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Strategic insights, learnings and best practices

Since 1997, the WEC has convened over 200 thought leadership events in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.  Our events provide executive leaders with a platform to share strategic insights, learnings and best practices.  WEC’s Thought Leadership agenda is member driven, providing companies with the opportunities to learn about current topics that are of greatest importance.  Our events offer leading perspectives and include stakeholders from industry, NGOs, academia and the government.

Recent Events Highlights   

PharmaInEnvironmentPharmaceuticals in the Environment
Environmental Pollution caused by human and veterinary pharmaceutical substances is an emerging environmental concern.  The multi-stakeholder group below met to share insights and discuss responsible business practices.  Roundtable participants agreed that industry’s best option to tackle the issue is a collaborative approach to increase data transparency, share knowledge, and educate the public about a responsible use of pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with all stakeholders involved in their product stewardship. Learn more from thought leaders from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bayer, ERM, Merck, Travers Smith, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, F. Hoffman-La Roche, Health Care without Harm, Merck Group, Ministry of the Netherlands, Novartis and University of Gothenberg. (November 2018, Munich, Germany).

Event Summary:  Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

TCFDRecent Event: How Climate-related Financial Disclosure
We were delighted by the high level of interest in the topic of our webinar: How Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) are effecting the business world? At this webinar Lori Michelin (President and CEO of the WEC), Andre Jakobs (Senior Advisor of ABN Amro Bank), Lothar Rieth (Group Expert Sustainability of EnBW), and Wolfgang Berger (Strategy Expert of DFGE– Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy) exploring how the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) are affecting the business world and how leading companies are approaching the implementation of TCFD recommendations. (October 2018, Webinar)

Event Recording:  TCFD Webinar

CQ 2018_3

Recent Event:  Understanding Investor's Expectations
This event covered recent trends in sustainable investing, how investors evaluate sustainable performance and company engagement with the sustainable investment community. Our keynote speaker, Cary Krosinsky, Lecturer, Yale School of Management indicated that sustainable investing is moving from negative screening, standardized disclosure, and review of past performance to a more forward-looking approach focused on value creation.  Companies linking their sustainability strategies to long-term economic, technologic and demographic trends in their sector will be most attractive to investors.  Investors discussed a variety of topics including data proliferation, performance, material issues, culture, risk management, transparency as well as, shareholder resolutions -- insights on each are included in the event summary below.  Companies discussed a variety of topics including disclosure frameworks, investor engagement, and their partnership with investor relations -- insights on each are included in the event summary below. Learn more from thought leaders from Yale University, Calvert Research Investment, Brown Advisory, Trillium Asset Management, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Dow Chemical Company, Ecolab, Marriott Intl. and Unilever. (May 2018, Washington, D.C.)

Event Summary:  Understanding Investor’s Expectations

Prior Events

Disclosure & Reporting

Circular Economy

Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Social Responsibility & Human Rights

Water Stewardship

Climate & Energy


Transforming Sustainability into Business Strategy


WEC would like to thank our partners and member companies who have hosted events in the last several years: Boehringer Ingelheim, Boeing, Dow Chemical, Erb Institute at Michigan University, ERM, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson Controls, Marks and Spencer, Merck Germany, Hoffmann-La Roche, Sanofi, SC Johnson, Shell, Stanford University and Volkswagen.

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