Steering Committee

The Verego Steering Committee (VSC) is made up of senior leaders dedicated to driving Corporate Responsibility and/or Responsible Sourcing best practices within their organizations. In VSC, members ensure the Verego SRS is the most approachable, actionable, and meaningful framework for organizations to implement and enhance the management systems of their ethical, social, and environmental capabilities. Current committed members include:

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Cliff Moore

Co-Founder and Chairman - COPC Inc.
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Cliff Moore, Co-Founder and chairman of COPC Inc. and an expert in standards and certifications became the second piece to Verego's evolution. Mr. Moore has assisted hundreds of leading organization globally in customer experience performance improvement and certification efforts. Mr. Moore was also active in the refinement of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria and served as an Examiner, Senior Examiner, and a Judge for the Award. Mr. Moore’s knowledge and expertise provided the structure for Verego’s CSR standard and certification process. Mr. Wolcott and Mr. Moore believed a comprehensive social responsibility framework had the potential to be implemented in organizations around the globe. This social responsibility standard provides shared value benefits that exceeded what any one organization can accomplish on their own.

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Jason Wolcott

Founder and CEO - Digital Roots
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Verego’s Managing Partner designed the first piece in the creative vision for Verego’s approach. Mr. Wolcott is the Founder and CEO of Digital Roots, a well-established social CRM firm. Prior to Digital Roots and Verego, Mr. Wolcott worked at General Motors for 8 years in a number of leadership positions, including a role as Global Executive for Purchasing and Supply Chain Operations. His passion for social responsibility and day-to-day involvement in social media for large corporations lead to the creation of the Verego mission. He realized there was a missing link in the way companies approached social responsibility and what consumers expect (and discuss across the web). After five years of social media customer relationship management, Mr. Wolcott began to see patterns in the way customers interacted with their brands. Consumers were aligning around brands that had the same beliefs as them for a more responsible future.

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Brian O'Kennedy

Strategic Partnerships - Verego
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I have gained some unique experience in managing global supplier / client relationships. In 2009 I set up Clearstream Solutions, an international Sustainability consultancy to provide advice, measures and training to global companies on implementing best-in-class environmental and sustainability practice in their businesses, products and supply chains.

 

Brian expects to bring the following key insights to the Verego Steering Committee:

 

- Cross industry/International insights, Supplier perspective

 

- Knowledge of ISO, GRI, CDP and other sustainability standards

 

- Potential challenges with implementation of the Verego standard

 

- Opportunities for global roll out of the Verego standard

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Mike Simms

Chief Procurement Officer - Microsoft
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Mike is responsible for establishing and controlling all procurement policies and activities across MSFT, including Contact Centers & Technical Support, Content Development, Localization, S/W Development & Testing, Legal, Sales & Marketing, Corporate Travel, Employee Hardware and IT, and all other Indirect Procurement categories of spend which totals in excess of $25b annually. Simms leads a global organization which spans over 100 countries.

 

Prior to this role, Simms has held many senior position at MSFT over a 19 year period, including Chief Outsourcing Officer, General Manager of Customer Service & Support Outsourcing, and other global Procurement and Operations leadership roles.

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Tom Catania

Former Head of Global Public Policy - Whirlpool
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Whirlpool

 

“My interest in the Verego Steering Committee stems from much experience in the private sector (Whirlpool) trying to find the appropriate balance between public and private obligations in a business organization…I believe litigation ought to be the last resort, and hope through Verego I can help chart a less contentious course on issues of CSR and Sustainability. ”

 

Tom was Vice President, Government Relations at Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of almost $20 billion, 65,000 employees, and 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.

 

Tom is currently an Executive in Residence since 2012 at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where his primary responsibility is to help foster business engagement and expand the Institute’s role as a neutral convener of cross-sectoral discussions around important public policy issues

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Tobias Schoenherr

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management - Michigan State University
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Scott Beckerman

Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer - Comerica Bank
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Kent Ensing

VP Supply Management - Herman Miller
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“As the global supply management leader, I chose to work with Verego due to the fact they focus on the same areas that Herman Miller does with our supply base such as diversity, business ethics, people, community, and environment. In the past we would need to engage with a separate group for most of these areas of focus.”

 

Kent’s team drives the corporate 2020 environmental initiatives such as zero landfill, zero hazardous waste generation, zero air emissions (VOC) and 100 percent green electrical energy use throughout the supply base. Kent is currently implementing a long-term strategy to integrate key suppliers and eliminate waste in the value stream through the use of continuous improvement principles based on the Toyota Production System.

 

Kent is a former board member of a community agency responsible for business development. He is an active in his community through volunteer activities with various groups focused on improving the life of social and economically disadvantaged individuals.

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Clyde Dornier

Chief Procurement Officer - Visa
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David Wofford

Vice President - Meridian Group International Inc.
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Sime Curkovic

Professor of Management - Western Michigan University
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Greg Gardner

President & CEO - Arche Advisors
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The Verego Steering Committee (VSC) is made up of senior leaders dedicated to driving Corporate Responsibility and/or Responsible Sourcing best practices within their organizations. In VSC, members ensure the Verego SRS is the most approachable, actionable, and meaningful framework for organizations to implement and enhance the management systems of their ethical, social, and environmental capabilities.