Agenda

FT Investing in a Sustainable Future
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Hudson Theatre, NYC


 

8:30 am-8:50 am

Registration and Breakfast Buffet

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8:50 am-9:00 am

Chair's Remarks

Conference Chair

  • Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development, Financial Times
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9:00 am-9:15 am

Welcoming Remarks by Lisa Woll, CEO Social Investment Forum & Martin Smith, CEO & Founder, Justmeans

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9:15 am-10:30 am

OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL

 

Corporate Governance, CSR and SRI: The Blurring of the Lines

At one time, the corporate CSR community was separate and distinct from the Socially Responsible Investment world, but that day is rapidly disappearing. The fortunes of one rest the other. Issues such as labor relations, global warming, supply chain, and diversity have become part and parcel of corporate governance, and governance and accountability are central issues to investors.

Shareholders want to ensure that the capital they provide to the corporate world is used effectively and efficiently; so what does that mean to the corporations themselves?

Hear from all sides of the equation about how things are changing and what can be done better.

Speaker(s)

  • Marc Fox, Executive Director, GS SUSTAIN, Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Karen Morris, Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Chartis Insurance
  • Damon A. Silvers, Director of Policy and Special Counsel , AFL-CIO
  • John Wilson, Director, Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF

Moderator(s)

  • Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres and Director, Investor Network on Climate Risk
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10:30 am-10:50 am

Networking Break

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10:50 am-11:30 am

PANEL

Energy & the Environment : New Priorities, New Challenges

How will the administration's priorities and the evolving regulatory climate impact the business community's attitude towards climate change, i.e. Would a proposed National Emissions Trading Scheme bill succeed in creating a whole new investment universe? How will the EPA's new position on Carbon Dioxide impact companies and investors alike? How are companies stepping up to the plate to take the lead on environmental issues?

Speaker(s)

  • Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Andrew Mangan, Executive Director, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development

Moderator(s)

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11:30 am-12:45 pm

PANEL

Stakeholder Engagement: Getting it Right
Business activities can result in the upheaval - quite literally - of entire communities or even companies. Seeking out and listening to the views of stakeholders in a way that allows companies to manage - and minimize - their impact on society and the environment is essential. But it can be a tricky business. This panel will highlight best practice in multi-stakeholder engagement and showcase real-world examples from the companies that are getting it right.

Speaker(s)

  • Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President for Sustainability Research & Policy, Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc.
  • Steve Lippman, Director of Environmental Engagement, Microsoft
  • Frank Molina, Investor Relations, Dell Inc.
  • Thomas Niemann, Reporting Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Policy, Ford Motor Company

Moderator(s)

  • Tim Smith, Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social and Governance Group, Walden Asset Management
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12:45 pm-1:00 pm

Keynote Address

Speaker(s)

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1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

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2:00 pm-3:00 pm

PANEL

CSR Reporting: When Is Enough, Enough?
Thousands of companies are publishing CR or sustainability reports today. Many of the reports are targeted to the investment community, striving to provide investors with meaningful data to guide their investment or engagement decisions as well as for other uses. Corporations often complain about the onerous task of compiling the information; investors, meanwhile, say they want more. The data available from companies is inconsistent and, many times, not comparable to data from competitors, throwing additional roadblocks in front of investors undertaking SRI strategies. Therefore, many are calling for governments around the world to enact mandatory reporting regulations and also are asking stock exchanges to adopt similar listing requirements. Would this be going too far? If not, what is the right standard.

Speaker(s)

  • Suzanne Fallender, Corporate Responsibility Communications Manager, Intel Corporation
  • Maggie Kohn, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Merck & Co.
  • Brian Rice, Investment Officer, Corporate Governance, CalSTRS
  • Mike Wallace, Director Sustainability Reporting Framework, Global Reporting Initiative

Moderator(s)

  • Tod Arbogast, Vice President, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Avon Products, Inc.
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3:00 pm-3:15 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm-4:15 pm

The Green Rankings & Indices: How Do They Help Your Company?

How important is an evaluation by outside ranking agencies on governance or environment? What does it mean to company value to be included in the myriad green rankings developed by publishers and consultants? How do rating agencies evaluate companies? What will it mean to be included in the Wal-Mart Sustainability Index? How you do you have to rank to be viewed positively?

Speaker(s)

Moderator(s)

  • Paul Hilton, Director, Sustainable Investment Business Strategy, Calvert
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4:15 pm-4:35 pm

Collaboration is Key in Reducing Product Carbon Footprints

When PepsiCo certified the carbon footprint of Tropicana orange juice last year, it was the first consumer product in North America to receive certification from the Carbon Trust. What did the company learn from the process? How will the information be used to reduce impact across the orange juice production process? Why collaboration with partners and suppliers is a crucial next step.  

Conference Chair

  • Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development, Financial Times

Speaker(s)

  • Tim Carey, Director of Sustainability and Technology, PepsiCo Americas Beverages
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4:35 pm-5:30 pm

PANEL

Measuring Return on Social Development Initiatives

Many corporations are engaging in voluntary initiatives that are associated with community development and other related social sector issues.  Companies are beginning to realize that applying their energies to solving the important issues of the social sector can powerfully stimulate their own business development.

How do these programs become embedded in the corporate culture?  How do these corporate social development initiatives factor into the overall value of the business?  From the investor's perspective, how important are they and how do they add shareholder value?

Speaker(s)

  • Joanne Dowdell, SVP, Director of Corp. Responsibility, Sentinel Investments
  • Robert Lanyon, Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments , ExxonMobil

Moderator(s)

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5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Chair's closing remarks and cocktail reception

Conference Chair

  • Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development, Financial Times
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