Catalyzing Climate Progress: Strategies from Companies Leading on Sustainability

As more companies make public commitments to curb emissions and improve their environmental impact, each must devise its own path to reach the new and emerging disclosure standards and targets today. JUST Capital CEO Martin Whittaker will present the latest data on America’s largest companies' progress on climate commitments and highlight the corporations that are leading within JUST Capital’s Rankings of America’s Most JUST Companies. A panel conversation with some of these leaders will lay out their unique approaches to sustainability, and address how other companies can meaningfully approach climate action for the long term.

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About The Speakers

Martin Whittaker - JUST Capital-1

Martin Whittaker - Chief Executive Officer, JUST Capital

Martin Whittaker is a recognized leader with over twenty-five years’ experience at the intersection of global business, finance, philanthropy and social and environmental impact. He is the founding CEO of JUST Capital, the leading nonprofit in the stakeholder capitalism arena, and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. He is also a senior advisor to Edelman, a co-founder and Board member of the CREO family office investment syndicate, a board member of H2 Clipper, a member of the Forbes Finance Council and Forbes Contributor, a member of Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative Advisory Council, and a Commissioner to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development’s inequality initiative.

Martin was recently named to the 2020 NACD Directorship 100 – the annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and on corporate governance – and to Business Insider’s 2020 List of 100 People Transforming Business. Previously, he served as a board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project U.S., and as a member of the G7 Impact Taskforce’s Working Group on Impact Transparency and Integrity, an Advisory Council Member of PayPal’s Employee Financial Wellness Program, and a member of Robin Hood Foundation’s Taskforce on Racial Justice.

Prior to JUST Capital, Martin was a founding partner and investment committee member at Sonen Capital, an impact investing firm, where he led private equity, real asset and direct investing activities. Martin has also served as Director of MissionPoint Capital Partners, a family office-led private equity firm; Senior Vice President at Swiss Re, where he was part of the Environmental and Commodity Markets team; and Managing Director at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc., a pioneering sustainable investment advisory and ESG research firm.

Martin received his Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh, an MBA from the University of London, an M.Sc. from McGill University and a B.Sc. from University of St. Andrews.

Martin has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, provided expert testimony on environmental markets to the U.S. Senate, consulted to multiple major corporations on sustainability- and impact-related matters, and been an invited speaker and guest lecturer at business schools including Yale, Columbia, Harvard and MIT, He is a published writer and has presented to audiences at, among others, the World Economic Forum, the White House, CNBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and the BBC.

Emilio Tenuta - Ecolab

Emilio Tenuta - Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Ecolab

Emilio Tenuta’s nearly 40-year tenure at Ecolab includes 25 years of technical, marketing, and business management experience in various industries including food and beverage, healthcare, automotive and more. Since 2009, Tenuta has led Ecolab’s strategic sustainability journey focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship, and helping customers operate more sustainably.

He is actively involved in advancing global sustainability practices, with a significant focus on water stewardship and climate action. In recent years, he’s become a leader in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices and reporting, and has collaborated with a number of large impact investors.

He is chair of the board of directors of the World Environment Center, a global non-profit, non-advocacy organization, and the leadership council of the Corporate Eco Forum, a membership organization for Fortune and Global 500 companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to sustainability as a business strategy issue. ​

Scott Tew - TRANE Technologies

Scott Tew - Vice President, Sustainability & Managing Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability and Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces, Trane Technologies

Scott Tew serves as vice-president of sustainability and co-founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Trane Technologies. Additionally, he leads the Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces. Tew is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives without compromising health or resource impacts. Tew serves as a thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts, and a value-stream approach to sustainability. His recent efforts include introducing the company’s comprehensive 2030 targets, an SBTi validated Net Zero target, the creation of the EcoWise™ portfolio, and the launch of the largest customer-facing commitment to combat climate change with the Gigaton Challenge..

Erik Hansen - Workday-1

Erik Hansen - Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, Workday

Erik Hansen is senior director of environmental sustainability at Workday, leading the company’s global environmental sustainability efforts. He is responsible for the development and implementation of sustainability strategies across Workday’s operations, products, and workplace. His responsibilities range from renewable energy procurement, to external sustainability reporting under the GRI framework, to leading a global Green Team program. Prior to joining Workday in 2010, Erik worked at EY for seven years advising clients in IT risk management. Erik holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.


Martin Whittaker

Emilio Tenuta

Scott Tew

Erik Hansen

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