Corporate Sustainability and Long-Term Thinking in the Board Room

The Conference Board of Canada, February 26, 2015
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In today’s business world, attention to Corporate Sustainability is crucial. Increasing expectations from customers, employees, investors and regulators mean organizations without a sustainable strategy are at great risk. So, how can you ensure executive and board-level buy in?

Don't miss this chance to hear from the experts on Sustainability and the Boardroom. Get insight from the Global Chairman of Unilever Michael Treschow, the Chair of CSR Committee at PVH Corp. Rita M. Rodriguez, Managing Director and Global COO of BlackRock’s Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment team Chad Spitler, and Facilitator for the Global Compact Board Programme, Helle Bank Jorgensen.

Unilever is known globally for its successful Sustainable Living Plan and its many brands and products will on any given day, be used by two billion people to look good, feel good and get more out of life.

PVH Corp. is one of the largest global apparel companies with a diversified portfolio, including iconic lifestyle brands led by Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.

BlackRock is the World’s largest asset manager; investing on behalf of millions of clients of all sizes, BlackRock embraces a strong commitment both to transparency in financial markets and to sound corporate governance.

The Global Compact Board Programme is a first of its kind program to support Boards of Directors to effectively oversee and help drive their company’s sustainability strategy, with a view to protect and support financial value creation.

Webinar Highlights

Get insight and hear a discussion about:

  • The Global Compact Board Programme and its offering to 8,000 organizations worldwide
  • The fiduciary duty to put shareholders and/or stakeholders first
  • The ROI (Return on Investment) for the Board, the company, its shareholders and stakeholders for addressing sustainability issues and long-term thinking in the Boardroom
  • The role and responsibility of the Board of Directors in sustainability issues
  • The need for alignment in the C-suite and Boardroom
  • Governance structures, incentives (and tools) that support or undermine integrating sustainability into the business model

About Helle Bank Jorgensen

  • Facilitator for the UN Global Compact Board Programme
  • Head of Global Compact Network Canada
  • CEO of B. Accountability
  • Chair of eRevalue
  • Former Business Lawyer and a State Authorized Public Accountant
  • Led PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change practices in Denmark and the United States
  • Creator of the world’s first “Green Account”, and “Integrated Report”

About Michael Treschow

  • Chairman of the boards of Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC.
  • Member of the Supervisory board of ABB Ltd. Board member of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences
  • Chairman of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics
  • Chairman of the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University
  • Chairman of the board of Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson from 200-2011
  • Chairman of the board of AB Electrolux from 2004 to 2007
  • Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Copco AB.
  • Chairman of the Swedish Confederation of Enterprise from 2004-2007

About Rita M. Rodriguez

  • Independent Director and Chairman of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee for Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH)
  • Director of Private Export Funding Corporation
  • Researcher and Advisor in the field of international finance.
  • Independent director of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. from January 2001-December 2014.
  • Director of ENSCO International Inc. from August 25, 2003 to May 20, 2013.
  • Director of the Academy for Educational Development from 2000 – 2006
  • International Finance Consultant from March 1999 to September 2002
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. from 1982 to 1999.

About Chad Spitler

  • Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer for BlackRock’s Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment team
  • Proxy Facilitator for the Securities Evaluation Group of the International Standards Organization (ISO)
  • Member of the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) Shareholders Responsibility Committee
  • Member of the Broadridge Global and Domestic Steering Committees
  • Former Senior Market Research Analyst with the Franklin Templeton Group
  • Series 7, 6 and 63 FINRA Registered Securities Representative

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