In the wake of the Covid-19 global crisis, the priorities and expectations of corporations has changed. From investing in sustainable manufacturing and clean energy to improving diversity and inclusion, revived calls for pro-ESG reform have left many boards scrambling to keep up with the times and manage investor, customer and employee expectations. How can CEOs and boards balance ESG concerns while managing the evolving expectations of all stakeholders?
ESG concerns are forcing a reassessment of risk and asset allocation at the world’s top companies, but what are the things that every company needs to do to be a part of this new economy and to use its business as a driving force for social change, not just profits?
“I hope events like the Corporate Governance Conference not only illuminate the importance and urgency of these topics, but also allow us – as companies and as members of the global community – to learn from one another and build a better future for all.” – Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corp.
“As we recover from the pandemic, we are determined to help rebuild in a better way, using this opportunity to help address critical global challenges such as inequality and climate change. This is the right and responsible thing to do. This is the single most important challenge facing our society and I hope events like the Corporate Governance Conference can help inspire the resolve and urgency that is needed.” – Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman, Banco Santander, S.A.
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 full-day of compelling one-on-one keynote interviews and panel discussions exploring how the world’s largest companies and institutional investors are placing these initiatives at the forefront of their agenda.
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A safe place to connect and converse – To ensure a healthy, productive experience and per New York City guidelines, proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required and must be shown upon entry. Additionally, the Events Shield, established in accordance with our parent company, Euromoney Institutional Investor, adds a further layer of best practice standards and guidelines.
Access to a stellar line-up of leading keynotes and speakers – A unique opportunity to be in the room with and engage directly with influential leaders on stage and during the event.
Full Breakfast and seated socially distanced lunch – Enjoy fine dining and great conversation with delegates, speakers and sponsors at the historic Intercontinental New York Barclay.
All the benefits of our virtual offering – Delegates attending on the day will also have access to all the benefits of our virtual platform listed below.
Live, in-person networking – Gain access to a distinguished audience of your peers, clients and friends in a Covid-secure setting as we return to in-person events.
Meet in person with our sponsorship group – Connect with key leaders and innovators in their markets and learn more about synergies between your firms.
Receive a complimentary copy of Marc Benioff’s latest book.
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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
Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
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?
Moderator: Steve Varley, Global Vice Chair – Sustainability, EY
Panelist: Art Crozier, Chairman, Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Panelist: Amelia DeLuca, Managing Director, Sustainability, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Panelist: Gregory Elders, Managing Director, Joele Frank
Panelist: Kara Hurst, Head of Worldwide Sustainability, Amazon
Panelist: Chris Raymond, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Global Enterprise Sustainability, The Boeing Company
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? In our government every vote counts the same, so how do corporations justify making themselves the arbiters of truth when their employees and customers have no voting power?
Moderator: Ron Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal
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 and Sustainability, 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
Environmental, social and governance activism had a breakout year in 2021, potentially transforming forever insurgency campaigns at U.S. corporations. Upstart activist Engine No. 1’s successful installation of three directors onto Exxon Mobil’s board has given rise to expectations that activist managers with tiny stakes could begin to emerge with copycat, environmentally-themed director contests. As institutional investors and index funds appear willing to support director candidates with an ESG message, company management and boards must plan for possible hedge fund director contests that focus on sustainability, demographic and diversity initiatives. Panelists will discuss the importance of corporate nomination committees re-evaluating director choice to ensure that boards are diverse and have sufficient industry experts as independent directors.
Moderator: Ron Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal
Panelist: Bruce Goldfarb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Okapi Partners
Panelist: Dianne McKeever, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Ides Capital
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, President, The European Alliance to Save Energy and MEP (1999-2009)
Panelist: R. Scott Herren, EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Cisco
Panelist: Ravi Saligram, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newell Brands
Panelist: Laura Stein, EVP, Corporate & Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Mondelez International
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 Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
“As we recover from the pandemic, we are determined to help rebuild in a better way, using this opportunity to help address critical global challenges such as inequality and climate change. This is the right and responsible thing to do. If Governments and companies continue working together as we have done in the past year, I am confident that we can and will emerge from this crisis stronger. This is the single most important challenge facing our society and I hope events like the Corporate Governance Conference can help inspire the resolve and urgency that is needed.”
Ana Patricia Botín
Executive Chairman, Banco Santander, S.A.
“Building on decades of corporate responsibility and sustainable practices, we’re taking bold actions that leverage Target’s unique business strengths, our size and scale, purpose and values, to benefit people, the planet and our business. I hope events like the Corporate Governance Conference not only illuminate the importance and urgency of these topics, but also allow us – as companies and as members of the global community – to learn from one another and build a better future for all.”
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corp.
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: Registration and a full breakfast opens at 8:00am; Opening Remarks will begin at 8:45am
Vaccination Requirement: To ensure a healthy, productive experience and per New York City guidelines, proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required and must be shown upon entry. Additionally, the Events Shield, established in accordance with our parent company, Euromoney Institutional Investor, adds a further layer of best practice standards and guidelines. More details regarding this will be included in communications to registered delegates.
Location: InterContinental New York Barclay, 111 East 48th Street, New York, New York, 10017
Dress code: Business Casual
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