COMMIT!Forum 2012 to Convene Global Business and Sustainability Leaders to Re-Imagine the Public and Private Sectors in the U.S. and Worldwide

More than 700 business, government, and NGO leaders will join together to tackle today's most pressing corporate responsibility and sustainability issues

Aug 28, 2012, 09:00 ET from COMMIT!Forum

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine, in collaboration with NYSE Euronext, Future 500, and the Global Reporting Initiative have teamed up to announce that the annual COMMIT!Forum will be held October 2-3, 2012 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The COMMIT!Forum brings together more than 700 chief executives, corporate responsibility and sustainability officers, policy makers, thought leaders, and academics working to redefine corporate America through governance, sustainability, capital growth, and social impact.

"This year's program will shine a spotlight on the societal and environmental challenges faced by executives today, as well as the business solutions to solve them," said Forum Chairman Richard Crespin. "By bringing together some of the biggest minds in business, individuals will leave well-informed, with partnerships, and a new-found commitment to change the world."   

Additionally, the Forum will feature a series of sessions around the theme of an "UnConvention." This series will explore areas of conflict and common ground on the topics of energy, innovation, capitalism, and sustainable prosperity across the public and private sectors in the United States and abroad.

UnConvention plenary and breakout panels include:

  • Crony Capitalism: Maximizing the Free Market and Reducing Cronyism
  • Dual Deficits: Overcoming Society's Mounting Fiscal & Sustainability Debts
  • Digital Freedom: Securing an Online World that Generates Greater Innovation, Prosperity, & Freedom
  • Energy Security: Safe, Stable, & Reliable Energy Sources to Fuel Our Economy

"By hosting the UnConvention with CR Magazine, we are using a unique approach to break through the rhetoric and get to the heart of some key societal issues," said Bill Shireman, President & CEO of Future 500.  "We know that the world's best companies work constructively with NGOs and policy makers to drive innovation across their supply chains in these areas, so what better place to have these discussions than at the COMMIT!Forum."

In addition to the traditional format, the 2012 COMMIT!Forum will also hold an invite-only Executive Summit at the New York Stock Exchange which will convene business leaders to share their insights on how to improve the role of business in society and how corporate responsibility and sustainability drive sales, save money and improve asset values. Breakout panels include:

  • Sustainable Wall Street: Investing in Responsibility
  • The C-Suite Panel: CEOs from Western Union Company, American Electric Power, NSYE Euronext, PwC, Hormel, and ManpowerGroup examine how to deliver value to shareholders by doing good.   

Pre-conference meetings, workshops and other events will also be hosted by select partners including AT&T, BrownFlynn, CSRwire, Deloitte, Green Living Project, and State Street. Other partners include Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), ASQ, Better Business Bureau of New York, Business Council on Climate Change, Centre for Sustainability and Excellence, Fortune Magazine, the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools, Corporate Secretary Magazine, Entrepreneurs Foundation, Fortune, the G&A Institute, the Institute for Supply Management, and the Sustainability Summit & Exposition.

Confirmed sponsors of the Forum include Adecco MSP, AHA!, Allegis Talent2, AT&T, BrownFlynn, Corporate Voices for Working Families, Deloitte, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Guidant Group, Mosaic, Staff Management|SMX, and State Street.

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About the COMMIT!Forum 
The COMMIT!Forum, calls on people to make commitments that will change the world. How? By inspiring, educating, and engaging them in ways that prepare them to make the commitments necessary to change themselves and their organizations. The path to COMMIT, which began on April 17th at the New York Stock Exchange with the announcement of CR Magazine's 13th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens, culminates October 2-3 in New York City at the Forum and continues well beyond through commitments people make there.