2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference
November 14, 2017
Registration Open & Networking Breakfast
Purpose: From Rhetoric to Reality
USAID: The Future of International Development is Enterprise Driven
Shaping the Future of Global Development
How can international development programs become more impactful in the face of both external and internal pressures? As corporate citizenship evolves to become integrated into business operations and strategy, how can companies partner across sectors to deliver greater value leveraging core competencies? From innovative financial structures to system changes, you will hear from businesses and partners that are transforming how we think about creating sustainable impact through their products, services, partnerships, and ideas.
Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Vision for America
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Leveraging Technology for Global Development Challenges
What is the role of technology in addressing some of the most entrenched global challenges? This panel will discuss how current and emerging technologies—such as AI, machine learning, and robotics—can support solutions to key development challenges and humanitarian emergencies.
Future of Food, Health, and Innovation
To create better food for today, we have to think more ambitiously about tomorrow. This session will explore the innovations and emerging technologies that are changing the way we grow, move, track, and sell food.
Bridging the Soft Skills Gap
Join AVID and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for the release of a white paper and a human-centered design workshop focused on a deep discussion of the soft skills gap, the qualities missing in our hiring pool, and how to develop our young people and close the achievement gap to ensure college and career success. During the session, attendees will identify next steps and creative solutions to solve this issue at the local level.
Charting Innovative Pathways to Financial Health in America
Nearly a quarter of America’s workers deem their financial stress as high or overwhelming, and about 40% report they have more financial strain now than at the beginning of the Great Recession. Financial stress manifests itself at work, resulting in absenteeism and lower productivity. According to a Harris poll, 86% of workers surveyed say it is important for employers to offer financial wellness programs, and most employers are recognizing the need to implement these programs in workplaces and communities.
This event will bring together business, government, and nonprofit leaders who will share their perspectives on innovations in financial wellness programs. Attendees will explore successful programs that support financial capability and learn how some programs are reaching beyond retirement and insurance benefits to promote better budgeting, savings, debt management, and credit to improve emotional well-being.
A Circular Vision for Sustainable Growth: How Companies Are Building a New Economy
Shifting to the circular economy—an economic model focused on maximizing resource productivity and eliminating waste—could unlock $4.5 trillion in new economic growth by 2030. This session will explore how different organizations are embedding circular principles throughout their core business and value chains.
Plenary to Participant: Shaping the Future of Global Development
How can humanitarian programs become even more resilient in the face of both external and internal pressures? Hear from businesses and partners that are transforming how we think about corporate citizenship through their products, services, partnerships, and ideas.
Transition to Lunch
Bridging the Digital Divide
An inside look at the technology, training and innovative partnerships driving digital inclusion and workforce development.
- Michelle Brown, Founder, CommonLit
- Jessica Clancy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, NBCUniversal, Inc.
- Elizabeth Lindsey, Executive Director, Byte Back
Future-Proofing Business and Society
Natural disasters. Terrorist attacks. Food insecurity and water scarcity. In the face of disruption on so many fronts, how are communities and businesses future-proofing to anticipate shock and leverage strengths? Meeting the needs of a growing global population in the areas of energy, food, health, and employment, this discussion will highlight some of the most nimble and expansive corporate initiatives to respond to powerful societal and environmental trends.
- Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation
- Katie Beirne Fallon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilton
- Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
- Mary Jo Quinn, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Allstate Corporation
- Facilitated By: Ambassador James Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Chairman, Glassman Advisory
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Supporting Scalable Empowerment in the Value Chain
Using corporate value chain interventions to support the empowerment of workers and entrepreneurs requires a mix of sustainable sourcing practices and capacity-building programs. This session will explore private sector innovations that promote empowerment in the value chain, especially for women.
Health Means Business 2.0: Business’ Role in Community Health
Improving community wellness isn’t just for health care companies. And it isn’t just about employee wellness. It’s about people—and how to make their lives healthier, happier, and more productive. How have companies made new investments and cross-sector partnerships in their communities? Learn how businesses are bolstering the health of their customers and their communities.
Responding Smarter and Faster
Responding to disasters requires swift attention and urgency. This becomes even more difficult and strenuous when responding to multiple disasters at once. Whether it’s helping aid arrive more quickly, providing technological solutions, or using human capital for complex issues, the private sector continues to lead the way in innovative approaches and dynamic partnerships to support relief efforts.
Talent Pipeline Management Academy
Talent Pipeline Management is a new demand-driven approach to close the skills gap based on supply chain strategies and is a business solution for a business problem. This session will offer an exclusive opportunity to attend a condensed, crash course of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s TPM Academy.
For-Benefit Enterprises: Tapping the Trillion-Dollar Market for Good
A special working session organized in collaboration with the Fourth Sector Group
Led by The Fourth Sector Group, this action-oriented workshop brings together leaders across all sectors who are committed to scaling business as a force for good. Participants will identify concrete opportunities for action and collaboration that advance their priorities while driving investment, entrepreneurship, job creation, and growth in the fourth sector.
Go Big or Go Status Quo: Bold Sustainability Ideas Changing the World
A big, new idea that confronts a challenge or seizes an opportunity can bring high risks and high rewards. In this session, participants will learn from corporate leaders which challenges they were trying to solve, how they came up with their ideas, how they got the necessary buy-in, how their ideas fared when actually implemented, and where the ideas are now. Audience members will break out into groups with the speakers to explore how they can get their bold ideas off the ground.
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The Courage to Futureproof
The Economic Benefits of a Healthy Society
Long-Term Disaster Recovery
Fake News: Disrupting the Disruption
What’s business got to do with it?
This discussion will center on the real risks of fake news and how uncertainty and false information affect a company’s brand, bottom line, and society’s perceptions of the business community at large. Additionally, this conversation will focus on how and why fake news spreads and the opportunity for the private sector to help limit its effect on society.
The Action Button: Making Activism Easy
In a time where reading the news can be overwhelming at best and devastating at worst, people feel compelled to take action. Yet, many individuals don’t know where to start.
Not only has technology made engagement easier than ever before, but it also has the capability to empower all people to address large-scale global challenges—with the touch of a button. During this session, learn how Action Button bridges the gap between media and impact and the role brands can play in channeling empathy into action.
November 15, 2017
Registration Opens & Networking Breakfast
Changing For Good: We All Know Why, the Question Is How
At the core of the world’s most admired businesses lies a powerful Single Organising Idea. These businesses deliver sustainable economic and social benefit; they unite people, attract investment, inspire innovation, pioneer new efficiencies and enjoy positive reputation.
The problem is they remain a rare breed. In his lively keynote Neil Gaught explains how we can change that.
Boxed: Creating a Culture of Community
Chieh Huang and his company, Boxed, have made headlines for their social activism -- championing equal pricing for men's and women's products, as well as eliminating taxation on feminine hygiene products -- and the benefits they offer employees, including unlimited vacations and maternity and paternity leave, a wedding stipend, and college tuition support for the children of employees. In this keynote address, Chieh will discuss why doing good is not just the right thing to do, but how it also make business sense.
Putting Your Values to Work
Corporate values can be a throwaway phrase or a rallying cry. The idea of putting your values to work is at the forefront of employee engagement and business success. Focusing on companies of all sizes, this C-suite discussion will address how values can help maintain your company’s ethos while you innovate and grow. Learn how corporate culture is creating value with inclusion, innovation, engagement, and authenticity.
Leading the Charge for Change
The Economics of Equality
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Overcoming Challenges of Gender Diversity at the Top
There is a clear business case for women’s leadership in the top ranks of companies—multiple studies show that having women in executive positions leads to better firm performance. However, women around the world remain constrained by societal expectations that hinder their journeys toward the top in the workplace. This stimulating discussion will focus on what companies are doing to support diversity in the workplace and ensure the success of women in leadership positions.
Building a More JUST Marketplace
Brought to you by: JUST Capital
Do companies have a responsibility, and is there a competitive advantage, to listening to the American people about their beliefs and values and then acting on them? JUST Capital is a nonprofit social enterprise that analyzes corporate behavior and performance, according to what the American people value. During this session, attendees will hear findings from this newly released survey, reflect on their organization’s culture and performance, and develop strategies that make the business case for conforming to emerging consumer trends and ideals.
Rebuilding a Neighborhood, Restoring Opportunity
The lack of affordable housing for low-income and even lower middle class members of our communities and the workforce is an issue gripping much of urban America. Join us to hear from national foundation, corporate, and community leaders to look at how their organizations are innovating new models to ensure their people are able to live where they need to work. Goals for the session include discussing 1) the difference between collective impact and collaboration, 2) financial tools beyond philanthropy ( with equity and community trust funds, 3) the impact of gentrification and the alternative vision of prosperity for all.
Super Bowls, Superstars, Silver Screens, and STEM Education: Inspiring the Brains Behind Entertainment Industry and Major League Franchises
Quiet on the set. Hit the music. Captains are you ready?
Young people idolize TV shows, movies, winning records, and songs produced, but they rarely consider the technical skill that many individuals put into the final product. During this discussion, we will hear from industry and corporate leaders who engage students’ affinity in music, movies, and sports to reveal the influence and importance of engineering, science, and mathematics. Partnerships, resources, and tools continue to motivate and catalyze curiosity in science and technology, ultimately exposing a pathway into an exciting industry.
Innovative Food Recovery Programs: Solving Food Security by Solving Food Waste and Access
While prevention is the most effective way to address the issues of food waste, market forces make it difficult to harvest or cultivate the exact amount of food required for any given day in any given place. In Washington D.C., DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) works to keep as much of that valuable waste out of landfills and in circulation towards people who need it the most.
Keeping surplus food out of landfills is not DCCK’s only work stream. Sourcing nutritious local food for schools to both feed and educate students, working to alleviate food deserts, and training individuals who can use food service training to improve their economic status are all ways that DCCK has an impact in the community.
In this innovative forum, come see how DCCK works to solve these food issues across much of its portfolio, the impact it has across the region, and how company stakeholders play an important role.
Recent disasters continue to wreak havoc on our infrastructure systems. The results have fallen across the spectrum with some systems able to withstand yet others completely left in disarray. As we learn from these recent events—and anticipate even more extreme weather in the future—companies and communities need to collaborate more closely on future-proofing their water, energy, communications, and sanitation infrastructures. Learn what actions are being taken now and how companies are thinking about long-term recovery and sustaining operations.
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Empowering Youth Leaders to Address the Digital Divide
- Jennifer Sirangelo, President and Chief Executive Officer, National 4-H Council
- Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Philanthropies
Opportunity Forward in Action
Communities and businesses are intertwined—one cannot succeed without the other. When businesses take a holistic approach to the opportunities and challenges communities face—and collaborate—the impact is exponential and sustainable. This discussion will showcase businesses and communities succeeding through co-creation and partnerships and how they are building a better future for all.
- Jane Adams, Vice President, US Federal Government Affairs, Johnson & Johnson
- Eduardo Martinez, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, UPS; President, The UPS Foundation
- Rob Vallentine, Global Director, Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company; Executive Director and President, The Dow Chemical Foundation
- Facilitator: Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce; President, Florida Chamber Foundation
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Pathways to Prosperity: Educating Youth, Elevating Financial Well-Being
The high proportion of Millennials in debt shows that much needs to be done to support them, as well as to help the next generation learn how to manage their finances. Access to financial education, training and appropriate financial products, services and technologies can ensure that young people can expand their economic opportunities in the present and in the future. Learn how the private sector initiatives is championing innovative initiatives and partnerships in the areas of financial education and well-being.
WELL-Designed: Demonstrating the Positive Health Impacts of Interior Design
This session will be an off-site tour.
Join the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International WELL Building Institute, as they discuss the growing interest in standards for building interiors and how research-based design can have a positive, bottom-line impact the health and wellness of its occupants. Participants have the opportunity to tour the ASID’s corporate headquarters -- the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)– the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™).
Please note: this session will take place at the ASID headquarters.
Big Teaming for Positive Impact
Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for a New Economy is a unique business-led pilot project that brings together corporations, state and local chambers of commerce, municipalities, and other community stakeholders to tackle the recycling and recovery gap in the U.S. The project identifies innovative solutions to push the national recycling rate average beyond 34%. Learn how this collaboration came to fruition, and how you can implement similar high-impact projects.
How Business Can Respond to Human-Made Disasters
Terror attacks, civil unrest, school shootings—these large-scale tragedies not only impact the safety and security of the affected communities, but they create a ripple effect of fear. What is the role of the private sector during these emergencies? Can it apply the processes that businesses use during natural disasters to these types of events? This session will explore the role of business and how the private sector can support groups and communities following such incidents. This interactive session will be a facilitated discussion with attendees to explore how the private sector can support groups and communities following such incidents. This birds of a feather session is a facilitated networking session to learn, share, and connect.
Employee-led Community Development
Brought to you by America’s Charities
The extent and manner in which businesses create jobs, provide skills-based learning opportunities, protect the environment, and drive innovation are major determinants to a community’s economic growth, resilience, and inclusivity. With the support of their employee base, companies represent a major force for real change.
During this session, hear from small, medium, and large business leaders who are creating healthier and stronger communities through workplace volunteer programs.
While the conference may be over, the party is just getting started. Join us at the 18th Annual Citizens Awards. The Citizens does require a separate registration.