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ESG Issues on the Board Agenda—Regulatory and Investor Focus on Corporate ESG: New and Upcoming Regulatory and Market Developments; Board and C-Suite Focus

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

Comprehensive Briefing and Expert Commentary--For Public Companies, Boards, Investors, Advisers, Analysts, Risk Managers, Policymakers, Regulators and NGOs

Please join us for this highly informative and educational 90-minute online live Webinar. An international roster of experts will cover key global ESG regulatory and market developments, and ESG reporting issues and challenges, that all board and C-suite executives should be considering NOW to respond to new regulatory requirements, new investor expectations, and new competitive pressures.

In addition, our speakers will reveal what is on the drawing board for ESG regulation and ESG capital market investment internationally. A live Q&A will give you the opportunity to ask questions directly of our speakers. All registrants, regardless of whether you can attend the live Webinar, will receive the Webinar recording and all Speaker slide presentation materials to review at your leisure.

Registration is now open. This event has limited capacity, so early registration is recommended. US$249 for U.S. registrants, US$259 for non-U.S. registrants; 10% discount for CSRwire readers (Discount Code CSRW10refid0614); contact us for 3-or-more group registrations.

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Program and Speaker Summary:

TOPIC 1: Increasing ESG Regulatory and Market Focus Around the World: New Developments and Initiatives—Speakers:

  • Linda Lowson, Esq., CEO, Global ESG Regulatory Academy™: Legal and Regulatory Developments Overview
    • New and emerging national securities regulation
    • New and emerging stock exchange listing requirements
    • Recent SEC developments
  • Alison Dempsey, Esq., Director of Research, Global ESG Regulatory Academy™: Market-Based Drivers Overview
    • Investor focus: institutional and active investor scrutiny
    • Voluntary reporting as the new baseline
  • Evan Harvey, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
    • CERES Proposed Listing Standards
    • Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Key Developments
    • World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Sustainability Working Group Developments

TOPIC 2: Increasing Investor Focus and Competitive Pressure: Board Oversight; Shareholder Resolutions and Proxy Voting; New ESG Indices and Ratings—Speakers:

  • Peter DeSimone, Co-Founder, Deputy Director, Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2).
    • Board Oversight of ESG Issues: Key Findings of April 2014 Report published by Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCI)
    • Shareholder resolutions and Proxy Voting: Key Trends for the 2014 Proxy Season
  • Julia Kochetygova, Senior Director, Product Management, S&P Dow Jones Indices
    • Overview of Role of Sustainability Indices from Investor Perspective; Historical Phases and Recent Trends.
    • What New Sustainability Indices Mean for Boards.
    • Conceptual Framework for New S&P Dow Jones ESG Tilted Indices.

TOPIC 3: Increasing Risk: New Financial Reporting Challenges—Speaker:

  • Cecilia Thorn, Head of International Relations, Financial Reporting Council
    • 2014 EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive: Reporting Requirements and Impacts.
    • Forthcoming European Commission’s ESG/CSR Initiatives on the Drawing Board for 2014.

Previous Global ESG Regulatory Academy™ Webinar Series recordings are now available for a very limited time on demand at a discount, with all Speaker slide presentations.

For Registration, Speaker, and Sponsor Queries: Contact Linda Lowson, Esq., HERE.

Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training (IEMA-Approved)

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training. Now, CSE is back to San Francisco to deliver for the very first time the advanced version of the training and invites you to be a part of it.

CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

Key issues to be covered:
This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines. The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report.

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practitioners. Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.

Modules:

  • Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption
  • Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions
  • Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines
  • The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction
  • Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines
  • External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report
  • The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment

A must-attend event for everyone in:

  • CSR
  • Public Relations
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Sustainability and Environment

2nd Conflict Minerals Reporting and Supply Chain Transparency Conference

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

The 2nd Sustaining Conflict Minerals Compliance Conference will break down each SEC reporting requirement as well as examine direct filing examples from specific companies. Featuring case studies from industry leading experts, this advanced course offers attendees a unique opportunity to benchmark their conflict minerals program against their peers to more efficiently meet SEC expectations and amend their program for future filings.

Featured Sessions Include:

- Scrutinizing the SEC conflict minerals rule with Newport News Shipbuilding
- Engineering a sustainable CM program for future filings with Alcatel-Lucent
- Integrating filings and best practices from the first year of reporting with BlackBerry
- Maintaining a strong rapport with all tiers of your supply chain with KEMET
- Obtaining complete responses moving throughout the supply chain with Dover Corporation

Benefit from highly interactive case studies and panel discussions, Q&A time, 4+ hours of networking opportunities, and exclusive online access to speaker presentations post-event.

Seating is limited to maintain an intimate educational environment that will cultivate the knowledge and experience of all participants.

Learn more here.

Ethical Corporation's 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm
Ethical Corporation's 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit – Global leading meeting place for responsible business leaders

Leading senior business experts from the extractives industry will gather in London in June for Ethical Corporation’s 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit, focusing on how to minimise risk, maximise shared value and assure business competitiveness.

The two day Summit will features honest discussions and practical sessions on what matters most to the extractives professionals, including:

  • Maximising Shared Value: Achieve greater collaboration with host governments to aid development and secure political stability
  • Mitigating Human Rights Impacts: Overcome the challenges to removing human rights risks from your security operations and supply chain
  • Optimising Social Risk Management: Hear the latest approaches companies are using to build trust with communities and minimise risk of social disturbance to operations
  • Eliminating Water Risk: Learn the latest strategies to manage competing interests for water across operations
  • Gaining a financial Advantage: Understand Investor, Lender and Insurer needs to make your company a low-risk venture

Companies speaking at the event include:

  • MOL GROUP
  • Statoil
  • Total
  • Hess Corporation
  • Chevron
  • IPIECA
  • Bechtel
  • Centerra Gold
  • Vedanta Resources
  • Rio Tinto
  • Institute of Human Rights and Business
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Anglo American
  • Barrick
  • Teck
  • J.P. Morgan
  • F&C Asset Management
  • BlackRock
  • World Gold Council
  • Chatham House
  • Aviva Investors
  • London Mining
  • BG Group

Download the summit brochure here: http://bit.ly/1gpJxxT

To have a full run down of the conference, please visit the 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit: http://bit.ly/1iIZqOP

For more information contact: Boris Petrovic at boris.petrovic@ethicalcorp.com or on +44 (0) 20 7375 7527.

CSRwire negotiated a special discount for all its subscribers. Quote ‘CSRW20’ when registering to get 20% off from the current rate on corporate and service provider passes, not applicable for the NGO/academic passes.

Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training (IEMA-Approved)

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training. Now, for the very first time CSE delivers this advanced course in Las Vegas and invites you to be a part of it.

CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

Key issues to be covered:

This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines. The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report.

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practioners.

Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.

Modules:

1. Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption

2. Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions

3. Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines

4. The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction

5. Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines

6. External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report

7. The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment

Who should attend:

  • CSR Professionals
  • Public Relations
  • Communication and Marketing Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Sustainability and Environmental professionals
  • General Manager

The Africa CEO Roundtable & Conference Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™)

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

The AR-CSR™ provides a platform which brings business leaders, experts and practitioners together to engage on issues of sustainability, social responsibility and sustainable development within Africa. As a foremost industry flagship event, it continues to attract the crème of Africa’s leading figures and decision makers in order to sustain best practices on sustainable development. The quality of the resource persons and participants, satisfactory feedback, intellectual exchanges, learning experiences – both for personal development and corporate strategy – makes this an important event in the African Business Calendar.

The 2014 edition will examine role of financial inclusion as a fundamental sustainability strategy for African economies beyond being treated as a purely economic challenge. With emphasis on access to finance and financial literacy as determining factors for poverty alleviation, speakers will highlight how inclusion fosters economic sustainability and emphasizes its inherent social benefit in today’s fast-changing global landscape.

Speakers will interrogate the intersection where financial inclusion fosters economic sustainability and enhances societal benefit and try to identify what is missing:

  1. The pooling of the most available heap of investable funds possible from all nooks and crannies of the economy and;
  2. Channeling the pooled funds to attractive production activities, particularly those of small-to-medium size enterprises which are established as the main engines of economic growth and job creation across countries, thus enhancing and increasing societal growth.

The AR-CSR™ features the following activities: CEO Roundtable, Conference, Sustainable Solutions Showcase, AR-CSR™ Gala, High-Level Networking Cocktails and Eco Tourism.

Past editions of the AR-CSR™ with the themes: 'The Business Case for CSR and its impact on African Economies', 'Sustainable Development: Expanding Economic Opportunities through Public-Private Synergy' and 'Driving Innovation: Through Transformational Leadership and Sustainability' held in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Renowned speakers and experts such as: H.E. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and President, Mary Robinson, Foundation and Prof. Craig Smith, INSEAD Chaired Professor on Ethics and Responsibility, Dr. Gro Brundtland, two-time, first & only female Prime Minister of Norway, former Director General, World Health Organisation, Chairman, UN World Commission on the Environment and Development (aka Brundtland Commission) and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change and Graham Sinclair, President, Africa Sustainable Investment Forum and Principal; SinCo; Ashish J. Thakkar, President and Founder, Mara Group and Africa’s Youngest Billionaire & Monaem Ben Lellahom, Co-Founder, Sustainable Square Services, have participated as Keynote Speakers and Lead Discussants amongst other leading experts across the continent and beyond.

Against the Tide 2014

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

MBCC invites you to get involved with this unique and inclusive event. Register yourself and invite your friends to do the same at www.mbcc.org/swim. You can swim, kayak, walk, or run – or do a combination of the four. If you can’t participate, you can volunteer, sponsor a participant, or send along a donation. There are many ways to get involved, and your energy and participation are greatly valued and appreciated. To register, please go to: www.mbcc.org/swim.

National Conference on Volunteering and Service

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

Join 5,000 people on a single mission - to strengthen communities and change lives through volunteer service.

The Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service - June 16-18, 2014 - is the largest convening of service leaders from all walks of life, sectors, races and religions, and political persuasions, united to lead the dynamic, ever-expanding, international volunteer service movement.

The 2014 Conference will be held in Atlanta, a city with a rich history of social impact and a promising future based on social entrepreneurship and business, faith-based leadership and institutions of higher learning. The Conference will showcase those on the forefront of the service revolution who have new ideas and proven solutions to tough community problems.

Points of Light's Conference on Volunteering and Service
Participants will hear from dynamic voices who meld digital prowess with down-home inspiration, provocative thinking with old-fashioned activism - to drive, empower and engage volunteers toward positive solutions.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #NCVS!

Workshop "The Certification of Sustainable Events" - A Made in Italy Label

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

PROMOTING PLACES AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH SUSTAINABLE EVENTS

June 13, 2014 – 10.00am – 12.00pm, Florence, Italy

10.00 – Introduction
10.10 – Cities, places and communities – opportunities for development, Marco Tortora, Fair and PIN LAB, University of Florence
10.30 – Certificating events: how to guarantee the commitment to sustainability, Lorenzo Paluan, ICEA
11.00 – Coffee break
11.15 – Eventi Sostenibili ICEA® – The certification path, benefits and case studies, Cesare Buffone, PUNTO 3
11.45 – Questions and Conclusions
In collaboration with: PUNTO3, ICEA, CNA Firenze
Scientific support: The Economic and Communication Geography Lab, PIN Prato, University of Florence, Italy
Technical support: HEADLINE Press Agency, StepOnTheWeb

The Reason:
Hosting, organizing and managing events is an opportunity to pursue the goal of sustainable development and social responsibility, to strengthen the brand identity of many actors, to stimulate consensus of the entire community through the involvement and active participation of all stakeholders. Investing in sustainable events help enhance the local natural and social environment, raise investments in local resources, propose new models for urban development. These results become visible and concrete if enforced by a Quality Certification Process.

The Theme:
In the seminar we will discuss sustainable events and the role of certification in the promotion of the territory and the community. At the international level in recent years some technical rules for voluntary processes have been proposed and adopted. Among these we will introduce and focus on a “Made in Italy” Label designed by PUNTO3, the first Italian consultancy company specialized in sustainable events.

The validity of the label is guaranteed by ICEA, the Italian Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification, leader in Italy for the organic industry, and for other certification schemes such as Corporate Social Responsibility – CSR and Sustainable Tourism.

The added value of this label is that , unlike other standards, it does not apply to the institution or the company organizing the event, but to the event itself. Thus, certifying sustainable events becomes a model of excellence for the local economy and the “Made in Italy” design, a synonymous with quality for promoting Italy all around the world.

Fundamentals of Measurement

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

As a CR professional, you need to be able to:

  1. Assess impact
  2. Provide data to substantiate giving actions
  3. Successfully plan and manage programs better

All of this can be accomplished through measurement. You can gain the tools and knowledge needed through ACCP’s Fundamentals of Measurement. ACCP’s Fundamentals of Measurement utilizes the LBG Model, a consistent international benchmarking framework, which is continually evolving to remain current in the ever-changing field of corporate contributions.

By participating in Fundamentals of Measurement, you will learn:

  • how to use the LBG Model
  • how to apply it to your current programs
  • how to share measurement outcomes to successfully tell your story and engage internal and external stakeholders

The program is comprised of five components. You will attend four virtual classroom sessions from your desk and one on-site meeting in San Francisco, CA. Upon completion, you will know how to use the LBG Model to measure programs, how to share data with external stakeholders, and connect data to your company’s giving stories.

To take full advantage of ACCP’s Fundamentals of Measurement, sign up by June 17, 2014 and receive $200 off the tuition. The program is open to ACCP members for $2,700 and to nonmembers for $3,200. If three or more participants register from the same company, each will receive $250 off their tuition.

Civic Accelerator Demo Night + Good Frenzy Atlanta

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

Join us as we present the Spring 2014 graduating class of the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

Meet the country’s most innovative civic startups and network with celebrity judges and local and national entrepreneurs, investors, business and community leaders. Plus meet local entrepreneurs as we launch Good Frenzy, a curated event for the Atlanta social entrepreneurial community.

When:
Tuesday June 17th 2014; 5:00 pm Networking, 5:45 Program

Where:
The World of Coca-Cola Museum Theater & Lobby 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA, 30313

How:
RSVP today, limited number of tickets available. $20 Early Bird discount – $30 at the door

The Humanitarian Water & Food Awards and Sustainable Business Master Class 2014

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

Celebrate the initiatives at the leading edge of food security. Explore opportunities to develop business through making food security the heart of CSR. We believe business can be done in a way that leads to prosperity for all, if we work together.

Our Master Class brings finalists together with corporations, governments, academia, NGOs, students and volunteers to focus on how we can create a sustainable future together. www.wafaward.org

WAF-Award

VBSR June Networking Get-Together Hosted by Aqua Vitea

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

Join VBSR members and forward thinking business professionals for an evening of networking in Bristol, Vermont!

Taste Aqua Vitea's amazing product line, learn what SR means to the team and see how Aqua Vitea is bringing Kombucha to the masses in a sustainable way.

Cost: Free and Open to the Public... Invite your Friends!

To Register: http://conta.cc/RafYXy

GRI G4: One Year On - How Organisations are Creatively Applying GRI G4

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to reinforce the business case for organization’s to adopt leading and robust sustainability communications framework. With a range of standards moving from sustainability reporting to integrated reporting now available or in development organizations needs to consider and choose the best framework to maximize their sustainability message. There are global drivers, including GRI G4 and integrated reporting (IIRC) that will mean that companies need to prepare to disclose their data if they are not already, and for those that are reporting they need to focus on the robustness of their public sustainability stories by choosing the right framework. This webinar will outline and explore the reporting standards emerging or in place and discuss how organizations can references these.

Agenda

  • Why frameworks are critical for sustainability communications clarity
  • A review and comparison of current and developing standards
  • How you can integrate the optimum framework for your organization
  • How SGS can support your organization with the standards

Target Audience
This webinar will be most of interest to organizational sustainability strategists, reporting specialists, corporate communications teams, finance officers, senior leadership teams at organizations around the globe, sustainability professionals.

Presenter
Dr. Colin Morgan, SGS Global Program Manager – Social Responsibility

Language
English

Cost
No charge

Event location
Online

You will receive logistics after approval of registration. Save the attachment to synchronize with your calendar. We hope to see you there!

*This webinar will be recorded and made available 24-48 hours after the live event via sustainable-development@sgs.com.

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