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EF 2012 Corporate Citizenship  Conference
March 9, San Jose CA
eBay Town Hall Conference Center

EF's Corporate Citizenship Conference, "Corporate Social Impact" is an event designed for companies interested in creating, enhancing, and strengthening their corporate community involvement and philanthropy programs. The Conference will showcase corporate citizenship programs and feature panels and workshops from a broad variety of large and small, public and private companies.

 9th Annual Green Energy Summit and Exposition
March 7 - 10,
 Milwaukee WI
Fronteir Airlines Center

The Green Energy Summit and Exposition recognizes unprecedented opportunities and encourages investment and development in the green sector by highlighting Education, Energy Efficiency, Financing, Green Agriculture, Green Building, Green Business & Manufacturing, Green Careers, Innovation, Recycling, Renewables, Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Transportation and Water.

In recognition of the interrelationship of energy and water (commonly called the energy-water nexus), the theme of the 9th Annual Green Energy Summit and Exposition in March 2012 is "The New Economic Wave: Go Clean, Green -- and Blue!"

Click here for the program and to register.



 AIAG 2012 Corporate Responsibility Summit
March 6 - 7,
 Detroit MI
MSU Management Education Center

Shift your Corporate Responsibility (CR) activities into high gear.  Attend AIAG's Annual Corporate Responsibility Summit - this groundbreaking event provides companies of all sizes with the information needed to take their sustainability efforts to the next level. Engage thought leaders and practitioners on the issues we face today, tomorrow and beyond.

  • Keynote Speaker: Robert L. Corcoran, President & Chairman, GE Foundation 

Click here for the program and to register.


 Climate Leadership Conference
February 29 - March 1, Fort Luaderdale FL
Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center

Join us at the first annual Climate Leadership Conference will bring together leaders from business, government and academic institutions, and the non-profit community interested in exchanging ideas and information on how to address climate change while simultaneously running their operations more competitively and sustainably. 

CROA members receive 20% off registration; please contact Kim Gilliam if interested.  Click here for additional conference information.


 FREE Webinar: Best Practices in Sustainability Reporting
Hear How Best in Class Organizations Measure Impact and Performance to Accelerate their Sustainability Strategy
Thursday, February 2nd at 10am ET
Archived Webinar Now Available - Register Today!

Participate in this webinar to hear how best in class organizations measure impact and performance to accelerate their sustainability strategy.

Many organizations today find that financial reporting alone no longer satisfies the needs of investors, governments, supply-chain partners, and other stakeholders for information about overall organizational performance. This diverse group of stakeholders is now requiring companies to become increasingly transparent with their sustainability business practices and accountable to their performance targets. 
Join corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm Brown Flynn along with sustainability professionals from the IT services company Atos International and SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software solutions as they discuss:
  • Guidelines and best practices in sustainability reporting
  • How to efficiently gather sustainability data and disclose performance most relevant stakeholders
  • How companies such as Atos use SAP software internally and for their clients to enable better sustainability disclosure and analysis

Register now to view the FREE archived webinar.


COMMIT!Campaign & GRI Focal Point USA Event
January 25, 5:00-7:00pm, San Francisco CA
San Francisco State University, 835 Market St, 5th Floor Conference Room

 Join Richard Crespin of the COMMIT!Campaign and Mike Wallace of GRI for some wine, a little cheese, a side of reporting, and a slice of transparency. Network and stay on top of the latest in sustainability reporting through:

  • A progress-report on the COMMIT!Campaign and GRI Focal Point USA.
  • A roundtable discussion on the future of sustainability reporting.
  • Networking and socializing.

Click here for more information.


Learn about the methodology behind CR Magazine's 12-year-old 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, known as the world’s top corporate responsibility ranking, and recognized by PR Week as one of America's top three most-important business rankings. The methodology, consists of 324 data points in seven categories, uses publicly available data on Russell 1000 companies. The information is reviewed by the ESG investor data firm IW Financial, and the rankings are then determined by CR Magazine using an open and transparent methodology that is reviewed annually by a Methodology Committee made up of CR practitioners, academics, and other advisers.
Whether your company is included in the top 100, aspires to make the list, or is just looking to benchmark with industry leaders, this event will help you understand the factors that go into the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List.
Get answers to these questions:
  • How does the ranking work?
  • What is happening with the methodology for the 2012 list?
  • How can I improve my ranking?
  • Who is on the methodology committee?
Get ready to learn and bring your questions for our expert speakers:
  • Richard Crespin, President; SharedXpertise
  • Elizabeth Boudrie, Vice President, Research; SharedXpertise


Webinar on CSR Standards Research Findings -- Limited Participation!

RSVP Required

Wednesday, November 16th & 18th at 12noon ET


CROA members are invited to participate in a special ethicscentre education program involving a review of recent research on CSR standards. This webinar with David Nitkin, President of EthicScan Canada, and Paul Pellizzari, Director of Policy and Social Responsibility OLG, will consist of a presentation followed by questions and answers.


In the spring of 2011, the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation commissioned EthicScan to examine and assess 15 global and national CSR reporting and disclosure standards. This presentation covers several of the strengths and weaknesses of these standards, many of which were designed for industry sectors with problem products or services. There have been many interesting and significant changes in standards over the last decade. You are invited to review the applicablelessons learned from this comparative research study, and have any of your individual questions answered.


This webinar is free but attendance is limited to the first 25 registered participants. Please RSVP to Kim Gilliam for event details.



Opportunity Green Business Conference
Where design, technology and sustainable business converge
November 10-11, Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Join today’s most influential leaders at the forefront of the green business revolution as they discuss game-changing new business models where design, technology and sustainability converge. Discover new trends, critical knowledge and develop winning partnerships to prepare your organization for a world where people, profit, and the planet are truly interconnected. Join organizations such as BMW, Dell, Gensler, Nike, Patagonia, NBC Universal, Siemens and many more at the Opportunity Green Business Conference.

Visit  For registration or sponsorship information please contact Casey Ly at [email protected] or call 310-765-2233.


Sustainable Business Forum Twitter Chat with CROA Executive Director, Richard Crespin
Featuring Insights from COMMIT!Forum's Debate on the Value of Corporate Responsibility
Thursday, October 27th at 2pm ET

During the most highly acclaimed COMMIT!Forum Plenary Session, CNBC's John Harwood moderated between the "good guys", HIP Investor CEO Paul Herman and Columbia Business School's Vinay Nair, and the "bad guys", The Vice Fund Manager Gerry Sullivan and Michigan Business School's Aneel Karnarni, as they debated the resolution: when companies expend resources on sustainability and corporate responsibility they destroy shareholder value.  

Hear from CROA Executive Director, Richard Crespin on what he learned from this debate, including: 

1.  Corporate Responsibility (CR) can rebuild the political center. CR offers one of the best hopes we have for rebuilding a political center in this country because it draws inspiration from both classic liberalism and classic conservatism.

2.  We've got the data.  If we'd held this debate a few years ago the data battle would have been unbelievably one-sided and CR would have lost.  While reasonable people can still look at the same data and arrive at different conclusions, at least now we have data to back up CR's claims.

3.  CR is the story. Everybody has a boss; the CEO's boss is the shareholder and by proxy the analysts and institutional investors that ask the tough questions.  CEOs need selling points -- points of differentiation articulating why they're a better steward of the investor's money than the next guy.  Increasingly, CR is that story.

Please mark your calendar to join us!  Bring your questions, bring your expertise, and bring your advice for others in the CR community and beyond.  To participate in the chat, just log on to Twitter on October 27th at 2pm Eastern and follow the hashtag #SUSTBIZ. Be sure to use the same hashtag in your tweets, too, so others will know you are participating.


CR Best Practices Webinar
Hear the results of the 2nd Annual CR Best Practices Survey
Wednesday, October 26th at 12pm Noon ET

In 2011, CR Magazine and NYSE Euronext fielded our second annual of corporate responsibility best practices research, sending surveys to every publicly traded company on the NYSE Euronext indexes as well as the CR Magazine database. The results are in … and you don’t want to miss what they have to say!

Join us for this FREE webcast on October 26th at 12noon ET and learn (among other things) how:
• CR leaders are structuring, staffing and funding their programs
• CEOs and boards are engaging in CR
• CR is impacting profitability and competitive advantage
Click here to register for this free webcast.

Note that participants will receive a copy of the results, so click here to register today!


 Creating Sustainable Value Senior Executive Roundtable
with Sustainable Business Pioneer Stuart L. Hart
October 14th from 9am to 3pm, Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL


The Center for Value Driven Leadership recently named Stu Hart as its next Senior Executive Roundtable keynote speaker. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, his work will: Stu is one of the world’s leading experts on corporate sustainability, and his books serve as the textbook for executives who are serious about creating sustainable value -- growing profits, increasing competitive advantage, and generating growth -- through the pursuit of sustainability.

The Senior Executive Roundtables are an ongoing series designed to inform and inspire senior executives who are committed to leading at the intersection of ethics, sustainability and business results.These events are for senior executives – Presidents, CEOs, C-level Executives, and others – who are committed to strategic, values-driven leadership. They are ‘roll-up your sleeves’ learning experiences that utilize a dynamic mix of presentation and interaction, giving you and your senior team a new perspective on the leadership and direction of your company.

Click here for more information or contact Amber Johnson at 312.316.0680, or by email at [email protected].


ASQ Pathways to Social Responsibility Conference
Creating the Framework for a Better Tomorrow
June 16-17, San Francisco, CA

Communities and organizations around the globe are creating the framework for a better tomorrow. As we grow a more socially responsible culture, we look to quality tools and methodologies to show us the way.

The 2011 Pathways to Social Responsibility Conference offers an interactive learning environment to share insights and ideas.

  • Share how you apply socially responsible principles in your organization and your community.
  • Learn how ISO 26000 provides the framework to guide action.
  • Apply quality methodologies to take socially responsible actions.The 2011 Pathways to Social Responsibility Conference offers an interactive learning environment to share insights and ideas.

Click here for more information.


Webinar: Building the Corporate Responsibility Profession
Leveraging the Structuring & Staffing CR Guidebook to Inform Your Career in this Evolving Field
June 1st, 1:00-2:00pm ET

CROA recently released Structuring & Staffing Corporate Responsibility, A Guidebook.  Available for free download, this essential resource combines the results of a survey of publicly traded companies with the CROA Professional Development Committee review of how companies organize their CR function and responsibilities to address some key questions:

  • How can companies organize CR for success?
  • What kinds of leaders should hold CR positions?
  • What knowledge, skills, and attributes should those leaders possess?

This webinar featured practitioners talking about how they use the knowledge, skills and attributes identified in the Guidebook relevant to their jobs alongside a CR blogger, rising professional, and academic focused on how the next generation of CR leaders establish a career in this evolving field. It culminated in a panel discussion on the building of the CR profession overall.  Panelists include:

  • Kevin Moss, CROA Professional Development Committee Chair & Head of Corporate Responsibility, BT Americas
  • Susan Seutter, Director of Value Chain Sustainability, Cisco
  • Ryan Whisnant, Director of Sustainability, SunGard & 2009 EDF Climate Corps Alumnus
  • Aman Singh, CSR Editor at
  • Nancy Beer Tobin, Director of Program Development for Executive Custom Programs, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Click here to access the webinar rebroadcast.


Webinar: Cross-Sector Collaboration
An HP Clinton Health Access Initiative Case Study
May 11th, 12pm-1pm ET

In Kenya, between 7–15% of pregnant women are HIV positive, and the mother-to-child transmission is as high as 45%.  At least 120,000 Kenyan infants a year are exposed to HIV, and without immediate treatment, more than half of those who are HIV-positive are unlikely to live past age two. Although all infants are required to be tested, the country’s HIV testing system has relied on the slow, inefficient mail system to send blood samples to national and regional labs. 

HP, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Kenyan government are improving and enhancing the Early Infant Diagnosis process and significantly reducing the turn-around time for test results, thereby shortening the time to commence treatment and increasing the probability of survival for these vulnerable infants.  Join us May 11th from 12 noon - 1pm ET for an in depth discussion on how this program is making a difference in Kenya, lessons learned along the way, and best practices for cross-sector partnerships.

Speakers:  Paul Ellingstad, Director of Global Health Partnerships and Programs, Office of Global Social Innovation, HP and Jackson Hungu,  Deputy Country Director, Kenya at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).

Click here for the rebroadcast of this free webinar.


New York Better Business Bureau Forum on Corporate Responsibility
May 3rd, New York City

The upcoming Corporate Responsibility Forum hosted by the New York Better Business Bureau, will feature:

  • Reg Foster, IBM Corporate Community Relations Manager
  • Richard Crespin, CROA Executive Director
  • Michelle Greene, NYSE Euronext Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility
  • Michael Sadowski, SustainAbility Director
  • Mike Wallace, Focal Point/GRI Director

Click here for additional details as they become available.

Webinar: What Makes a Good Corporate Citizen
Analyzing the Results of the 12th Annual CR Magazine Corporate Citizenship Rankings, April 12th Online

View the Rebroadcast

Each year Corporate Responsibility Magazine publishes its annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List and the Black List of the world’s least transparent companies.  In this exclusive webinar, CR’s research team will breakdown the methodology, rankings, and data for you so you can understand:

  • The driving philosophy behind Corporate Citizenship
  • How companies get on the lists and what data elements matter most in calculating the rankings
  • What lessons companies and their stakeholders can take from the rankings
  • How companies can improve their corporate citizenship practices

Program: 30-minute presentation, panel discussion, plus Q&A

Click here to view the webinar.

The Responsible Business: Reimagining CSR as an Engine of Innovation
March 30th, NYC Acre, New York City

Register now for this interactive panel on how the evolving role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is changing the way businesses and professionals think about HR, business growth, talent management, and operational efficiency. A distinguished panel of speakers will offer insights on how a contextual understanding of CSR can help redefine corporate culture and inject current management practices with much needed realism and recognition of changing workforce demographics.  Speakers include:

  • Carol Sanford, Author The Responsible Business @carolsanford
  • Stephen Fenichell, Senior VP Corporate Communications Global CSR, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Jeffrey Hollender, Author, Consultant, Activist and Co-founder Seventh Generation @jeffHollender
  • Sarah Murray, Contributor, Financial Times 
  • Aman Singh [Moderator] @VaultCSR

Click here to learn more!


Financial Times Investing in a Sustainable Future Conference
March 9th at the Hilton New York

The 3rd annual Financial Times Investing in a Sustainable Future conference will bring together powerful investors with top CSR executives to discuss topics of critical importance to both. In partnership with the Social Investment Forum, this one-day conference examines the most crucial sustainable business ideas and initiatives including:

  • Integrated reporting: CSR meets the financials
  • Sustainable investment for risk mitigation
  • Protecting and creating stakeholder value through CSR initiatives
  • Stakeholder engagement: growth, profitability and headaches
  • Incorporating climate change risks into capital allocation strategies

CROA members can save 20% off registration. To redeem the discount, please click here.

The purpose of this event is to examine the quantification of sustainability, essentially how sustainability efforts can be measured in financial terms. This is a conversation about valuation, profit and loss, risk assessment and risk management. For more information, visit


Celebrating Corporate Citizenship Forum and 2011 100 Best Corporate Citizens Announcement Culminate in
March 2nd New York Stock Exchanve Bell Ringing Event

Register now for the rebroadcast of this event!

CR Magazine’s 12th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List was announced live on March 2nd at a special event at the New York Stock Exchange, “Celebrating Corporate Citizenship”. This exclusive event included a forum featuring our nation’s corporate responsibility leaders and representatives from the top-ranked companies in this year’s list, and the ringing of the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange in honor of those companies.

Register now for the rebroadcast of this webcast to hear an overview of the leading companies that have made the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List and learn from their contributions to improving the role of business in society. The program featured:

  • Keynote address by renowned author, strategy guru, and Harvard professor Michael Porter
  • Panel discussion on Changing the Competitive Equation: Sustainability as Competitive Advantage featuring the heads of corporate responsibility and sustainability from Campbell Soup, ConAgra, Owens Corning, Intel, and Verizon.
  • Announcement of the 12th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List™.

Click here to register for the rebroadcast, or to view the ringing of the NYSE Closing Bell, click here.


Corporate Responsibility Best Practices Webcast
10am ET on July 21st 2010 Online & at the
New York Stock Exchange

It's too bad Corporate Responsibility professionals have to make it all up as they go along.  Right?  Wrong.  There may not be a text book, but there are people who have traveled this road before you.  Earlier this year, the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association (CROA) and NYSE Euronext fielded the largest survey of corporate responsibility best practices ever conducted, sending surveys to every publicly traded company on the NYSE Euronext indexes.  650 companies responded.  Now you can compare your company to the database and hear from some of the best practitioners in one hands-on Webcast.

During this live and interactive Webcast you will access the data and hear from some of the largest, most responsible companies in the world hosted by the CROA and NYSE Euronext.  Public registration is now open. Click here to to take the survey.

To view the webcast, click here.


CROA and CR Magazine Announces Best Corporate Citizens in Government Contracting list on June 30th

The American public demands increasing transparency and accountability from their government and the companies with which it does business.  President Obama has responded with an historic commitment to bring more transparency and integrity to the way his Administration conducts itself and how it interacts with its business partners.  In keeping with these principles, CROA is pleased to announce the creation of the ResponsibilityWorks Government Roundtable with a breakfast session on June 30th presented in partnership with George Washington University’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility. Please join us for:

Corporate Responsibility in the Public Interest:
Best Practices in Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability

Wednesday, June 30th from 8:00-10:00am
Duques Hall, George Washington University
2201 G St., NW, Room 650, Washington, DC20052

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ms. Martha Johnson, Administrator, General Services Administration
  • Ms. Wendy Hallgren, Vice President, Corporate Compliance, Fluor
  • Ms. Julie Basile, Chief Acquisition Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mr. Kevin Landy, Chief Counsel, US Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee
  • Mr. Charles Prow, Managing Partner, Public Sector, IBM Global Business Services

At this session, CR Magazine will release the inaugural list of the Best Corporate Citizens in Government Contracting. The ranking will follow the methodology of CR's 11-year-old Best Corporate Citizens List, which reviews over 300 publically-disclosed data points in environment, governance, ethics, climate change, human rights, employee relations, and philanthropy.

Click here to learn more about ResponsibilityWorks.  


Making the Corporate Responsibility Business Case to the C-Suite

Wednesday, June 16th from 5:00-7:00pm
Duques Hall, George
Washington University
2201 G St., NW, Room 650, Washington, DC20052

How do you demonstrate to the CEO and CFO that CR & Sustainability make good business sense?  What are your executive communication opportunities and challenges in "hitting the right pitch" to help transform your organizations into world-class sustainability leaders?  CROA is pleased to announce a panel presentation in partnership with George Washington’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility:

Invited speakers include:

·        Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America 

·        Miranda Anderson Ballentine, Director of Sustainability, Wal-Mart

·        Melissa Adams, Vice President of Sustainability, Washington Gas


CROA Convenes European Steering Committee

Monday, June 21st from 10:30-7:00pm
NYSE Euronext Offices
39, rue Cambon
75008 Paris, France


The idea that companies contribute to societal wellbeing beyond their legal obligations has a long tradition in Europe, with the interaction between business and society shaped by the diversity of economic, political and cultural landscapes across the continent.  With this tradition in mind, the CROA actively seeks European corporate leaders to serve as Steering Committee Members to help share European CR practices with our growing global association.

At this founding meeting, Steering Committee Members will come together to plan the future of Corporate Responsibility in Europe.  Confirmed participants include executives from some of the largest and most responsible companies in Europe.  For mor information or to RSVP for this important meeting, please contact Cynthia Lawton.


NYSE Euronext Joins CRO Association Board of Governors

BusinessWire 10-5-09 - The Corporate Responsibility Officers Association today announced that NYSE Euronext, the world's most diverse stock market representing over 80 percent of the companies listed on the 2009 CRO 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, will endorse the CROA's initiatives in professionalizing and promoting corporate responsibility practices to its worldwide member companies and will join the CROA Board of Governors, effective immediately. The NYSE Euronext relationship extends to CROA's official media and events platforms, CRO Magazine (publisher of the annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List) and the CRO Summits. In connection with the relationship, NYSE Euronext SVP Global Markets Walter Lukken will provide a keynote speech at the CRO Summit October 6-7 at the Union League Club of Chicago.
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ASQ Pathways to Social Responsibility Conference
Creating the Framework for a Better Tomorrow 

June 16th-17th, San Francisco

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) held its first annual Pathways to Social Responsibility Conference, June 16–17, 2011, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.  This event offered an interactive environment for individuals passionate about Creating a Better Framework for Tomorrow. Utilizing the three focus areas, social responsibility (an overview), ISO 26000, and the link between quality and social responsibility, presenters and participants will engage in open dialogue allowing for idea sharing and knowledge exchange.

Click here for more information about this event.

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