TRACK Workshop: The Corporate Environmental Sustainability Journey

Event Type
1 pm - 5 pm

Sustainability/ESG, Strategic Planning, Globalization, Tools & Techniques

The purpose of this course is for the participants to understand what CSR (corporate social responsibility – specifically the environmental aspect) is, why it’s important and how it has evolved over the last decade. Additionally, we will present the financial advantage of companies that embrace environmental sustainability and how to incorporate the principles and tools into your company processes.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand the history/scientific literature related to CSR (corporate social responsibility)

• Understand why CSR is important o What’s hitting the news o What’s important to wall street, businesses, investors

• Understand how CSR has evolved over the last decade

• Realize the financial advantage of companies that embrace environmental sustainability

• Adapt available tools, techniques, templates to your business processes to improve CSR level Key Takeaways

• Participants will learn where they (their company) are today using a Sustainability Maturity Model assessment tool

• Participants will take away an understanding of how to advance within the Maturity Model.

• Participants will have access to tools, templates, processes to implement to improve their sustainability maturity standing – a real “how-to” get where they’re going.

Pre-read Material:

  1. Creating and Capturing Value Through Sustainability: The Sustainable Value Analysis Tool
    A new tool helps companies discover opportunities to create and capture value through sustainability. View PDF
  2. The Path to Sustainability-Driven Innovation: Environmental sustainability can be the foundation for increasing competitive advantage and the basis for effective innovation. View PDF
  3. A Maturity Model for Sustainability in New Product Development. View PDF
  4. Integrating Sustainability into New Product Development: Available tools and frameworks can help companies ensure that sustainability is embedded as a fundamental building block of new product development. View PDF

Who should attend:

IRI members and prospective members interested in improving their company’s environmental sustainability performance and outcome.

Registration Fees:

IRI Members: $295
Non Members: $395 

Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel at least 48 hours before a scheduled class. This gives us the opportunity to fill the class. However, if you do not cancel prior to the 48 hours, you will lose the payment for the class.

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Larry Schwartz


IP Business-Tech Solutions LLC

25 years of technical and senior managerial experience working with a wide range polymers and plastics both in manufacturing engineering, product development, R&D and marketing at Raychem now Tyco Electronics.  Developed new product development system that integrated sustainability in all phases of development. Founded IP Business-Tech Solutions LLC and has 20 years of experience in IP landscaping and analysis using a variety of analytical tools and search engines.  He has delivered over 1000 landscape reports to large and small companies and trade associations in the EU, North America and Asia. Topics have included polymers, biobased materials, sustainability, flooring, wire, graphene, hand hygiene compliance, pesticides, solar and window films.  Industries include chemical, automotive, flooring, energy, pharmaceutical, glass, and electronics. Recent work in China has focused on developing an environmentally friendly polymer systems for electrical insulation for highspeed rail. Author of dozens of peer reviewed articles with most recent on integrating sustainability into business and R&D processes.  This includes 3 coauthored RTM articles on sustainability. Larry holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Arizona, an MBA in Business Management from San Jose State University and a BSc in Chemistry from San Diego State University.

Sue Burek

Product Manager and Administrator


Susan Burek is currently the Product Manager and Administrator for PDMA’s kHUB She also contracts as a Senior Consultant at Foresight Science and Technology. Previously, she dedicated more than 10 years of her career to sustainability, health, safety, environment and regulatory issues germane to new product innovation at Ingersoll Rand, Stanley Black & Decker, Clariant Corporation and Eastman Kodak Company. Susan earned a BSc in Chemistry and an MS in Product Development from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has co-authored three RTM articles related to Sustainability and Product Development.

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