DiversityInc 2022 Top 50 Event: Effectively Communicating ESG Commitments to the Workforce, Suppliers & Talent Pipelines

When it comes to hitting ESG goals like becoming net zero by a certain date, Orlan Boston, Americas Sustainability ESG Market Leader at EY, said it takes a village.

From left: David Rice, DiversityInc; DK Bartley, Moody’s; Dr. Alveda Williams, Dow; and Orlan Boston, EY

During a panel titled “Effectively Communicating ESG Commitments to the Workforce, Suppliers & Talent Pipelines” at the 2022 DiversityInc Top50 Event on May 3, Boston said his company recognized it needed to create more lofty ESG goals in 2019 and as a result, the company appointed a Chief Sustainability Officer. As a result of that, EY achieved carbon neutral in 2020, carbon negative in 2021 and is on its way to achieving net zero by 2025. 

Dow has a goal of hitting net zero by 2050, Dr. Alveda Williams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer said. With the nature of Dow’s work as a material science company, she said the company realizes that goal is difficult but can be done and needs to be done to “play our part” in protecting the planet. The company plans to do so by phasing out less-efficient plants, building new assets that reduce carbon emissions and delivering products such as food packaging and automotive products that are low-carbon.

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