Commit to a resilient business and region
CEOs for Sustainability is exemplary executive leadership and collaboration to drive positive change in the region.
We’re asking businesses to lead forward by committing to a sustainable economic recovery and taking action toward that end.
Sustainable Business is Good Business
Savvy business leaders are the driving force behind transformational sustainability strategies, linking business sustainability performance, financial performance, and regional quality of life.
88% of employees say working for a company with a strong purpose is more important to them than ever before.Porter Novelli Purpose Tracker, August 2020
Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.Why Diversity Matters, McKinsey & Co.
Low-emissions products and services represent $2.1T in opportunity.CDP
Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is a process of continual improvement.
In business, this means that in addition to financial performance, a company prioritizes its social and environmental actions. A sustainable business strategy is a long-term view that helps identify operational efficiencies and new opportunities, mitigates risk, and positions the company as a desirable place to work and invest in.
A sustainable business strategy pays off.
- Broader, more equitable economic growth for all
- Greater pay equity, health insurance access, and personal resiliency for minority populations
- Minority communities strengthened by policies favoring local minority-owned businesses
- New jobs in the trades, tech, energy efficiency, and electrified fleets
- New business models and opportunities in clean energy
- Reduced carbon emissions and air pollution
- Mitigated climate risk to operations, supply chain
2020 CEOs for Sustainability C-Suite Summit, Presented by UPMC Health Plan
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Join CEOs for Sustainability as this executive network present a vision for a sustainable economic recovery and demonstrates how participating companies are leading forward.
The event kicked off with a keynote address by Microsoft Vice President of AI Country Strategy and Sustainability Partnership Gretchen O’Hara. Ms. O’Hara described Microsoft’s commitment to addressing society’s most pressing challenges, including plans to be carbon negative by 2030.
Following the keynote, C-Suite executives shared how their companies are leading in areas fundamental to prosperity for all: supporting local businesses, advancing racial and ethnic equity, and reducing carbon emissions. Hear examples of how strategic sustainability has been a competitive advantage through this time of crisis.
During the event, CEOs for Sustainability Co-Chairs Steve Malnight, President and CEO of Duquesne Light Co., and Charles Toran, President of Sci-Tek Consultants, presented the business case for sustainability and how other leaders can join them in Leading Forward.
Keynote Speaker: Gretchen O’Hara,
Vice President of AI Country Strategy and Sustainability Partnership, Microsoft
- Diane Holder, President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan
- Haakan Jonsson, Ph.D., Chairman and President, Covestro LLC
- Jana D. Lake, President, 3R Sustainability
- Jodi Rennie, VP and General Manager, Turner Construction
- Sara Thompson, Principal, Pashek + MTR
Resources for Leading Forward
CEOs for Sustainability is calling on businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania to lead forward in building a sustainable economic recovery.
Demonstrate your commitment to:
- support local businesses
- advance racial and ethnic equity, and
- reduce carbon emissions.
CEOs for Sustainability is working with the nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh to help businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania advance their commitments. Complete this form to connect with Sustainable Pittsburgh and receive guidance and frameworks to make progress on these goals at your business.
Meet the CEOs for Sustainability
Co-Chair Steve Malnight
President and CEO
Co-Chair Charles Toran