What can a business gain by producing an annual sustainability report? What is involved with producing one? How can a business get started?
Answers to these questions and more will be addressed on Friday, March 15 during a workshop called “Sustainable Operations: The Value of Sustainability Reporting.” Hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Champions for Sustainability network, the workshop takes place from 8:00 am to 11:30 am at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh. The fee to attend is $45. A discounted rate of $35 is available to Sustainable Pittsburgh and Allegheny Conference members. Students receive a special rate. Breakfast is provided.
The program features a keynote by PITT OHIO’S Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Geoff Muessig, and a panel of pioneering firms that are contemplating or have signed on to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Business Compact, a certification platform for businesses working to be more sustainable in their operations. PITT OHIO released its first Corporate Sustainability Report at the end of January 2013 as part of its focus on strengthening its competency in the area of transportation sustainability.
“Our sustainability reporting provides a big picture view of how PITT OHIO is advancing its sustainability efforts,” Mr. Muessig said. “Through these reports we are better able to invest in our rolling stock and corporate infrastructure, while reducing costs, saving energy, and reducing our carbon output. PITT OHIO is using its sustainability strategy to build a competitive advantage for our customers while continuing to enhance our reputation for innovation.”
Sustainability reporting provides information on a company’s social, environmental, and governance performance. This type of reporting helps businesses increase their understanding of risks and opportunities, in addition to being able to further understand the link between financial and non-financial performance.
In addition to Mr. Muessig, workshop speakers include:
- Bill Flanagan, Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
- Tom Hronek, Operations Manager, Eaton Corporation
- Jamie Moore, Director of Sourcing and Sustainability, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
- Marc Portnoff, Manager, New Technology, Thar Geothermal/Thar Energy
- Apple White, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability Program Manager, BNY Mellon
Sustainable Operations: The Value of Sustainability Reporting provides Southwestern Pennsylvania businesses with an opportunity to learn the motivations for, expectations of, and value derived from sustainability reporting initiatives. Participants will hear inspiring stories of regional corporate leaders who are documenting and declaring the value of their evolving sustainability practices; they will learn about the benefits of taking the first step for producing a corporate sustainability report, and they will learn about the support and credibility that a certification program (the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact) can bring to corporate sustainability efforts.
“The SWPA Sustainable Business Compact raises the bar in terms of corporate leadership, collaboration, credibility, and transparency,” said Matthew Mehalik, Program Manager at Sustainable Pittsburgh. “It provides a blueprint for businesses to advance and publicly demonstrate their corporate sustainability achievements through a series of actions covering various sustainability components including resource efficiency, diversity, smart growth, workforce development, governance and management.”
This March 15 workshop is geared toward corporate and community leaders who increasingly grasp the benefits of implementing, tracking, and disclosing sustainability-related information as part of a firm’s operational practice. For questions, contact Matthew Mehalik, Sustainable Pittsburgh Program Manager, at (412) 258-6644 or email@example.com. More details, including the agenda and registration, are available at www.C4SPgh.org.