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Education and Outreach

As part of the SPC's education and outreach, it holds several in-person and online meetings and educational events a year. The SPC believes it will require collaboration throughout the supply chain to affect the change needed to realize sustainable packaging. As a result, the SPC continually looks for opportunities to advance its mission through participation in and hosting of conferences and meetings.


SPC Open Forum - Waste and Opportunity 2015: Next Steps Toward Packaging Sustainability - June 2015


Register Here (Members Only)
June Open Forum

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Conrad MacKerron, Senior Vice President, As You Sow
Waste and Opportunity 2015: Next Steps Toward Packaging Sustainability

Conrad MacKerron will review conclusions of a unique survey and analysis done jointly with the Natural Resources Defense Council of progress and challenges in moving toward packaging sustainability. The report, released in January 2015, is based on a review of the policies and practices of more than 40 major brands in three industry sectors. MacKerron will discuss needed next steps for brands on source reduction, recycled content, recyclability, and actions to boost recycling based on his new research. 

On Tuesday, June 9, SPC members will have an exclusive opportunity to hear from MacKerron and ask him questions about the report and As You Sow’s activities. 

To Attend
SPC contacts from member companies are emailed the call information three weeks before the call. If you are part of a member company and would like to attend the call but did not receive the registration information, please contact us and we will send it to you. 

About the Speaker:
Conrad MacKerron is Senior Vice President at As You Sow, an Oakland non-profit that promotes corporate social responsibility through shareholder advocacy. Conrad has more than a decade of experience managing corporate dialogues and shareholder advocacy initiatives on cutting-edge environmental issues with blue chip companies. He specializes in engagements on resource efficiency, recycling and producer responsibility. His engagement of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle Waters resulted in quantitative commitments by each company on packaging recycling. In 2014 Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble committed to phase out most non-recyclable packaging following engagement with As You Sow. His work with Apple and Dell led to stronger corporate e-waste recycling programs and to Best Buy providing e-waste take back at all U.S. stores. He has engaged more than 60 companies on responsibility for post-consumer packaging.

He was formerly director of social research at Piper Jaffray Philanthropic & Social Investment Consulting; Washington Bureau Chief for Chemical Week; and a writer for BNA's Environment Reporter. He recieved an award from the U.S. Social Investment Forum for outstanding contribution to the social investor community. He is author of the book Business in the Rainforests: Corporations, Deforestation and Sustainability and several As You Sow reports including Unfinished Business: The Case for Extended Producer Responsiibility for Packaging; and Waste and Opportunity 2014: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods Packaging.