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Breakout Session

How Has 2020 Changed the Way We Think about Sustainability?

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As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, rumors started that sustainability efforts would recede due to constrained budgets, reduced government and investor pressure, potential layoffs and existential threats to entire sectors, and a lack of capacity to focus on the long term with such immediate and urgent competing priorities. Yet the opposite seems to be unfolding: Companies are meeting the moment and maintaining their commitments to sustainability, and the pandemic has further highlighted the need for business to lead in creating lasting systemic change. Learn more about how companies and sectors are advancing sustainability efforts despite resource constraints and share expectations for how that will proceed as we move toward 2021.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Alexandra Palt

Chief Sustainability Officer


Megan Starr

Global Head of Impact

The Carlyle Group

Kate Mikesell

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility


Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer

BSR (Moderator)

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Silver Sponsors

Flex Ltd.
The Walt Disney Company

Supporting Sponsors

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

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