About the Event
This session will speak broadly about Supply Chain sustainability and its current impact on all businesses, whether minority-owned, small or diverse. It will also focus on understanding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) as an integral part of everyday business.
Attendees should leave this session with additional insight on Supplier Diversity’s alignment with ESG, awareness about ESG metrics and reporting, and learn more about best practices of those companies that are focused on Sustainability efforts across the globe.
Meet The Speakers
I. Javette Hines
Global Head, Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability – Citi
Illonka (Javette) Hines joined Citi Procurement Services in 2008. She manages and sets direction within Supplier Diversity, partners with procurement, community development, applicable business units and workforce diversity on diversity efforts. Additionally, she ensures awareness of current legislation and trends and is spearheading Citi’s role in the groundbreaking Supplier Connection initiative.
Following her arrival at Citi, Javette took on the additional responsibility of developing and implementing a sustainable procurement program within Citi’s Procurement Services organization. The dual role has been a win-win as it ensures supply chain and supplier alignment in Citi’s sourcing efforts, aligns with Operations and Technology’s 2015 sustainable supply chain goals, and encompasses Citi’s overall $50B climate change initiative efforts. Most important, it has allowed for an additional educational platform for MWBEs and a way to further realize a level playing field as well as an understanding of contractual requirements regarding sustainable procurement/ethical sourcing.
Javette has over 20 years of experience in procurement, diversity, contracts, and management. Prior to joining Citi, Javette worked at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) where her responsibilities included recruitment of supply chain talent, management of US and global sourcing activities, strategic planning, as well as software and technical services sourcing.
Javette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta University and a Juris Doctorate from the Wake Forest University School of Law. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the NYNJ Minority Supplier Development Council; a Member of the Institute for Supply Management, NY and GA State Bar Associations, the NY State Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and a former member and CLE Subcommittee Co-Chair of the Committee on Women in the Law. Javette is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Westchester County of The Links, Incorporated.
Session 1 – Overview of ESG and Reporting
Director of Corporate Engagement – CDP North America
Julia Silberman is the Director of Corporate Engagement in North America. She leads the Corporate Engagement team which works with 1,900 of the largest companies in North America that are requested to disclose by investors and customers. The team supports companies from their first CDP response and help them progress towards environmental excellence by adopting best practice in environmental management and disclosure. Previously, as a manager on CDP’s Supply Chain team, she worked closely with companies in the consumer goods, information technology, and telecom sectors to engage suppliers, reduce the environmental impacts of their supply chain, and achieve their supply chain sustainability goals.
Betty M. Huber
Partner – Latham & Watkins
As the Global Co-Chair of Latham’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practice, Ms. Huber advises financial institutions, public companies, private equity clients, and their boards on all ESG matters, including disclosures, transactions, products, governance, and other regulatory guidance. Her financial institution clients include G-SIBs, super-regional banks, community banks as well as various bank trade groups. Drawing on 25+ years of experience providing sophisticated and commercial advice and judgment across a broad spectrum of industries, Ms. Huber helps clients shape and develop ESG strategy, oversight, reporting, and other programs to drive value while providing solutions to carefully address, manage, and mitigate risk. A frequent speaker and lecturer, she has been called by the SEC to testify on climate change disclosures and other ESG topics.
Carbon Solution Director – EcoVadis
Julia Salant is the Carbon Solution Director at EcoVadis. In this role, she leads the strategy and implementation of Carbon Solution that helps EcoVadis network engage business partners in climate action through GHG emissions disclosure and performance improvement. Prior to joining EcoVadis in 2014, Julia worked across public and private sectors on renewable energy projects, custom energy efficiency solutions and led sustainability analysis of complex supply chains worldwide.
Session 2 – Sustainability Across the World
Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Lead – Accenture
Ben Ngobi leads Accenture’s Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability program, where he is responsible for the strategy to embed Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into purchasing decisions, working closely with multiple stakeholders in the company. Mr. Ngobi has also been instrumental in building strategy, operational, and technological excellence with regard to implementing supplier inclusion and sustainability programs.
Ben was responsible for enhancing Accenture’s approach to integrating small medium and diverse suppliers in its supply chain. In addition, he is helping establish innovations/initiatives that support Accenture’s approach to ESG due diligence in procurement, reporting of progress on modern slavery, human rights, biodiversity, audits, stakeholders engagement, and is part of the team setting new corporate goals in supply chain.
Ben participates in several nonprofit organizations around the world in the areas of supplier inclusion and sustainability. He was part of the team that attended the Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris, setting an ambitious supply chain goal that the company achieved on time. He is a speaker on climate and human rights topics within procurement, and a subject matter advisor on implementing supplier diversity programs. Ben has degrees in Business Management and Environment, Development Studies, and International Management from UK universities.
Procurement Manager, Sustainability & Partnerships – Unilever North America
Lullit is the Procurement Manager, Sustainability & Partnerships for Unilever North America.
She leads the region’s partnership agenda as well as social sustainability programs including supplier diversity, responsible sourcing, and living wage programs — all while being a central point for environmental sustainability programs in plastics and carbon. Lullit joined Unilever in 2017 as Assistant Procurement Manager with a focus on marketing services. Prior to that, she held sourcing and supply chain positions at Avon and the World Economic Forum after graduating from Columbia & Sciences Po Paris with a Master in International Affairs.
Vice President, Sustainability & ESG – Citi
Jeremy is Vice President on Citi’s Sustainability & ESG team, which is responsible for developing Citi’s sustainability strategy and key initiatives in collaboration with partners across the firm and for coordinating their implementation. Jeremy leads Citi’s ESG disclosure program, including disclosures on climate/ESG issues and engagement with rating agencies, regulators, and other stakeholders.
Prior to joining Citi, Jeremy spent over a decade in the architectural and engineering consulting field, working with real estate investment trusts and developers to develop ESG management programs for their portfolios as well as consulting on sustainable, large-scale commercial real estate projects throughout the globe. Jeremy holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Vice President, Sustainability & ESG – Citi
Jeremy is Vice President of Citi’s Sustainability & ESG team, which is responsible for developing Citi’s sustainability strategy and key initiatives in collaboration with partners across the firm and for coordinating and monitoring their implementation. Jeremy leads Citi’s ESG disclosure program, including disclosures on climate and ESG issues and engagement with rating agencies, regulators, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Citi, Jeremy spent over a decade in the architectural and engineering field, working with real estate investment trusts and developers to develop ESG management programs for their portfolios as well as consulting on sustainable, large-scale commercial real estate projects throughout the globe.