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The Global Corporate Responsibility Reporting Summit 2009

A focused two-day conference for senior corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting executives.
Event Type:
Jun. 11-12, 2009
Renaissance Brussels Hotel
Brussels , Belgium

At this conference you'll gather cutting edge knowledge and information on:

  • The benefits of an in-depth materiality analysis: How to align your company's core issues with your stakeholders' expectations, and still tick all the boxes
  • How to make stakeholder engagement work for you: How to strategically engage your stakeholders on Corporate Responsibility — and make a global impact
  • Learn from the most innovative reporters: Expert advice from the leaders in CR that delivers the practical knowledge and know-how you need to immediately improve your CR reports and your CR strategy as a whole
  • Get a head start on new standards and regulations: How to prepare for what's coming your way, and optimise your communications strategy accordingly
  • How to deal with investors: Find out what they really want from your report and how to give it to them

Take part in the business event that shows you how to create a distinctive CSR report that’s a clear asset to your business

The past decade has seen a boom in corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting - from 360 CSR reports in 1997, to 2,820 in 2007. Now, more than ever, stakeholders are clamoring for accurate and timely corporate responsibility information. And with 80% of the world's 250 biggest multinational companies divulging CR information, there is no longer any doubt about it: The CSR report has become an integral part of corporate strategy.

It’s no secret that a solid approach to CSR can benefit your company greatly. And since your CR report is the perfect tool to communicate your activities to stakeholders, getting it right has become business-critical.

That’s not all.

With the economic climate the way it currently is, uncovering the true value of your CSR report will pay greater dividends than ever before.

‘Getting it right ’ offers unparalleled benefits:

  • Increased stakeholder trust
  • Improved corporate governance
  • Positive perception of your company
  • More easily attracted investment
  • Even enhanced share price value

But don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you produce a report, you will automatically receive these plaudits.

In fact, the danger of producing a report that is anything less than transparent can prove catastrophic. Reputational risk, impact on overall business performance and ultimately bottom line profits are all at stake. Which means there’s heavy pressure to make sure you get it right.

How to overcome the issues you face – and produce CSR reports that are a credit to you and your organisation

The pitfalls you ignore at your peril include making sure all the issues core to your business are covered, ensuring your report is readable and easy to understand, and getting diverse stakeholder groups to read what you produce. And with no globally-accepted way of reporting, and so many options available to you, it’s often tough knowing where to start – let alone finish!

Thankfully, there’s an acknowledged short-cut. An event that will ensure your reports rank alongside the best in the business. And that is why we invite you to join your peers at The Global Corporate Responsibility Reporting Summit.

This year’s event builds upon the success of previous, sell-out reporting and communication business conferences created by Ethical Corporation. If you have attended in the past, you will know why our meetings have such a fine reputation, and are acknowledged as the meeting place for CSR reporting professionals.

You will also know exactly what to expect: industry-led content that is directly relevant to your professional needs and concerns, that is the result of months of meticulous research with your industry colleagues.

You only have to look at this year’s Summit Agenda to know how closely we have listened to you.

For example, we are acutely aware that one of your primary concerns is making sure your report is both qualitative and easily readable by all stakeholders. That is why we have organised separate sessions on reporting formats, innovation, and responding to your stakeholders’ needs.

As the sessions mesh together, you will discover, step-by-step, how to produce reports that shine. We’ll show you how to take full advantage of proven tools and techniques that are specifically designed to help you meet your CR reporting goals.

Learn from the experts, focus on what’s most important to you right now – and make plenty of valuable contacts

Quite simply, the people you’ll be learning from are amongst the most admired CR reporting practitioners in Europe.

You’ll profit from the knowledge, wisdom and hands-on experience of leading practitioners from companies including Camelot, Henkel, Umicore and The Body Shop. And to deliver a rounded viewpoint, you’ll also hear from stakeholder groups, with organisations such as Banco, Transparency International and the Guardian newspaper also represented at senior level.

You’ll notice, too, that the fully customisable nature of the Summit Agenda allows you to cherrypick the sessions you’ll find most useful of all, while gaining a broad overview of other key issues during our morning plenary sessions.

And with the emphasis firmly on real-life reporting practicalities, as opposed to classroom theory and jargon, our speaker faculty will be only too happy to combine forces and answer all your questions – so make sure you bring them along!

Not only is The Global Corporate Responsibility Reporting Summit the place for everyone who wants to ensure their next report is their best-ever, it’s also the place to gain dozens of useful new contacts. With over twelve hours of dedicated networking time, it is – quite frankly – Europe’s best networking event for reporting professionals.

Book now for the event that shows you how to deliver CR reports that are accurate, readable and an even more powerful channel of communication with your stakeholders.

We look forward to welcoming you in Brussels 11th – 12th June, 2009

Banco , Sasja Beslik, Head of SR

British American Tobacco , Natascha Waltke, CSR Manager Europe

Camelot, Anne Pattberg, Head of Corporate Responsibility

Centrica, Amelia Knott, Corporate Reputation Manager

Czech Coal , Radek Stavel, Director of Communications & HR

Diageo , tbc, keep checking back

Ethical Corporation Magazine,  John Russell, Managing Editor

GlaxoSmithKline , Julia King, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility

Global Reporting Initiative, speaker tbc, keep checking back

Henkel , Uwe Bergmann, Head, Sustainability / CSR Management

International Post Corporation, Mark Harrison, Head of Markets

Kingfisher, Caroline McCarthy-Stout, Public Affairs Manager

Royal Sun Alliance , Paul Pritchard, Corporate Responsibility Manager

Syngenta , Andrew Coker , Head of Communications & PA

The Body Shop,  Simon-Henzell-Thomas, Sustainable Development Manager

The Guardian, Jo Confino, Executive Editor

Transparency International, Jermyn Brooks

Umicore , Guy Ethier , Senior Vice-President, Environment, Health and Safety

WestLB, Dr Hendrik Garz, Exectutive Director

Business Respect, Mallen Baker, CEO, Independent Commentator and Ethical Corporation Columnist

This unique conference will attract a range senior-level executives working in and around the area's of corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting. The companies attending will be large to medium sized corporations with global and European operations. If you are looking to boost your understanding in these areas and learn how you can effectively develop your companies related polices then this is the conference for you! All executives working in the following areas should attend:

  • CSR
  • Sustainability
  • Reporting
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Communications
  • Public Affairs
  • External Affairs
  • Branding
  • Human Resources
  • Health & Safety
  • Human Rights
  • Internal communications
  • Corporate governance
  • Auditors

Focused Agenda

This is not a vague or ill-defined programme. With a mix of plenary sessions, workshops and discussion groups, you can drill down into topics that are of particular professional interest more than ever before.

Depth and Breadth of Expert Knowledge

The speaker caliber is frankly unprecedented, and offers a better mix of supply chain and corporate responsibility leaders than anyone else can. Your chance to learn from 25+ leading figures, split evenly between those working in the supply chain and those working in corporate responsibility. Speakers include representatives from Diageo, McDonald's, Svenska Cellulosa, Starbucks, the Ethical Trading Initiative, Levi's, Philips, the International Labour Organisation, Gap, the Fair Wear Foundation, Innocent, the Rainforest Alliance and many more.

Fantastic Networking

Hours of networking time are built into the Summit, enabling you to talk to likeminded business progessionals and supply chain executives on a one-to-one basis and meet peers who face the same problems as you in an informal, knowledge-sharing environment. As an established event, we have proven success, and the ability to give you a clear idea of who you'll meet at an event like this - you'll meet senior executives from companies like Auchan, Capitalia, Cartier, Coca Cola, Clas Ohlson, Danone, Ford, LVMH, Nestle and OMW.

Tailored to Your Needs

Unlike other events where everyone is obliged to sing from the same hymn sheet, you have a choice of ten workshops and fifteen discussion groups, enabling you to focus on the topics most relevant to you. Come and learn what you need to know and nothing else. In depth, and in focus. There are no fillers here.

One Stop Shop

The nature of this event, as a meeting place for corporate responsibility and supply chain executives to discuss the most important ethical supply chain management issues means it really is a one-stop shop. Learn about all the biggest and most pressing problems for the forthcoming year, from all the biggest and most well-respected corporations and organisations at work today.

Interactive Discussion Groups:

Our new and innovative format enables you to spend up to three hours discussion a single aspect of ethical supply chain management. Our discssion groups bring together up to fifteen of your peers to discuss a single issue in an extended, 90 minute session, led by an expert. And don't worry, there are no speeches to negotiate - or doze off in - just interactive, fynamic discussion on the topics you've asked for.

Ethical Corporation has an unrivalled position in the field of CSR and business ethics, and our conferences have a great reputation as dynamic arenas for networking and discussion.

Whether you’re looking to get tangible business leads, maintain relationships with existing clients and business partners, or raise awareness of your company’s solutions, we have a range of marketing packages tailored to meet your goals and requirements.

Look at the statistics...

  • We have a database of more than 25,000 qualified corporate responsibility professionals, which is one of the largest in the world.
  • Ethical Corporation’ monthly magazine is read by more than 6,000 people worldwide in many of the biggest companies in the world.
  • More than 20,000 people have opted-in to receive Ethical Corporation fortnightly e-newsletter.
  • Up to 90,000 unique users visit Ethical Corporation online each month.
  • Ethical Corporation have a global audience, with content focused on the three key regions of Europe, North America, and Asia.