ESG Workshop • April 14, 2023

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Somerset County hosted an Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Workshop at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Bringing together leaders in the field from the county, state, education, and business communities, the workshop was conceived as part of Somerset County’s commitment to addressing climate change while promoting economic development, both in the community and within Somerset County’s own services and facilities.
Somerset County and many of its leading employers have similar goals to reduce emissions, create more inclusive work environments, and support their communities, and the ESG Workshop was structured to provide employers with tools to succeed in these efforts.
“Nestlé Health Science is proud of our presence in the state of New Jersey with our U.S. headquarters in Hoboken and Global Nestlé Product Technology Center in Bridgewater – a center of innovation and technology for our business. We are committed to embedding sustainability across our business to create a more sustainable future, both here in New Jersey and around the country.”  
– Christiane Baker, Director of Sustainability for Nestlé Health Science U.S.
“Our students are as animated about the environment and civic engagement as any other topic, and it would behoove us to pay attention to this generation. All our work on ESG is connected to what kind of institution we are trying to craft, what kind of students we are seeking to attract, and that our graduates own the power of citizenship.”  
– Dr. Mike McDonough, President of Raritan Valley Community College
During the workshop, speakers and panelists presented on ESG’s positive return on investment, best practices, regulatory environment, and resources available. 


ESG titles

8:30 am



9:00 am


Welcome Remarks by Somerset County:
Deputy Director Doug Singleterry

9:10 am


Welcome Remarks by Duke Farms:
Jon Wagar, Deputy Executive Director of Operations & Sustainability

9:20 am


Keynote: State Senator Andrew Zwicker

9:45 am


Panel: The ROI on Focusing on ESG

  • Brand Perspective
    Ted Deutsch, CEO, Taft Communications
  • Consumer Perspective
    Michele Bongiovanni,CEO / Founder, HealRWorld
  • Workforce Perspective
    Deana Lykins, Lead, State Government Affairs, Haleon

10:20 – 10:35 am



10:35 am


Case Study on Best Practices:

  • Christiane Baker, Director – Sustainability US, Nestle Health Science
  • Dr. Michael McDonough, President, Raritan Valley Community College

11:00 am


Regulatory Update

  • Bruno Sarda, Principal – Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

11:20 am


Panel on Resources / Tools to Develop and Accelerate ESG Goals

  • Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, Associate Director, Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation
  • Marta Cabral, Senior Project Officer – Clean Energy, Office of Economic Transformation, NJEDA
  • Arvind Swamy, Regional Director External Affairs, AT&T

11:55 am



12:00 – 12:30 pm