Corporate Governance 2021: Business as a Driving Force for Social Change Video Library

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Opening Remarks

James J. Cramer, Host, “Mad Money with Jim Cramer”; Co-Anchor, “Squawk on The Street”, CNBC

Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Laura Alber, Chief Executive Officer, President, Director, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Going Carbon Neutral: The Earth Is a Stakeholder

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

The Changing Role of the CEO: Driving Diversity from the Top Down

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

Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce

Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman and CEO, EY

ESG Activism: Re-Evaluating Board Composition

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

Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Scott Barshay, Partner, Chair Corporate Department, Paul Weiss

Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Marvin Ellison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

The Corporate Path to ESG Success

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

Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Adam Aron, Chief Executive Officer and President, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

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