Opportunity Green Business Conference 2011 Speakers
Chuck Bennett, Ph.D
Vice President, Earth & Community Care
As Vice President, Earth & Community Care for Aveda, Chuck Bennett is responsible for leading the company’s environmental and community outreach. Dr. Bennett guides the company and its affiliated network of salons and retail outlets in taking the Aveda mission to new levels of success globally. Prior to joining Aveda, Dr. Bennett served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Adolph Coors Company from 1988 to 1993. There, he led the development of the company’s environmental strategy and management systems, and helped create environmental policy for the state of Colorado, through appointments and public-private partnerships. This led to his role as Senior Environmental and Safety Director for Nabisco from 1993 to 2001, where he led the development of environmental and safety management systems for the brand globally. Most recently, Dr. Bennett served as Senior Research Associate at The Conference Board, the foremost independent not-for-profit business research organization in the United States. Beginning in 2001, he contributed significantly to the Board’s development of sustainability and corporate citizenship, authoring and co-authoring numerous publications, including The New Corporate Citizenship, The Road to Sustainability: Business’ First Steps, The Measure of Success: Evaluating Corporate Citizenship Performance, Expanding the Investment Frontier and A Roadmap for Strategic Energy Planning and Management. Additional publications include reports on global CEO perspectives on citizenship performance, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and best practices in workplace health and safety management. His most recent report is entitled: Managing for a Carbon-Concerned Future: A Decision-Making Framework. He also coordinated The Conference Board’s council program for executive networking among senior environment, health, and safety officers. A graduate of Middlebury College and former Peace Corps volunteer, Dr. Bennett completed graduate degrees in geography at Syracuse University, taught at several colleges, and served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Geneseo.