The Science of Setting Credible, Courageous Sustainability Goals

Corporate adoption of science-driven sustainability targets is gaining momentum, and the timing couldn’t be better. The world’s most pressing problems rely now, more than ever, on strong leadership from the corporate sector, and the resiliency of global business is more dependent than ever on solving these problems.

During this one-hour, interactive session, Quantis Global Director, Services + Innovation Jon Dettling and panelists from General Mills, Kering and McDonald’s will help understand why going big on sustainability goals can be a smart business strategy as well as good stewardship. We’ll discuss the intersection of today’s major frameworks, such as science-driven goal setting, the Science-Based Targets initiative, planetary boundaries and the Sustainable Development Goals, and provide concrete business cases from the panel and other organizations.


During this one-hour, interactive session the panel will provide concrete answers to:

+  What is “science” in the context of science-driven goals?

+  Why are so many leaders anchoring their goals on science? Why are they moving from safe to bold goals? What decisions and challenges were faced along the way?

+  How to go beyond carbon in science-driven goal setting?

+  What metrics, tools and frameworks are needed to deliver on these goals?

+  Why and how sustainability targets should be anchored to global goals (SDGs) and planetary boundaries?

+  How sustainability champions can create engagement and earn C-Suite buy-in for a science-driven sustainability strategy

+  What’s next after committing to and setting targets?

Our panelists

Jon Dettling

Jon Dettling
Global Director, Services + Innovation

Jeff Hanratty
Applied Sustainability Manager
General Mills

Michael Beutler

Michael Beutler
Director of Sustainability Operations

Rachael Sherman
Director Global Sustainability

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