Recording. “Sustainability is now a business imperative to ensure the long-term growth of manufacturing operations and the vitality of the communities in which they operate," said Christophe Beck, Ecolab executive vice president and president, Nalco Water.

The NAM Leading Edge Executive Forum on Sustainability highlighted how sustainability commitments are transforming manufacturing and driving innovation and positive impacts for manufacturers, their employees and communities.

The forum featured a keynote presentation and discussion with Beck and Rob Bernard, chief environmental & cities strategist, Microsoft Corporation. NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray moderated the discussion.

A panel focusing on integrating sustainability into innovation featured Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen, vice president, innovative product portfolio management & consumer operations, Pfizer Global Supply; Charlene Wall-Warren, director, sustainability, BASF; Emilio Tenuta, vice president, corporate sustainability, Ecolab; and Heidi Brock, president & CEO, The Aluminum Association.

The second panel highlighted the growing demand for greater process efficiency and improved sustainability performance and featured Tenuta; Dr. Gregory Ludkovsky, vice president, head of research and development, ArcelorMittal; Bill Gill, assistant vice president, environmental affairs, Smithfield Foods; and Jamie Mackay, director, global environmental compliance & sustainability, Alcoa, Inc.

Tom Easterday, executive vice president, secretary and chief legal officer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., concluded the event with a discussion on the mission of sustainability and how essential it is to manufacturers.