Date and Time
February 2, 2023
12:00 pm-1:00 pm ET
Event ResourcesWebinar Recording Webinar Presentation
Webinar Passcode: 6Mt!@HO3
Companies across industries continue to grapple with how to meet short- and long-term net-zero targets. Scope 3, which makes up the majority of companies' emissions, can often be the hardest to reduce. As a result, climate action is required at every level of business.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up a significant portion of global value chains and play a critical role in reducing Scope 3 emissions and building resilience. Mobilizing SMEs to commit to and reach net-zero emissions by 2050 is essential to mainstream climate action across the real economy worldwide.
The SME Climate Hub, a global initiative of the We Mean Business Coalition, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, launched Climate Fit, a free online training course to help SMEs reduce their carbon emissions.
This session will discuss how companies can leverage Climate Fit and other resources within the Hub to engage SME suppliers in climate action. Register now!
- Nicole Pamani, Manager, BSR
- Berkley Rothmeier, Director, BSR
- Ariela Levy, Associate, BSR
- Erin Leitheiser, Associate Director, Nature and Climate, BSR
Prior to joining BSR, she was an Independent Consultant for the Circular Economy with a particular passion for sustainable packaging solutions. In that role, she worked with small and medium-sized businesses to increase operational efficiency, develop robust sustainability strategies, and craft compelling narratives. Nicole has previously held additional roles in management consulting, imports and logistics, web strategy, and digital marketing. She also currently serves as a leader of the New York Chapter of the Circular Economy Club, where she facilitates deeper learning and regional networking to build collective impact and advance the principles of the circular economy.
Nicole holds a MBA in Sustainability with concentrations in Consulting and the Circular Economy from Bard College, NY. She also holds a BS in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Miami, FL.
She also brings expertise on the relationship between climate and freshwater resources to support BSR’s efforts to catalyze private-sector action on climate change.
Berkley brings broad experience in reporting and disclosure, stakeholder engagement, issues management, and sustainability storytelling. Prior to BSR, she was part of Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose team and the Ceres water program. She has counseled companies in a variety of sectors and geographies, and collaborated with investors and NGOs to increase understanding of and action on sustainability topics. Berkley has also conducted ecology field research exploring ecosystem controls in the United States and South Africa.
Berkley holds a Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Environment Studies from Yale University.
Prior to joining BSR, Ariela was an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow with Sustainable Jersey, where she helped New Jersey municipalities implement energy efficiency projects. Previously, she worked as a consultant with Amnesty International, where she helped develop the organization’s platform on tear gas. Ariela was also a research assistant for the Mexican Ministry of Health, where she researched the impacts of changing climactic conditions on dengue. Ariela’s experiences focus on the intersection of climate change, human rights, and health.
Ariela holds an MPA from Columbia University in Environmental Science and Policy as well as a B.S. in Society and Environment and B.A. in Public Health from UC Berkeley. She is a native Spanish speaker and is proficient in French.
Associate Director, Nature and Climate, BSR
Erin is part of BSR’s nature and climate teams, where she focuses on the climate/nature nexus, supporting companies in evaluating impacts and implementing nature-based solutions that further both biodiversity and decarbonization goals. She also works closely with companies on supplier engagement for Scope 3 emissions reductions, helping to develop resources like the Supplier Engagement Guide and the Climate Fit: Net Zero Training course on the SME Climate Hub.
Prior to joining BSR, Erin was an Assistant Professor in Sustainability Governance at Copenhagen Business School, where she continues to maintain her academic appointment and publish on topics related to business sustainability. Prior to earning her PhD, Erin worked as a CSR manager at Target, where she built external partnerships and developed strategies for business resilience and community impact. She began her career in consulting, working on a variety of public policy and social impact projects for nonprofit, public, and private clients.
Erin holds a PhD in Sustainability Governance from Copenhagen Business School, a MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Honors History from Gustavus Adolphus College.