`Frontier Markets` the focus of U.S. chamber BCLC Conference

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The 21st century has brought exciting opportunities for companies of all sizes and all types to partner with NGOs and governments to advance human and economic progress. The U.S. Chamber BCLC will be host to expert practitioners, thought-provoking academics, and innovative emerging leaders during its 2010 Global Corporate Citizenship Conference, 'Frontier Markets. Global Partnerships. Local Solutions,' on September 27-29, 2010.

'Over the past 10 years companies have dramatically changed the way they structure their international CSR programs in developing countries,' said BCLC Global Corporate Citizenship Manager Taryn Bird. 'Partnerships are a key component of this shift from traditional philanthropy to mutually beneficial, in-country models. Corporate citizens are on the frontier of this evolving trend.

'We are talking about programming like Microsoft's Unlimited Potential Program working in rural villages in Colombia, ITT's Watermark Program in Guatemala, and Cargill's food security initiatives in Africa, to name a few,' continued Bird. 'We have seen great successes in global partnership models but have also learned a lot about how to improve them in the process.'

Discussion at this high-impact, results-focused event will center on best practices, challenges, and new models in the field of global public-private partnerships (PPPs). Conference sessions will involve:

  • Investigating obstacles inside existing partnerships and discussing how they can be overcome.
  • Showcasing regional best practices for partnership models in frontier markets.
  • Providing networking opportunities in sector-specific breakout sessions.
  • Gaining insight into the millennial viewpoint on CSR in relation to global development and human progress.

Until Friday, July 30th at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, the conference registration fee is discounted a full $450. Conference attendees typically represent business executives with a corporate social responsibility role; corporate citizenship practitioners and advisors; NGO partners to business; government officials focusing on trade, development, and global humanitarian affairs; and ambassadors and American Chamber of Commerce executives.

A team of bloggers from numerous external organizations has been created for the conference. Their updates will appear on BCLCblog (http://bclcblog.com), their respective blog sites, and various social networking sites, including BCLC's Twitter profile. Meet the blogger team here: http://bclc.chamberpost.com/global-conference-bloggers.

The conference website and registration page can be found here: http://bclcglobal.uschamber.com/. For questions about the event, contact Taryn Bird at 202-463-3133.

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