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BSR20 is for the business leaders who are devoting each day to building a better world. Our content will help you stay ahead of the curve by addressing the global challenges we face today.

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A Human Rights-Respecting, Climate-Resilient Future

The climate crisis is playing an increasingly large role in shaping our future, with a growing impact on human rights. Water scarcity, wildfires, extreme weather, and rising sea levels are already disproportionately affecting vulnerable and disenfranchised populations globally, resulting in loss of livelihoods, forcing migration, and increasing the likelihood of conflict. However, responses to human rights and climate change risks continue to be siloed. Join us to explore this nexus through the lens of future scenarios to bring climate and human rights efforts closer together and inform a rights-respecting, climate-resilient future.

Scheduled Speakers

Speakers to be announced.

Samantha Harris

Global Lead, Climate and People

BSR (Moderator)


Hannah Darnton

Associate Director

BSR (Moderator)


Are You a Surveillance Capitalist?

Increasingly, all industries are involved in what is known as “surveillance capitalism,” a new iteration of our economic system in which business value is derived from the predictive insights gleaned from applying artificial intelligence (AI) to customer data and novel data sources. While this opens up potential new business models, it also has serious implications for the privacy and human rights of consumers. In this session, we will introduce the concept of surveillance capitalism and hear from companies in different industries about how they work to avoid causing harm when collecting and transferring customer data, carrying out targeted advertising, and building in insights powered by AI and IoT devices.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Nathalie Maréchal

Senior Policy Analyst

Ranking Digital Rights

Sarah Altschuller

Counsel, Business and Human Rights Program

Verizon

Sushant Kumar

Principal, Responsible Technology

Omidyar Network

Susan Morgan

Director, Susan Morgan Consulting

BSR Special Advisor (Moderator)


Building Resilience: From Theory to Action

Our globally interconnected system is experiencing a growing number of stresses and shocks—from climate disruption, to geopolitical volatility, to COVID-19. What can companies do to develop a more holistic understanding of the risks they face and develop strategies and collaborations to build the resilience of their businesses and the communities in which they operate? Join us for a discussion, led by company leaders and experts focused on turning resilience theory into robust strategy and action, on how to build climate resilience across your global value chain, how to stress-test strategies against different possible futures, and opportunities for collaboration with partners.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Sophie Martin

Real Estate Strategy and Urban Planning Manager

Genentech

Kate Gordon

Director, Planning and Research; Senior Advisor, Climate

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Shannon Siart

Manager, Climate Strategy and Sustainability Initiatives

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Ian Stewart

Director of Corporate Sustainability

Sempra Energy

Eric Olson

Senior Vice President

BSR (Moderator)


The Role of Portable Benefits in Modernizing the Social Contract

Our social safety net has failed to keep up with 21st-century realities. In the U.S., where many key aspects of the social safety net are tied to traditional, full-time employment, an estimated 1 in 10 workers get their primary source of income from non-traditional work which offers limited or no access to benefits—like paid leave, health insurance, retirement savings, and unemployment insurance—that are central to economic security and mobility. With the changing nature of work, the number of individuals and families that depend on non-traditional work for all or supplemental portions of their income is growing, meaning those lacking access to social safety nets is also growing. The current system fosters inequality and precarity, but emerging models for portable benefits systems—where benefits are attached to the individual and enable all workers to accrue, contribute to, and manage key benefits—show a path forward. Join us to learn more about these examples and the business role in advancing economic security and mobility through portable benefits, one element of BSR’s work to advance 21st-century social contracts.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Parag Mehta

Executive Director

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Vikrum Aiyer

Vice President, Global Public Policy and Strategic Communications

Postmates

Marilyn Watkins

Policy Director

Economic Opportunity Institute

Jessica Custer

Manager, Inclusive Economy

BSR (Moderator)


Can Business Protect Our Democracy?

With the U.S. presidential election around the corner, business has a massive stake in what comes next—not only in terms of the economy and market volatility, but also to ensure protection of the essential structures of democracy. Business has a civic responsibility and an important role to play in ensuring that democracy can flourish. Many businesses have demonstrated the case for action and what they can do by encouraging voter participation, ensuring election integrity, and calling for campaign finance reform. At a time when many are concerned about full access to the right to vote, and when employees want to know where their companies and their leaders stand on these questions, the voice of business is critically important. Join us to learn how the private sector is working to protect democracy.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Greg Behrman

Founder and CEO

NationSwell

Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer

BSR (Moderator)


The Convergence of Equity and Sustainability

Our vision of sustainable business should encompass diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), yet inside companies, sustainability and DEI are often led by two separate teams with two distinct agendas. The many expressions of support for racial justice from companies following the murder of George Floyd made clear the need for more sustained action over time, but also revealed the disconnect that exists inside companies among multiple social, economic, and human rights topics. How can companies take more strategic and integrated approaches that bring together disparate elements of sustainable business? How can DEI, sustainability, human rights, and other teams work more closely together on a shared, urgent, and ambitious agenda?        

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Nancy Mahon

Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability

The Estée Lauder Companies

Cecily Joseph

Advisor, Initiative for Equity & Social Justice

Presidio Graduate School

Yerina Mugica

Senior Director

Natural Resources Defense Council

Aditi Mohapatra

Managing Director

BSR (Moderator)


Creating a Zero-Emissions Freight Transport System by 2030

The global freight transport system must have zero-emissions solutions in place by 2030 to reach global climate goals by 2050. And to get there, we need innovative solutions and radical collaboration, enabling financial mechanisms and strong political will, to unlock decarbonization pathways throughout the freight transport value chain. Join us for key learnings and opportunities to drive significant progress collectively, as more and more brands are realizing the significance of their transport footprint and becoming willing partners supporting the industry shift.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Simon Christopher Bergulf

Director, Regulatory Affairs

A.P. Møller – Maersk

Dietmar Oeliger

Director, Transport

European Climate Foundation

Carlos Maurer

Executive Vice President, Global Commercial

Royal Dutch Shell

 Linda Johansson

Sustainability Manager, Global Logistics

H&M Group

Giulio Berruti

Associate Director, Climate

BSR (Moderator)


ESG: From Global Funds to Local Implementation in Asia

ESG integration into global funds and investment strategies differ due to unique market and regional characteristics. This session will explore global ESG themes through the lens of an Asia regional perspective and examine how both asset managers and companies can take action. How are capital flows changing? What expectations are being set? How do companies respond? Join the conversation to learn more.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Nathalie Wallace

Global Head, ESG Investment Strategy

State Street Global Advisors

Daobridge Capital

Yoo-Kyung Park

Head of APAC Responsible Investment and Governance

APG Asset Management

Hendrik Rosenthal

Director, Group Sustainability

CLP Group

Jeremy Prepscius

Vice President, Asia-Pacific

BSR (Moderator)


Ethical Technology Use in the COVID Era

The topic of human rights and technology use has been growing in importance over the years, but new use cases for contact tracing and workplace monitoring during COVID-19 present significant new questions about how to balance health and safety with privacy and human rights standards. How do we use technology ethically, and what are the reasonable lines to draw between public health benefits and human rights violations? Join us to learn lessons from companies that are developing and deploying these technologies and now non-tech companies should be engaged in the conversation.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Katie Shay

Head, Business and Human Rights

Cisco

Alexandria Walden

Global Head, Human Rights

Google

Steve Crown

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Microsoft Corporation

Hannah Darnton

Associate Director

BSR (Moderator)


Focusing on Long-Term Goals Amidst Unprecedented Uncertainty

2020 has presented sustainability teams with a seemingly unending series of urgent challenges and daily turmoil. Nevertheless, the coming decade necessitates bold corporate action across a range of pressing global challenges—the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement both have major milestones to hit by 2030. This session will provide lessons learned and practical advice from practitioners on how they stay focused on long-term goals and build creative new paths to achieve them amidst unprecedented uncertainty.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

William Davies

General Manager, Sustainability

Swire Coca Cola

Firman Dharmawan

Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability and Risk Management

Medco Energi

Rosa Kusbiantoro

Associate Director

BSR (Moderator)


From the Future: A Look Back at Supply Chain Risk and Resilience

It’s October 21, 2030. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that hit over 10 years ago was one of the first significant crises we faced at the beginning of the decade, majorly impacting global supply chains. Other crises followed, highlighting existing risks and bringing new ones to light: risks related to procurement, finance, suppliers, logistics, and workforces. Throughout the decade, business demonstrated its ability to become better prepared, to anticipate the unexpected, and to radically shift to mitigate risk and become more resilient. Throughout this unique, futures-thinking exercise, we will illustrate how it’s possible for business to achieve significant progress across supply chains and other business practices in the 2020s, despite crises that may lie ahead.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

BSR

Lin Wang

Director

BSR

Jeremy Prepscius

Vice President, Asia-Pacific

BSR

How Can Investors Better Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

For years, companies have been asked to disclose data on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the board or management levels. But while some companies have reported on diversity and even adopted goals, what progress have companies actually made on advancing DEI at all cohort levels, from the board down throughout the whole workforce? In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, learn how investors and corporates can raise the bar on advancing DEI to push for more disclosure and action to create change across the board. 

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Yumi Narita

Executive Director, Corporate Governance

Office of the New York City Comptroller

Brianna Murphy

Director, Shareholder Advocacy

Trillium Asset Management

Kara Helander

Managing Director and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

Carlyle

Nandini Hampole

Associate Director

BSR (Moderator)


How Critical Is Collaboration During a Crisis?

The last several years have seen the formation of many industry, cross-industry, and multi-stakeholder collaborations dedicated to solving big global challenges, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Empower@Work, and BSR’s own Future of Fuels.  In a world disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, how are collaborations helping participants to drive progress on near-term and long-term goals? What happens when partners in the vison for long-term system change are side-tracked by immediate disruption and downturn? This panel will share insights on challenges that multi-stakeholder initiatives and companies are currently facing, and discuss solutions that can make collaborations a source of resilience and busines continuity even during a time of disruption.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Amina Razvi

Executive Director

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Anbinh Phan

Director, Global Government Affairs

Walmart

Adam Tomasek

Lead Corporate Relations Practice

USAID

BSR (Moderator)


How Has 2020 Changed the Way We Think about Sustainability?

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

L’Oréal

Megan Starr

Global Head of Impact

The Carlyle Group

Kate Mikesell

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility

Hilton

Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer

BSR (Moderator)


Implementing and Financing Sustainable Supply Chains

Today’s global supply chains are increasingly complex and mostly driven by price volatility; operate with less and less transparency; and struggle to become more sustainable and resilient. This traditional opaque model limits companies’ knowledge of the players involved in their value chain, and the risks to which they are exposed. In this session, we will explore innovative business models, incentives, and solutions to increased transparency and progress towards sustainability throughout the value chain. We will take a deep dive into strategies and solutions to build sustainable (and profitable) supply chains.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Chris Sayner

Vice President Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability

Croda

 Hélène Jessua

Director, Consumer Citizen and Brands Dialogue

Consommateur & Citoyen

Viktor Ivanov

Head of Sustainability

BNP Paribas

BSR (Moderator)


How Companies Can Prepare for the Next Public Health Crisis

Many companies were aware before the COVID-19 pandemic hit that a global pandemic arising from animal-human contact could happen—and that it was likely. Yet few companies were prepared with action plans when the real crisis unfolded. What lessons are we learning from this pandemic that can help us better prepare for the next public health crisis? What opportunities did businesses find to be resilient, and where did they face the greatest challenges? How might businesses, together with policymakers and civil society, learn from the current crisis to take preventive steps and avert or mitigate future disasters?

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Nebeyou Abebe

Global Vice President, Health and Wellbeing

Sodexo

Caroline Roan

Vice President, Global Health and Patient Access, Pfizer

President, The Pfizer Foundation

Ron Goetzel

Senior scientist and director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

BSR (Moderator)


Navigating and Harmonizing Sustainability Reporting Frameworks

There is often reference made to the “acronym soup” of reporting initiatives: GRI, SASB, IIRC, CDP, TCFD, CRD, and more. While each has its purpose or intended audience, there remains limited understanding on how to integrate multiple frameworks in a single report or set of complementary disclosures. This session will feature perspectives on this issue from reporting initiatives and explore what bottom-up harmonization of the frameworks looks like in practice from the report preparer’s point of view.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Stephanie Dolmat

Head of ESG Reporting and Communications

Adobe

Neil Stewart

Director, Corporate Outreach

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

Bastian Buck

Chief of Standards

GRI

BSR (Moderator)


The Nexus of Climate and Health: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

For the first time in our lifetime, the entire global community is impacted by the same grave threat of COVID-19. The solidarity of this moment has led many to rise to the occasion in unprecedented fashion—governments have committed trillions to support industries and jobs affected by the global shutdown, and companies and philanthropists have directed billions toward finding therapeutics and supporting vulnerable frontline workers. This response must also be applied to the climate crisis. There is evidence that the growing threat of climate change will increase the frequency and severity of pandemics, and that the impact of these crises will disproportionately fall on poor and minority communities—further deepening economic inequality that is at the root of social unrest. In this session, we will explore the lessons learned from COVID-19 and how rebuilding efforts can and must consider a just transition to a green economy.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Colin Cave

Medical Director, External Affairs, Government Relations and Community Health

Kaiser Permanente

Ailun Yang

Head of International Programs, Climate & Environment

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Chhavi Ghuliani

Director, Partnership Development

BSR (Moderator)


On the Horizon: Emerging Issues for Business

Every day during the COVID-19 crisis, new issues are emerging in areas such as gender, privacy, intergenerational conflict, social contract experiments, renewable energy, automation, and economic growth. In this session, we will take a deep dive into a set of 4-5 of these emerging issues. After learning more about these issues that are unfolding in front of us, we will examine what they might mean for business and how sustainability teams can help their companies navigate them.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Sarah Krasley

Founder and CEO

Shimmy

Lisa Manley

Global Vice President, Sustainability

Mars

BSR

Jacob Park

Director, Sustainable Futures Lab

BSR (Moderator)


Overcoming the Diversity Challenge in the Sustainability Field

As we look around, it is clear the sustainability field is not as diverse as we would hope. Whether within BSR, corporate sustainability departments, or our peer organizations, the lack of racial diversity, especially among leadership, has limited our ability to bring issues of racial justice to the forefront of our work. Given the fact that people of color will be disproportionately affected by the climate crisis, healthcare access, and our other areas of work, addressing racial inequality should be a priority for everyone working in sustainability. As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum around the world, we look internally at the sustainability community with questions. How can we create a workplace where all employees feel like they belong and can use their unique backgrounds and perspectives to their fullest potential? And how can we understand and dismantle pervasive white privilege that might be hindering the recruitment of diverse employees? Join us for this candid conversation to hear how leaders from various sustainability functions are working to integrate racial justice into their programmatic priorities externally and within their workforces internally.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Peter Lupoff

Chief Executive Officer

Net Impact

Janda Campos

Group Director, Sustainability Engagement

Grundfos

Timothy Wilkins

Global Partner for Client Sustainability, Corporate and M&A

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Aditi Mohapatra

Managing Director

BSR (Moderator)


The Power of Data to Create and Break Gender Stereotypes

The gender data gap is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and it has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives. In fact, most workplace and supply chain management systems do not include a gender lens to account for women’s unique needs and rights, which prevents women from thriving in or even entering the supply chain workforce. Mainstreaming gender-sensitive dimensions across the different policies and processes is essential to promote gender equality and advance women across supply chains. In this session, we will explore how the lack of gender data leads to gaps in knowledge and solutions across product development, workplaces, global supply chains, and customer engagement.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Clara Bodin

Global Lead for Diversity and Inclusion

Telia Company

Shamistha Selvaratnam

Gender Benchmark Lead

World Benchmarking Alliance

Brittany Anthony

Head, Global Women’s Safety Policy

Uber

Annelise Thim

Manager, Women's Empowerment

BSR (Moderator)


Reducing Poverty through Business Collaboration in Developing Countries

Come learn firsthand about a new partnership between BSR and Sida—the Swedish International Development Agency—and how your business can participate. BSR and Sida seek to increase and deepen the effective contribution of the private sector to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The focus of the five-year partnership is to reduce poverty globally through business collaboration outside of North America and Western Europe.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Alan Atkisson

Assistant Director-General and Head of Department, Partnership and Innovation

Sida

Bathylle Missika

Head of Networks, Partnerships and Gender Division

OECD Development Centre

Eric Olson

Senior Vice President

BSR (Moderator)


Rethinking Growth and Prosperity during Global Crises

The pursuit of ever-greater economic growth has failed to deliver on the promise of prosperity for all, while also pushing our planet beyond capacity. The dual crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice, especially in the U.S., have laid bare deep inequalities and highlighted the extreme vulnerability of large portions of the working class, despite years of increased productivity and economic growth. Meanwhile, a near complete pause of business for months resulted in the greatest environmental gains since World War II, while also exposing how far we still are from meeting critical targets. Panelists from government, academia, and the private sector will discuss the paths forward, how we can rethink the traditional link between growth and prosperity, and implications in the face of climate change, persistent inequality, and now, massive unemployment.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

CB Bhattacharya

Founder and Director

Center for Sustainable Business

Jeannie Renne-Malone

Vice President, Global Sustainability

VF Corporation

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

BSR (Moderator)


Rise Up: Activism in the Decisive Decade

Amid increasing calls from employees and other stakeholders for companies to take a more active stance on the most concerning issues of today—from the climate crisis to social and racial justice—companies face both complex challenges and new opportunities to achieve meaningful and durable impact aligned with their business and sustainability goals. In this session, a select group of corporate leaders and key stakeholders will discuss lessons learned and share insights on how best to navigate this difficult, exciting, and increasingly indispensable space.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Timothy Smith

Director, ESG Sharehowner Engagement

Boston Trust Walden

John Monsif

Director, U.S. Government Relations

McDonald's

Chanelle Hardy

Head of Civil Rights and Senior Strategic Outreach Counsel

Google

Eric Olson

Senior Vice President

BSR (Moderator)


The Role of Government to Promote Sustainable Finance

Over the past decade corporations have embraced the need for a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and that is not limited to private sector. Financial Services Agency, Japanese government body which is overseeing financial sector to ensure the stability of financial system, has appointed Chief Sustainable Finance Officer (CSFO) in March 2019, with the aim to promote sustainable finance. What is the role of newly established CSFO? What does it aim to achieve through establishing the position? What is the mid-term plan? What is the strategy to achieve those goals? What is the structure and what does the team look like? What is the expectation to corporations? How do you collaborate and communicate among different stakeholders to achieve those goals? This session is part of a series that will feature CSOs from various sectors and regions in one-on-one intimate conversations with BSR leadership. With this session, we will discuss the ever-changing role of the CSO for the government agencies, the challenges and how to address them.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Satoshi Ikeda

Chief Sustainable Finance Officer

Financial Services Agency, the Government of Japan

Asako Nagai

Managing Director

BSR (Moderator)


Scenario-Planning the Future of Climate Action and Policy

Climate action and policy do not take place in a vacuum, but rather are profoundly influenced by external factors like geopolitics, the global economy, societal trends, and technological disruption. Join us to explore different scenarios for how global trends and emerging issues are likely to reshape climate action and policy and learn how to navigate uncertainty in our profoundly disruptive times.

Scheduled Speakers

Speakers to be announced.

David Wei

Managing Director

BSR (Moderator)


Sustainability in the Boardroom: Perception vs. Reality

ESG is quickly rising on board agendas. Many major corporations now have dedicated ESG committees on their boards, are adding to their ESG skillsets, and are holding executive leadership accountable for ESG performance. But does this perception of increased ESG integration match up to reality? In this session, we will hear from current board members of major corporations as well as external groups pushing for more ESG board integration. They will provide their own perspectives on what really happens on ESG inside the boardroom and how it currently matches up with stakeholder expectations.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Geralyn Ritter

Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel

Merck & Co.

Karina Litvack

Non-Executive Director

Eni, BSR, Viridor, CFA Institute

John Hodges

Vice President

BSR (Moderator)


The Changing Role of China in the Global Economy

As an important manufacturing base and global economic power, China demonstrates consistent economic growth, even despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing geopolitical tension with the West. While the overall world economy is facing great uncertainty, China has resumed its production and market performance quickly. Domestically, China’s consumer market is largely back to normal—supported by e-commence—and production lines are up and running. Moreover, China is continuing to pursue its global economic integration, including its sustainability agenda, by aiming higher to meet international reporting and sustainability governance requirements and pushing clean energy and environmental protections. In this session, key business leaders and stakeholders will facilitate a dialogue to better understand how Chinese government regulations and laws will impact the global economy and steer the sustainability agenda.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Kehua Hu

Director of Sustainability Stewardship

China National Textile and Apparel Council

Sun Jian

Vice President, Communications and Sustainability

Sateri Group

Lin Wang

Director

BSR (Moderator)


The Future of the Sustainability Function: The Evolving Role of the CSO (EMEA)

Over the past decade corporations have embraced the need for a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and have recognized the strategic value of integrating the CSO and the sustainability team further into corporate strategy, risk management, and business lines. As business-critical stakeholders – investors, board members, major customers, etc. – increasingly engage the sustainability team directly, they expect the CSO to take part in key corporate decision-making processes and hold a higher level of accountability for business success. However, corporations are taking disparate approaches when it comes to the roles, authority and accountability of the sustainability officer and function. This session is part of a series that will feature CSOs from various industries and regions in one-on-one intimate conversations with BSR leadership. We will discuss the ever-changing role of the CSO and sustainability team, what being “integrated” into the business teams means in practice, and expectations for the corporate sustainability profession over the next decade. 
 

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer

Unilever

Elisa Niemtzow

Vice President, Consumer Sectors and Global Membership

BSR (Moderator)


The Future of the Sustainability Function: The Evolving Role of the CSO (US)

Over the past decade corporations have embraced the need for a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and have recognized the strategic value of integrating the CSO and the sustainability team further into corporate strategy, risk management, and business lines. As business-critical stakeholders – investors, board members, major customers, etc. – increasingly engage the sustainability team directly, they expect the CSO to take part in key corporate decision-making processes and hold a higher level of accountability for business success. However, corporations are taking disparate approaches when it comes to the roles, authority and accountability of the sustainability officer and function. This session is part of a series that will feature CSOs from various industries and regions in one-on-one intimate conversations with BSR leadership. We will discuss the ever-changing role of the CSO and sustainability team, what being “integrated” into the business teams means in practice, and expectations for the corporate sustainability profession over the next decade.

 

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Kristina Kloberdanz

Chief Sustainability Officer

Mastercard

John Hodges

Vice President

BSR (Moderator)


The New Era of ESG Investing

ESG investing has gone from niche to norm, stirring up powerful implications for the convergence of corporate sustainability and investor relations. Join us as we examine the current ESG landscape and what sustainability and investor relations teams should focus on to navigate evolutions in areas like data-gathering, frameworks, and more. We will also take a deeper dive into where sustainability teams still need to look beyond investors toward emerging issues.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Nathalie Wallace

Global Head, ESG Investment Strategy

State Street Global Advisors

Amisha Parekh

Product Manager, Sustainable Finance Solutions

Bloomberg

Lauren Abbott

Global Vice President, Investor Relations

Anheuser-Busch InBev

BSR (Moderator)


Unbiasing Human Rights Due Diligence: The Case for Inclusive Approaches

As we enter the decisive decade of the 2020s, the global inequality crisis is coming to light, where fair opportunities and justice are not guaranteed on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. It is time to make human rights due diligence reflective of the way vulnerable groups are disproportionately affected—and intersectionality is key. How can businesses take an inclusive approach in human rights due diligence and use methodologies that help identify impacts specific and intersectional to different groups of rightsholders? This session will showcase how inclusive due diligence can and should be integrated into existing human rights methodologies—from context setting, to rightsholder identification, to data collection and rightsholder engagement strategies—to build inclusive strategies and transformative remedy.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Cynthia Trigo

Human Rights Senior Advisor

Total

Miranda Sissons

Director of Human Rights

Facebook

Peter Nestor

Human Rights Manager

Novartis

Jenny Vaughan

Human Rights Director

BSR (Moderator)


What Should the Unicorns of the 21st Century Look Like?

In 2019, the World Economic Forum reported 326 privately held startups with a valuation of over US$1B. These “unicorns” are becoming both more prevalent than their mythical namesake suggests and taking on a bigger role in reshaping business models and industry norms: The gig economy is redefining our concept of work, the sharing economy is shifting possibilities for asset owners, and artificial intelligence is changing how we experience the world around us. So what should the unicorns of the 21st century look like? What responsibilities should they have in society at large and in the communities where they operate? What opportunities do they have to be leaders in rolling out a modernized 21st-century social contract?

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Jamie Martin

Executive Director

Morgan Stanley

Tina Lee

Head of Social Impact

Dropbox

Johannes Lenhard

Centre Coordinator

Cambridge Centre, Ethics, Economy and Social Change

Kelly Gallo

Associate Director

BSR (Moderator)


The European Union’s Ambitions on Sustainable Finance: What Does it Mean for You?

Since the European Commission unveiled its Action Plan on Sustainable Finance in May 2018, significant progress has been made to set standards and benchmarks that will clarify what is meant by green activities and improvements to reporting. Whether your company is based in Europe or has global operations, this session will provide you with an update on EU legislation and its implications for business.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Giulia Genuardi

Head of Sustainability, Planning and Performance Management

Enel

EFRAG

Victor van Hoorn

Executive Director

Eurosif

Charlotte Bancilhon

Associate Director

BSR (Moderator)


Who Are My Stakeholders in a World Transformed?

2020’s events have transformed the business agenda, with heightened urgency to address a global pandemic, widespread economic dislocation, and systemic inequities. Issues such as the climate crisis remain essential and are starting to be seen more through the prism of economic, racial, and gender justice. Businesses can only understand and meet the needs of this new agenda if they simultaneously rethink their stakeholders. This session will provide companies with a new way to identify and engage with the right set of stakeholders to meet this moment, including a focus on people and communities that have all too often been marginalized, not least communities of color.

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Erin Koch

Sustainability and Communications Manager

Sempra

Melynnie Rizvi

Director of Employment, Inclusion and Impact

SurveyMonkey

Dylan Siegler

Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility

Verizon

Cristina Fernández Lira

Deputy Manager, Community Relations

Kinross

BSR (Moderator)


Working from Home, or Sleeping at the Office?

In 2020, more employees than ever are working unexpectedly in new remote environments. Their productivity outside a traditional office is supported by innovations in videoconferencing. Unfortunately, research finds that people are more stressed out over videoconferencing than over other types of remote work—in part due to technological challenges and the awkwardness of still-developing social norms. This transition has also ushered in new levels of potential data collection and data security concerns that elevate the need to protect workers’ data privacy. At the same time, videoconferencing can help improve mental health by alleviating lockdown isolation, enabling better collaboration among teams, and increasing social connectivity with colleagues. In fact, employees who reported satisfaction with social connectivity with their colleagues were two to three times more likely to have improved their productivity during this time. As the pandemic continues to reshape office work, join us to discuss the opportunities and challenges of videoconferencing and how our work lives may have been changed for good. 

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Harry D. Moseley

Global Chief Information Officer

Zoom

Graham Sheldon

Vice President of Product, Microsoft Teams

Microsoft

Kelly Gallo

Associate Director

BSR (Moderator)


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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