Jewelry Industry Summit

The Open Forum on Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry

The Open Forum on Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry

Speaker Presentations from the 2017 Summit

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Lisa Manley, Executive Vice President, Sustainability Strategy & Cone Communications

Lisa heads Cone's award-winning sustainability strategy & communications team. She has more than 15 years of experienceadvancing sustainability/corporate responsibility through strategic planning, executive communications, issues managements, media relations, and stakeholder engagement in both public and private sectors. Prior to joining Cone, Lisa was an EVP and regional practice leader in Edelman's Business + Social Purpose group. As a sustainability consultant, Lisa has collaborated with a diverse group of clients including Converse, CVS, Hilton, HP, Mars, PwC, Quaker, SC Johnson, Target, Timberland, U.S. Bank, Visa, Wrigley, and Xylem to integrate sustainability within business strategy, influence engagement and communication.

Cone Communications is a public relations and marketing agency that specializes in corporate responsibility communications and strategy. Cone is also famous for its series of studies on consumer expectations of responsible business, which demonstrate that consumers globally believe companies have an explicit responsibility to drive social and environmental change, and to address these issues through their operations, their products and services, and their unique expertise. 

Thea Polanic, Conscious Capitalism

Thea Polanic is a passionate advocate for the power of business to crate prosperity, beauty and happiness in the world. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Chapter of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Conscious Capitalism is a movement dedicated to elevating humanity through business, founded by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods.

The Chicago Chapter is the first in North America, and in less that 18 months it has grown to more than 1100 members. Under her leadership, the Chicago Chapter produces programs for the general public and private events for senior executives who are committed to leading organizations that are both purposeful and unapologetically profit driven. As a result of her efforts, the international Conscious Capitalism conference has taken place in Chicago for the past two years. Thea is also a member of the global chapter advisory board, which now includes chapters i seven countries on five continents.

Thea is also the Managing Partner of ClearSpace, LLC, a Chicago based consulting firm that helps CEOs transform themselves, their teams, and organizations to meet the challenges of the future and grow and thrive. Over the past 15 years, Thea has worked closely with many senior leadership teams to align their organizations with the principles of Conscious Capitalism: having a higher purpose, creating value for all stakeholders, developing servant leaders, and having health, values-based cultures.

Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of classic capitalism principles: voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade, and the rule of law – and adds other elements, including trust, compassion, collaboration, and value creation. ClearSpace, LLC designs and delivers elite programs for team leaders and executives who are prepared to make a serious, long-term commitment to their own individual development and collective effectiveness, aligned with the principles of Conscious Capitalism. 

Bob Mitchell, Vice President of Social and Environmental Responsibility, Electronics Industries Citizenship Coalition (EICC)

Bob is a 16-year veteran of Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with over 10 years in sustainability. He was most recently the Director, Global Social & Environmental Responsibility at Hewlett Packard Enterprise leading a team of professionals in human rights, supply chain responsibility, and conflict minerals, among other issue areas. Bob also served on the EICC Board of Directors for nearly four years and was Vice Chair in 2016. He holds an MBA from The University of Arizona and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Virginia.

Electronics Industry Citizen Coalition (EICC) was founded in 2004 by a group of leading electronics companies and is a non-profit coalition of electronics, retail, auto, and toy companies committed to supporting the rights and well being of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global supply chain. EICC members commit to and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of EICC training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement in the social, environmental, and ethical responsibility of their supply chains.

In addition to setting and holding members accountable to core standards and providing training and assessment tools, the EICC regularly engages in dialogue and collaborations with workers, governments, civil society, investors and academia to gather the necessary range of perspectives and expertise to support and drive its members toward achieving the EICC mission and values of a responsible global electronics supply chain.

Today, the EICC is comprised of more than 100 electronics companies with combined annual revenue of over $4.75 trillion, directly employing more than 6 million people. In addition to EICC members, thousands of companies that are Tier 1 suppliers to those members are required to implement the EICC Code of Conduct. More than3.5 million people from over 120 countries contribute to the manufacture of EICC members' products.