August 29, 2006

Weatherhead School of Management's Bold Thinkers Series 2006 sponsored by Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP features Wal-Mart's sustainability initiatives

Tyler Elm to give overview of Wal-Mart's strategy on issues of climate, waste and products


Tyler Elm, senior director of Corporate Strategy & Business for Wal-Mart, Inc., is the first speaker in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University's 2006 Bold Thinkers Series, sponsored by Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP. Elm will give an overview of Wal-Mart's sustainability initiatives when he speaks at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, in the George S. Dively Building at Bellflower and Ford Roads on the Case campus.

During the free, public talk, Elm will discuss the corporation's business strategy behind sustainability and the company's pursuit of a leadership position on the issues of climate, waste and product content.

In October 2005 Wal-Mart CEO, Lee Scott, publicly declared that sustainability would be the gateway by which the company would become a more efficient and more responsible business. In that speech, he outlined several sustainability goals for the company—to be supplied 100% by renewable energy; to create zero waste; and to sell products that sustain resources and the environment.

Elm has global responsibility implementing these goals by directing the development and management of competitive business strategies that derives economic benefits from improved environmental and social outcomes.

Prior to his position with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Elm developed and implemented the global environmental strategy, policies and programs for Office Depot, Inc. During his consulting career with IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Elm advised government institutions, industrial products companies, and their customers on strategy and business sustainability.

The Bold Thinkers series is designed to reflect Weatherhead's own legacy of innovation and brings renowned speakers to Weatherhead each year. Speakers address Weatherhead students, faculty, alumni and the community about the bold ideas that have propelled them to the forefront of their field. These bold thinkers challenge convention, create new standards, and are setting the course for the future of business, education, science, technology, the arts, government and other fields.

Registration is recommended due to limited seating. Registration check-in the day of the event begins at 3:30 p.m. To register, visit or call 216-368-6413.

About Calfee

One of the largest corporate law firms in Ohio, Calfee is committed to helping our clients protect and grow what is most important to you—your aspirations, ideas and businesses. We help our clients achieve success because, while we understand your critical legal issues, we approach each situation with the objective of providing creative, effective solutions. Calfee works with companies at various stages of the business cycle—from new economy start-ups to members of the Fortune 500. The firm's services encompass the entire spectrum of corporate law, from M&A and litigation, to international and IP, to lobbying and government relations. Since 1903, Calfee has grown to over 200 professionals in Cleveland and Columbus, but we remember where we came from and how we got here. Our continuing commitment is to build and nurture strong, lasting relationships with our clients, so we strive to always be accessible and responsive, we invest in superior knowledge of each client's particular circumstances, and we focus our talents and resources on results that work.

For more information: Susan Griffith 216-368-1004.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, August 29, 2006 11:17 AM | News Topics: Events, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives

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