Paris and Chicago will offer stunning venues with compelling insights.
By Jay Whitehead
Corporate responsibility, extra-extra, read all about it. Page one, the governance failures behind the global credit crisis and too-big-to-fail bailouts. Below the fold, the new financial industry reform laws in the U.S., U.K. and E.U. Next page, deposed BP CEO Tony Hayward and the Gulf “oil-tastrophe.” Page three, climate change, featuring twin failures: the Copenhagen climate summit and the lack of any effective new energy or climate change bill. On the sports page it’s the socially responsibility agenda of the Chicago Cubs, plus the new green stadiums for baseball in Minnesota and for the London 2012 Olympics.
In Paris on October 29 and Chicago on November 3-4, corporate leaders in sustainability, GRC, investor relations and marketing, CSR and philanthropy will gather to compare insights on the CR headlines, and accelerate the professionalization of CR practices. CRO Summit attendees will include more than 20 speakers in Paris and more than 30 in Chicago. Let’s meet a few of them:
Duncan Niederauer is CEO and Dominique Cerruti is the deputy CEO of NYSE Euronext, the world’s largest stock exchange by market cap. With 8,000 listed companies, the standards set by NYSE Euronext spider out to every corner of the world’s economies. As formal partners in the CRO Association’s efforts to rapidly professionalize CR practices, NYSE Euronext, Niederauer and Cerruti are on the leading edge of the CR revolution. NYSE Euronext and CR Magazine partnered to deliver the largest-ever survey of Corporate Responsibility best practices, which both Duncan Neiderauer and Dominique Cerruti will comment on in their CRO Summit keynotes in Chicago and Paris, respectively.
Among Fortune 500 CEOs, Northern Trust’s Frederick (Rick) Waddell is the poster child for integrity. Given the ease with which money flows in today’s wired economy, the Chicago-based wealth management giant—with $4 trillion in assets under custody and 11,000 employees in 14 countries—is arguably more reputation-dependent for survival than any other business. The Northern Trust CEO will share many of his CR secrets at CRO Summit Chicago.
Best-selling author of Green to Gold, Yale Environmental Law and Policy Professor Daniel Esty will share the insights that have made his book the top-selling sustainability text of all time in his keynote at CRO Summit Chicago.
With its dependency on carbon-based fuels, an employee base exceeding 150,000, strategic importance as a defense contractor, and significant role as a bellwether stock in global capital markets, Boeing’s airplane business has a unique corporate responsibility profile. And as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for The Boeing Company, Richard (Rick) Stephens oversees the company’s corporate responsibility and human resources initiatives, now serves as Chairman of the Illinois Business Roundtable, and will keynote the CRO Summit Chicago.
Sharing the stage with Rick will be Boeing’s CR leader, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the companty’s Vice President of Global Corporate Citizenship. Anna has a long history in Chicago politics, serving the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon and Mayor Richard Daley, and acting as first executive director of Museums in the Park. The Boeing pair is sure to promise cutting-edge CR information and insight.