CSR Board

Board Roundtable

San Francisco
February 25, 2020

Here’s what you need to know for the Board Roundtable. Please RSVP.

Who’s Attending (so far):

AbbVie, Ace Hardware, ACI Worldwide, Avaya, Bank of the West, Benefit Cosmetics, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, BP America, Brown-Forman, Cenovus Energy, The Cheesecake Factory, Cisco, Clorox, Cox Enterprises, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Electronic Arts, Equinix, Expedia Group, First American Financial, Flex, FNBO, Georgia-Pacific, GoDaddy, Google, The Hanover Insurance Group, Hard Rock International, Lamb Weston, Levi Strauss & Company, Logitech, Lyft, Mars, MassMutual, Maxim Integrated, Nike, NVIDIA, ON Semiconductor, Otis, Polycom, Red Lobster, Save Mart Companies, Stryker, Subaru of America, Synopsys, Universal Music Group, Verizon, Viasat, and Williams-Sonoma.

Get answers to tough questions you can’t discuss anywhere else in one quick day.

Join us for a few hours of great, off-the-record discussions on the challenges of a unique role like yours. Everyone in the room will be leading corporate social responsibility at a big company.

No vendors, sponsors, press, small businesses, or junior/front-line staff allowed.

This is a meeting for people like you, with jobs like yours, at companies like yours — and problems like yours.

Attendees will be from member companies and invited guests from similarly-sized companies.

This is a sample of our bigger, more in-depth Board Meetings. Prospective members get to experience the incredibly valuable discussions we have, and members get an extra session of great conversations.

Important Notes:

  1. Only RSVP if you can definitely attend. This is a structured conversation with facilitators and limited seats. (If you can’t make it, please give us enough warning to invite someone from the waitlist.)
  2. This meeting is confidential. You will be required to agree to our confidentiality rules when you register.

Details:

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
  • Presidio Officers’ Club — 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129.
  • 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Discussions start promptly at 9:00 AM, please be on time.

Please note: Non-members have to leave the facility at 4:30 PM. The members-only portion of the confidential Board Meeting begins at 5:00 PM with our Member Dinner.

What’s Going to Happen:

  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM — Breakfast Discussions and Introduction
  • 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM — Facilitated Large Group Discussion on Building Internal CSR Business Partnerships: Philanthropy, community impact, and sustainability have moved to the center of business strategy for many of our companies, posing new internal challenges and opportunities. Securing resources in the context of billion-dollar business units requires skillful internal politics. Join us for a discussion about how we are identifying and cultivating partners, the teams we are building to maximize our success, and how changing expectations for corporate responsibility is changing our work.
  • 10:55 AM – 12:00 PM — Small Group Discussions: These are fast-paced, peer-to-peer discussions where you suggest discussion topics, vote for your favorites, and join the conversations that interest you most. It means you’re spending the entire time talking about exactly the right things for you, not some canned agenda set by meeting planners months in advance.
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM — Lunch Discussions
  • 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM — Confidential Case Studies on CSR Programs:
    • NVIDIA’s Tonie Hansen on leveraging stakeholder data to improve your CSR performance.
    • Cenovus Energy’s Mark Demchuk on ESG and the energy industry.
    • Brown-Forman’s Suzette Carty on pursuing sustainability at a 150-year-old brand.
    • Electronic Arts’ Nadine Redd Blackburn and Kristina Engeseth on their ‘EA Gives Back’ community outreach program.
    • Best Buy’s Ashley Rajaratnam on the ethics of marketing social impact.

FAQ:

Who’s going to be there?

Everyone in the room will be leading a corporate social responsibility program at a big company. This is a meeting for people like you, with jobs like yours, at companies like yours — and problems like yours.

No vendors, sponsors, press, small businesses, or junior/front-line staff allowed.

Attendees will be from member companies and invited guests from similarly-sized companies.

What are we going to discuss?

You’ll get candid, honest insights from experienced peers. Bring a list of the things you’re working on right now. We’d love to help.

Some early topics that have been suggested include:

  • Disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Partnering with NPOs, NGOs, and companies
  • Setting up/sunsetting a foundation
  • Deciding on third-party certifications for sustainability
  • ESG metrics and reporting
  • Defining/redefining your strategic pillars
  • Measuring and communicating impact
  • Mobilizing ERGs (employee resource groups) for CSR goals
  • Investor relations and sustainability

What’s the format?

Here’s an explanation of the format from one of our other meetings. We’ve been running similar meetings for the past 12 years — it’s a very efficient format to get high value in limited time.

Why is there no fee and who is funding this?

The CSR Board is a confidential, vendor-free membership organization for people leading corporate social responsibility at the world’s biggest companies. We have members-only meetings about four times a year. Because our meetings are confidential, we host smaller meetings for guests to see what we do. In total transparency, we think you’re going to love it and will want to join the community.