EY Climate Change & Sustainability Services Webcast

Let's talk: sustainability Q2 2014

A new point of view for business leaders

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An effective corporate sustainability strategy includes staying on top of today’s trending topics.

To help, we bring you this interactive series of discussions on sustainability issues.

This series is a companion to our Let’s talk: sustainability thought leadership, providing deeper insight on issues in this quarter’s publication. The live webcast gives you the opportunity to join the conversation, ask questions, post comments and see how you compare with other participants through live polling.

This quarter, our Sustainability leaders will discuss:

  • Proxy season 2014: preview of the environmental and social shareholder proposals
  • Banking on the benefits of accounting for GHG emissions
  • Using sustainability for competitive advantage in government procurements
  • Setting credible sustainability goals that drive real business value

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Nancy Gillis

Ernst & Young LLP

Nancy Gillis is a Senior Manager, Sustainable Procurement, Supply Chains, and System Dynamics with Ernst & Young LLP. Nancy has 15+ years experience integrating sustainability into the procurement, supply chain and performance management processes of organizations. Most recently, Nancy served as the Director of the Federal Supply Chain office within the General Services Administration (GSA), the US Federal Government procurement agency which oversees $65 billion of annual procurement spend. At GSA she was responsible for developing supplier sustainability requirements and served as the Chair of the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, charged with developed the guidelines for use of non-mandated product standards/ecolabels in procurements. She launched the government-wide Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship program and the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a public/private partnership that identified best practices for addressing supply chain impacts in a number of priority market sectors.


Christine Hagler

Ernst & Young LLP

Christine Hagler is a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young LLP. Chris has more than 25 years of experience working with companies to help set strategy and improve processes and systems. Over the last five years, Chris' work has focused creating and implementing effective corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.

Chris is a seasoned sustainability professional with experience serving many Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest private companies in the US.

Her experience includes assisting a global beverage company establish scope, identify and understand the needs of the key stakeholders related to the social commitments made by the company then developing criteria for measurement of those commitments as well as supporting data systems.

Previously, Chris was Co-Founder and Managing Partner of a boutique management consulting firm focused on sustainability, where she drove creative strategies designed to help companies measure and reduce their social and environmental impacts and communicate results.



Ben Miller

Ernst & Young LLP

Ben Miller is a Senior Manager in the Ernst & Young LLP Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice. He has more than 10 years’ experience working with various businesses to enhance the effectiveness, reliability and credibility of financial and non-financial information reporting.

Ben brings deep experience in sustainability reporting, communications and data management systems/processes to projects to enhance the effectiveness, reliability or credibility of their financial and non-financial reporting. He has been the project leader, manager or lead reviewer for nearly 30 sustainability report assurance and readiness assessments in the past five years.

Ben was integral to the development of the International Integrated Reporting Framework, representing Ernst & Young LLP on AICPA’s working group to develop a position paper on materiality in an Integrated Report for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and as the lead collaborator for IIRC’s position paper on value in an integrated report.



Allie Rutherford

Ernst & Young LLP

Allie Rutherford, a Director with Ernst & Young LLP, leads the corporate governance team in the EY Center for Board Matters, which seeks to foster alignment among investors, boards of directors and management on corporate governance matters raising awareness, encouraging understanding and serving as a conduit of information.

Allie has spent 15 years researching and advising on corporate governance matters, including working with boards and proxy committees to develop voting policies and guidelines. Prior to joining EY, Allie served as Vice President of Research for PROXY Governance, where she developed and managed the operating processes for producing research and participated in the development of proxy voting policies. She also served as Deputy Director, Governance Research, at the Investor Responsibility Research Center.

Allie speaks and has written articles for various publications on a variety of topics related to corporate governance.




Leisha John

EY Americas

Leisha John is the EY Americas Director of Environmental Sustainability. In her role, Leisha works with the EY organization’s leaders to develop and implement strategies to reduce the impact of EY firms on the environment. Her current focus is measuring EY firms’ carbon footprint, applying best practices in sustainability to the organization’s business processes and infrastructure, reporting, and engaging employees in adopting more eco-friendly ways of working.

Named to this position in 2008, Leisha’s background in strategy, innovation and large-scale strategic implementations, coupled with her passion for ‘all things green,’ makes her particularly well-suited for this role. Previously, Leisha was the CEO of the EY Global Shared Services (GSS) center in Bangalore, India. Prior to relocating to India in 2004, Leisha was the Director of Strategy and Innovation for the National Tax Compliance practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where she led the design and execution of strategic initiatives that transformed tax compliance service delivery.

 Leisha is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Montana and is a member of the AICPA. Leisha is also a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professional). She is based in Miami, Florida, where she also volunteers with the US Green Building Council as Treasurer and she is active with the Green Schools Committee.