AGENDA | United in Sustainability Credit Union Summit 2021

Day One – 15 November

11:00 – Welcome – MC Tom Kurian, UNFCU Global Sustainability Program, GSP.

11:05 – Opening Remarks: The Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Time of COVID-19.  Speaker Yma Gordon-Reid, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, UNFCU.

11:15 – Keynote: Direct from the UN Climate Conference – Update from COP26 and why credit unions’ community impact supports the way forward. Speaker: Cassie Flynn. Strategic Advisor on Climate Change to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  Administrator, Head of the Climate Strategies and Policy Team, and Head of the Climate Promise.

11:30 – Q&A with Ms. Flynn moderated by Pamela Agnone, executive vice president, UNFCU, and co-executive sponsor, UNFCU Global Sustainability Program.

11:40 – Panel: Strategies for Bringing New Green Products and Services to Market. Moderated by Hui Wen Chan, director of Sustainability at Spin, a micromobility company that is part of Ford Mobility.

12:05 – Fireside chat: Cultivating the Power of Difference: DEI progress and trends with DEI Collective and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU).  Moderated by Jennifer Esperanza,  Ph.D., director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Coopera.

12:30 – Panel: Impact Investing for Economic and Social Good. Moderated by Lisa Hochgraf, senior  editor, Credit Union Executives Society (CUES) CU Management magazine.

13:00 – Breakout session: Let’s Talk Sustainability Journeys.

13:15 – Presentation: Generating Business Value through Sustainability: starting and accelerating your journey. Led by Kimberly Kosmenko, CEO, Kosmenko & Co., Certified B Corp.

13:40 – Activity: Tour the SDG Action Manager with the UN Global Compact.

13:55 – Recap and a preview of Day 2 – Carlos Calderon, president & CEO, OAS FCU

14:00 – Event concludes.


Day Two – 16 November

11:00 – Welcome back – Tom Kurian, program manager, UNFCU Global Sustainability Program.

11:02 – Recap Day One – Carlos Calderon, president and CEO, OAS FCU.

11:05 – Keynote: Commitment to Change. Speaker: Renée Sattiewhite, CUDE, CDP, President/CEO African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC).

11:20 – Fireside chat: Beyond Diversity, the Impact of Business Resources Groups on Staff Development and Employee Retention. Facilitator Carlene Alexander, Global Diversity Officer, UNFCU.

11:40 – Presentation:  Nature Capital: how organizations are responding to the socio-economic impact of climate change in marginalized communities.  Speaker:  Mr. Pushpam Kumar, Chief Environmental Economist and Senior Economic Advisor, UN Environment Programme, (UNEP) Washington, DC.

11:55 – Q&A with Mr. Kumar. Moderated by Cynthia Yue, 2021-2022 UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations.

12:05 – Panel: Stories of Climate Crisis Resilience with credit unions from Louisiana, California,  Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Moderated by Pablo DeFilippi, senior vice president, Membership and Networking at Inclusiv, which is also hosting this segment.

12:35 – Open Forum: Progress update from the UIS Network: Effecting Industry Change through new tools, collective reporting, and advocacy. Led by UNFCU Global Sustainability Program.

12:55 – Panel: Finding solutions: what is new in climate policy, community engagement, and advocacy with Climate Reality and Inclusiv.

13:15 – Breakout session: Discussion on the pandemic and social justice movements’ impact on credit unions’ CSR and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) planning in 2022.

13:35 – Fireside chat: Measuring your sustainability progress: deep dive into impact analysis with UNEP Finance Initiative and Vancity Credit Union, British Columbia, Canada.

13:55 – Concluding remarks: 2021 UIS Summit reflections with Prasad Surapaneni, senior vice president and CIO UNFCU, and co-executive sponsor, UNFCU Global Sustainability Program.

14:00 – Event concludes.


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