Founding Partner


Impact Initiative: Redefining Purpose and Charting the Way Forward 

Increasing polarization around the globe and deteriorating trust in politicians and the media are driving a public outcry for industry to address the most crucial challenges of our time. The task is a difficult one for ESG leaders: Income inequality, health care access and addressing climate change are all issues that people want businesses more involved in solving.  

2023 brings with it new uncertainties. An impending recession driven by soaring inflation, long-awaited regulation on climate disclosures, growing calls for pay transparency and the rising politicization of ESG present new hurdles for executives. In this new age of business, how can corporate leaders work to heal our societal divides? What metrics exist—globally, nationally and locally—to measure and report a company’s social impact? How will leaders redefine purpose and the way forward on addressing climate change? There are no easy answers, but Fortune’s Impact Initiative promises to help leaders build expertise on the implementation and measurement of ESG practices across all business areas. 

Who Will Participate?

The Impact Initiative members are senior leaders in Fortune 1000™ companies who have primary responsibility for ESG issues. Titles will include President/CEO, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers, and senior titles in Corporate Responsibility, Ethics, Operations, and Compliance. Find out how membership in the Impact Initiative can make a difference to you. We also invite you to join our group on LinkedIn here.

An Advisory Panel made up of the most influential leaders in the areas of diversity, environment and governance been created to direct and drive the critical issues under discussion.

Fortune is committed to hosting a safe event and is following guidance issued by local authorities and the CDC. Fortune recommends that participants be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and that you self test prior to arrival. If your test is positive, please stay home, even if you do not have symptoms. Similarly, if you are feeling unwell, please stay home. Masking is not required; wearing one is at your discretion.


Together, we will take a deep dive into these topics at our 2023 events:  

  • Industry transition to net-zero and renewable energy sources  
  • The use of education as a foundation for building equity 
  • The challenges and opportunities of integrating circular economy principles  
  • Strategies on the implementation and measurement of ESG practices 
  • Advancing the “S” in ESG and defining what success looks like 
  •  Sustainability as a driver for profitability  
  • Ensuring strong data governance, privacy and protection while increasing stakeholder transparency and trust  
  • Supporting employee activism while ensuring organizational culture and values align  
  • The future of ESG backlash  
  • Going beyond representation numbers and taking action on diversity, equity and inclusion 
  •  How will the role of Chief Sustainability Officer, Head of ESG and Chief Impact Officer evolve in corporations 

Impact Initiative Co-chairs

Holly Ojalvo

Co-chair, Impact Initiative; Managing Editor


Peter Vanham

Executive Editor, FORTUNE; Co-chair

Fortune Impact Initiative


All items are in US/Eastern time. Click on the agenda items to find out more.
Tuesday 12 Sep, 2023
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5:10 - 6:15 PM
6:15 - 7:15 PM
7:15 - 9:00 PM

Membership Benefits

Business leaders face unprecedented pressure as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns rise in importance to companies and communities. People, planet, and purpose have become central to the corporate mission, driving the development of new approaches, new skills, and new organizational structures prompting maximum positive impact.

To support these leaders and to nurture a new generation of leaders, FORTUNE has created the Fortune Impact Initiative™, a membership community dedicated to supporting executives who manage the risks and growth opportunities that put people, planet, and purpose at the core of their business strategies. 

Benefits Include: 

Member Networking

  • Impact Initiative Annual Meeting (September 2023, Atlanta, GA): The Annual Meeting is a forum for supporting and connecting senior executives responsible for ESG. This meeting will help these leaders build expertise and a holistic understanding of the implementation and measurement of ESG practices across all areas of their business.
  • Virtual Calls: These calls provide a forum for Impact members to share ideas and approaches with their peers. They are led by influential leaders in the areas of diversity, environment, and governance to direct and drive the critical issues under discussion.
  • Membership Directory: The directory is a valuable tool to view and connect with your peers.
  • LinkedIn Groups: Provide both public and private pages so members may network and discuss top of mind topics.

Editorial Coverage

  • Fortune will run an editorial report following the conclusion of the Impact Initiative Annual Meeting.
  • Impact Channels: Members will be highlighted on and the Conferences site.
  • Impact Newsletter: This newsletter, written by Fortune Executive Editor Peter Vanham, is your source for ESG content.

Fortune Access

  • Premium-level Access across Fortune Media Platforms: These platforms allow access to subscriber-only journalism online; an immersive video portal, including every Fortune conference via livestream or on demand; and proprietary research each week.
  • Discounted Invitations and Special Opportunities: This benefit allows you to attend select Fortune events throughout the membership year. These events bring leaders together across a variety of industries and disciplines to set the global business agenda and obtain information they need to run their businesses.

    Click here for a PDF overview of membership benefits.

Contact Us

The FORTUNE Impact Initiative program is developed with the guidance of FORTUNE editors, whose journalistic perspective provides unique insights into the key trends and dynamic people that are driving business. The program is tailored to the immediate needs of its audience, with themes and speakers carefully selected to deliver maximum value.

For Speaker Inquiries:

To suggest a speaker for Impact Initiative, please complete the form at the link below. There are no exact deadlines for speaker submissions.

Click here to suggest a speaker. 

For Participation:
Participation in the Impact Initiative is by invitation only, and subject to approval. The registration fee of US $4,500 includes the complete program, activities, scheduled meals, and conference materials.


For Press Inquiries:
Alison Klooster
Senior Manager of Brand Communications, FORTUNE

For Sponsorship Inquiries:
Elizabeth Parks
Monica Sembler