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Schedule

Schedule of Events

Our first virtual conference will be presented in six blocks to encourage participation from attendees across the globe. Each block will feature plenary and breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more.

Navigate the agenda below to discover the blocks and events that are most accessible in your time zone. If you miss an event, don’t worry—all content will be recorded and available on demand to BSR20 participants for one year.

Check this page often and subscribe for program updates, including bonus trainings and virtual networking sessions, pre-Conference webinars, and in-person gatherings (as permitted and to be determined). Sessions, workshops, and confirmed speakers are subject to change.

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Tuesday October 20, 2020

Block 1

11:30 am-11:50 am

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Conference Kick-off with Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR

  • Aron Cramer, President and CEO BSR

11:55 am-12:25 pm

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Plenary Address: Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary International Trade Union Confederation

12:30 pm-1:00 pm

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Plenary Address: Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

  • Anthony Romero, Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union

1:00 pm-1:20 pm

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Plenary Address: Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer and Marketing Executive, Verizon

  • Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer and Marketing Executive Verizon

1:20 pm-1:40 pm

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1:20 pm-1:40 pm

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Human Rights Team

1:20 pm-1:40 pm

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Climate Team

1:30 pm-1:35 pm

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Desk Stretch sponsored by Target

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Target

1:40 pm-2:30 pm

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Breakout Sessions

  • Are You a Surveillance Capitalist?
  • Building Resilience: From Theory to Action
  • The Future of the Sustainability Function: The Evolving Role of the CSO (US)
  • Overcoming the Diversity Challenge in the Sustainability Field

2:40 pm-3:30 pm

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  • How Can Investors Better Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
  • On the Horizon: Emerging Issues for Business
  • Can Business Protect Our Democracy?

Wednesday October 21, 2020

Block 2

3:00 am-3:20 am

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Regional Welcome with Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR

  • Aron Cramer, President and CEO BSR

3:25 am-3:55 am

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Plenary Address: François-Henri Pinault Chairman and CEO, Kering

  • François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO Kering

4:00 am-4:40 am

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Plenary Address: Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

  • Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director United Nations Global Compact

4:40 am-5:10 am

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Wonder.me Virtual Networking

4:50 am-5:10 am

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Supply Chain Sustainability Team

4:50 am-5:10 am

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Human Rights Team

4:50 am-5:10 am

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Climate Change Team

5:00 am-5:05 am

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Desk Stretch sponsored by Target

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5:10 am-6:00 am

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Breakout Sessions

  • From the Future: A Look Back at Supply Chain Risk and Resilience
  • The Future of the Sustainability Function: The Evolving Role of the CSO (EMEA)
  • Creating a Zero-Emissions Freight Transport System by 2030

6:10 am-7:00 am

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Breakout Sessions

Block 3

11:15 am-11:25 am

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Guided Meditation for Energy sponsored by Target

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Target

11:30 am-12:00 pm

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Plenary Address: Bernard Looney CEO, bp

  • Bernard Looney, CEO bp

12:05 pm-12:30 pm

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Plenary Address: Maria Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business

  • Maria Mendiluce, CEO We Mean Business

12:35 pm-1:00 pm

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Plenary Address: Ann Mukherjee Chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard, North America

  • Ann Mukherjee , Chairman and CEO Pernod Ricard, North America

1:00 pm-1:40 pm

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Wonder.me Virtual Networking

1:25 pm-1:40 pm

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Women’s Empowerment Team

1:25 pm-1:40 pm

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Inclusive Economy Team

1:40 pm-2:30 pm

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Breakout Sessions

  • Reducing Poverty through Business Collaboration in Developing Countries
  • How Has 2020 Changed the Way We Think about Sustainability?
  • The Nexus of Climate and Health: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

2:40 pm-3:30 pm

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  • The Power of Data to Create and Break Gender Stereotypes
  • Scenario-Planning the Future of Climate Action and Policy
  • Rise Up: Activism in the Decisive Decade

Block 4

7:45 pm-7:55 pm

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Guided Meditation for Intention sponsored by Target

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Target

8:00 pm-8:05 pm

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Regional Welcome with Asako Nagai, Managing Director and Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President, BSR

  • Asako Nagai, Managing Director BSR
  • Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President, Asia-Pacific BSR

8:10 pm-8:35 pm

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Plenary Address: Kent Walker, Senior Vice President, Global Affairs and Alexandria Walden, Global Head, Human Rights, Google

  • Alexandria Walden, Global Head, Human Rights Google
  • Kent Walker, Senior Vice President, Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Google

8:40 pm-9:05 pm

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Plenary Conversation: COVID Impacts on Supply Chain Workers in Asia

  • Smita Nimilita, Bangladesh Representative, HERproject BSR
  • Sanjiv Pandita, Decent Work Solidar Suisse

9:10 pm-10:00 pm

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Breakout Sessions

  • Ethical Technology Use in the COVID Era
  • Focusing on Long-Term Goals Amidst Unprecedented Uncertainty

10:10 pm-11:00 pm

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  • The Role of Government to Promote Sustainable Finance
  • ESG: From Global Funds to Local Implementation in Asia

11:00 pm-12:00 am

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Wonder.me Virtual Networking

11:00 pm-11:30 pm

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Supply Chain Sustainability Team

Thursday October 22, 2020

Block 5

9:00 am-9:30 am

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Plenary Address: Darren Walker President, Ford Foundation

  • Darren Walker, President Ford Foundation

9:35 am-9:55 am

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Plenary Address: Phil Thomson President, Global Affairs, GSK

  • Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs GSK

10:00 am-10:30 am

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Plenary Address: Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

  • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO NAACP

10:30 am-11:10 am

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Networking Events

10:30 am-11:10 am

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Sustainability Management Team

10:30 am-11:10 am

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Supply Chain Sustainability Team

10:30 am-11:10 am

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Inclusive Economy Team

11:10 am-12:00 pm

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Breakout Sessions

  • How Companies Can Prepare for the Next Public Health Crisis
  • The New Era of ESG Investing
  • Who Are My Stakeholders in a World Transformed?

12:10 pm-1:00 pm

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  • The Role of Portable Benefits in Modernizing the Social Contract
  • Navigating and Harmonizing Sustainability Reporting Frameworks
  • Implementing and Financing Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Working from Home, or Sleeping at the Office?

Friday October 23, 2020

Block 6

10:00 am-10:30 am

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The Future is Weird: A Foresight Game Show

  • Alessandro Carlucci, Board Chair BSR
  • Helen Clarkson, CEO The Climate Group
  • Erika Karp, Founder and CEO Cornerstone Capital Group

10:35 am-11:10 am

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Plenary Address: Gillian Tett, Chair, Editorial Board and Editor-at-Large, Financial Times

  • Gillian Tett, Chair of Editorial Board and Editor-at-Large, U.S. Financial Times

11:10 am-12:10 pm

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Networking Events

11:30 am-12:10 pm

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Sustainability Management Team

11:30 am-12:10 am

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BSR Office Hours: Meet the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team

12:00 pm-12:05 pm

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Desk Stretch sponsored by Target

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Target

12:10 pm-1:00 pm

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Breakout Sessions

  • Sustainability in the Boardroom: Perception vs. Reality
  • What Should the Unicorns of the 21st Century Look Like?
  • Unbiasing Human Rights Due Diligence: The Case for Inclusive Approaches

1:10 pm-2:00 pm

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Breakout Sessions

  • How Critical Is Collaboration During a Crisis?
  • The Convergence of Equity and Sustainability
  • Rethinking Growth and Prosperity during Global Crises
  • A Human Rights-Respecting, Climate-Resilient Future

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Still clearly the best sustainability professional gathering and discussion forum.

—BSR Conference 2018 Participant


Sponsors

Convening Sponsor

Verizon

Platinum Sponsor

We Mean Business

Gold Sponsor

Target

Silver Sponsors

EQT
Flex Ltd.
The Walt Disney Company

Supporting Sponsors

AB InBev
Atlassian
Cisco
The Coca-Cola Company
Google, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Qualcomm

Marketing and Media Sponsor

3BL Media