CRO Conference Chicago Moves from September 10 to October 29

(Edison, NJ July 30, 2008)--The one-day Fall 2008 CRO Conference will move from Chicago’s Union League Club September 10 to the Stephens Convention Center at O’Hare on October 29 to take advantage of the sustainability headliner keynotes of the two-day SustainPro Conference, it was announced today. In addition, all CRO Conference attendees on October 29 will be able to participate in the second day of the SustainPro Conference October 30 at no additional cost. CRO Conferences are open to CRO corporate members or individual attendees who register online at .

CRO Conference attendees will share 3 opening-day Keynotes with attendees of the SustainPro Conference, billed as the world’s largest operations-level corporate sustainability event. At 9:00am, the opening Keynote is a leader in fostering innovations benefiting humanity through competition, Dr. Peter Diamandis M.D. CEO of the XPrize Foundation. XPrize first captured the world’s attention in 2004 when the Burt Rutan-led team flew the world’s first private spaceship to win the $10 million Anzari XPrize.

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CRO Tool Time at Spring Conference

Speakers, panelists address ways to implement sustainable practices across businesses

By Danielle Lee

The elusive “future” is always a key element in any sustainability discussion, and the panel discussions at CRO’s Spring Conference in New York, covering everything from the water crisis to paper use, were no exception.

In fact, the sustainability experts assembled at the Union League Club March 27 stressed the future’s very imminence.

They also talked frankly about corporations’ need to address the crises of climate change and resource depletion for reasons beyond general goodwill.

John Davies, Sustainability Analyst for AMR Research, noted during an afternoon panel, “Sustainability Deep Dive: Looking Outside for Untapped Savings,” that 22 children die per second because of lack of access to water, adding that technology will play a big part in the solution. Davies pointed to Procter & Gamble’s invention of a water purification process.

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CRO Spring Conference Jumpstarts Efforts

Practitioners, providers at New York event offer insights into corporate transformation

By Dennis Schaal

Being a good corporate citizen can be a combative and transformative endeavor and nearly 300 advocates of the art form gathered at the Spring CRO Conference at the Union League Club in Manhattan March 27 to hear corporate responsibility veterans relay their war stories, advice and battle plans for sustaining the drive.

In his morning keynote address, Andy Bryant, Intel’s Chief Administrative Officer, said the chip maker’s goal has been to create a corporate responsibility culture.

“To build a culture is hard work that never ends,” Bryant said. “You can’t do it with a PowerPoint presentation.”

Intel, which took top honors in the CRO’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2008 ranking, constantly must set strategy and make a business case for initiatives, balancing the desires of competing stakeholders, Bryant said.

For example, Bryant recalled the flak that Intel received from some shareholders who didn’t see the need for the company to spend millions of dollars annually on Intel Teach to the Future, a global program that has trained millions of teachers in techniques to integrate technology into their classroom instruction.

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CRO Spring Conference 2008


Keynote Andy Bryant, Chief Adminstrative Officer and EVP, Intel


Keynote Cynthia Cooper, Time Magazine Person of the Year 2002 and Worldcom whistleblower, signs copies of her book

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Keynote Speaker Cynthia Cooper, Time Magazine Person of the Year 2002 and Worldcom whistleblower

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Conference Attendees

Companies represented at the CRO Conference Spring, May 10, 2007, New York City:

ABC 20/20
"The Pink Sheet"
"Work Life Matters"
Active Reasoning
Adwalker Inc.
American Banker
AMR Research
Arnold Worlwide
Aspen Institute, Business & Society Program
Avery Dennison
Avon Products, Inc.
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Baldor Electric Company
BCB Consulting
Becton Dickinson
Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics
Bierce & Kenerson PC
Bloomberg News
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Brady Corporation
BtoB Magazine
Budhiarta & Associates
Business Week
Business Wire
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Canadian Center for Ethics & Corporate Policy
Cause Marketing Forum
Center for an Urban Future
Center for Sustainable Innovation
Chubb Insurance
ClearBridge Advisors, Legg Mason
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Columbia University
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
Community Resources for Justice Inc.

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CRO Conference Fall 2007 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors:


Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is an organization of member firms around the world devoted to excellence in providing professional services and advice, focused on client service through a global strategy executed locally in nearly 140 countries.


Domtar designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of fine paper products for a variety of consumers including merchants, retail outlets, stationers, printers, publishers, converters and end-users.

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CRO Fall 2007 Sessions and Speaker Bios

CRO Conference Fall, September 12, 2007
Union League Club, Chicago, IL


Amit Chatterjee is Senior Vice President of SAP Governance Risk and Compliance business unit. Prior to this, he was vice president of strategy at SAP. In the last few years, he has worked closely on SAP’s solution vision across products and technology. Prior to SAP, Amit Chatterjee was at McKinsey & Co.

Ophelia B. Basgal has been named to the newly established position of Pacific Gas and Electric Company Vice President, Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives. Basgal is responsible for managing the company’s charitable contributions program, external relations and partnerships with community-based organizations.

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CRO Conference Coverage

CRO Conference Spring, May 2007, New York City

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Sustainability Panel

Panel Members:Sustainability Panel

John Elkington, Founder, SustainAbility
Anne Kelly, Ceres
Trip Jobe, Neenah Paper
Neel Bradham, VP, Interface
Moderator: Jay Whitehead, CEO, The CRO

INT: I’d like to welcome every body back to the CRO Conference, and to now our Sustainability Panel – our superstar Sustainability Panel, where we tried to grab the two most vehement and vocal and successful sustainability advocates here, represented in humans, but also representing their organizations, and two very important corporate sustainable – representatives of corporations who have made sustainability a major part of their business.

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