SustainabilityBuilding industry alignment, advancing supply chain success and positively impacting public perception of sustainability in equipment manufacturing brought representatives from AEM’s Sustainability Council together at John Deere Chicago Technology Hub’s in Chicago last week for a day-long, in-person meeting.

Led by Sustainability Chair Kim Noe, program manager, sustainability, for AEM member company John Deere, the meeting focused on Scope 3, Category 11, greenhouse gas emissions, ESG reporting and more, as the council assessed its recent progress and worked to build consensus on its work for the remainder of 2023 and beyond.

“As part of AEM’s ongoing commitment to advancing industry education, adoption and action around sustainability, particularly within the supply chain, we brought our member-led Sustainability Council together last week to spark ideas and confirm long-term priorities related to our sustainability initiative,” said AEM Senior Vice President Curt Blades. “We appreciate all of the hard work and valuable insights, as they are crucial to AEM’s efforts to drive lasting industry change.”

Specific agenda items covered during last week’s gathering of the AEM Sustainability Council include:

  • Updates on Scope 3, Category 11
  • Accounting for and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • AEM’s soon-to-be-relaunched Sustainability Toolkit
  • ESG reporting
  • Communication strategies and tactics associated with powering positive public perception
  • Regulatory activity
  • Sustainability storytelling
  • The role of human rights in sustainable development

In addition, the Council heard from:

  • MasterCard Vice President of Climate and Environmental Strategy Athanasia Xeros, who provided insights on sustainability from an outside industry perspective
  • Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) representatives Ken Burke and Ernie Stephens, who shared their thoughts on sustainability from an equipment manager perspective

“AEM and its Sustainability Council are working to providing a framework that supports sustainability best practices for a more viable world,” said AEM Regulatory Affairs Manager and Sustainability Council Staff Liaison Johnathan Josephs. “We encourage our members to make their voice heard regarding AEM’s sustainability initiative, and we welcome their questions, feedback, concerns and ideas to help guide our efforts ahead.”

Learn More

The next meeting of the AEM Sustainability Council is scheduled to be held virtually in Q1 of 2024. For more information, contact AEM’s Curt Blades at or AEM’s Johnathan Josephs at

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