Fortune Impact Initiative
The world around us is transforming at an unprecedented pace. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns have risen in importance to companies and communities, and, as a result, business leaders are no longer measured just on financial performance and companies are faced with increasing pressure from shareholders and stakeholders to deliver tangible and measurable results.
To support and connect sustainable business leaders and senior executives responsible for ESG issues, Fortune has created the Fortune Impact Initiative™. This forum will help these leaders build expertise and a holistic understanding of the implementation and measurement of ESG practices across all areas of their business. We hope to help executives manage the associated risks and the growth opportunities as they address these issues.
Our conversations included two virtual calls, and will culminate in a live meeting in Atlanta, GA, on November 29–30, 2022. In addition, we invite you to join our LinkedIn membership group, in order to continue this conversation year round. Click here to become a member of the group.
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.
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. View the list of Advisory Panel members here.
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The balance between profitability and responsible leadership is key to good business, but what constitutes impact leadership–and how can companies shape their initiatives? This in-depth discussion will explore the next-generation credentials leadership teams require to become critical change agents delivering long-term results. We will also explore how leading companies establish their own values and collectively address the issues most important to stakeholders and shareholders while navigating the politics surrounding them.
From artificial intelligence and blockchain to carbon storage and drone use, new and disruptive technologies are being deployed across all industries. This session will examine how companies are harnessing these new technologies and developing sustainable strategies to increase efficiencies and improve outcomes for people and the planet. We will also consider the impacts of the technology itself. What can companies do to address salient issues, such as human rights impacts and stakeholder engagement, that will come to light?
With the SEC climate disclosure rules emerging and net-zero and Scope 3 commitments increasing, how do companies remain profitable while minimizing climate impacts, incorporating water-positive initiatives, and decarbonizing supply chains? We will take a deep dive into the steps needed to achieve the Scope 1 through Scope 3 value chain emission reductions and explore how companies are navigating the unintended consequences of their supply chains. We will also look at how leading-edge organizations are working with regulators to mitigate challenges and ensure good governance while remaining true to the ethos of their climate commitments.
What can business do to create economic opportunity and fairness? Martin Whittaker is using the power of information to drive measurable change in companies on key social issues, pushing the economy toward a more just direction. He joins us to address how the financial market is shaped by inequality, the types of partnerships needed to address public demands, and what all companies can do to create an inclusive economy.
The electric future is here. One of the world’s largest automakers is on track to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Kristen Siemen will share how she is ensuring that GM’s transition to an all-electric, carbon neutral future is an inclusive one by focusing on the future of work, EV access, and infrastructure and climate equity.
Saving lives, defeating poverty, and achieving social justice are only a few of the lofty goals the humanitarian organizations CARE USA and Habitat for Humanity International are working toward. How can corporations successfully partner with nonprofits around shared values to increase the role of social impact into their core mission and strategy? Michelle Nunn and Jonathan Reckford join us to share lessons learned and the rules moving forward as they work to solve systemic challenges like housing, inflation, volunteerism, gender equality, and the migrant crisis
How can businesses address real world problems with real world solutions that positively impact local communities? We sit down with Tom Davidson to discuss how meaningful education programs can narrow the gap on systemic inequities and provide a lasting impact.
Meet the 20-year-old climate activist who is the youngest member of the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group. After witnessing the devastating impact of air pollution and climate change in her parent’s home country of Iran, she founded Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 40+ countries working to translate climate information into over 100 languages.
How is technology enabling a more climate-resilient future? Avra van der Zee will share her insight on climate investing and the energy transition as Elemental Excelerator helps others accelerate their path to impact. She will welcome portfolio company DroneSeed to share how it leveraged technology to regrow healthy, resilient, climate-adapted forests.
Walmart’s Project Gigaton™ is one of the largest private sector consortiums for climate action with more than 4,500 suppliers signed on. Kathleen McLaughlin joins us to discuss how one of the world’s largest companies plans to reduce or avoid 1 billion metric tons (a gigaton) of greenhouse gas emissions from product supply chains by 2030.
How can a for-profit business redefine capitalism as a driving force for positive change? Cotopaxi CEO and mission-driven entrepreneur Davis Smith believes there is more to business than just making a profit. He shares how his brand is committed to minimizing its environmental impact and is maximizing its social good.
Jasmine Crowe wants to solve hunger. So, she created an innovative platform combining blockchain technology with the desire to reduce food waste and insecurity. She joins us to discuss the logistics of providing meals in a dignified manner while delivering real-time social and environmental impact analytics.
With a proposed SEC climate-related disclosure rule emerging, companies are being increasingly challenged by regulators—as well as investors and society—to enhance their sustainability reporting and disclosure. How can companies provide specific and meaningful disclosures for ESG issues? This strategy session will explore the various reporting frameworks being used in sustainability reporting, including TCFD, GRI, and SASB. We will hear about the tools, processes, and partnerships needed to develop more robust tracking and diagnostic solutions. This session will also highlight the challenges of integrating multiple frameworks into a single report, perspectives on this issue, lessons learned, and best practices for the future.
This strategy session will seek to chart a new path forward that focuses on the good work and progress being made. We will take a closer look at how companies can effectively communicate their impact to an ever-wider universe of stakeholders and refine the message both internally and externally for authenticity and impact. What are the elements of a credible ESG story? Has the use of different communication strategies for different geographies, stakeholders, and shareholders been effective? How do companies showcase process improvements, taking all stakeholders along on the journey?
Now that DEI has become a business priority and critical component of ESG strategies, companies are looking at workplace culture and policies to pinpoint and eradicate racial biases. How are companies making inclusion a true necessity, revenue driver, and business benefit? This timely strategy session will take a deeper look at what an anti-racist business strategy entails and how to embed it into the organization. From racial justice and equity initiatives to inclusive recruitment strategies, companies must take the lead in ending racial inequities to shape a more inclusive world.
What will the SEC’s climate-related disclosure rules mean for companies and how will it change reporting standards? This candid discussion will feature special guests representing both government and company perspectives. Before leaving the SEC earlier this year, Kristina Wyatt helped to develop the rules. She will share how they did it and what happens next. We will also welcome The Coca-Cola Company’s Bea Perez to share how a cutting-edge company is preparing for the impending changes.
How can leaders harness the power of hope to discover the unlimited potential of people from underserved communities? Financial literacy entrepreneur and businessman John Hope Bryant and civil rights icon and living legend Ambassador Andrew Young have spent their lives creating opportunities for diverse groups so that each and every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential to contribute and positively impact the world. What lessons and inspiration can be gleaned from their transformational leadership?
The King name carries a rich tradition of nonviolent social change through policy, advocacy, research and education. Dr. Bernice A. King, youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is carrying on her parent’s legacy by building the momentum to move the needle on systemic challenges like affordable housing and closing the racial wealth gap. She joins us to discuss how corporations can play a role in sustainable and sustained change and to share her message of hope.
- Opportunity to build relationships and share ideas with other leaders charged with similar responsibilities as well as ESG specialists with essential skills
- Inclusion in the list of members on Fortune Impact Initiative website
- Ability to add your perspective to the discussions shaping ESG practices in leading companies
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.
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