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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

10:30 am-10:50 am

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

10:55 am-11:25 am

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

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary International Trade Union Confederation

11:30 am-12:00 pm

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

  • Anthony Romero, Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union

12:00 pm-12:20 pm

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

12:20 pm-12:40 pm

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Networking Huddles

12:40 pm-1:30 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)

1:40 pm-2:30 pm

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

Wednesday October 21, 2020

Block 2

2:00 am-2:20 am

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Regional Welcome

2:25 am-3:05 am

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3:10 am-3:50 am

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Plenary Session

3:50 am-4:10 am

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Networking Huddles

4:10 am-5:00 am

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  • 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

5:10 am-6:00 am

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  • The European Union’s Ambitions on Sustainable Finance: What Does it Mean for You?
  • The Changing Role of China in the Global Economy

Block 3

10:00 am-10:30 am

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De-stress At Your Desk Yoga and Meditation Workshop

10:30 am-11:00 am

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Plenary Address: Bernard Looney CEO, bp

  • Bernard Looney, CEO bp

11:05 am-11:25 am

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11:30 am-11:50 am

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

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

11:55 am-12:15 pm

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12:15 pm-12:40 pm

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Hallway Mingle

12:40 pm-1:30 pm

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  • Police Reform and the Role of Business
  • How Has 2020 Changed the Way We Think about Sustainability?
  • The Nexus of Climate and Health: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

1:40 pm-2:30 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

7:00 pm-7:30 pm

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Regional Welcome and Plenary Session

7:35 pm-8:05 pm

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8:10 pm-9:00 pm

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

9:10 pm-10:00 pm

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  • The Future of the Sustainability Function: The Evolving Role of the CSO (Asia)
  • The New Era of ESG Investing (Asia)

10:00 pm-11:00 pm

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Hallway Mingle

Thursday October 22, 2020

Block 5

8:00 am-8:30 am

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Plenary Address: Darren Walker President, Ford Foundation

  • Darren Walker, President Ford Foundation

8:35 am-8:55 am

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Plenary Address: Phil Thomson President, Global Affairs, GSK

  • Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs GSK

9:00 am-9:30 am

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9:30 am-10:10 am

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Networking Events

10:10 am-11:00 am

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  • How Companies Can Prepare for the Next Public Health Crisis
  • Looking in the Mirror: (Lack of) Diversity in the Sustainability Field
  • The New Era of ESG Investing
  • Who Are My Stakeholders in a World Transformed?

11:10 am-12:00 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

9:00 am-9:30 am

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

  • François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO Kering

9:35 am-9:55 am

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10:00 am-10:30 am

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10:30 am-11:10 am

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Networking Events

11:10 am-12:00 pm

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

12:10 pm-1:00 pm

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  • 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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The BSR conference was a much-welcomed opportunity to consider the broader role of business; and how business can use its voice, influence and collective resources to improve society.

—BSR Conference 2019 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