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 http://weatherhead.case.edu/boldthinkers/registration.cfm or call 216-368-6413.
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