Touted as the key to determining the best sustainability strategy, materiality assessments intimidate mere mortals trying to move their organization’s sustainability initiatives forward. Yet, those who have done them and live to tell the tale, say they are critical to gaining organizational alignment. We’ve asked veterans of materiality assessments Asheen Phansey, Alyssa Caddle, and Jim Mccabe to lead our discussion. If you have similar experience, please join us!
A materiality assessment is a process of engaging stakeholders to identify what environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are most important to an organization. These findings can help an organization prioritize both where their sustainability initiatives should focus and what’s most important for them to report.
Leading our discussion are:
Asheen Phansey has served in various roles as a corporate sustainability leader at Dassault Systèmes since 2010. Dassault Systèmes is a $3B software company that provides businesses and people with 3D modeling apps and experiences to harmonize product, nature, and life. Asheen lectures and advises students at Babson College and Harvard University, serves on the Net Impact Advisory Council, and ranks as one of the most influential social media thought leaders in corporate sustainability (twitter: @asheen). Asheen has experience in the biotech and aerospace industries, and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in Technology Entrepreneurship from Babson College. Asheen enjoys learning new languages, speaking at Toastmasters, philosophizing over espresso or whiskey, and running (sometimes after his young kids). Among his greatest achievements in life are speaking at BASG for now his third time, and counting Carol and Johanna as friends. Asheen plans to speak about Dassault Systèmes Handprinting/Net-Positive as a way of addressing materiality challenges, and about conducting a scope 3 GHG materiality study for the aerospace sector on behalf of the International Aerospace Environmental Group.
Alyssa Caddle is a Consultant Program Manager in the CSR team at Dell, Inc (formerly EMC Corporation). She is engaged in activities across the spectrum of sustainability including governance, human rights, product efficiency, and interaction with the company’s finance and risk organizations. She serves as a liaison to organizations such as Business for Social Responsibility and the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition on behalf of Dell, as well as representing Dell in the GreenBiz Executive Network. A nine year veteran of the company, Alyssa has experience in both technical and non-technical roles within Supply Chain, Hardware Engineering, and IT. She holds a BS and MS in engineering from Northeastern University.
James McCabe is Business Sustainability Manager for Waters Corporation. Jim received a M.Sc. from Brock University, St. Catherine’s ON, Canada. Jim has held numerous roles with Waters Limited in Canada and at Waters’ Global Headquarters, Milford, MA. His extensive experience within the company made it an easy transition into the role he now focuses on globally for Waters. Also, he has the good fortune of working with people who care about Waters and what impact it has, making it possible to accomplish things in the field of sustainability. Jim has given talks in forums on sustainability, in academic locations and loves to learn from others on this journey to improve business economics, business longevity and impact.
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