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Business and NGO Leaders Converge to Chart Path For Sustainable Future

Submitted by: BSR

Categories: Events, Corporate Governance

Posted: Oct 04, 2007 – 06:00 PM EST


Heads of Global Mining Company Anglo American, Greenpeace International and Mattel Featured at Business for Social Responsibility Conference

Oct. 04 /CSRwire/ - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 4, 2007 - Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) today unveiled new details about its annual conference, which is the most influential global event dedicated to corporate responsibility and connects the private sector, NGOs and policymakers seeking solutions to climate change, resource scarcity and human rights in an increasingly globalized world.

The theme for this year's conference, running from October 23 to 26 in San Francisco, is "Designing a Sustainable Future," a reflection of both the urgency as well as the opportunity for corporate action on developing and implementing long-term solutions to pressing issues. Never have the risks and potential rewards been greater for businesses that develop forward-looking and sustainable practices that benefit both the bottom line and the world at large.

"With sustainability now firmly on the business agenda, we must grasp the opportunity to convert actions into impacts on a global scale," said Aron Cramer, President and CEO of BSR. "This year's conference will feature exciting examples of cutting-edge efforts and also inspire new initiatives and collaborations."

The agenda includes lively sessions on topics such as climate change as a business opportunity, business/NGO partnerships, the human rights/environment connection and global labor standards. The keynote addresses will cover questions at the heart of today's debates over corporate responsibility, including corporate leadership in worldwide product sourcing amid consumer safety concerns and approaches to taking sustainability solutions to scale through aligned global principles. This year's speakers include:

  • Cynthia Carroll - CEO of Anglo American, one of the world's largest mining companies, who is taking on a host of business challenges relating to worker safety, energy use and the environment.
  • Dr. Gerd Leipold - Executive Director of Greenpeace International, whose organization has forged a unique partnership with the Coca-Cola Company.
  • Robert Eckert - Chairman and CEO of Mattel, Inc., who is guiding the company's efforts to responsibly and transparently manage product recalls and improve product safety standards.
  • Vinod Khosla - Founding CEO of Sun Microsystems and Partner at Khosla Ventures, who is a major investor and driving force in the green technology movement.
  • Robert B. Reich – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor and author of Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, a new book that challenges corporate responsibility.
  • Sir Michael Rake - International Chairman of KPMG and new Chairman of BT Group Plc, who is an expert on corporate transparency.

    Expected to attract more than 1,000 people from more than 40 countries, the 2007 BSR Conference will feature breakout sessions with companies including Dell, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, IKEA, Levi Strauss & Co., MGM Mirage, MTV Europe, Nike, SK Telecom and Toshiba, and NGOs including Friends of the Earth, Human Rights Watch, the International Labour Organization, Oxfam International, Stellenbosch University and Witness.
    These sessions will encourage participants to openly discuss CSR issues and trends, such as:

  • "China's Rising Influence in Africa: Is there Room for CSR?"
  • "Are Global Companies a Thing of the Past?"
  • "Carbon Footprinting Up and Down the Supply Chain"
  • "NGOs in the YouTube World: Prepare for the Onslaught"
  • "With Mainstream Banks in the Game, What is the Role for Socially Responsible Investing?"

    The attendance of such influential participants underscores the conference's role as an "essential annual destination for business executives, policymakers and civil society leaders wishing to shape and understand global debates about responsible business practices," Cramer said.

    For more information about the 2007 BSR Annual Conference or to register, visit www.bsr.org/conference.

    About BSR
    Since 1992, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has been providing socially responsible business solutions to many of the world's leading corporations. Headquartered in San Francisco and with offices in Europe, China and Hong Kong, BSR is a nonprofit business association that works with its 250 member companies and other Global 1000 enterprises to create a more just and sustainable global economy. For more information, www.bsr.org.

  • For more information, please contact:

    Amon Rappaport Business for Social Responsibility
    Phone: +1.415.984.3254
    Channing Barringer Fleishman-Hillard
    Phone: +1.415.318.4239


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