In the wake of the Covid-19 global crisis, social unrest, a tumultuous Presidential election and transition, the priorities and expectations of corporations has changed. From investing in sustainable manufacturing and clean energy to improving diversity and imposing ethical guidelines, revived calls for pro-ESG reform have left many boards scrambling to keep up with the times and manage investor expectations. Money managers have begun to screen for fossil fuel-related stocks and vote against company management teams that refuse making environmentally friendly decisions.
With such stark criticism and investor backlash, ESG concerns are forcing a reassessment of risk and asset allocation at the world’s top companies. But will this new way of thinking create a wholesale reorganization of the capital markets? What are the things that every company needs to do to be a part of the new economy and to use its business as a driving force for social change, not just profits?
Join The Deal and Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and co-anchor of “Squawk on The Street” on CNBC, for a day of networking and education comprising compelling one-on-one keynote interviews and panel discussions to explore what issues are hot in the boardroom and how the world’s largest institutional investors are placing these initiatives at the center of their investment approach.
Marc Benioff is Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing.
Under Benioff’s leadership, Salesforce is the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally.
James J. Cramer, Host, “Mad Money with Jim Cramer”; Co-Anchor, “Squawk on The Street”, CNBC
Jim Cramer interviews Laura Alber, Chief Executive Officer, President, Director, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Jim Cramer interviews Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corp.
Shareholders and management teams at the world’s top companies aren’t the only ones invested in sustainable practices to reduce carbon footprints. The earth, an often-overlooked stakeholder in global commerce, is perhaps the one with the most to lose in the fight against carbon emissions. What is the best path toward going carbon-neutral? How are companies attracting investment and support from shareholders in a shift toward more eco-friendly practices? How do companies shift toward carbon-neutral and sustainable practices without gravely sacrificing profits? Does all of this really matter?
Panelist: Art Crozier, Chairman, Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Panelist: Amelia DeLuca, Managing Director, Sustainability, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Panelist: Kara Hurst, Head of Worldwide Sustainability, Amazon
Panelist: Sarah Teslik, Partner, Joele Frank
Panelist: Steve Varley, Global Vice Chair – Sustainability, EY
Jim Cramer interviews Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman, Banco Santander, S.A.
Diversity cannot be viewed as a mandate from a federal or state agency; it is a necessity for running a successful business. Customers, employees and investors are holding CEOs and boards accountable for creating a more diverse workforce from a gender, racial, cultural and generational standpoint. How can CEOs balance concerns around diversity and inclusion while managing the evolving expectations of their employees, customers, partners, investors and society?
Panelist: Virginia Drosos, Chief Executive Officer, Signet Jewelers
Panelist: Kurt Harrison, Partner, Co-Head, Global Sustainability Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates
Panelist: Gerald Johnson, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing, General Motors Company
Panelist: Sheryl Palmer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Taylor Morrison Home Corporation
Panelist: Adrianne Shapira, Managing Director, Eurazeo Brands
Jim Cramer interviews Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce
Jim Cramer interviews Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
No matter the best efforts of a leadership team, crisis can hit anywhere and anytime. How does a company handle a major global crisis, social or political unrest, environmental disaster, human tragedy or executive corruption scandal? What do you do if a celebrity or public figure urges their followers to boycott your company? How do you handle a CEO who is undermining the principles of the company? How do shareholders and board members respond, and what steps should companies take, to reduce permanent long-term damage from these types of crises?
Panelist: Bruce Goldfarb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Okapi Partners
Panelist: Krishna Veeraraghavan, Partner, Paul Weiss
Jim Cramer interviews Scott Barshay, Partner, Chair Corporate Department, Paul Weiss
Jim Cramer interviews Marvin Ellison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Companies – large and small, public and private – are under enormous pressure from investors to evaluate and respond to ESG risks for the benefit of all corporate stakeholders. Capital flight from industries and companies that are not taking ESG seriously has forced board rooms to begin to embrace ESG principles, even if they question the profitability of these initiatives. When it comes to environmental, social and governance issues, what is the right mission and purpose for a corporation in the current landscape? Considering the stunning board changes at Exxon, can’t an ESG proxy challenge win wherever a company has a high carbon footprint? Are the markets heading toward a wholesale reorganization? Is there a need for a new type of index that measures not only a company’s performance financially but its effect on and contribution to the world on an environmental and social level?
Moderator: Dr. Martha L. Carter, Vice Chairman and Head of Governance Advisory, Teneo
Panelist: Monica Frassoni, Senior Advisor, Teneo
Jim Cramer interviews Peter Feld, Managing Member, Portfolio Manager and the Head of Research, Starboard Value
Jim Cramer interviews Adam Aron, Chief Executive Officer and President, AMC Theaters
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