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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 20 October 2020

Block 1

18:30-18:50

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

18:55-19:25

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

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary International Trade Union Confederation

19:30-20:00

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

  • Anthony Romero, Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union

20:00-20:20

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

20:20-20:40

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Networking Huddles

20:40-21:30

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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)

21:40-22:30

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

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Block 2

10:00-10:20

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Regional Welcome

10:25-11:05

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11:10-11:50

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Plenary Session

11:50-12:10

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Networking Huddles

12:10-13:00

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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

13:10-14:00

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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

18:00-18:30

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De-stress At Your Desk Yoga and Meditation Workshop

18:30-19:00

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Plenary Address: Bernard Looney CEO, bp

  • Bernard Looney, CEO bp

19:05-19:25

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19:30-19:50

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

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

19:55-20:15

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Plenary Session

20:15-20:40

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Hallway Mingle

20:40-21:30

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Breakout Sessions

  • 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

21:40-22:30

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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

Thursday 22 October 2020

Block 4

03:00-03:30

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Regional Welcome and Plenary Session

03:35-04:05

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Plenary Session

04:10-05:00

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

05:10-06:00

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

06:00-07:00

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Hallway Mingle

Block 5

16:00-16:30

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Plenary Address: Darren Walker President, Ford Foundation

  • Darren Walker, President Ford Foundation

16:35-16:55

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Plenary Address: Phil Thomson President, Global Affairs, GSK

  • Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs GSK

17:00-17:30

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Plenary Session

17:30-18:10

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Networking Events

18:10-19:00

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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?

19:10-20:00

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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 23 October 2020

Block 6

17:00-17:30

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

  • François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO Kering

17:35-17:55

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Plenary Session

18:00-18:30

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Plenary Session

18:30-19:10

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Networking Events

19:10-20:00

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Breakout Sessions

  • 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

20:10-21:00

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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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Still clearly the best sustainability professional gathering and discussion forum.

—BSR Conference 2018 Participant


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