COMMIT!Forum

Diversion Tactics

cr-novdec2016-wastemanagement Waste Management and the COMMITIForum worked together to prevent over 90 percent of event trash from ending up in landfills. By Belinda Sharr There is more food waste in landfills than any other type of discarded item, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Nearly 40 percent of food grown, processed, and transported in the United States will never be consumed; at conferences and events the amount of waste is similar—way too much. For the second year in a row, Waste Management (WM) partnered with the COMMITIForum in October 2016 to ensure that the event produced minimal landfill waste; setting it apart from so many conferences that throw away a large number of recyclable items in the interest of simpleness. The results from this partnership were remarkable—63 percent more waste was diverted this year than last year. A total of 90.5 percent of waste from the forum was diverted from landfills—compared to 55.5 percent at the 2015 event. Continue reading →

Tweeting on the Issues

twitter-button Attendees discussed current industry topics and wrote summarizing Tweets during the COMMIT!Forum Issue Tables session. By Allie Williams, CRA Executive Director At the COMMIT!Forum, the “Issue Tables” provided a relaxed setting for attendees to share their knowledge and insights on the most relevant corporate responsibility issues. Each table was chaired by an issue expert who helped to guide and facilitate the conversation. Attendees were able to discuss, debate, and share knowledge on the issues. At the end of the session, each table created a tweet to share with the entire audience, and online. I am sharing them with you here, and make sure to follow us @CR_Mag and @thecroa. “Engaging the C-Suite” C-Suite engagement requires both a business case & a network of internal & external stakeholder support “Building/Managing Sustainable Supply Chain” A supply chain shouldn’t be a game of telephone.

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Get Committed

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Check out these exciting sessions and excellent networking opportunities at the annual forum.
By Belinda Sharr
Responsible companies and their employees have an obligation to be committed to sustainability. Corporate responsibility is an area that can be vast and complex, and getting together with colleagues to share best practices and offer advice is a simple way to take on this challenging topic; it's also an activity that the COMMIT! Forum offers during its annual event. Networking is a key part of the forum, and there will be many opportunities to gather with like-minded individuals to share innovative ideas during networking breaks and issue table sessions. Those attendees who are dedicated to corporate responsibility will be ready to discuss business challenges and solutions, catch up with old friends and colleagues, and to meet new ones.

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Executive Director’s Report: Renew Your COMMITment!

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By Allie Williams
2016 marks another exciting year for the COMMIT! Forum and another chance for us to renew our commitment to corporate responsibility. If you are reading this issue prior to the forum on October 18-19, we hope you will find our COMMIT! Forum preview helpful in navigating this year's lineup of presentations and other events. For those of you reading this at the forum itself, welcome! We're glad you're here. We at the Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA) hope that through the COMMIT! Forum and the content we produce throughout the year, you will find new ways to change the way business is done for the better. The CRA strives to advance the power of business to ensure a sustainable future, and we recognize that thought leaders and professionals such as yourselves play a crucial role in realizing that future. We also envision a world where a thriving business community creates sustainable value for all stakeholders and believe that you are a part of that community.

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Editor’s Letter: A Can’t-miss Conference

headshot By Belinda Sharr Welcome to our COMMIT! Forum preview issue! Whether you're reading this before the event to see what's planned, after the event to catch up on the highlights, or during the event to decide which sessions you want to attend, we hope you enjoy the content and participate in our annual conference. I recently wrote a post on our new CR blog about the COMMIT! Forum and the reasons to attend. You can read it at www.thecrmagazine.blogspot.com; but here are the top three things I'm most looking forward to: 3. An Exciting CEO Panel "Shared Responsibility: An Exclusive CEO Panel" offers attendees the opportunity to hear C-level thought leaders share their experiences. This session will be both informative and entertaining. 2. The Annual Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner CR Magazine's Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner is the highlight of the forum. This special dinner and awards ceremony celebrates the most responsible CEOs nominated by their colleagues.

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COMMIT! To Responsible Business Practices

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The upcoming 2016 COMMIT!Forum will take place this October in New York City.
By Christa Elliott Sustainability is more than a word—it's a commitment to more responsible, ethical, and environmentally friendly business practices. Every year, business leaders from all over the country gather around that commitment at CR Magazine's annual COMMITIForum. The forum's lineup of speakers and presenters will offer new insights into the world of sustainability and corporate responsibility. This event creates opportunities for responsible buyers and sellers to connect and for professionals from a variety of industries to hear from sustainable-business leaders. The 2016 event will be held Oct. 18-19 at the Westin New York in New York City. Presentations on the agenda include a panel discussion from MGM, which will cover sustainability in the company, and a special session from Mosaic on the company's latest innovations in mining, manufacturing, supply chain, and product development.

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10 Great Ideas from 2014 COMMIT!Forum

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 3.16.23 PM Here are some of the top insights from our last COMMIT!Forum—a taste of what’s likely to come in the 2015 Forum By the Editors Bring your best ideas to the 2015 COMMIT!Forum. If it’s anything like the previous ones we’ve had, the ideas and insights should be coming fast. While we couldn’t be everywhere last year, and your mileage may vary, here (in descending order) is a sample of compelling thoughts shared from the stage during the 2014 event:
  1. Manage CR like any other business issue: Goals, measurements, accountability
Dan Hesse earned the 2013 CR Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award. Dan had been CEO of Sprint at the time, but his tenure had ended in August 2014. Dan returned to New York for our October 2014 dinner to pass the Lifetime Achievement Award to Stuart Thorn, CEO of Southwire, Carrollton, GA. Dan’s key insight, explained at greater length in a January/February 2014 CEO Interview in CR Magazine, was to address corporate responsibility “like any other business issue”: Set goals, meet regularly, measure it “relentlessly,” and have accountability for every element of the plan.

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Renew and Commit

commitagenda Responsible supply chains, engaged cultures on agenda for COMMIT!Forum 2015 By The Editors You know that CR practices that used to be innovations only a few years ago (when we first put on this annual conference) are no longer innovative: Now they’re the table stakes. You are expected to ante up transparency and comprehensive reporting; you’re expected to have a 
CR program and be able to discuss sustainability and shared value in a context of employee-engagement
 and business performance. Now companies have grown more sophisticated in what they expect from each other. Similarly, employees have grown more sophisticated in what they expect from companies. And customers are more demanding, too. To remain at the table, you’ll have to drive innovation in the CR, sustainability and shared-value space—through employee and customer engagement, and throughout your supply chain. If you’re in the B2B supply chain—and that’s most of us—consider setting aside Oct.

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Culmination of efforts at the COMMIT!Forum

Culmination of efforts at the COMMIT!Forum

By Mike Wallace


On October 8 -9 BrownFlynn will be participating in the 4th COMMIT!Forum. As a longtime partner of the Corporate Responsibility Association and the COMMIT!Forum, and as an active provider of professional development and sustainability content, we’re especially excited about this year’s event. Our field is evolving radically, and content this year will reflect this rapid pace of change. Along these lines, CRA’s own efforts to facilitate and enhance the field will come through in several key areas.


First off, CRA’s organizational efforts to facilitate and organize members around high-priority topics has accelerated over the last year. Committees that were originally established in 2007 are expanding and gaining significant membership and momentum. New committees are being formed and relevant and timely content is quickly being brought to the stage this year in New York.

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Big Ideas Need to Date, Mate, & Procreate

Big Ideas Need to Date, Mate, & Procreate

By Richard Crespin


Sex makes evolution work. Each succeeding generation experiments with the best (or worst) of a pair of genes taken from the prior generation through the magic of procreation. What works for evolution can also work for ideas. In The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley contends that human progress really took off when ideas started “having sex.” For really big leaps forward in human culture to occur, “...ideas needed to meet and mate... [because] exchange is to cultural evolution as sex is to biological evolution.” When good ideas mate they create even better ideas.

Our own research on innovation shows that the best ideas rarely come from people steeped in one field, but rather between people from different fields.
In fact, evolutionary biologists have shown that
when communities of humans lose touch with other communities, their progress stagnates and even regresses.

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