The University of Dallas Business & Society Network to Host Panel on “How Companies Profit from Measuring Sustainability Performance”

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In an age of increasing focus and transparency, ensuring the right measurements for sustainability allows suppliers, employees and customers to know that your company is working to make sustainability a reality.

The University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business will host a panel discussion on Friday, April 11, covering the ways that companies are profiting by measuring sustainability performance. EarthPeople, a sustainability communications and consulting firm, is the presentation partner for the UD Business and Society Network.

The University of Dallas’ Business and Society Network (BSN), a recently established open forum for building relationships, exchanging best practices and fostering dialogue around issues of corporate social responsibility, is organizing the event.

The panel discussion will take place from 7:30 – 10 a.m. in the Haggar University Center on the University of Dallas campus. The complimentary event includes breakfast, a keynote presentation followed by a 30-minute panel discussion and networking with Dallas/Fort Worth business leaders. The audience will include professionals, students and business owners interested in integrating sustainability into their operations, human resources, supply chains, marketing and other business functions. (To register, click here to visit the BSN page on the University of Dallas website.)

Panelists will explore how their organizations use methods such as the Global Reporting Initiative to measure sustainability, as well as discuss outcomes they expect to achieve, and the tangible and intangible benefits of their respective sustainability reporting strategies. Presenters include

  •     Jean-Michel Fally, principal with Deloitte Consulting;
  •     Crystal L. Stutes, sustainability specialist at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc.; and
  •     Terri Scannell, director of corporate citizenship and sustainability for VHA, who will deliver the keynote presentation.

“VHA is uniquely positioned as a leader in improving the health and sustainability of our own community, and in guiding health care institutions nationwide to solidify their own sustainability principles,” said Scannell. “We are excited about the opportunity to participate in the event hosted by the University of Dallas College of Business and to further the understanding of how businesses are addressing these important issues.”

“I've had the privilege of helping corporations move their sustainability programs forward, and am excited to hear about other successful programs at the next University of Dallas Business & Society Network event,” said Stutes. “The unique mix of experts, practitioners and academics provides a forum like no other in the Metroplex for sharing experiences and learning about the latest trends in sustainability performance.”

“That which gets measured gets done,” said Rich Miller, Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business assistant professor. “In an age of increasing focus and transparency, ensuring the right measurements for sustainability allows suppliers, employees and customers to know that your company is working to make sustainability a reality.”

The upcoming panel discussion is the second in a series from the BSN, with the previous panel discussion hosting Garrett Boone, The Container Store co-founder and chairman emeritus and Treehouse investor; Nathan Joe Loftice, FedEx Office sustainability leader; and Nelly Rocha Andresen, vice president of quality, environment, health and safety and senior corporate counsel for eRecyclingCorps.

“I am delighted to join the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business as a strategic partner in the Business and Society Network,” said Anna Clark, president of EarthPeople, LLC and managing editor of EarthPeople Media. “Because sustainability touches all aspects of business, this network will offer D/FW professionals, entrepreneurs and students a unique opportunity to leverage multiple perspectives for enhancing their competitive edge. The University of Dallas has more than 50 years of leadership in interdisciplinary learning, so it makes sense for this institution to also lead in the sustainability space.”

About EarthPeople

EarthPeople is a communications and consulting firm that helps organizations profit from branding, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and public relations strategies. Since launching in 2005, EarthPeople has helped start-ups, non-profits, municipalities, and Fortune 500s strengthen brand equity, human capital, and environmental leadership. Among its services, EarthPeople provides specialized communications, consulting, reporting, GHG and plastic disclosures, training, publishing, and stakeholder engagement. For more information, visit

About the University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business

The Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, which grants master of business administration, master of science and, now, doctor of business administration degrees, has become one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most popular choices for graduate business education. In November 2012, the college received accreditation from AACSB International, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide. For more information, visit

The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly seven million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive individual undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by an exceptional, engaged faculty, a commitment to shaping principled, well-skilled leaders and academic rigor in the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information, visit

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