2019 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Solve Together
November 13, 2019
Registration Open and Networking Breakfast
The Power Of Purpose: How CSR Can Lead The Social Impact Revolution
Business is undergoing a radical transformation with consumers, employees and investors all wanting corporations to do more good in the world. Companies are no longer sitting on the sidelines but integrating purpose and impact into everything they do, leading to greater employee engagement and productivity, financial returns, business sustainability, and of course helping communities thrive. In this brave new world, corporate social responsibility is not just a department within your company, but an opportunity for leadership that can change the trajectory of your organization and the impact you have on the world.
Where Have We Been? Spotlight on The Citizens
On the 20th anniversary of The Citizens Awards, we will look back and look ahead. Past award recipients will describe where they are now, how their causes have evolved, and what the future holds.
From Activism to Engagement: Telling Your ESG Story
Positive social change happens through collective action. Now more than ever, investors are looking to align with purpose-driven companies that outperform on key environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. Since introducing its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan at the 2017 Annual Corporate Citizenship Conference, Kroger has been on a journey to engage top investors and key stakeholders at a whole different level to gain their active support and partnership. This session will be a candid overview of this engagement framework, highlighting successes and challenges, and providing a roadmap you can follow.
Where Are We Going? The Social Impact Evolution
Issues that have long been siloed to corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals are now central to business strategy. Companies will share how they have made the transition to integrate social impact throughout operations and how they continue to evolve.
Transition to Working Sessions and Panel-Style Breakouts
America Recycles: Place-Based Action for Improved National Recycling and Recovery
Hear from Beyond 34 coalition contributors active in the America Recycles Network about their collaborative approach to improving our domestic recycling and recovery processes. In advance of the U.S. EPA's 2019 America Recycles Summit on November 15, the Chamber Foundation will facilitate a discussion on how community-based private-public partnerships can strengthen markets for recycled materials.
Unleashing the Purpose Flywheel: Driving Innovation and Growth with Purpose
Morning keynote Afdhel Aziz will lead a workshop on the power of purpose to drive innovation and growth in your company. How can we move from corporate social responsibility to corporate social opportunity to drive positive social and environmental impact in a way that also drives business objectives? Participants will brainstorm solutions to common challenges. We ask that attendees come to this workshop prepared with questions to help ensure a productive session.
AI-mergency: Emerging Technologies for Disaster Response
Over the last 40 years, the amount of data captured in and around disasters has given rise to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning technologies in disaster preparedness, recovery, and response efforts. Whether predicting of the location, timing, causes of a disaster against systemic vulnerabilities and human inclinations, the opportunity for AI can provide critical insights for business, government, and relief organizations to act more quickly, efficiently, and effectively following a disaster. Additionally, AI can create a centralized channel of communication and understanding. During this session, attendees will learn about the new role that intelligent systems are playing in mitigating damage and increasing safety.
Companies Working Together: Industry Focus on Corporate Citizenship
Companies do not operate independently—the biggest impact that the private sector has comes through its industy associations. Many industries and third parties track the impact that the private sector have on economies, but there has not been a massive undertaking to track impact on communities or in the world. In this session, hear from industry representatives who have done this work and have seen the benefits of similar or like-minded companies working together.
Stable Financials for a Stable Community in Detroit
In 2013, the City of Detroit was left devastated by an economic crisis, leaving policymakers, business leaders, and nonprofits alike needing to address important issues in financial recovery and resilience. Financial health is a cornerstone of inclusive growth in cities like Detroit. Because of a series of powerful private-public partnerships, the city is on the mend. This session will highlight one of these unique partnerships between JPMorgan Chase, the City of Detroit, and Wayne Metro Community Action Agency. These organizations are working together to help residents gain financial security. Through their collaboration to provide access to financial coaching as a public service, they are focusing on ways to help more Detroiters better weather financial hardships, reach the unbanked or the underbanked, and set financial goals to improve future well-being.
Driving Social Impact with Leadership Development Tools
Join The Allstate Foundation and the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University to learn about Nonprofit Management Essentials, a suite of free online resources designed to broaden awareness across a breadth of leadership and management topics. The resource provides customizable world class learning at your fingertips, benefitting individuals, organizations and communities across the nation. In this interactive session, corporate citizenship and nonprofit professionals will:
- Experience a module on building strong community partners including three essential guidelines for creating strong community collaboration.
- Learn about a range of options that put the power to customize and learn in the hands of local leaders who will best know how to accommodate diverse skills and experience.
- Leave feeling empowered with a tool you can share to help maximize the time and impact of nonprofit leaders in your network.
Transition to Luncheon
Luncheon and Programming
Thinking Beyond Product: When Brands Take a Stand, For Good
Consumers are rightfully demanding more from the brands they support. Not just great products, but values and purposeful actions that can make a difference beyond the bounds of business. Hear how the county’s leading brewer is finding authentic and meaningful ways to leverage its brands and driving action that benefits the environment, communities, and its bottom line.
Making Early Investments in America’s Youth
It’s no secret that early investments today result in better educated and more prosperous leaders of tomorrow. This fireside chat explore a partnership that is transforming the lives of children and families in America.
Barry's Bootcamp is an industry leader with groundbreaking workplace inclusion policies. This fireside chat will focus on the economic and social impact of an inclusive work environment with fitness pioneer and CEO Joey Gonzalez.
Opportunity at Any Age
Income, food security, and housing are evident priorities for older populations but understanding some of the not-so-obvious challenges like social isolation is key to improving health outcomes and strengthening community.
Strengthening Communities and Companies
Peace Corps volunteers immerse themselves in foreign communities while working with local leaders to tackle urgent challenges. This fireside chat will explore the resiliency and adaptability of Peace Corps volunteers in today’s workplace.
We Are ONE Boston
In 2013, domestic terrorists brought the world’s premiere marathon to a screeching halt, sending shockwaves throughout Boston and the rest of the world. In the wake of the disaster, 30-year Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock helped mobilize the city’s response. The impact of a unique private-public sector partnership is the focus of this conversation, along with local efforts to create a healthier and more equitable Boston.
Transition to Working Sessions and Panel Breakouts
Sharing Solutions Across the Pond
Around the country, devastation from water damage and flooding continues to increase. Communities along coastal ways and waterways are looking for solutions to be more resilient and mitigate against future disasters. Some of these solutions are coming from international groups helping U.S. communities solve these challenges together. In this session, attendees will learn how partnerships are built within communities and across international lines.
Digital Empowers: Power and Pitfalls of Revolutionary Technology with Inclusion at the Core
During this session, attendees will hear from leaders in the space to better understand how organizations are leveraging AI, deep learning, VR, etc. to build more inclusive workplaces, markets, and products. As part of this conversation, speakers will also address the responsible leadership measures taken to combat for bias, as it relates to putting inclusion and ethics at the at the forefront of design and development.
The Case for Championing Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace
Creating a more inclusive and supportive work culture starts with meaningful employee engagement. Mental health and well-being ambassadors are advocates who engage colleagues on issues like burnout and stress by tackling stigma and modeling best practice in the workplace. Many employers are finding ways to educate and support employee resource and affinity groups by starting with Mental Health First Aid at Work (MHFA)—a training developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Hear from company experts that have leveraged MHFA at Work to deliver novel approaches to employee engagement, focused on:
- Ideal characteristics and sensibilities of the Peer Support Champion
- Guidelines and considerations for the workplace
- Opportunities for professional growth
- Executive support
From Unrest to Uprising - Community-Led Partnership in Baltimore
T. Rowe Price Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the global financial services firm based in Baltimore, has evolved from traditional corporate philanthropy to an impact model that is led by community voices and that facilitates cross-sector collaborations. The Foundation has developed grantmaking structures that include a community-led evaluation process and a focus on building the organizational health of community-based organizations in West Baltimore, a community torn apart by both the unrest and decades of dis-investment. Panelists will share the collaborations that grew out of hundreds of community discussions with residents and community leaders to find community-defined impact areas that led to powerful shifts in community life for local West Baltimore residents. Participants will learn about the "how" of this process while also being inspired by the stories of community leaders that realize the beauty, grit and grace of the West Baltimore community.
Leveraging Data and Technology for International Giving
International giving remains vital as we look to an increasingly global view of business philanthropy. However, international environments can make giving abroad more challenging. Luckily, technology and data can enable philanthropists to cross borders in ways they never have before. Join Global Impact’s CEO, Scott Jackson, and fellow panelists as they discuss ways to amplify this important area of giving.
Office Hours: Formal Reporting
In this completely interactive session, practitioner leaders will share knowledge and insights about CSR Reporting. In this session, we invite participants to engage in conversations about how CSR reporting--from white papers and web-native design to engaging external evaluation and auditing.
November 14, 2019
Registration Opens and Networking Breakfast
Solving For Tomorrow
By brokering partnerships around the globe, MIT Solve is helping entrepreneurs scale their work to create lasting change. Alex will profile the social impact innovation landscape with specific examples of solving global challenges, together.
Giving is Not Dead: Using Tech to Integrate Impact and Giving Into Business Models
Traditional philanthropy has been upended by newer, more personalized models of giving that rely on technology. This session will look at how technology has transformed giving, and how we can empower giving for employees or customers in innovative ways.
Unlocking the Leadership and Innovation Potential
Carly Fiorina’s experience and expertise spans public, private and non-profit organizations. From leading Hewlett-Packard to starting her own non-profit, Carly knows the key to success is innovative leaders. Now, she’s leveraging her expertise with a team of highly-skilled professionals passionate about empowering people in the for profit and non-profit sectors with the knowledge and tools to succeed. In this session, Carly will share the key pillars for success from her experience and expand upon the power of innovation to “Solve Together”.
Transition to Working Sessions and Panel Breakouts
The Circular Economy in the Great Lakes
Circular economy advocates in the U.S. have long looked for a concise and specific economic rationale for pursuing the circular economy. While it can make business sense for individual companies, proving the overall economic benefit for a region has remained elusive within the U.S. New research by the U.S. Chamber Foundation will fill that gap by looking at the broader economic and environmental impact of companies engaging in the circular economy, and how that effort can bring real and quantifiable value. Join research partner, Navigant, along with the project funders for a discussion on what the research is showing, and why the private sector is getting involved.
Businesses Leading the Way to Clean Energy
Businesses of all sizes and industries across the U.S. are procuring clean energy at an unprecedented rate as a way to generate significant cost savings, decarbonize their products and services, and demonstrate the leadership in sustainability that has become increasingly essential to customers. These exemplary businesses, along with the clean energy developers that make the solutions possible, have been crucial in advancing a more sustainable energy system for all sectors. Join industry leaders for a discussion on why and how the private sector is effectively leveraging clean energy.
On the Ground After a Disaster Hits: Solving Community Health Challenges
Those most vulnerable before a disaster strikes are also most in need during the days, weeks, and months following the event. Providing accessible health care continues to be a crucial need in communities following any emergency. Through long-term partnerships, the private sector provides ongoing support through financial resources and medical supplies. These efforts become even more critical during times of disasters. Join BD, Direct Relief, Abbvie and Mary’s Center for a panel discussion on how improving critical healthcare needs can make communities around the world more resilient.
Connecting Volunteering With Business Goals
Volunteering provides a host of benefits to communities and employees, but it can also align with and strengthen business objectives. Employees can use their skills to solve problems in new and existing markets, develop leaders, and build relationships. This workshop session will showcase how companies are leveraging their volunteerism programs to build business and communities alike. Attendees will leave this session with innovative ideas to implement similar efforts within their own organizations.
Trends Reshaping Corporate Philanthropy: Why Agile Social Impact is Critical
The demand for immediate social impact is ubiquitous. It’s not IF a disaster happens anymore, but WHEN. And when there’s a need, you want to be there, on the front lines, NOW. Urgency is more than being purely reactive, however. It’s about aggressively going after the right causes. You have an imperative to direct your dollars strategically to emerging needs where it does the most good — while simultaneously aligning with your organization’s missions and values. Join Jeff Summers, Chief Marketing Officer at CyberGrants as he guides you through seven industry-changing trends that are reshaping corporate philanthropy programs. These trends are seen from leading organizations realizing Agile Social Impact that accomplish real, positive impact and measurable results from their investment in philanthropy.
Transition from Working Sessions and Panel Breakouts
Luncheon and Programming
Diversity in Technology and Media
Diverse populations are underrepresented in media and technology. This fireside chat will explore how we can grow diversity in these sectors, so they are more inclusive and representative of America.
Future Forward: Collaborative Solutions to Global Challenges
As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, we will look ahead to innovations across issues that are changing lives and creating a more sustainable planet.
Transition to Working Sessions and Panel Breakouts
Talent Forward: Skills for Today to Prepare for Tomorrow
As we examine how to Solve for Tomorrow on the second day of the Annual Conference, it is vital to consider the workforce needs of the future. Join the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce as we look at ways companies are investing in the workforce needs of tomorrow and equipping further generations with the skills to address the rapid pace of change in the business world.
Harnessing the Benefits of Refugees and Migrants
It is widely acknowledged that when managed properly, migration can deliver major economic benefits for host and home communities. Large cities actively draw in migrants from around the world to grow their workforce and diversify their skillsets. Despite the acknowledged benefits and recognizing the inherent challenges associated with supporting large numbers of refugees and migrants, some policies and practices reduce the utility of these motivated people seeking better opportunities for themselves and their families. This conversation aims to explore the benefits of labor migration, identifying opportunities resulting from the reality of forced displacement, and the potential role migrants and refugees can play in building resilient communities.
Data Sharing and Reporting around the Sustainable Development Goals
We are one-third of the way through the Sustainable Development Goals—the UN's 17 goals for agencies, organizations, and corporations to address the most pressing challenges facing the globe. With hundreds of global companies mapping their own progress toward the goals, how can others leverage those practices to either enourage additional action or track their own? What are the opportunities for companies to combine their efforts, and what role would programming and industry partners play in measuring or evaluating individual or joint efforts?
Field Trip: America Recycles Innovation Fair
The America Recycles Innovation Fair will showcase the most innovative and entrepreneurial advances in recycling technology, product development, education and outreach, and materials usage. The Fair will help connect potential investors with recycling innovators, thus spurring market development and adoption of new products comprised of recycled content and technologies that increase the rates of recycling.
Field Trip: Union Kitchen Food Accelerator
Join Union Kitchen Founder, Cullen Gilchrist and local food businesses for a tour, taste, and discussion about Washington, D.C.'s local Food Business Accelerator. Union Kitchen helps build successful businesses that launch locally, grow regionally, and scale nationally.