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The Breakout Sessions at #BCConf24 | Explore Your Options

Breakouts offer an opportunity for you to choose the sessions that are most interesting and relevant to your work. We categorize each session with icons to indicate its content and session type (or format). Use the key below to follow the icons. Breakout sessions happen at four intervals throughout the Conference agenda. NO PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. But some rooms may fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. Conference attendees will need to choose their preferred breakouts on site; session locations will be included in the #BCConf24 app, which is still in development.

REVIEW THE SESSION OPTIONS for MON @ 10:45  |  MON @ 2:00  |  TUE @ 9:45  |  TUE @ 11:45

 

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Breakout Session Interval One  |  Monday, April 29  |  10:45 AM

 Community involvement as a critical part of company culture

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It’s who we are: Community involvement as a critical part of company culture

MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 10:45 AM

Job seekers want to work for purpose-driven brands, employees are more likely to stay at a company that aligns with their values, customers are more positively inclined to purchase from values-aligned brands. This means community involvement offers much more than doing good for the community; it's also about fostering a company culture that inspires employee commitment and deepens customer loyalty. In this session hear how companies are building strategic alignment between community involvement and business goals/expertise and engaging employees in these efforts.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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 CASE STUDY | Building Climate Resiliency

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LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE CASE STUDY | Overheated and Underwater: Building climate resiliency for our most vulnerable neighbors

MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 10:45 AM

Over the past two years, Liberty Mutual Foundation and the community investments team, in partnership with sustainability and other areas of the company, have developed a robust body of climate resiliency programming—The Foundation developed a new portfolio of grantees specifically focused on climate, as well as begun supporting all its nonprofit partners looking to build their own climate strategies. In addition, it has found ways to engage teams and employees from across the company, building on the full knowledge and skillsets of its people to increase impact. This journey was borne from a comprehensive review, including research from BC, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and The Philanthropic Initiative. In this session, you will learn how to continue to be open to opportunities and to enter new arenas in a comprehensive and thoughtful manner, tapping the best your company has to offer its communities.

SPEAKERS:

Melissa MacDonnell, President, Liberty Mutual Foundation; Vice President, Community investments, Liberty Mutual Insurance

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  Recession-proofing your corporate citizenship commitments

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Recession-proofing your corporate citizenship commitments

MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 10:45 AM

What happens to corporate citizenship when a company downsizes? Maybe it’s budgets or staff, but you no longer have the same resources to work with. Join this session to hear how companies are engaging colleagues across the business to support corporate culture and reinforce values; how companies keep corporate citizenship efforts going with a smaller team; and how to prioritize during challenging times.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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Harmonizing global ESG reporting

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Harmonizing global ESG reporting: Multinational corporations’ approaches to streamlining reporting across regulatory landscapes

MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 10:45 AM

This panel explores the intricate landscape of ESG legislation at state and federal levels, examining the challenges faced by multinational corporations in harmonizing their reporting standards across diverse regulatory environments. Discussions will focus on strategies employed by companies to manage varied disclosure requirements, mitigate risks, and align with evolving global standards, considering the experiences of European firms and their responses to regulatory shifts.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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Breakout Session Interval Two  |  Monday, April 29  |  2:00 PM

 The art of effective partnerships

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The art of effective partnerships: Giving partners a say in their own solutions

MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 2:00 PM

One of the top reasons why partnerships fail—including community partnerships and internal corporate collaboration—is power imbalance: who really owns the solution? Some CSR teams look to help their partners without doing the work of asking, listening, understanding, and ultimately compromising on the solution. This session explores how CSR teams can work to establish trust and respect ahead of program strategy and goals. Panelists will discuss common pitfalls and solutions for anyone tasked with building strong partnerships.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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  Corporate citizenship is everyone's department now

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Corporate citizenship is everyone's department now: Lessons on working together, across the organization

MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 2:00 PM

The world does not assess your company’s social impact or sustainability through the lens of your departmental structure, budget or performance. As new regulations raise the overall minimum standards of performance, how can you work to coordinate with colleagues across departments to deliver bigger results and more cohesive, strategic, values-aligned outcomes for your business and the world it operates in?

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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  Navigating California's SB253 and SB261

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Navigating California's SB253 and SB261: Corporate Strategies in Response to New ESG Mandates

MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 2:00 PM

This panel explores the recent ESG legislation introduced in California, examining how businesses are responding to and strategizing for compliance with laws such as SB253 and SB261. Panel conversation will focus on analyzing the impact of these mandates on current corporate reporting structures, considering challenges against the recent legislation, and highlighting innovative approaches taken by organizations to align with and navigate these new regulations effectively.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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 Tech access for employees and communities

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Access to technological opportunity for employees and communities

MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 2:00 PM

The digital divide refers to the gap between those who can access and fully take advantage of computers and the Internet and those who cannot. The reasons for the gap range from lack of access to devices or the Internet to lack of training. With AI and other disruptive technological innovations on the horizon, the nature of work and access to opportunity promises to be changed radically. Join this panel to learn about corporate citizenship strategies to upskill and mentor employees and community members to success during our next technological industrial revolution.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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Breakout Session Interval Three  |  Tuesday, April 30  |  9:45 AM

 How to boost employee giving and volunteering

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Back at the Office, But Less Than Engaged: How to Boost Post-Pandemic Employee Giving & Volunteering

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 9:45 AM

They may be back in the office, but has employee motivation fully returned? If your company mirrors most others, your team members' participation in volunteer and giving programs hovers around 35%. That's according to our 2023 Community Involvement Study, and it indicates a trend in the wrong direction, post-pandemic. Join this session to hear from CSR leaders who are getting creative in order to re-engage their volunteers and reinvigorate their team’s sense of purpose.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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 Diversity, equity, and inclusion under fire

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DEI under fire: How corporate citizenship programs can keep inclusion goals on track

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 9:45 AM

Corporate citizenship professionals have an essential part to play in elevating discussions of equity and inclusion, building inclusive programs, and engaging stakeholders to understand where inequity exists and how equity can be achieved. Join this session to discuss how to increase internal collaboration with other departments that have a stake in CSR and building relationships with DEI teams; how to respond to potential pushback over diversity programs and how to contribute to DEI efforts through your corporate citizenship practices.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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 CASE STUDY | The Impact of Place-Based Grantmaking

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MASSMUTUAL CASE STUDY | Unlocking Community Transformation: Exploring the Impact of Place-Based Grantmaking

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 9:45 AM

Place-based grantmaking focuses on addressing community-identified challenges within a particular geographic area and engages residents in the design and direction of solutions. Discover the power of this approach through a case study featuring Frayser Connect - a community-driven collaborative model in Memphis, TN catalyzed through strategic multi-year funding from the MassMutual Foundation. This session introduces the concept of place-based grantmaking, explores its significance, and identifies key elements for success, as well as potential pitfalls. Hear directly from the MassMutual Foundation and community representatives leading Frayser Connect, gaining insight into what it takes to drive meaningful community impact. Join us to become inspired and equipped with key learnings that can inform your own investment strategies.

SPEAKERS:

Meredith Hennessy, Principal & Practice Leader, Consilience Group

Ali Mathias. Head of Community Responsibility Strategy, MassMutual; Vice President, MassMutual Foundation

Dr. Nicole Gates, Director, Frayser Connect, Frayser CDC

Fayre Crossley, Chief Grants and Compliance Officer, Epicenter

 

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 Herding your ESG cats

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What gets measured gets managed: Herding your ESG cats

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 9:45 AM

Though reporting regulation is driving much of the discussion about ESG, the purpose of reporting is often overlooked. Disclosures are prioritized to understand (and improve) performance on those matters. What can you be doing right now to get your company prepared to develop a comprehensive ESG management approach as the foundation for your reporting narrative. Whether you are in purchasing, finance, marketing, HR or community involvement or sustainability, your department may have a role to play. How can corporate citizenship offices help the company frame all of the organization’s commitments as a single cohesive narrative and position?

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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Breakout Session Interval Four  |  Tuesday, April 30  |  11:15 AM

 "Greenhushing" and the anti-ESG agenda

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"Greenhushing" in 2024: Exploring the Anti-ESG Agenda and Its Effect on Corporate Sustainability Strategies

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 11:15 AM

As the anti-ESG movement has grown louder, many business leaders have grown quieter about their sustainability practices. How can companies that care about environmental and social issues avoid pushback from investors and other stakeholders who oppose progressive or so-called "woke" policies? This session will focus on how anti-ESG sentiment influences company strategies, exploring how businesses navigate ideological opposition to ESG principles. Conversations will delve into the potential shifts in sustainability practices and decision-making frameworks.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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  Getting to carbon neutrality

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Getting to carbon neutrality

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 11:15 AM

When companies commit to achieving carbon neutrality they can implement a myriad of strategies and initiatives. How do they decide what will help them meet their goal? Will they adopt renewable energy, carbon offsetting, sustainable supply chain practices, or implement science based targets? Perhaps all of the above and others? Who are internal partners? How do you work with suppliers, customers and employees? How will assurance requirements challenge some Discuss all of these questions and learn from companies making this commitment in this session.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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 Strategies for hyper-local community involvement

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Making a difference in your own backyard: Strategies for hyper-local community involvement

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 11:15 AM

Many companies strive to make positive impacts on communities where employees live and work. In this session you'll hear from companies with a small geographic footprint, as well as from global companies, about how they invest in social impact programs around their specific geographic locations. Learn how companies identify critical local issues and move the needle by building community relationships and engaging through corporate and employee giving and volunteering programs.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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 Environmental justice: Showing up for vulnerable communities

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Environmental justice: How your company shows up for vulnerable communities

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 11:15 AM

Climate change and pollution have an impact on everyone but history has shown that there is a disproportionate negative impact on communities of color, low wealth communities, and other historically marginalized communities. Join us to discuss what companies are doing to increase and strengthen community resilience around sustainability issues.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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 CASE STUDY | Strategic Giving & Volunteerism

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BMO FINANCIAL GROUP CASE STUDY | Putting People First, Designing A Stakeholder-Centric Strategic Giving & Volunteerism Program

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 11:15 AM

Are you seeking inspiration and ideas about how your company can be more intentional and strategic with its community giving? Are you looking for opportunities to invest in programming that aligns with your company’s core purpose and takes a deeper dive into a community issue with many layers of engagement? These strategic programs allow companies to innovate and drive social impact, co-create with grantees, and involve employees. Learn how the Uplift Agency and BMO Financial Group approached the development of a strategic Giving and Volunteerism Program. One that offers an opportunity for distinction and measurable impact within a relevant sustainability topic. In this session, you will discover practical tools and frameworks to help you design impactful programming. Our speakers will walk through the framework and step-by-step process they used to build this program, including research and identification methods to engage stakeholders, how to collect credible data and gather insights, how to narrow your list of potential social or environmental issues, how to gain buy-in; and perhaps most importantly, what to do when you hit a roadblock.

SPEAKERS:

TBD

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