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Breakout Sessions | Corporate Citizenship Conference

Breakout sessions will be organized into tracks to help you choose the ones most relevant to your work.

All of the breakouts are outstanding opportunities for learning. No need to stick to just one track, we encourage you to mix and match to maximize your experience.

Join us in Los Angeles, CA on April 8-10, 2018.

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BREAKOUT SESSION TRACKS:

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Community Investment and Social Impact

Corporations are being asked to be partners in solving social challenges. What impact is your company having on the communities in which you operate? How do you affect the customers you serve or the employees you hire? Learn how leading companies are working to maximize social impact across their communities.

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Corporate Citizenship Management

To create a truly integrated corporate citizenship ecosystem, leaders must think and act strategically. Who are your partners? How do you integrate internally or use resources efficiently? Learn how to align corporate citizenship with your business ecosystem.

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Sustainable Business and Reporting

From the Sustainable Development Goals to GRI standards, companies are being asked to think about and report on their environmental ecosystem. Learn how to engage employees in social and environmental impact and communicate progress on goals.

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Business Results and ROI

Research and time have shown corporate citizenship done well can offer business advantages. Learn where companies are making the most strategic investments to benefit society and the business.

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Workshops

Engage in a highly interactive, facilitated learning experience to improve your corporate citizenship ecosystem.

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Case Studies

Get an inside look at innovative corporate citizenship programs from your peers. These in-depth case studies will highlight the lessons learned as well as program successes.

Aiming for impact: Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

With 17 goals and 169 targets, determining which SDGs best align with your business can feel like an impossible task. Though daunting, companies have determined ways to develop corporate citizenship efforts that help achieve business objectives while contributing to SDG targets. Join us to hear from corporate citizenship professionals who have modified existing initiatives and created new programs to meet these goals.

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  • Sustainable Business & Reporting
  • Business Results & ROI

A new frontier: How investors are using your reports

"A company’s ability to manage environmental, social, and governance matters demonstrates the leadership and good governance that is so essential to sustainable growth, which is why we are increasingly integrating these issues into our investment process." These words by Larry Fink of BlackRock, the world’s largest institutional investor, help underscore the value of the work done by those in corporate citizenship and the importance of reporting on it publicly. In this session, attendees will hear from corporate citizenship reporting leaders about the business case for reporting as well as how to navigate the many reporting standards and frameworks.

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  • Sustainable Business & Reporting

Connecting E, S, & G to achieve results

Corporate citizenship is a combination of all your company's social, environmental, and governance (ESG) investments. You may only be responsible for one piece of the puzzle, but to get results you should know how it all fits together. Learn from corporate citizenship professionals who have worked to connect ESG investments from throughout their company in order to achieve results for their business and society.

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  • Business Results & ROI
  • Corporate Citizenship Management

Corporate citizenship connection to reputation and brand

A strong corporate reputation drives sales growth, generates goodwill with consumers and policy makers, attracts and retains employees, and protects against fallout during a crisis. Companies increasingly use corporate citizenship programs as tools to strengthen—and rebuild—reputations. In this session, attendees will hear leading reputation management practices from their peers.

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  • Business Results & ROI

Creating intentional programs across partnerships

Samsung has a diverse suite of corporate citizenship programs, from nationwide and local STEAM/STEM programs and partnerships, to cutting-edge cause marketing and robust employee engagement initiatives. Through a variety of stand-alone, large-scale programs, Samsung’s work is making an impact across the country.

During this session, Samsung and its partners will talk about their collaborative effort to develop programs that intentionally intersect the expertise of nonprofit partners to create unique, niche experiences tailored to address the needs of others. The conversation will explore how these programs contribute to Samsung’s overall corporate citizenship goals, and will also address the internal and external barriers faced when developing these programs.

SPEAKERS

  • Ann Woo, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics North America

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  • Corporate Citizenship Management
  • Case Studies

Data philanthropy: Make an impact in the community and beyond with the information you already have

Data philanthropy provides an opportunity for your company to not only give back to your local community, but also to make an impact on a national/global scale by utilizing data to address social issues. Data sharing does raise issues including privacy, among other concerns. Hear from professionals whose companies have already leveraged their data, including tips on getting buy-in from top management, how they address privacy, and working with nonprofits on sharing their data.

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  • Community Investment & Social Impact
  • Corporate Citizenship Management

Disaster preparedness and relief: Effective strategies

Recently, natural disasters and humanitarian crises have devastated communities around the world. When these disasters strike, businesses have emerged as leaders in preparedness, relief, and recovery efforts. In this session, learn how your peers have developed short and long-term strategies that prepare them to help communities in need.

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  • Community Investment & Social Impact

Elevating corporate citizenship to reinforce your company's values

Corporate responsibility teams have a unique opportunity to define a compelling strategy to reinforce their company’s brand and values. During this session, you’ll learn how USAA, a leading financial services company based in San Antonio, transformed its corporate citizenship approach to reinforce the authenticity of its mission and make an impact on issues important to the company and its key stakeholders. This conversation, between two inspirational leaders, will give attendees actionable tools to help them articulate their company’s philanthropic program with precision and positively impact our nation’s military families.

SPEAKERS

  • Moderator: Justin Schmitt, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, USAA
  • Harriet Dominique, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Community Affairs, USAA
  • Dr. Roxanna Delgado, Health scientist and national advocate for military and veteran healthcare, Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow
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  • Case Studies
  • Community Investment and Social Impact

Gaining executive buy-in

Not all corporate citizenship is driven from the top, but successful, long-term corporate citizenship needs executive buy-in before it can deliver continued results. In this session, seasoned professionals will share how they have garnered executive advocates by aligning CSR and business objectives, supporting their proposals with actionable data, and communicating efforts and impacts effectively.

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  • Corporate Citizenship Management

Internal collaboration is key to corporate citizenship and business success

Successful corporate citizenship requires collaboration across various functions/lines of business. Learn from corporate citizenship professionals about how they work with others within their companies to move corporate citizenship initiatives forward. Hear first-hand what worked for them, what didn't, and come away with practical tactics so you can collaborate more effectively with your internal business partners.

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  • Corporate Citizenship Management
  • Business results & ROI

Leveraging CSR reporting as a management tool

The era of sustainability reporting is upon us. According to the G&A Institute, 82 percent of S&P 500 companies publish annual CSR reports compared to just 20 percent in 2011. Companies are increasingly using reports not just as a means of communicating to stakeholders, but also as a way to drive strategy, goal setting, and integration with the business. Join us to hear how companies are using their reporting processes to manage environmental, social, and governance investments.

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  • Sustainable Business & Reporting

Pro bono and skills-based programs: Unleash employee passions and expertise to create business and social value

Research shows that companies can increase employee retention rates by offering skills-based volunteer opportunities. From month-long sabbatical programs to nonprofit board service, employees can add value to communities and organizations while developing as leaders and refining their skill sets. In this session, learn how your company can facilitate effective pro bono and skills-based service programs to benefit your business and the communities you serve.

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  • Community Investment & Social Impact
  • Business Results & ROI

Promoting diversity, fostering inclusion for all

Diversity and inclusion is a corporate citizenship and business imperative for companies across all industries. Strategic diversity and inclusion programs can drive employee engagement, increase productivity, and create innovative ideation. Join the discussion to hear how companies are engaging their diverse workforce and reaping the benefits.

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  • Corporate Citizenship Management

Resilience, responsibility, results

Corporate citizenship has a unique role to play in ensuring your company continues to thrive even in difficult times. From the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, from constantly shifting regulatory expectations to the rapidly increasing social consciousness of consumers and employees—leading companies have contended with numerous bouts of uncertainty. This session will discuss how a well-designed corporate citizenship program is the foundation to withstanding events and explore the role of corporate citizenship in maintaining resilience and delivering results.

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  • Business Results & ROI

Small corporate citizenship staff and budget? You're not alone. Use your network to help overcome limited resources

The Center's latest Profile of the Professionals study finds that while employee engagement is one of the top five challenges for corporate citizenship professionals, employee involvement is a top factor driving success in their work. Learn from professionals in the field about how they engage employees, including those who are hard to reach, on corporate citizenship initiatives. This session will include strategies for recruiting, managing employees in grassroots efforts, and identifying champions in the organization.

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  • Corporate Citizenship Management
  • Community Investment & Social Impact

Stand up for human rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Rights such as freedom from discrimination, the right to work, to an education, to a free and fair world are all still relevant in 2018 as we mark the 70th anniversary of this declaration. Hear how corporations are ensuring human rights in their companies and their supply chains for all of their stakeholders.

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  • Sustainable Business and Reporting

Trends in corporate giving

Checkbook philanthropy is a thing of the past. Innovative approaches to corporate giving allow companies to target specific social outcomes to create social and business value. Come to this session to hear different points of view about the corporate giving landscape and how to maximize your philanthropic investments, including open campaigns, team-driven giving, and more.

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  • Community Investment & Social Impact

Using the corporate voice for gender equality

The U.S. Census Bureau found that women earn 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn—the equivalent of 44 extra days of work. The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Profile of the Professionals 2018 study finds women CSR professionals earn less than men no matter where they sit in the company. In addition to the wage gap, women hold disproportionately fewer senior leadership and corporate board positions than men. Through initiatives such as enterprise-wide equal pay assessments, mentoring programs, and unconscious bias trainings, companies are addressing workplace inequality. In this session, hear from your peers about how they are leveraging corporate citizenship programs to advance gender equality in their workplaces.

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  • Community Investment & Social Impact

When disasters strike: Practical ways to multiply your company's impact when it matters most

Connecting people with goods, services, ideas, and technologies creates opportunity—opportunities that build jobs, generate prosperity, and lift communities to higher standards of living. These connections are never more crucial than following a disaster. With access to 220 countries, FedEx is one of few global companies that can leverage their global network and deliver relief and hope in the wake of horrific circumstances. In 2017, the FedEx network and connections were leveraged like never before with record-breaking hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, fires, and floods. In this session, you’ll learn how FedEx uses their global network, develops close relationships with relief NGOs, and tells stories to multiply the impact of their disaster relief efforts worldwide. You will leave with tangible ideas on how to leverage your company’s strengths in a responsible way to drive results for your business, customers, and communities during times of disaster.

SPEAKERS

  • Neil Gibson, Vice President. Corporate Communications, FedEx Services

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  • Corporate Citizenship Management
  • Case Studies

Workplace productivity and ethics: Building integrity

Winston Churchill once wisely noted: "We shape our workplaces and thereafter, they shape us." Some 50 years after his death, his insight has enormous implications for those of us on the front lines of corporate responsibility, elucidating workplace topics including ethics, employee wellbeing, engagement, and worker productivity. This session will address the correlation between where and how we work and the opportunities we have to promote ethical cultures by adopting best practices. The session will also provide an opportunity for attendees to complete an audit to develop a strategy around workplace productivity. In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • Trends in workplace design that impact ethics and productivity
  • Pros and cons of virtual (home-based) offices
  • The benefits of a strong cross-functional relationship between facilities/real estate teams and corporate citizenship teams
  • Ways corporate citizenship professionals can help senior leaders understand how office design can help companies achieve key business and corporate citizenship goals

SPEAKERS

  • Mark Ohringer, General Counsel, JLL
  • Cynthia Curtis, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, JLL

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  • Corporate Citizenship Management
  • Case Studies

Your company's story is out there, make sure you are the one telling it

Research has found that consumers and the public want to hear directly from companies about who they are and what they are involved in. There are many ways to communicate with stakeholders, both internally and externally, and in an era of "fake news," it is more important than ever to utilize social media and other communication forms to stay on message. In this session, hear from experts who are leveraging their communication channels to tell their companies’ stories, particularly their involvement with corporate citizenship initiatives.

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  • Sustainable Business & Reporting

Please check back often as we update the 2018 agenda with new speakers, breakout sessions, and networking events.

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