ESG (environmental, social, governance) performance is the core of a responsible business. As we dive into 2021, against the backdrop of all the major forces of the past year (e.g. COVID-19, the movement for racial equity and justice, demand for climate action and justice, transparency), there is an increasing expectation for corporations to elevate their CSR/ESG work as well as break down the silos of ESG and look at it through an integrated and holistic lens.
In 1970, Milton Friedman posited that the social responsibility of the business was to obey the law, generate returns for shareholders and produce goods and services. He frowned on corporate philanthropy, but the practice only grew and evolved. We have moved from pure philanthropy to shared value to ESG integration in just a few decades. Our CEOs receive an annual letter from Larry Fink articulating BlackRock’s expectations on issues ranging from Diversity and Inclusion to Climate impacts and disclosure. We have moved from shareholder primacy to inclusive stakeholder capitalism.
This session will delve into the lessons learned and actions companies can take to ensure better incorporation of ESG to create a more equitable and resilient business that has a positive social and environmental impact.
- The evolution of the function from pure play philanthropy to sustainability
- How companies are identifying material ESG risks and opportunities from environmental impacts to DEI and managing them
- How corporate ESG leaders are collaborating with line leaders to integrate and resource ESG into operations.
- The role philanthropy plays in the company ESG strategies
- How to best engage leadership and the Board
- How progress is measured and disclosed
- Anisa Costa, Chairman and President, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tiffany & Co.
- Patricia Torres Leandro, Global Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions, Bloomberg LP
- Jenn Stredler, Vice President, Workforce Development, Salesforce
- Paula Luff (Moderator), Director of ESG Research and Engagement, DSC Meridian Capital
All interested funders, especially corporate foundations, Corporate Sustainability and ESG professionals, and their business colleagues in HR and D&I roles. What to expect: presentation followed by Q&A.
10:00 - 11:30 AM Program
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