West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a unique luncheon dialogue reflecting on the importance of internal and external partnerships, collaboration and diversity in moving forward elite sustainability initiatives.

Inside and Out: Perspectives on Internal and External Sustainability Partnerships features the husband-and-wife partnership of Sean Ansett, a veteran of multi-stakeholder collaborations on behalf of major brands and civil society such as the Bangladesh Safety Accord, and Paloma Lopez, Global Director of Sustainability Activation for The Kellogg Company, responsible for embedding sustainability into the company’s business.Paloma-Lopez-400x400

The education and networking event is Monday, September 11 in the Wege Ballroom at Aquinas College.

Lopez most recently helped co-lead the global rollout of the Kellogg’s Origins Sustainable Agriculture Program and supported MorningStar Farms with their  ‘Just What the World Ordered’ campaign. She will highlight the necessity of working with people from different backgrounds, skillsets and perspectives when initiating sustainability programs, demonstrating the need for integrated sustainability functions and to be fluent in the many languages of business found throughout an organization.

Ansett, president of At Stake Advisors Ltd. provides strategic advice to corporations, social enterprise start-ups, UN agencies and non-profit organisations on ethical trade, human rights and environmental sustainability. He is a co-founding team member and former CSO of Fairphone, LaborVoices, allwithbooks and Uniform.is, and previously served as the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Burberry and Director of Global Partnerships at Gap Inc. He will share his experiences working on behalf of corporate and social enterprises within multi-stakeholder partnerships to facilitate environmental, labor and economic outcomes.Sean-Ansett1

Both in high demand as speakers and experts, this is a rare opportunity to hear candid insights on the marriage of internal and external sustainability perspectives.

RSVP here.

September Membership Meeting
Monday, September 11
12 to 2 pm
Aquinas College
Wege Ballroom
1700 Fulton St. E
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

Tentative Agenda
12 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
12:40 pm Presentation
2 pm Adjourn