A Conscious Conversation on Stakeholders:
The environment is the only one of a business’s stakeholders that is silent. Yet, conscious businesses treat the environment as an equal with their other stakeholders. They seek to understand their environmental impacts, to find ways to minimize those impacts and to take advantage of “green” commercial opportunities.
What businesses have found is that a conscious approach to engaging with the environment can also deepen their relationships with customers, raise the loyalty and morale of their team members, lower the cost of doing business, and build trust within their communities. In other words, the environment can be leveraged to improve engagement with other stakeholders – but only if an organization’s approach to engaging the environment is authentic and has a real impact.
The Conscious Capitalism Boston chapter will bring together a group of leaders to explore how organizations engage with the environment in ways that have a positive impact on the environment, as well as with other stakeholders.
Namrita Kapur, Managing Director of EDF+Business, Environmental Defense Fund
As Managing Director of EDF’s EDF+Business, Namrita and her team develop strategies to accelerate innovation in the corporate sector. Drawing from her background in strategy, finance, and international development, she has designed and executed initiatives for leveraging capital markets in the United States and abroad. She leads EDF’s efforts on sustainable finance, ranging from evaluating financial institution commitments in this area to clearing barriers to attract private capital to support sustainably managed fisheries, endangered species habitat, ecosystem resiliency, zero deforestation and energy efficiency. Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Namrita was part of the founding team of Root Capital. She previously built the alternative energy franchise at the investment bank, Adams, Harkness & Hill (now CanAccord Genuity); led programs for the Environmental League of Massachusetts; and focused on forest concession policy for the United Nations Development Program.
Kyle Cahill, Director, Corporate Responsibility, John Hancock/Manulife
Kyle Cahill is Director of Corporate Responsibility on John Hancock/Manulife where he leads the organization’s sustainability efforts. Prior to John Hancock, Kyle was Director of Sustainability & Environmental Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts where he was responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy and programs focused on improving the environmental health of members and MA communities. Prior to Blue Cross, Kyle led Oxfam America’s work on poverty footprinting and worked at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) engaging the private sector on environmental initiatives addressing climate change, safer products and materials, water use and waste reduction. Kyle earned his M.B.A. focused in social responsibility from the Isenberg School at the Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst and his B.A. from Amherst College.
Colleen Vien, Sustainability Director, Timberland
Colleen Vien is Timberland’s sustainability director and is responsible for setting strategic direction globally, focused on product and climate sustainability, enrichment programs for our partner factory workers and community and employee engagement. This includes internal and external stakeholder engagement, public relation and transparency communications and NGO relationship management. Prior to working at Timberland, Colleen was the corporate compliance liason manager at TYCO Engineered Products and Services where she coordinated compliance risk assessments throughout the organization. Prior to joining TYCO, Colleen served as director of compliance for Apogent Technologies Inc. and was responsible for developing, directing and implementing the company’s global ethics, business conduct and legal compliance program. Colleen has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Wisconsin.
About the Conscious Conversations series Our Conscious Conversations are designed to facilitate peer exchange about a specific aspect of Conscious Capitalism. Each event consists of a short panel discussion, followed by small group discussions to allow participants to share ideas, challenges and solutions. We leave plenty of time to make new connections with other conscious capitalists.
Who we are Our mission is to connect, educate and inspire leaders and workers to consciously build businesses that positively impact the world. Members of the Boston chapter of Conscious Capitalism are diverse individuals who recognize the power of capitalism to improve the human condition and create enduring value for all stakeholders. We come from organizations large and small, at different stages of our careers, from CEO to student. We’re bound by our common curiosity about these ideas and the desire to create change in organizations and society.
This event is brought to you with the special support of ImpactHub Boston.