Compelling events and programs that promote collaboration, shared inquiry and innovation in pursuit of responsible business performance.
Inequality in societies that arise from wide variations in access to resources has been linked with many social problems such as physical and mental illness, incarceration, fragmented families and communities, teenage pregnancies and a significant loss of potential talent in the workplace. Many have also linked current income inequality levels to slow economic recovery from the Great Recession. It has also been linked to inadequate labor productivity (and some sector shortages of qualified employees) due to uneven educational preparation. U.S. Deputy Labor Secretary, Chris Lu, Keynotes the discussion on income inequality.
Experts from Wells Fargo, BlackRock and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board headlined an insightful panel discussion on what constitutes "responsible investing" and how interested investors should approach it. Panelists Lloyd Kurtz, Doug Park and Chad Spitler shared their knowledge with students and guests.
Global Economic Forum - Corporate Social Responsibility in a Post-Crisis World: Realities, Challenges and Solutions
The Third Global Economic Forum featured distinguished panelist including, Dr. Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer and executive vice president of SAP, who oversees strategy and innovation for sustainability solutions and operations; Michael E. Fox, Jr., president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley, a not-for-profit organization that provides job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have a disability, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges; and Kapil Sharma, senior general manager of Tata Sons--North America, the $90 billion Indian multinational conglomerate that operates in more than 80 countries with a global workforce of over 425,000.
BlackRock is the world's largest provider of investment, advisory and risk management services, with assets under management of about 3.4 trillion. The panel discussion featured Michelle Edkins, global head of corporate governance & responsible investment, who leads a team of 20 specialists based in five key regions internationally and is responsible for the team’s engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients; Chad Spitler, global chief operating officer of corporate governance & responsible investment, who is responsible for the daily operations of the team worldwide and strategic planning within the portfolio management group; and Yumi Narita, vice-president and research analyst in the Americas Corporate Governance group.