Center for Socially Responsible Business

It Pays to be Nice: Economic Models to Encourage Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility

Friday, April 10, 2009

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Conference Overview
Businesses can and do provide economic incentives within their organizations to encourage activities such as recycling, reducing energy use, and employee volunteerism. Public economic incentives can be used in a similar manner to encourage companies to develop sustainable practices while providing economic value. A range of public approaches have been used successfully since the mid-20th century to support socially and environmentally responsible efforts including curbing overfishing, reducing waste generation, encouraging recycling, and, most recently, reducing carbon emissions. Learn what some of today's most innovative organizations are doing to encourage corporate social and environmental responsibility.

Keynote Speakers

Katie Arkema
Katie Arkema
Natural Capital Project

A respected ecologist with the Natural Capital Project, Katie Arkema discusses environmental incentives and how they can be leveraged to increase economic support for the protection of nature and natural resources.

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 Julie  Trell
Julie Trell
Salesforce.com Foundation

Julie Trell, head of global integrated philanthropy for the Salesforce.com Foundation, presents her organization's successful 1/1/1 percent philanthropy model as a framework for social incentives that encourage businesses and their employees to give back to society. 

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Session Speakers:

Ophelia Basgal
Ophelia Basgal
PG&E

A leading executive managing charitable contributions, employee volunteerism, and community engagement programs for one of the largest natural gas and electric utilities in the U.S., Ophelia Basgal discusses PG&E's model for social responsibility.

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Stephen Bushnell
Stephen Bushnell
Fireman's Fund Insurance Company

Drawing on more than 35 years of experience, Stephen Bushnell explains how innovative insurance products can encourage responsible behavior.

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Debora Bonner
Debora Bonner
Environmental Resources Management

An expert in helping clients integrate environmental and social elements into their business operations, Debora Bonner provides insights on the risks and opportunities of economic incentives for business and the environment.

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Forrest Hill
Forrest Hill
Harrington Invesments

Forrest Hill, an experienced senior portfolio manager and former environmental consultant, discusses the ways in which socially responsible investing can encourage socially responsible behavior.

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