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2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm
The Impact Equation: Stronger Business, Greater Results, Better World

Register before July 15 for Early Bird Pricing

Business engagement in communities is stronger than ever. They invest time, resources, and capital to help make the world a better place. But how do we know whether these efforts have been truly successful?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center’s 2014 conference is focused on results. In today’s world, companies must ensure that every dollar spent is meaningful, that every employee volunteer opportunity is worthwhile, and that every investment shows a return. There is more pressure than ever from corporate stakeholders to show meaningful outcomes. From philanthropy to shared value, from sustainability to governance, from partnerships to employee engagement, companies must ensure their work is driving measurable, lasting impact.

We believe that stronger businesses can achieve greater results that create a better world. Join us in Washington, D.C. this September to learn how.

Register before July 15 for Early Bird Pricing!
ccc.uschamber.com/event/2014-corporate-citizenship-conference

Sustainable Brands '14 London

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

A thriving global economy is upon us and global brand leaders see regenerative business models as successful steps toward this delightful future. The international SB community follows up in London this Fall to reimagine what's possible and look for opportunities to redesign every aspect of their business.

CSR Oman 2014

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

Bringing together the Omani business community to debate and discuss the changing role of CSR and the value to the sustainable development of the Sultanate.

Attendees to the this timely summit will be part of Oman's first such event that gathers together the full spectrum of stakeholders responsible for leading CSR including government, private sector, NGOs and International partners. Education, Youth Engagement, Job Creation and SME Development will be at the top of the agenda, whilst the group also assesses how to increase the capacity of local NGOs and Charities. This hub of CSR leaders will develop and action plan of how to develop the optimum CSR strategy and incorporate it into the core of the business.

CSR Oman

Impact Investing Conference

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm
The Risk of Inaction

Impact investing exacts financial returns and produces social and environmental rewards. It catalyzes opportunities and reduces the adversities caused by a growing global population and a planet sacked by climate change.

Increasingly, investors have become aware that externalities such as water scarcity, pollution, extreme weather events and unfair labor practices do indeed affect their portfolios’ internal rates of return. By positioning investments toward positive impacts, risks can be reduced and rewards can be furnished across both the financial and social/environmental spectrums.

Direct investments, funds and private equity programs can all play a role in building sustainability and lowering beta. From a portfolio construction standpoint, impact investments are less correlated with the broader markets than traditional stocks and bonds, so they provide diversification during market cycles when sectors become out of favor.

Find out how to face the enemies of the market and battle the world’s social ills through these elite investing tactics. This is how the world’s wealthiest invest. G8 leaders are even turning to impact investing to win on both the financial and social/environmental fronts. Learn from the industry’s best and brightest how to actively engage in impact investing and stoke your clients toward a brighter and more prosperous future.

See more at: www.fa-mag.com/impactinvesting

Impact Investing Conference

Responsible Business Forum 2014: Building Trust, Reputation and Culture

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

The need to rebuild trust and reputation and reinforce transparency and accountability after these challenging times is crucial and values must be placed firmly at the core of every company’s operations. The Responsible Business Forum is Ireland’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) conference presenting leading and inspirational thinking from the world’s largest, most innovative companies and practical workshops on how trust, reputation and culture can be built with key stakeholders.

The Forum is brought to you by Business in the Community Ireland, the country’s dedicated network for CSR. We advise top companies in Ireland on how to implement, measure and report on their sustainable practices and run the Business Working Responsibly Mark, Ireland’s first certified standard on CSR, audited by the NSAI and based on ISO 26000. In April 2014, BITCI worked with The Irish Government on launching the country’s National Action Plan on CSR, which prioritises sustainability for all companies in Ireland from multinationals to SMEs.

This one-day Responsible Business Forum on Tuesday November 11th will address how companies must build a culture of sustainability at the heart of what they do.

Tickets are now on sale online at www.bitcforum.ie or by emailing forum@bitc.ie or telephoning 00353 (0) 1 874 7232.

Follow along on Twitter @BITCIreland and hashtag #rbforum14

RoHS and REACH: No Data, No Market Access

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

The European Union’s RoHS and REACH regulations were at the advent of the global substance control directive movement. These regulatory regimes drove a fundamental shift in the way businesses conceptualized product stewardship compliance.

At present, both RoHS and REACH are simultaneously being expanded to include new market restrictions and expanding in scope. Specifically, RoHS is expanding in scope to include new industries and exemptions as of July 22, 2014, and potentially to including new substances. REACH is promulgating a new structured roadmap to advise industry on how rapid expansion of the SVHC and Authorisation lists are expanding. Consequently, enforcement and a dedicated effort toward enforcing the provisions of the law will become the next inevitable focus of the respective regulatory authorities.

This session will be presented by Foresite’s Vice President of Regulatory Services and Business Development, Travis Miller. The covered topics will include:

  • Background on RoHS and REACH
  • Highlights of the Regulations current Status
  • Examples of Expanding Enforcement Activity
  • A review of the Compliance Practices Regulatory Authorities are looking for
  • Solutions to Managing Your Obligations

Sundown at Ecotrust

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

Join us at Ecotrust’s Natural Capital Center, a hub for ideas and urban community,for a unique series of free outdoor concerts on Thursday in July (starting 7/10).

The concerts feature outstanding local performers and streetfair-style booths fostering environmental awareness and community engagement.

On July 10, the theme is Energy and features the Portland Cello Project.

LeaderShip for Sustainability

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to offer the LeaderShip for Sustainability training on July 30 – August 1 in Washington D.C.

The three-day training program, developed by Transitioning to Green, is perfect for executives and managers who want to learn how to lead their businesses successfully into a future that’s built on a triple-bottom-line foundation of people-profits-planet.

Training participants will gain practical insights and applications to grow their sustainability initiatives, session topics include:

  • Adopting a systems approach to sustainability that includes leading for triple-bottom-line goals and results.
  • Advice for sustainability: the assessments, metrics, and measurements for building a sustainable business.
  • Understanding inherent ecosystem service resources—air, water, soil, energy, nonrenewable raw and rare earth materials in terms of sustainable business and prosperity.
  • Using the GlobStrat Triple Bottom Line Strategic Business Simulation, leaders develop businesses with a culture and capacity to operate sustainably, and learn ways to incorporate sustainability advantages into the core of their actual businesses.

Early Bird registration ends June 30!

Learn more and register here: http://ccc.uschamber.com/event/leadership-sustainability

Allergen Management: Industry Challenges and Available Guidelines

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

The objective of this complimentary webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to discuss the results of the SGS industry survey on challenges, needs and gaps in allergen management and control and also provide an update on published guidelines covering different aspects of allergen risk management such as training, supply management and effective communication.

Agenda

  • Background to food allergens and intolerance
  • SGS survey on industry challenges, needs and gaps in allergen management and control
  • Update of available guidelines
  • Overview of basic components of an effective allergen control plan
  • Conclusions

Target Audience
The webinar is aimed at companies interested to get a good understanding of currently available food allergens guidelines, or professionals and others that wish to be educated on the topic.

Presenter
Dr. Evangelia Komitopoulou - SGS Global Technical Manager – Food

Register for Session 1
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=708578042
04:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)
09:00 a.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
05:30 p.m. Darwin (Australia Central Time)

Register for Session 2
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=704473737
03:00 p.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
04:00 p.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. New York (Eastern Daylight Time)
07:00 a.m. San Francisco (Pacific Daylight Time)

For more information, please contact: Outi Armstrong, SGS 1 Place des Alpes 1211 Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 739 9161

Language: English
Cost: No Cost

SA8000: A Tool for Business and Human Rights

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

The two-day SA8000: A Tool for Business and Human Rights course will offer in-depth knowledge of the SA8000 Standard and show the link between management systems, labor standards performance and business benefits.

This course is designed for a wide variety of professionals and academics who seek a better understanding of the SA8000 Standard, how it is applicable in their business or professional agendas and how SA8000 may be implemented. The course will be conducted in Spanish and will use case studies and group exercises that will allow attendees to participate in the development of action plans and ‘role-play’ situations. There will not be a test at the end of the course; however, all attendees will receive a personalized Certificate of Attendance.

This course is part of our Professional Development Series (PDS).

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, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 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.

Event Summary: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p

Event Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/4W

Mobile Event Hub: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/5C?dvce=2

Mobile Event Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/4W?dvce=2

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, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 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, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 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, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 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, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 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, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 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.

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