Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility

Sunday
January 16
10:30 am11:00 am
Join us for this educational discussion from retail sustainability experts as they reveal the most effective ways to achieve your sustainability goals. Hear how these companies have become successful at reducing their carbon footprints and other related sustainability initiatives as they share their ah-ha moments, what worked and what didn't, who needs to be at the table for these discussions and how to best work with vendors.
Sunday
January 16
2:45 pm3:15 pm
The future of supply chain and sustainability has its roots in on-demand manufacturing. Early forays into the space have allowed brands to reduce product inventory, sharpen their agility to meet consumers ever- shifting desires, deliver product in as little as two weeks and work toward eliminating the need for markdowns. Join us as two on-demand pioneers discuss how they're capitalizing on this trend and how it could scale in the years ahead.
Monday
January 17
11:15 am11:45 am
The quest for the growth of sustainable products is real, but changing customer behavior is hard. Can niche friendly retailers and suppliers steal market share from industry stalwarts?  
Monday
January 17
11:15 am11:45 am

In the eyes of the consumer, sustainability is now a company's responsibility, and the bonus is that it can expand your customer base and provide a potential revenue stream—resale. Solutions are now available that can efficiently create a resale marketplace to expand your sustainability efforts. These platforms are providing a convenient pathway for retailers to move the needle toward a more sustainable world--while expanding their business.  Experts will explain how you can open your own brand's resale shop, considerations to take and lessons they've learned in the process.

Monday
January 17
12:00 pm12:30 pm
The recent surge in adopting more sustainable practices is no longer a trend, but an inevitable shift that brands need to begin implementing within their businesses. Embracing the circular economy may help businesses rethink and redesign ways in which they can keep current products and materials in use, eliminating waste. It is important for brands to think about all stages of their supply chain, from the design of their products to distribution and beyond.
Monday
January 17
2:45 pm3:15 pm
No question the plant-based segment is growing, but how big can it get and what will it take to reach some level of critical mass.
Tuesday
January 18
9:45 am10:15 am
We are in a climate crisis and inaction is not an option - what if we reframe the relationship between climate change and economic prosperity? What seems like a cost today becomes an investment in the future. In this session, we will discuss how leaders across a broad ecosystem are needed to transform to a net-zero economy. This will require reimagining, reinventing, and redesigning many of the day-to-day experiences, as well as how businesses and economies operate. Join Jennifer Steinmann, Deloitte Global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) marketplace leader and IKEA U.S.