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ELI 2020 Corporate Forum: Reimagining Supply Chains

February 2021

Citation: 51 ELR 10089

Issue: 2

Author: Caitlin McCarthy, Scott Fulton, Jessica Bowman, Catharine de Lacy, Sally Fisk, Katherine Neebe, and Yolanda Pagano

The coronavirus pandemic, the push for racial justice, and continued efforts to mitigate climate change have emerged as key challenges for corporations. At the center of this trifecta of change are supply chains; onequarter of the global supply chain, approximately $4.5 trillion, could shift by 2025. Leading companies are rebuilding supply chains more resilient to the disruptions caused by climate change and more cognizant of environmental, social, and governance expectations, while prioritizing suppliers that promote racial justice and companies owned by people of color. On October 13, 2020, the Environmental Law Institute convened an expert panel that explored these issues. Below, we present a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Caitlin McCarthy is Director of Education, Associates, and Corporate Partnerships at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). Scott Fulton is President of ELI. Jessica Bowman is Executive Director of the Plant Based Products Council. Catharine de Lacy is an Independent Director and Chair of the Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Committee at TORC Oil & Gas Ltd., and Co-Founder and Managing Director at Riar Associates LLC. Sally Fisk is Assistant General Counsel, EHS & Global Supply Compliance Leader at Pfizer Inc. Katherine Neebe is Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of National Engagement and Strategy at Duke Energy, and President of the Duke Energy Foundation. Yolanda Pagano is the former Senior Manager of Global Sustainability at Tyson Foods.

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