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GE, IKEA and Levi's CEOs To Headline BSR Conference

Submitted by: Business for Social Responsibility

Categories: Events, Sustainability

Posted: May 06, 2008 – 11:59 PM EST


“Sustainability: Leadership Required,” Nov. 4-7, 2008, in New York

May 06 /CSRwire/ - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 6, 2008 – Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) issued a call to action with "Sustainability: Leadership Required" as the theme for the 16th annual BSR Conference (Nov. 4-7, 2008, in New York) and announced three top global business leaders as initial plenary speakers:

  • Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric
  • Anders Dahlvig, President and CEO of IKEA Group
  • John Anderson, President and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co.

    One of the world's largest and most influential corporate responsibility events, the BSR Conference connects more than 1,300 leaders from 50 countries and inspires them to put sustainable business strategies into action.

    "With sustainability at the top of the world's agenda, the global business landscape is changing fast," said Aron Cramer, BSR President and CEO. "Staying ahead of the curve requires dynamic leadership and systemic solutions that deliver solid financial, social and environmental results. The BSR Conference will equip participants to meet this leadership challenge by developing truly sustainable business strategies today and in the future."

    GE's Immelt laid the vision for his company's ambitious "ecomagination" initiative and often notes that "green is green" - that paying attention to the environment is good for the bottom line. Immelt, whom the investment magazine Barron's has frequently named one of the "World's Best CEOs," led GE when it was recognized as "America's Most Admired Company" by Fortune and one of the "World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron's and the Financial Times.

    Dahlvig joined the Ikea Group in 1984 and was honored with the U.S. Foreign Policy Association's Global Social Responsibility award in 2006. In 2002, he received the Swedish award for Good Environmental Leadership because of his independent and persistent work with environmental and sustainability issues.

    As the head of Levi Strauss & Co., Anderson has helped the company establish its worldwide reputation as a leader in corporate responsibility. In 27 years with Levi's, he has turned the company's sourcing operation into a competitive asset and continued to strengthen its responsible practices with suppliers around the world.

    The BSR Conference 2008 offers the opportunity to interact with innovators in responsible business and numerous thought leaders at 35 breakout sessions in Economic Development, Environment, Governance and Accountability, and Human Rights. Visit http://www.bsr.org/conference for updates on speakers, sessions and more, including the launch of Conference registration in June.

    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 Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, New York and Paris, BSR is a nonprofit business association that serves its 250 member companies and other Global 1000 enterprises. Through advisory services, convenings and research, BSR works with corporations and concerned stakeholders of all types to create a more just and sustainable global economy. For more information, visit www.bsr.org.

  • For more information, please contact:

    Amon Rappaport Business for Social Responsibility
    Phone: 415-984-3254
    Phone 2: 510-435-2292
    Website: www.bsr.org
    Eva Dienel Business for Social Responsibility
    Phone: 415-984-3233
    Phone 2: 510-684-9106
    Website: www.bsr.org


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