SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2023HILTON AUSTIN | AUSTIN, TEXAS
Our goal is to ask questions and challenge existing answers – about sustainable packaging, sustainable products, and authentic marketing – and we are not the only curious ones. The fourth annual Sustainability Summit will help you find the answers that help you understand what “sustainable” means to you and your customers. And how it can create loyalty, differentiation, and profitability
The conference will feature an exclusive lineup of the brightest retail executives and most influential sustainability leaders for a unique look into the pressing challenges, emerging trends, and significant opportunities sustainability presents for retailers and their brands.
Retailers & The Entire Community of Professionals who Partner to Create More Sustainable Retailer-owned Brands
Manufacturers, Solutions Partners, Converters, Printers, Brokers, Ingredient Manufacturers, Agencies, Material Manufacturers, Ingredient Manufacturers, Packaging & Sustainability Consultants, Government Agencies, Nonprofits, and Environmental Organizations.
Join us to hear these executive-level leaders in Retail-owned Brands sharing trends, insights, stories, and experiences on sustainability. Here’s a preview of some of our featured speakers at the event!
Check back often as we add new speakers.
VP, Sourcing and Product Development, WHOLE FOODS MARKET
VP, Sustainability, WHOLE FOODS MARKET
Sr Sustainability Operations Manager, WALGREENS
Morgan Drummond, Sr Director of Private Label, MISFITS MARKET
Sr Director of Merchandising - Grocery, MISFITS MARKET
Branding & Packaging Manager, MEIJER
Product Innovator, THRIVE MARKET
Shop Sustainably Global Lead, WAYFAIR
President, VELOCITY INSTITUTE
Founder, PACKAGE INSIGHT BY QUAD
Director of Entrepreneurship, CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
Sr. Director - Retail Partners, SPINS
VP Media Center of Store, CIRCANA
US Senior Market Manager, MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
SVP Global Gateways, CIRCANA
SVP and Global Head Sustainable Business Development, OLAM FOOD INGREDIENTS (OFI)
VP Marketing & Corporate Strategy, CLUB COFFEE (AN OFI COMPANY)
Principal, JHL SOLUTIONS
Senior Project Manager, TOXIC-FREE FUTURE
VP of Recyclability Solutions, THE RECYCLING PARTNERSHIP
VP of Strategy and Client Services, THE FISH AGENCY
VP Innovation and Sustainability at NATURE'S TOUCH FROZEN FOODS
SVP Customer Solutions, FRESH FROM TEXAS, LLC
President, MARKETING BY DESIGN (MBD)
Retail Partnerships, FAIR TRADE USA
Presentations, panels, discussions, networking breaks and lunch
Join us in the Hilton Austin's live music venue, the Reverbery, for a taste of the live music capital of the world, networking, and craft cocktails. The evening will feature an acoustic set by Austin music scene sensation the 80 H Project.
Hermes and Leibert will discuss why private brands must prioritize Sustainability for the communities we serve and our planet. They will focus on Sustainability's critical role in private brand Innovation and New Product Development.
Morgan and Alexandra will present a look inside the national values-based online grocer that makes shopping for sustainable, high-quality groceries easier and more affordable.
In addition to rescuing more than 500,000 pounds of food weekly, Misfits Market has built an award-winning private brand. From rescued pumpkin to broken rice, learn how Misfits Market’s brand delivers value through creative sourcing and products that match modern customers’ values.
Andrew Horn will present a look inside Walgreens's-owned Brand sustainability effort. He will discuss Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) commitment to owning the process of bringing products to market honestly, safely, and sustainably. Whether in sourcing, designing, or packaging their own brands, they strive for transparency in their supply chains and those of their partners.
The panel will discuss how design can build and improve sustainability in private brands.
In this fireside chat, Savannah and Jay will discuss Wayfair’s growing sustainable product offering, “Shop Sustainably,” and the role of third-party certifications such as Fair Trade USA.
Velocity Institute President Christopher Durham will welcome attendees and present a look inside the Institute's exclusive industry research on the state of Sustainability and Private Brands. Insights will include current attitudes and opinions, and capabilities of both manufacturers and retailers. Opportunities to grow and evolve and the potential for the future.
Sustainability is at the forefront of consumer packaging innovation. In this informative session, join packaging-design expert Dr. Andrew Hurley as he examines the crucial role of assessment tools in achieving packaging sustainability goals. Learn how these tools can help identify environmental impacts, promote sustainable packaging design benefits, and inform customers about your sustainability efforts. This engaging session will provide actionable insights and simple methods your company can implement today for a successful sustainability assessment of your packaging tomorrow.
Juan Antonio and Solange will discuss the value of collaborating and partnering with suppliers who have a strong corporate purpose and customer-centric approach to sustainability. They will focus on key factors that enable brands and companies to meet their ESG goals through sustainable practices, tools, innovation, and packaging.
The Recycling Partnership is a mission-driven NGO whose solutions support companies at all stages of your circular packaging journey. Learn how to set and prioritize sustainability strategies with time-bound targets and how those strategies could increase or reduce potential EPR fees. Move from strategy to action by implementing better packaging within your four walls and helping to build a better recycling system outside your four walls, with infrastructure and education moving the needle. We’ll also highlight new technologies and partnerships to support better communication about recyclability, a critical component of reducing consumer confusion and bringing customers along on your sustainability journey. This keynote will offer real-world case studies and highlight resources to help attendees move quickly from strategy to action, including The Partnership’s dynamic labeling system Recycle Check.
Sustainability is top of mind now more than ever, how shoppers are thinking about it and what’s resonating in store. Join Edricco Reina, Managing Director of Spins, to discuss the importance of certifications, labeling, and sustainability callouts in today’s retail environment. We will explore current attribute trends within sustainability and how products are evolving to meet these standards.Simon Cutts, Sr. Director - Retail Partners,
Toxic-Free Future’s Retailer Report Card benchmarks and scores the biggest U.S. retailers on their safer chemicals policies. Over the past year, the Report Card’s criteria have been sharpened and reorganized. The Four Essential Elements for a Safer Marketplace provide a clear roadmap with best-in-class approaches for retailers to continuously improve the sustainability and safety of products, packaging, and operations.
Retailers' and brands’ claims about sustainability have come under increased scrutiny in recent years, and for a good reason - increasing commitments to sustainability have spawned cases of greenwashing. How can you be sure your sustainability claim is credible? In this presentation, Laura McDearis discusses what constitutes a credible claim, how consumers are becoming more discerning about a brand’s sustainability claims, and how brands and retailers can partner with third-party certifications to mitigate risks and demonstrate commitments to a healthier planet.
In this presentation, Circana’s Patti Marshman-Goldblatt, SVP of Global Gateways, and Doug Yolen, VP of Media Center of Store, will share how sustainable consumer packaged goods are faring in this year’s macroeconomic headwinds. They will explore who today’s sustainable shopper is and identify what buying trends to watch when it comes to the sustainable shopper. Attendees will learn what non-edible claims are driving high percentages of sales penetration and commanding a higher price premium and which new products are including sustainability efforts in their development.
Enjoy live music, cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, and connections.
Join us in the Hilton Austin's live music venue, the Reverbery, for a taste of the live music capital of the world, networking, and craft cocktails.
With industrial modern architecture combined with mid-century modern furniture, The Reverbery borrows all the best elements from Austin recording studios and Austin living rooms.
The evening will feature an acoustic set by Austin music scene sensation the 80 H Project.
80Hproject came together in the fertile music hotbed of their native Austin, TX. The band combines R&B, rock, jazz, and Latin American beats in the instrumentation. Their flawless, three-part harmonies top this giant wave of resonance.
Ady Hernandez, band leader, has the tenacity of a new up-and-coming artist combined with the history of a seasoned vet. Ady "Plays guitar like Carlos Santana and sings like Stevie Wonder."
HILTON AUSTIN (Summit HQ)500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX, 78701
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT AUSTIN DOWNTOWN/CONVENTION CENTER
300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
HILTON GARDEN INN AUSTIN DOWNTOWN
500 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX, 78701
HYATT PLACE AUSTIN DOWNTOWN
211 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701
Standard tickets include entrance to all presentations and the Expo, Cocktail Parties, networking breaks, breakfast, and lunch.
THIS TICKET IS FOR CURRENTLY EMPLOYED RETAILERS. REGISTRATION REQUIRES A CURRENT RETAILER CORPORATE EMAIL ADDRESS.Retailer members are eligible for this ticket, including entrance to all presentations, the Cocktail Party, networking breaks, breakfast, and lunch.