Tuesday, October 2, 2012
8:00 am - 10:30 amCROA Advisory Board Meeting
8:00 am - 11:45 amSpotlight on Governance: Inside the GRI Framework

An inside look at the GRI Framework for sustainability reporting with a spotlight on its governance disclosures. 
Information Communications Technology (ICT) Sustainability Mini-Conference
In this pre-conference workshop, AT&T, with customer and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) perspectives will offer insight in how Information Communications Technology (ICT) can help businesses meet sustainability goals through the use of technology. 
This workshop will provide tangible ideas/proof points you can execute in your business to: 
  • Enable remote workers with video and web collaboration
  • Increase productivity with mobile applications
  • Utilize Anywhere and on demand with cloud technologies
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10:30 am - 11:30 amCR Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens List" Town Hall Meeting
As part of its commitment to transparency, CR Magazine hosts a series of discussions to solicit feedback on the list and its methodology. At this town hall-style meeting participants will learn about the methodology, preview upcoming changes for 2013 and beyond, and participate in an interactive discussion. All views are welcome!

11:45 am - 1:00 pmVIP Lunch #1

VIP Lunch #2

1:00 pm - 1:30 pmOpening Remarks
Mr. Richard J Crespin, President, SharedXpertise & Executive Director of the CROA, SharedXpertise
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmKeynote: Society, Sustainability, and the Rule of Law
Phillip K Howard, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP and Author

Corporate responsibility and sustainability go beyond compliance with the law, yet the rule of law and its underlying principles form the foundation for how companies interact within society. Mr. Howard will share his unique perspective on how the law shapes our every day behavior, impacts the way companies act, and how a better relationship between the law and society can improve corporate responsibility.
2:15 pm - 2:45 pmKeynote: The Economics of Transparency
Ernst Ligteringen, Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Transparency is the pre-condition of citizenship. More people live next to, work for, and invest in companies than almost any other human institution. As a result, companies have a special obligation to disclose their activities. At the same time, transparency needs to contribute to the companies overall creation of shareholder value. GRI Chief Executive, Ernst Ligteringen will show how GRI and its reporting guidelines deliver on the business case for transparency and reporting.
2:45 pm - 3:30 pmNetworking Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmBig Idea Lightning Round
A rapid-fire series of presentations on big ideas that will change our world.

  • Optimizing Work Practices in the Information Age  with Joan Blades, Co-Founder of MoveOn.org & MomRises.org 

  • The Ultimate Liquid Asset:  Providing a vast, neglected country like the Democratic Republic of the Congo with access to safe, clean water isn’t a job for mere mortals. That’s why Action Against Hunger has brought together the Clean Water Access Initiative – a dream team of corporate and nonprofit partners committed to helping tens of thousands of Congolese reap the benefits of water: the ultimate liquid asset. 
    • Nan Dale, Chief Executive Officer, Action Against Hunger
    • Jonna Davis, Water Program Officer, charity:water
    • Paul Fitzhenry, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Tyco International

  •  “Newton’s 4th Law: Where We Learn Matters”  
    • Rachel Gutter, Center for Green Schools at USGBC 
    • George Bandy, VP of Sustainability, Interface 
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmUnConvention - Crony Capitalism: Building Common Ground on Maximizing the Potential of the Free Market While Reducing Cronyism Favoring Privileged Industries, Individuals, & Firms.

Free-market capitalism has done more to advance human health, wealth, and well-being than almost any other institution in history. Yet, the excesses of the recent past have made many question the very institutions -- like banks, regulators, and capital markets -- that make the system work. They see a system biased in favor of the very few at the expense of the great many. How do we find common ground and secure the blessings of the free market for us and our posterity?

Keynoted by David Stockman, President Reagan's Budget Director, CEO Emeritus 

Panel Features:
  • Peter Schweizer, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Luigi Zingales, Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Author
  • C. Ed Haldeman, CEO Emeritus, FreddieMac & Former President, CEO, & Chairman Putnam Investments
  • Anna Burger, Former Secretary-Treasuer, Service Employees International Union, Member of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board
  • Susan Ochs, Author, American Banker & Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute 
 Moderator: Nick Sorrentino, Director of Political Outreach, Future 500

6:30 pm - 8:30 pmCocktails by the Light of the Silver Screen
Green Living Project debuts a series of sustainability-themed short films.
All COMMIT!Forum VIP Conference Pass Attendees will receive free admission to Green Living Project’s Film Premiere.

The film premiere will feature:
  • Great food, live music and cocktails
  • Gift bags loaded with cool stuff from our sponsors for the first 50 attendees
  • Meet the expedition team and learn about our recent Africa Expedition and our upcoming Asia Expedition
  • Free gear and trip raffle from our sponsors

Sustainable Wall Street: Capturing Untapped Shareholder Value and Mitigating Undiscovered Risks & Volatility
Cocktails, Event, and Discussion

Leading firms are capturing untapped shareholder value from products and services that add top-line revenue, boost bottom-line profit, and also benefit society, people and the environment. These firms are also mitigating current undiscovered risks to their financials and market value, by mitigating the potential for future volatility.
Learn from CFOs, independent Board directors and investment executives how they see, sense, and measure these opportunities for higher shareholder value and lessened risk- and discuss how to apply these in your own corporation, capital allocation and investment choices.
Confirmed & Invited Speakers:
  • Ms. Lauralee Martin, CFO and COO, Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL)
  • Mr. Chad Spitler, Managing Director, BlackRock (NYSE: BLK)
  • Ms. Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres 
8:30 pm - 10:00 pmVIP Dinner #1

VIP Dinner #2

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
7:00 am - 8:30 amCSRWire hosted "Blogger Breakfast"
Enjoy breakfast with leading CR Practitioners and other thought leaders to discuss pertinent CR issues facing companies today.
CROA Professional DevelopmentSustainable Value Chain Survey ResultsVIP Breakfast #2
8:30 am -9:00 amOpening Remarks
Mr. Dirk Olin, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Responsibility Magazine
9:00 am - 10:15 amDebate: Transparently Wrong! Mandated corporate disclosure laws like Sarbanes-Oxley have done more harm than good.

Debate Teams
  • Former US Senator, Paul Sarbanes, Co-Sponsor of the Landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act on Corporate Disclosure & Transparency
  • Lauralee E. Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Mark A. Calabria Ph.D., Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
  • John A. Allison, Retired Chairman and CEO, BB&T Corporation
10:15 am - 10:45 amKeynote: State Street Corporation's George Russell
George A Russell Jr., Executive Vice President, State Street Corporation

Two of the most important components of any corporate responsibility program are making them relevant and strategic for the company, and engaging employees so that they can both understand the underlying rationale behind the initiatives as well as become part of the process. The evolution of these roles has become more strategic in community focus areas where companies have operating facilities. George Russell, Executive Vice President at State Street, will discuss the evolution of a truly global engagement program through stages of research and development, collaboration, and outcome measurement.
Plenary SessionWorking Groups
10:50 am - 11:50 amUnConvention - Dual Deficits: Overcoming Society's Mounting Fiscal & Sustainability Debts.

Was Thomas Malthus right? Will we eventually run out of food, fuel, and the rest of life's essentials as the future becomes a bleak landscape of painful trade-offs and harsh conservation? Or can we innovate and grow our way out of these tough times to a brighter future for our society?

  • Tzeporah Berman, Co-Founder ForestEthics & Former Co-Director, Greenpeace International Climate Energy Program
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Environmentalist
  • Robert Shapiro, President Clinton's Chief Economic Advisor
  • Chris Lambe, Director of Social Responsibility, Mosaic
  • Scott Griffin, Chief Sustainability Officer, Greif, Inc
Moderator: Bill Shireman, President and CEO, The Future 500
Assuring Sustainability: Building Trust & Better Data Through Third Party Validation
CSR reporting is at all time high while trust in business remains at an all time low. Companies report lots of sustainability data but most people don't understand it, can't compare it, and don't know on which data to rely. As a result, companies increasingly look to third party firms to "audit", "assure", or otherwise "validate" their data. But which kind of assurance and which third parties are right for which company? Through this interactive panel we will explore these issues and more. Participants will come away with a clearer understanding of the different types of assurance, the firms that offer them, and which might be right for them.
  • Brendan LeBlanc, Executive Director, Ernst & Young
  • Eric Hespenheide, Partner, Deloitte & Touche
  • John Chapman, Partner, KPMG
  • Eric Israel, Managing Director, PwC
  • Amy Pawlicki, Director - Business Reporting, Assurance & Advisory Services and XBRL, AICPA
Moderator:  Gwendolen White, Associate Professor of Accounting, Ball State University 
11:50 am - 1:00 pmKeynote Luncheon: "HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything" Sponsored by State Street Corporation
Dov Seidman, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Author of "HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything", LRN
Invitation-Only Luncheons

1:00 pm - 1:45 pmWorkforce Congress: Building a Competitive Workforce

Plenary SessionWorking Groups
1:50 pm - 2:35 pmWorkforce Congress

ERP for Your CSR: The Software Powering the Next Generation of Sustainability Management, Data, and Reporting
Jim Sullivan, VP, Sustainability Management & Strategy, SAP
Janice Warren, Director, OneReport
Elena Avesani, Principal Strategy Manager, Oracle Corporation
A comprehensive exploration of the new and emerging software tools in this field.
2:40 pm - 3:15pmNetworking Break
3:15 pm - 4:30 pmUnConvention - Digital Freedom: Securing an Online World that Generates Greater Innovation, Prosperity, & Freedom.

As more of our economic and civil society moves to a digital world, new challenges arise to security and personal freedom.  For every Twitter-generated Tahrir Square there are the long shadows of events like Stuxnet raising the stakes with cyber warfare. As ever, stability and security are the preconditions of freedom, so now is the time for thinking people to sort out how we will ensure the security that will unleash the innovation, prosperity, and freedom of a more digital world.

  • John Perry Barlow, Co-Founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation & Former Lyricist for the Grateful Dead
  • Jim Harper, Director, Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute
  • Harold Feld, Legal Director, Public Knowledge
  • Michael Petricone, SVP Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
Moderator:  Rebecca Busse, Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500

4:30 pm - 5:30 pmKeynote: Jim Quigley, CEO-Emeritus of Deloitte & Author of "As One"
James H Quigley, CEO, Emeritus of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and Senior Partner, Deloitte LLP
5:30 pm - 6:15 pmCOMMIT! Lightning Round
Highlighting commitments made during the Forum 
6:15 pm - 7:00 pmNetworking Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm - 9:30 pmCR Magazine's Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner
Please note there is an additional fee to attend the Awards Dinner.  To confirm your seat you must select this item on the Options Page. 
FEES:  (Discounts Do Not Apply)
All registered Attendees may attend for a special price of $100.
Guests and Dinner Only attendees may attend for $350. 
Speakers are complimentary. 

Each year, CR Magazine awards the prestigious Responsible CEO of the Year Award to CEOs — from companies, NGOs, and governments — who, during the previous year, put themselves at personal and professional risk in order to deliver on corporate responsibility promises. They also announce the winner of the Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award that recognizes an individual whose risk-taking, vision and pioneering spirit have led to significant achievement in the field over the course of their career.

Come honor the 2012 recipients.


Executive Summit At NYSE: October 3, 2012
1:00 pm - 2:15 pmUnConvention - Energy Security: Safe, Stable, & Reliable Energy Sources to Fuel Our Economy.

Prosperity and energy are inexorably linked. America -- and Britain before it and Rome before it -- spends vast sums securing access to energy supplies to fuel the world economy. Without energy, growth stops. Yet current policy -- foreign and domestic -- often causes as many problems as it solves.  How do we secure our energy and economic future in the 21st Century?
  • Denny McGinn, Vice Admiral (Ret.), U.S. Navy
  • Dave Kerner, Senior Science & Technology Advisor, The Tauri Group, LLC 
  • Elaine Kamarck, Public Policy Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Michael Marx, Director, Beyond Oil Campaign, Sierra Club
  • Marlene Motyka, US Alternative Energy Leader and Principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
  • John Schulz, Director, Sustainability Operations, AT&T 
  • Nicholas K. Akins, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Electric Power
Moderator:  Erik Wohlgemuth, Chief Operating Officer, The Future 500

2:15 am - 3:00 pmSustainable Wall Street: Investing in Responsibility
Brian Rice, Portfolio Manager, CalSTRS
Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager Investments, California Public Employees' Retirement System
3:00 pm - 3:45 pmThe C-Suite Panel
Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman, CEO & President, ManpowerGroup
Mr Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext
Hikmet Ersek, President & Chief Executive Officer & Director, The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU)

Our Annual Responsible C-Suite Roundtable
Jeffrey Joerres
CEO & President

Hikmet Ersek
President, Chief Executive Officer, 
and Director
The Western Union Company 

Duncan Niederauer
Chief Executive Officer
NYSE Euronext

3:45 pm - 4:30 pmRinging of the Bell





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