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We caught up with Marissa Pagnani McGowan, Chief Sustainability Officer NA at L'Oréal, where she stewards the company's sustainability platform, L’Oréal for the Future, in North America. Together with L'Oréal's leadership team, Marissa believes that L'Oréal has a responsibility and opportunity to drive transformation towards a more circular, just and inclusive beauty industry benefiting all stakeholders, and she is dedicated to collaboration and innovation to accelerate this progress. In this video she outlines how the rigorous certification process of Cradle to Cradle Certified® raises the bar for the industry and emphasizes the added value of the certification for their extensive L'Oréal portfolio.
In his keynote address, Stephan Grabmeier explores the statement "if Circular Shift is the answer, what are the questions?". A recognized thought leader for innovation, new economy and sustainable transformation, Stephan Grabmeier is part of the strategy consulting team of Germany's Future Institute Zukunftsinstitut, an international reference point for trend and future research on economy and society.
What is the relationship between the construction industry and the EU Taxonomy? What will it take for a sustainable and circular built environment to scale and become mainstream? These questions are explored in this insightful panel featuring Charles van Thiel from GRESB, Dr. Christine Lemaitre from DGNB German Sustainable Building Council, Owen Zachariasse from JLL, moderated by our Institute's Built Environment Lead for EMEA Ana Quintas.
Keynote speaker Nancy Gillis is Program Head Climate Action & First Movers Coalition at the World Economic Forum. In her current role, Nancy works with companies to harness their purchasing power and supply chains to spur the commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies that are key for tackling the climate crisis.
Prior, Nancy was the CEO of the Global Electronics Council (GEC), a mission-driven non-profit that seeks to achieve a world of only sustainable technology, and previously served as the Global Lead for Resilient and Responsible Supply Chains at Ernst & Young (EY). During the Obama Administration, she served as the Director of the Federal Supply Chain Office at the General Services Administration (GSA).
Take a look back at this insightful panel exploring emerging consumer practices, challenges and opportunities with an inspirational panel of cross-sectoral leaders featuring Heather Barker from Reckitt, Alice Beyer Schuch from Bay City, Mads Kogsgaard Hansen from Bang & Olufsen, led by Joel Makower from GreenBiz Group.
Watch our executive interview with Omer Ahmed, CEO at Artistic Milliners as he covers the most urgent sustainability challenges facing the fashion industry today, and solutions for advancing the way the industry can design and make products with a positive impact for today and tomorrow. Artistic Milliners is a vertically integrated global leader in denim fabric and garment making headquartered in Karachi, Pakistan. Omer is also the co-founder of Star Fades International, a fully operational denim laundry and design center located in Los Angeles, California.
Watch our executive interview with Reinhard Schneider, CEO at Werner & Mertz. He shares his views on how to drive a business on circular principles & what a CEO can do today, next month & next year to drive circularity. Schneider studied business administration with concentrations in marketing and commerce at the University of St. Gallen. A descendant of the Werner & Mertz founders, he has been involved in the development of the family-run business in Mainz since 1992 in his capacity as a member of the board.
Today, Schneider is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and owner of Werner & Mertz. The family company is known for its brands emsal, Erdal, Green Care Professional und FROSCH – recognized as Germany’s most sustainable brand in 2009. The entrepreneur received the renowned German Environmental Award from the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in October 2019 in Mannheim, Germany.
Watch our executive interview with Frank Spikker, CEO at Royal Mosa as he talks tiles, sustainability and using a Cradle to Cradle philosophy to design and make materials that enable circularity in addition to the importance of being driven by an intrinsic belief in the value and power of circular design.
An experienced CEO with competences in marketing, operations, and design in both B2B and B2C, Frank joined MOSA as CEO in 2018. He studied Business Administration/International Marketing at Radboud University Nijmegen and started his career at Philips Lighting. Here he worked in various positions within Marketing and General Management in Europe and Asia until 2011. In his last position at Philips, Frank Spikker was responsible for the Business Unit Professional Lighting Asia Pacific as CEO. Since January 2011 he was Group CEO of Halo Creative & Design Ltd. This English company with brands such as Timothy Oulton has built a global distribution network for handmade, luxurious furniture and lighting with a focus on style and design.
Watch our executive interview with Devon Leahy, VP of Sustainability at Ralph Lauren. She explains Ralph Lauren’s new sustainability strategy and why it involves certifying five of their iconic products as part of the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program. She also shares insights about current transformations and expectations in the future of the fashion industry.
Watch our executive interview with Heather Barker, Global VP Regulatory & Group New Growth Platforms at UK-headquartered multinational Reckitt, global leading producer of health, hygiene and nutrition consumer goods products. Heather shares her insights on the multinational’s sustainability approach and initiatives towards achieving net zero, the paramount role of partnerships in maximizing impact, and her vision for the next frontier in consumer engagement.
Watch our executive interview with Tim Baucom, President at Shaw Industries. Tim joined Shaw Industries in 1992, building a track record of innovation and leadership in sales, marketing and strategic planning across multiple departments and divisions. During his decade at the helm of the company's commercial division, he was instrumental in establishing it as the largest and most profitable commercial business in North America.
As president of Shaw, Tim leads the company's residential, commercial, speciality and turf businesses. He previously served as executive vice president of Shaw's residential business, leading it to improved levels of performance through product innovation, sales, brand focus and improved customer support. Tim's 35-year history in the flooring industry also includes DuPont, where he helped launch the well-known Stainmaster® brand.
Watch our executive interview with Jo Chidley, Founder & CEO at Beauty Kitchen. Jo is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of sustainable beauty and is driving the beauty industry forward with better practice approaches. She is Beauty Kitchen’s toughest critic, inspecting everything from the efficacy of the products, to the way the ingredients are sourced, right down to the packaging sustainability for each product.
Watch our executive interview with Professor Paul Anastas, Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, and winner of the 2021 Volvo Environment Prize. Professor Anastas offers his insights about the role of green chemistry in addressing the human and environmental impacts of consumption and production, and enabling the transition to a circular economy. He also shares his vision for our planet and society by 2050.
During Circular Shift 2021, we virtually connected with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Check our conversation below featuring Kevin Pollard, Head of Unit – Exposure and Supply Chain.