Schedule of Events
WEDNESDAY November, 16
5:30pm – 7:00pm
5:30pm – 7:00pm
THURSDAY November, 17
7:30am – 9:30am
7:30AM – 8:00AM
Join us for a continental breakfast while you network with industry colleagues.
8:00AM – 8:10AM
Andrew Dent, Ph.D., EVP of Materials Research, Material ConneXion
8:10AM – 9:00AM
Sustainability Overview: Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals to Define Company Objectives
Mitchell Toomey, Vice President, Sustainability and Responsible Care®, ACC (American Chemistry Council)
(Former global director of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign)
Mitch will provide personal insights on how the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainability concepts can be used to set environmental objectives for our industry. He will discuss tools mattress manufacturers and component suppliers can use to meet their sustainability goals. Mitch will also talk about actions the chemistry industry is taking to advance the circular economy.
9:00AM – 9:50AM
Sustainability Marketing: How the FTC’s Green Guides Prevent Greenwashing
Leonard Gordon, Partner, Venable
Sustainability is increasingly on consumers’ minds and marketers are responding. This means the FTC and state agencies are paying attention to “green” claims more than ever.
Join Venable partner and former FTC official Len Gordon as he discusses “greenwashing,” sustainability claims, and related issues. Len will cover the FTC’s Green Guides and answer questions as well.
9:50AM – 10:00AM
Join us for a short break. Includes coffee service.
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Mattress Industry Sustainability Roundtable
Patrique Veille, Indirect Sourcing Program Manager, Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
Joseph Lowery, Sustainability Director, Carpenter Company
Rhiannon Burch Hallam, Senior Vice President, Sales, BekaertDeslee
Richard Skorpenske, Vice President, Sustainability & Public Affairs North America, Covestro
Moderated by: Ryan Trainer, President, ISPA
11:00AM – 12:00PM
The SEC’s Proposed Climate Risk Disclosure Rule – Overview and Update
In March 2022, the Security and Exchange Commission released its proposed ESG rule, known as The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors. Brian Tomlinson, Managing Director of Ernst & Young LLP will provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed rule and the implications it has on both publicly-traded and privately owned companies and their value chain.
1:00PM – 1:45PM
Mattress Recycling Council: Operations Overview and Efforts to Improve Circularity
Mike Gallagher, Consultant, Director of Research and Innovation
Ryan McMullan, Consultant, Sleep Products Sustainability Program (SP2)
Moderated by: Kate Caddy, Manager, Sustainability, ISPA