Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and professional responsibility impacts companies, nonprofits, and employees alike. Businesses are increasingly turning to CSR to make a difference in society and build a positive brand around their company. This signature ELI Master Class will dive into valuable tools and approaches for successfully implementing and reporting CSR. Join ELI and leading experts for an exploration of best practices and case studies providing key takeaways for participants to be on the frontline of effective and socially responsible corporate governance.
12:00 - 12:15 PM
John J. Forrer, Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility; Research Professor, Strategic Management & Public Policy; and Associate Faculty, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
12:15 - 1:30 PM
Panel 1: Introduction & Foundations of CSR will tackle the bases of how corporations can best implement CSR through socially responsible business practices. The bedrock of a successful CSR program is a strategic alignment with the company’s business model. Leading panelists will explore the foundations of CSR programs, the evolution and current state of CSR programs, how CSR has changed the industry, and what is on the horizon for the future of CSR practices.
Nicoline Good, Postgraduate Researcher, University of Edinburgh, Moderator
Emily Smith Ewing, Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Corporate Social Responsibility, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham Law School
Roger Martella, General Counsel, Environment, Health and Safety, General Electric
Panel 2: CSR Diligence & Maintenance will focus on the obstacles and opportunities that arise from establishing and upholding effective CSR initiatives. In order to ensure continuous support and growth of CSR programs, companies often find a need to expand and evolve their definition of CSR. Expert panelists will dive into the innovative opportunities and obstacles of maintaining sustainable business practices including purchasing source materials, examining environmental impacts, finding areas of collaboration to foster multi-stakeholder benefits, and more.
Angela Ortiz Sedano, ESG and Sustainability Manager, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), Moderator
Kendra Abkowitz, Director, Office of Policy & Sustainable Practices, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC)
Ann Condon, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute (ELI), formerly Director, Resource and Environmental Strategies, General Electric
3:00 - 3:15 PM
3:15 - 4:30 PM
Panel 3: Reporting & CSR will provide an in-depth exploration of opportunities and challenges for CSR reporting in the United States. While many reporting frameworks exist and are used by large organizations, differences in reporting standards is a leading challenge faced by multinational corporations, investors, and stakeholders. Leading panelists will tackle the challenges faced by CSR reporting and explore best practices to overcome these hurdles.
Cassie Phillips, Visiting Scholar, Private Environmental Governance Initiative, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator