Discussion with Industry
Leaders on Key Topics

Changing Sustainability Agenda

What initiatives are corporate sustainability teams undertaking and how has the dialogue within the organizations changed during these times? In what direction is the sustainability agenda shifting? Is Sustainability driven business innovation an answer?

Consumer Behavior Change

As consumer behavior is undergoing a rapid transformation, - supporting local businesses, ordering online etc. - will we also see customers more actively engaging with sustainable businesses?

Leadership's Point of View

How are leadership teams bringing nuance to their communication about sustainability when interacting with investors, boards, employees and customers?

Investors Perspective

How will investors evaluate companies’ performance on Sustainability during the pandemic and once it eases down?

New Material Issues

Can an issue, which was not material to an industry prior to Covid-19, suddenly and conspicuously become material to all industries?

Data-driven Decisions

What data is needed to make the right decisions?


COVID-19 has spread rapidly and has forced countries to take drastic measures to limit its spread. It has completely changed the way we live and interact with each other. As leaders in the space of CSR/Sustainability, Goodera has taken up several initiatives to ensure to fight the pandemic effectively. Many brands across the globe including Amazon, Reckitt Benckiser, Novartis, Capgemini, and State Street A are now relying on Goodera’s expertise as they join forces with us to fight the spread of COVID-19. Due to this, business needs to think on how sustainability can drive innovation by introducing new design constraints that shape how key resources—energy, carbon, water, materials, and waste—are used in products and processes.
While the businesses are adapting themselves with the current situation of COVID-19, there will be a lot that might change post this pandemic. There is a need for businesses to innovate not just in terms of their products but processes across the organization. While the companies are preparing themselves for the behavioral change, there is a need for long term sustainability for all those innovations.
Companies with extensive supply chains have seen disruptions to the magnitude which dwarfs the ones caused by the US-China trade war. The innovation around recycling and reuse has taken a temporary (hopefully) back seat. The issues which were thought of as not material for certain industries have suddenly and conspicuously become material to all industries. But how are companies and corporate sustainability teams across the spectrum responding to the pandemic? Have all the initiatives taken a backseat? Or is now the time to double down on Sustainability leadership and deeply think about building resilient organizations that are crises-proof?

Meet Your Speakers

Marissa (Pagnani) McGowan

Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at PVH Corp.

Marissa currently serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at PVH Corp., one of the largest global apparel companies with a portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. She leads a 70+ person global team responsible for promoting environmental sustainability through efficient resource use and product stewardship, and upholding the human rights of individuals across the supply chain. Marissa also serves on the Steering Committee of the Global Fashion Agenda, and has served on the Board of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Fair Labor Association.

Neil Stewart

Director of Corporate Outreach, SASB

Neil Stewart joined SASB in 2020 as its New York-based Director of Corporate Outreach, bringing more than 25 years of experience in and around investor relations and corporate governance. Previously he was at Citigroup as VP IR Advisory on the ADR team, helping non-US issuers develop IR and ESG strategies. Formerly Editorial & Research Director of both IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary magazine, Mr. Stewart is well known for having led a global line-up of conferences and awards events. A board member of NIRI NY, the New York chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute, he has lived in Montreal, London and New York.

Abhishek Humbad

Founder and CEO of Goodera

Abhishek is the founder and CEO of Goodera, a CSR, volunteering and sustainability management platform used globally by corporations, foundations, governments, non-profits, and employees to improve ESG performance and achieve Sustainability Goals. Abhishek has been part of Forbes 30 under 30, MIT Innovators under 35, and is a leader in the evolution of responsible and sustainable business. Abhishek holds a B.E. in Engineering from BITS Pilani and received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

Meet Your Moderator

Aditya Talwar

Senior Director, Global Enterprise Solutions at Goodera

Aditya Talwar is a Senior Director and leads the Global Enterprise Solutions team at Goodera - world's first integrated Sustainability, CSR, and Volunteering management platform used globally by corporations, foundations, non-profits, and employees to monitor and improve ESG/CSR performance and achieve Sustainability Goals. Aditya is passionate about helping sustainability and CSR leaders and practitioners identify opportunities and solve data and process challenges by using technology in the most efficient, useful, and innovative ways.

About SASB

SASB connects businesses and investors on the
financial impacts of sustainability

Market Informed

SASB standards are developed based on extensive feedback from companies, investors, and other market participants as part of a transparent, publicly-documented process.

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