough love in spelling out specifically what we need to learn, why we need to learn it, and challenged us to step up our game to have a greater impact in our organizations with sustainability.

Roundtable Outcome:  It was clear that speaking the language of finance is a perennial concern so we will continue to bring finance lessons and resources to our members.


Q4 2014 Our final conversation starter for the year was a real treat – the former US/Canada Director for the GRI, Mike Wallace who is now with BrownFlynn. We explored the newest trends in reporting and frameworks and what shareholders are now asking of from corporations. Interesting stuff and a mountain of current research resources are available at our Resource Repository. (Become a member and your company can have access to it too.)

Roundtable Outcome: The conversations were enlightening, educating all members about the important role of reporting and who is reading those reports (i.e. Wall Street & institutional investors).