Business Leaders to Converge in Washington for CSR Talks

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - On April 7 and 8, business leaders will meet in Washington D.C. for the Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets conference. The event will address how cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value and examine how the practice of International Corporate Volunteerism, global pro bono, is contributing to socio-economic growth in emerging and frontier markets. The event is hosted by PYXERA Global.

One of the highlights of the event is the Public-Private Partnership Forum, which features a series of talk-show style conversations between CEOs, executive vice presidents, senior government leaders, members of Congress, and social sector leaders. They will be talking about business in emerging markets, shared value, leadership, the power of corporate diplomacy, and global health. Among its sponsors are The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Ernst & Young, IBM, SAP, and Merck.

The forum will be broadcast live from the Knight Studio at the Newseum. “The International Corporate Volunteerism Conference is an excellent time to bring together thought leaders from industry, academia, NGOs, and social enterprises to discuss the important role of engaging public-private partnerships to meet some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Bo Miller, Dow’s Global Director of Corporate Citizenship. “This type of collaboration is synergistic and a pivotal part of Dow’s approach to corporate citizenship.”

Other items in the program include presentations, panels, and interactive workshops that address corporate volunteerism. These will take place at the FHI 360 Conference Center; attendees will hear from companies with active international corporate volunteer programs as part of corporate responsibility and employee engagement strategies, such as IBM which operates a major pro bono international problem solving program.

Other companies to be represented at the event include Credit Suisse, BD, GlaxoSmithKline, Symantec, PepsiCo, Google, John Deere, Pfizer, “la Caixa” Foundation, and PIMCO Foundation. Leaders from social sector organizations such as Public Health Institute, Charities at Work, Global Giving, and Global Impact ​will also attend.​

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