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WRI Media Advisory: Business Leaders to Outline Corporate Responses to Global Crises at WRI’s Sustainable Enterprise Summit

Published 03-16-04

Submitted by World Resources Institute

WHAT: The World Resources Institute will host the annual Sustainable Enterprise Summit, the leading conference on corporate sustainability.

Todd S. Thomson, executive vice president for finance, operations and strategy and chief financial officer of Citigroup Inc., will deliver the keynote address and lead a roster of 42 speakers.

WHEN: March 17-18, 2004 (Wednesday-Thursday)

WHERE: Watergate Hotel
2650 Virginia Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20037

WHO: Confirmed speakers include:

  • Claire Broido, chief operating officer, Sun Edison
  • Sam Smolik, vice president for environmental health, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Madeleine Jacobs, senior vice president, ABN AMRO
  • Barbara Krumsiek, president, Calvert Group, Ltd.
  • Mark Stoler, director of environment, health, and safety, General Electric
  • Preston R. Miller, partner, Tremont Group
  • James Harmon, chairman of Harmon and Co.
  • Vince Van Son, manager of environmental finance and business development, Alcoa, Inc.
  • Mario Rodenstein, senior coordinator of nutritional programs, Unilever Bestfoods
  • Jessica Tuchman Mathews, president, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • C. K. Prahalad, professor of corporate strategy, University of Michigan Business School
  • Jonathan Lash, president, World Resources Institute.
WHY: This year’s summit, on the theme “Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Markets,” is based on the premise that the successful enterprises of the future will be those that align their growth strategies with
providing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

There will be panels on engaging the poor in domestic and global markets, integrating carbon value into business decisions, and corporate solutions to water scarcity, nutrition, and obesity problems.

For more information on WRI’s Seventh Sustainable Enterprise Summit, please visit

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