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Sustainability in the Supply Chain: Risks and Opportunities

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness Presents:

Sustainability in the Supply Chain: Risks and Opportunities

Our distinguished panel will address a critical set of issues facing companies today. How do sustainability concerns, such as energy costs, packaging, and reputational risks, affect supply chain management? What role can the reporting and assurance industry play in quantifying these risks and opportunities? How can an effective management process realize value from addressing sustainability issues in the value chain? 

Cynthia Wilkinson
Director, Supply Chain Sustainability, Staples, Inc.

Cynthia Wilkinson collaborates with internal company resources as well as suppliers and other external partners to drive sustainability improvements and engagement across the supply chain organization. As a key part of her role, she is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to reduce packaging and expand recycling efforts. Wilkinson is a long-standing member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, a lifetime member of Net Impact, a Prestige member of Women in the Boardroom, a member of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, and a member of several other supply chain and environmental organizations.

Mark Buckley
Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Staples, Inc.

Mark Buckley directs Staples’ global environmental commitment and sustainable business practices. He is responsible for driving the company’s sustainability efforts in five major areas: the development of more sustainable products, packaging and services; customer recycling solutions; internal waste reduction; the development of global carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies; as well as environmental education for customers and associates focused on sustainable business solutions. A 23-year Staples veteran, Buckley has been in this role for more than 11 years and was previously vice president of facilities management and purchasing at Staples where he directed company-wide recycling and energy conservation programs.

Rich Goode
Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young

Rich Goode is a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s US Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice with experience in implementing sustainability programs at large organizations as well as expertise in carbon accounting. In this role, Goode assists in the development, verification and implementation of climate change and sustainability assurance competencies throughout the United States. These services are extended to clients through the firm’s core services: assurance, advisory, tax, and transaction advisory services. Goode is a graduate of UMass Boston’s MBA program.


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