Working for environmental and social solutions in business

By Robyn Luhning
June 10th, 2014

I was thrilled to be among the 600+ business leaders, investors and other stakeholders who attended the 2014 Ceres Conference, where I was inspired by leading thinkers including colleagues, friends, and even former classmates! I was especially excited to hear from Wells Fargo’s very own Chief Administrative Officer Pat Callahan in an engaging conversation with Jack Ehnes, CEO of California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), and Hannah Jones, Nike Vice President of Business and Innovation.

Pat and Hannah were invited to speak about how Wells Fargo and Nike – two very different companies – are integrating sustainability into the core of their business strategies and getting results.

Pat Callahan

Pat Callahan

Jack opened the conversation underscoring the importance of sustainability for companies with large institutional investors, like CalSTRS. He said he knows CalSTRS is “going to be with Wells and Nike from now into perpetuity.”

Pat highlighted the opportunities associated with sustainability and reinforced the “risk in not investing in sustainability.” As a large financial services firm, Pat highlighted that Wells Fargo employs more than 265,000 team members and operates over 100 million square feet of real estate, which she said offers an incredible opportunity for Wells Fargo to decrease the environmental footprint of its operations.

Hannah said Nike looks at meta-trends in their strategic planning, and that Nike sees sustainability as an “investment into the viability of your business going forward.”

Would you agree?

Tags:   Ceres Conference   innovation   
Robyn Luhning

Robyn Luhning

Robyn is head of Wells Fargo’s Environmental and Social Risk Management and works with a broad range of internal business groups and external stakeholders to promote responsible ways of doing business together with our business customers. Her work has covered all angles of sustainability strategy, including managing relationships with socially responsible investor groups; leading multi-function, multi-level teams to define company sustainability priorities and goals; and corporate responsibility communications planning and execution.

Read More Posts by Robyn e

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Your questions and comments really matter to us! We're glad you want to join the conversation and connect with other readers. All we ask is that you keep some simple guidelines in mind:

  • Stay on-topic. Only comments that are related to the subject of the blog entry will be posted.
  • Be respectful. It's okay if you disagree with a post or comment, but please, no personal attacks or offensive language.
  • Maintain your privacy and confidentiality. Please do not provide any of your specific account details or other personal information! If you have immediate service needs, please contact your bank representative or Customer Service.
  • Wells Fargo team members: In the interest of full disclosure, if you are a current employee of or are associated with Wells Fargo, please make note of your affiliation.