The Main Event

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How to get the most out of your sustainable summits—experts share their top tips.
By Belinda Sharr
Many companies planning upcoming business events look at the big-picture logistics—but they need to make sure they're looking at the small stuff too; small items like paper product and water bottles can add up to a big impact. So where should professionals begin their event plan? CR Magazine spoke with Andrew Walker, certified meeting professional and manager of events at Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and Mariela Mcllwraith, certified meeting professional, certified meeting manager, MBA, and director of sustainability at GMIC, an Initiative of the Convention Industry Council, for advice on how to plan an event that provides a great experience for attendees, while ensuring it's operating responsibly.Walker has worked in the global meeting and event industry for more than 10 years.

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Brand Names


Four large companies share how they are working toward a more sustainable tomorrow.

Belinda Sharr

One of the main reasons executives attend conferences is to learn, and Sustainable Brands annual conference provides just the platform. The collaborative confab allows CR leaders to get insight into how organizations are achieving their sustainability goals. CR Magazine attended the event, and was able to speak with several prominent brands about their sustainability efforts at their organizations. CR is No Game at Caesars Entertainment Corporate responsibility is a priority—not a gamble—for Caesars Entertainment. The company strives to exceed guests'—and their own— expectations for sustainability. Gwen Migita, vice president of sustainability and corporate citizenship at Caesars, spoke with CR Magazine about sustainability in the gaming and entertainment industry, and what Caesars' goals are for the future.

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A Sustainable Stay

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The most sustainable corporate hospitality chains offer destinations dedicated to CSR.
By the Editors
When travelling or planning an event, CSR professionals should make the effort to utilize the most sustainable locations that are working toward a greener earth. CR Magazine has compiled a list of the most sustainable corporate hospitality chains in the U.S. to help you choose a facility that is dedicated to corporate responsibility. The following corporate chains were researched by the editorial staff and are in unranked alphabetical order. Company name: Borgata Website: Company name: Caesars Entertainment, Inc. Website: Company name: Carnival Corp.

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Editor’s Letter: Sustainable Places and Products

headshot Belinda Sharr Sustainability is something that every business and individual person should be aware of. As this world becomes more focused on "being green," sustainability is at the forefront of this effort. In this issue we have a few new feature sections that we're excited about. They encompass places and objects that contribute to our more sustainable future. We have our first annual list of the Most Sustainable Corporate Hospitality Chains. These are locations throughout the U.S. that are dedicated to CSR and committed to sustainability for their guests. When researching this list, we noted some interesting efforts these hospitality groups are making to ensure they are operating responsibly. • MGM installed 21,324 photovoltaic solar panels, equaling twenty acres, on top of Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas that generate five megawatts of electricity. When new installations are complete, it will be the biggest rooftop solar array in the US. • Starwood Hotels & Resorts sends clients a Meeting Impact Report (MIR) after their event that recaps all the sustainable initiatives they selected related to energy and water consumption, waste management, sustainable food choices and meeting services, and the impact of their efforts.

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Conflict Minerals Lessons Learned and a Look Ahead

Conflict Minerals Lessons Learned and a Look Ahead By Christopher T. Mcclure And Meghan Rzepczynski U. S. manufacturers will soon file their third annual Form Sds and Conflict Minerals Reports (CMRs) and then initiate 2016 due diligence. Much has changed since August 2012, when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enacted the Conflict Minerals Rulel under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. A legal challenge to the rule posed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has been defeated after many months of battling in the courts, and activists have stepped up their battle for supply chain transparency. Many public and private companies have felt the impact of the rule, and negotiations for a law with similar requirements are underway in the European Union (EU). The below are some observations and recommendations that can help meet the challenges posed by the rule's unique due diligence and reporting requirements. Addressing the rule As a conflict minerals compliance team defines its objectives and formulates and executes its approach to meeting the requirements, it needs to do the following.

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Navigating The Voluntary Reporting Landscape: The Nation’s Largest Independent Power Producer Discusses Disclosure Strategy And Reporting

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 10.44.06 AM By Laurel Peacock It is an exciting time to be a sustainability practitioner, particularly in the energy industry. Working with a cross-functional team of subject matter experts to execute voluntary reporting isn't a simple process, but by setting and tracking against the best average targets for its operations, NRG Energy is executing its vision and holding itself publicly accountable. Companies cannot achieve goals that they don't set, and goals without action are meaningless. There is no single entity that can mitigate climate change, but as one of the nation's most carbon-intensive businesses- NRG is working to take a leadership role in making a difference; namely, by reducing its environmental impact while profitably growing the company. A few years ago, NRG began a science-based approach to developing carbon reduction targets, and thereby set what continue to be some of the industry's most aggressive goals. In addition to developing targets that would drive progress towards the IPCC 2º budget, NRG's executive sustainability steering committee strived to ensure that the company's goals - a 50 percent reduction by 2030 and a 90 percent reduction by 2050 - would be relevant and in-step with its growing clean energy investments and diverse fossil-fueled fleet.

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Operating Responsibly: A Conversation With Patsy Doerr, Thomson Reuters’ Global Head Of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 10.12.13 AM By Allie Williams Project ROI Corporate responsibility is moving prominently into the mainstream of business and can now be measured and tied to ROI, or return-on-investment. Attendees at CR Magazine’s COMMIT!Forum on October 21, 2015 were treated to a Project ROI report presentation, which was spearheaded by IO Sustainability, a research and advisory services firm, and the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College. They make the case for the ROI of corporate responsibility (CR), both anecdotally and quantitatively. The Project ROI report is a true partnership between these entities and its sponsors, Verizon and the Campbell Soup Company. Each sponsor is also included in the analysis. The authors gathered the data and demonstrated a framework about what it really means for a business to be “responsible” while delivering both “value” and relevancy by integrating a connection between CR (also called corporate social responsibility and sustainability) and ROI.

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Companies With Purpose: A Look At Three Making A Difference

shutterstock_293732144 Solar Power Systems and Suitability Belinda Sharr At GreenBiz on Feb. 23-25, CR Magazine sat down with Nautilus Solar Energy's CEO Jim Rice to talk about solar energy and its impact on the environment. Nautilus Solar Energy, which is headquartered in Summit, N.J., was founded in 2006. It is a full-service solutions provider for business-sector and public-sector customers across North America. Nautilus attributes their solar success to their efforts developing, funding, executing and managing the physical and financial aspects of distributed generation solar electric projects. The company delivers full-service financial and technical capability by customizing cost-saving solar solutions to help customers meet their sustainability goals. Nautilus has been involved in more than 100 MW of solar solutions in the United States and Canada. To Nautilus Solar, sustainability means "creat[ing] a clean, energy independent future by providing widespread access to electricity generated from solar power," according to Rice.

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Commit to Zero Waste

shutterstock_51232753 A responsible approach to waste disposal at the 2015 COMMIT!Forum. By Bill Lange Conferences and summits are a great way to bring like-minded professionals together to share ideas and bring actionable practices back to their organizations. However, these events can also have a significant environmental impact. Hundreds or even thousands of attendees generate a great deal of waste, from empty coffee cups to lunch refuse to paper products, and in many cases, the venue is not equipped to responsibly dispose of these materials. Recyclables and organic waste are unfortunately sent to landfills rather than diverted to more responsible methods of disposal, such as composting for organics and recycling centers for plastics, paper, and glass. The corporate responsibility community in particular is sensitive to these considerations, and CR Magazine decided to make an effort to reduce this impact. At the 2015 COMMIT!Forum in New York City, CR Magazine partnered with leading provider of comprehensive environmental solutions Waste Management to manage and reduce waste at this year’s event.

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The Science of Citizenship

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 3.44.06 PM A breakdown of Lockheed Martin’s innovative approach to ethics and sustainability. By Elliot Clark As a technology company, Lockheed Martin’s annual sustainability report is aptly titled, The Science of Citizenship, viewing the practices of ethics and sustainability as a science. After all, this is a company defined by its engineers and scientists who seek a rationalized and explainable view of the universe. But to describe the ethics and sustainability program at Lockheed Martin as science alone does not quite do justice to the amount of art in this award-winning and highly integrated management effort. I have known Leo Mackay, the fi rm’s vice president of ethics and sustainability and chief ethics officer, for a few years. Recently, I had occasion to sit and talk with him about how Lockheed Martin, a company of more than 126,000 employees and 16,000 suppliers, has been able to operate without some of the blemishes and scandals that have plagued other global brands.

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