Sometimes CR seems to be 100 percent risk. But at CR Magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year event, it’s all about the reward. Each year since 2008 at the fall CRO Summit, CR Magazine’s editorial team has announced its Responsible CEO of the Year Awards in seven industry segments to CEOs who have put themselves at personal and professional risk in order to deliver on corporate responsibility promises. Following the first day of the CRO Summit this past October at Chicago’s historic Union League Club, CR held a banquet to give its 2009-2010 Awards in all seven categories:
John Hess, CEO, Hess
John Hess has managed Hess Corporation into a Corporate Responsibility over-achiever in the energy sector. As #10 on the 2010 CR Magazine 100 Best Corporate Citizens List—top among energy companies—Hess has delivered uncharacteristically brilliant success (remember, Hess makes its living as a fossil-fuel extractor) as evidenced by its #7 rank in Environment and #8 rank in Climate Change.
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Learning how to make the business case for recycling in 92 different offices in both a down economy and a recovery—now that’s a great way to make yourself obsolete. Until, of course, a desperate, underperforming, aspirational firm comes knocking. Schuyler seems unlikely to face unemployment any time this century.
If there was ever any question that we live in the Era of Responsibility, the CRO Summit in Boston April 21, 2010, will erase all doubt. The three stars of the Era appearing at the Harvard Club that day to participate in this headline-grabbing, career-propelling program will persuade Corporate Responsibility executives of all stripes to make room on their calendars. This trio will join 20 other presenters and some 250 of your peers for a day of learning, networking, and professional elevation.
PwC’s pioneering CR officer gets granular.
By The Editors
Shannon Schuyler aspires to a job without a future. Despite the marketplace being filled with downsizing, displacement, and distrust, the Corporate Responsibility leader of the Americas at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), feels that her ultimate success will only occur when she is told that her services are no longer required. “If I do my job right,” she says, “I will not have it in 10 years.”
Schuyler began working at PwC more than a decade ago. “Before PwC, I had started out at an accounting firm, where I did recruiting for actuaries and accountants. So when I came here, I saw the organization from a different view. When people think accounting, they tend to think it is very staid. But this organization has breadth and scope and an ability to try different things.”
After working in various roles—client service, HR, and marketing—Schuyler realized that PwC employees held a collective set of beliefs that would support a formal CR effort.
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