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Sustainability: The Impact on the Cleaning Industry

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Steve Ashkin
The Ashkin Group


Steve Ashkin is passionate about the global cleaning industry and cares deeply about the estimated 100 million workers the industry employs and how our industry affects the environment.  Steve is considered the “father of green cleaning” and recently recognized by ISSA – the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association as one of the most influential members of the industry over the past 100 years.  Steve’s current projects including serving on the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings Committee, co-chairing ISSA’s Sustainability Committee, and launching green cleaning in Asia and the Middle East.


Ashlee Adams
Head of Environmental Sustainability, Americas


Ashlee Adams has worked in environmental sustainability for over 16 years and spent the last 3 ½ years at ISS dedicated to working with our organization to achieve broad and important Environmental Sustainability Goals.  She has also worked with several clients on special projects, including energy management, waste management and diversion, and carbon reporting with efficiency practices in mind. 

Ashlee comes to the Sustainability field with a background in the public sector where she developed several programs to increase adoption of waste and recycling programs through a county of 1.2 million residents.

Ashlee earned two bachelor’s degrees before taking her first job in Human Resources.  Fortunately, the opportunity to work in sustainability opened and she has been able to work in a challenging and rewarding field.  She earned a Master’s degree in 2015 a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor in 2020 and a Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Certificate – Cambridge University 2023


Malene Thiele
Global Director, ESG and Sustainability


Malene Thiele is the Global Director, ESG and Sustainability, at Nilfisk.  Having been a sustainability professional for 18 years, Malene Thiele began her career as Sustainability professional in 2005 in the telco industry. Today, she is a well-known figure debating the corporate sustainable transition in Denmark.  Prior to joining Nilfisk in 2022, Malene Thiele was Head of CSR in the industry association Danish Chamber of Commerce.

During this time, she also served as Chairman of the Board of the multistakeholder organization, Ethical Trade Denmark and member of the 2030 panel appointed to support the political work of the 2030 Network, consisting of members of the Danish Parliament.

Her entry into political advocacy was paved by a position in the Danish Business Authority. In addition to her engagement with Nilfisk, Malene serves as a member of the board of the UN Global Compact Network Denmark, and member of the ESG Panel set up by the Danish Association of Lawyers and Economists, and she participates in the ISSA Sustainability Committee.

Malene has also worked as a sustainability specialist at Copenhagen Airports and lived in Kenya for three years supporting the Kenyan network of UN Global Compact members. Malene graduated as Cand.Merc.Int from Copenhagen Business School in 2005.


Jill Trider
Customer Marketing Manager – Sustainability
Essity Professional Hygiene North America


Jill Trider is a Customer Marketing Manager – Sustainability at Essity Professional Hygiene North America. She is passionate about driving sustainability efforts with Tork products that improve business performance through sustainable hygiene, Jill possesses more than a decade of experience in B2B and B2C industries, where she has built strong expertise in sustainability initiatives.