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[How to] Deliver social impact and drive commercial success

RBSWEST is the Bay area’s leading business conference with 200+ CEOs, VP’s and Directors of CSR from America’s most innovative brands linking social impact to commercial success.

  • Discover the business case: Co-create solutions that meet both the business needs and social purpose using the right evidence
  • Understand which impacts your business should focus on: Discover how to practically align this back business strategy and needs
  • Maximize technology for social good: Learn how technology can be applied for social good and impact
  • Influence the business using the right language and KPIs: Understand what the longer term education piece looks like to make engagement stick
  • Successfully engage external stakeholders: Understand how social impact can be used as an effective tool to attract customers, engage investors and build talent

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Latest Updates

  • Just Registered Attendees! We've confirmed attendance from Chevron, Facebook, Experian and many more – join them now
  • New Speakers Announced: We've just confirmed the following new speakers: Sean Grundy (Co-Founder & CEO, Bevi); Ben Anderson (Chief B Keeper, B Lab) and Tiffany Apczynski (Vice President of Public Policy and Social Impact, Zendesk): See the full speaker list now
  • New Topics just added!: Featuring a UN-Award Winning case study from Walgreens Boot Alliance on integrating the SDGs, and a collection of NEW ’10 minute’ software pitches to understand how tech can be applied for social good: Check out the agenda now

Just Released: Latest Social Impact leaders to join the Responsible Business Summit West 2017

Tisha Hyter
Nothing But Nets, UN Foundation

Tisha Hyter

Deputy Director

Matt Petersen
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Matt Petersen

President & CEO

Rob Bernard
Microsoft Corporation

Rob Bernard

Chief Environmentalist Strategist

Jennifer Silberman

Jennifer Silberman

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer

Your speaker line up for 2017

Paul Rice
Paul Rice

Fair Trade USA

President & CEO

Jennifer Silberman
Jennifer Silberman


VP, Sustainability & Wellness

Colleen Vien
Colleen Vien


Sustainability Director

Michael Kobori
Michael Kobori

Levi Strauss & Co.

Vice-President, Sustainability

Tiffany Apczynski
Tiffany Apczynski


Vice President of Public Policy and Social Impact

Kate E. Brandt
Kate E. Brandt

Google, Inc.

Lead for Sustainability

Dennis van der Putten
Dennis van der Putten


Head of ESG Research/Responsible Investing

Patsy Doerr
Patsy Doerr

Thomson Reuters

Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion

John J. Kotlarczyk
John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr., CCEP, CIPP/US

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction

Matt Petersen
Matt Petersen

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

President & CEO

Barbara Buchner
Barbara Buchner

Climate Policy Initiative

Executive Director, Climate Finance

Bruce Klafter
Bruce Klafter


Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility


The Responsible Business West agenda is designed by business leaders on the West Coast and built for CSR and responsible business leaders all the way from San Diego to Seattle – focusing on what they need to do to further the social impact agenda. The event will tackle the key issues and opportunities across four themes:


Opening keynotes with CEOs, innovators and senior business leaders sharing strategic insights and vision on 2017's biggest topics on the West Coast and beyond.

  • Social Purpose Keynote PART A: It's all about [Social] Purpose and Impact now
  • Delivering Social Impact PART B: Aligning this to business strategy
  • Progressive Keynote: The need for business to take leadership
  • B Corp Keynote: How to re-align established businesses around social impact
  • Technology Keynote: How technology can be applied for social good and impact
  • And more…
The business case for social purpose

Can social purpose and profitability co-exist with one another? Are these competing priorities or can they be aligned? Learn how to co-create solutions for both the business needs and the value of social purpose.

  • Identify data that can measure social impact
  • Quantify the impact on commercial success
  • How to analyze the business value of social purpose
  • And more…
Influencing the business on social purpose

Engaging on social impact demands for a different mindset – one of longer term thinking. So how do you practically change the mindsets of internal colleagues towards social purpose thinking?

  • The boardroom pitch – Secure approval for programmes
  • Educate colleagues with language and KPIs that resonates
  • How to scale up social impact through technology
  • Technology Hub 1: Internal systems and management
  • And more…
Engaging external stakeholders on purpose and sustainability

What business value potential can social impact have on investor engagement, your bottom line or customer loyalty?

  • Quantify the impact to investors
  • Immigration and Business…how to attract talent amid uncertain political times
  • Leverage social purpose as a customer loyalty tool
  • How to educate suppliers towards long term collaboration
  • Technology Hub 2: Supply chain solutions
  • Technology Hub 3: Marketing and communication systems
  • And more…

What sets Ethical Corporation flagship events apart?

Ethical Corporation is taking a bold move in 2017 that no other conference has dared to take – the #RBSWEST agenda will help you uncover the potential for social impact to drive commercial success, and shape strategy with empirical justification in our 3-theme Purpose agenda. There's no corporate/ CSR fluff in our agenda, just practical, deep-dive examples to show how sustainability can accelerate growth, change culture and drive social purpose.

1INTIMATE SENIOR CORPORATE SETTING Our events aren’t big trade shows. They’re intimate events where senior corporate practitioners come to learn and network with like-minded professionals. When attending our events you will get to meet the business professionals that you hope to.

2ISSUE-BASED, PRACTICAL SESSIONS AND LEARNING Leave our events with proven, actionable ideas and strategy from innovative and leading organisations. Through interactive workshops, roundtable debates, case studies and audience lead Q&As we ensure you get the answers you’re looking for.

3NETWORKING TAKES CENTRE STAGE We work hard to ensure our sessions and networking breaks encourage networking throughout the 2 days. 97% of our attendees state they go back to the office with useful connections – we work hard to ensure you walk away with new connections that will help push forward your business initiatives.

4EXPERT INSIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE ROOM Our events feature a speaker line-up that’s predominately corporate practitioners. We also work hard to ensure that 60%+ of all attendees will be senior-level business practitioners. This means you will gain valuable insights in both the agenda sessions and also the breaks when talking with fellow attendees

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The Responsible Business Summit West is a sustainability conference that will bring together leading brands to debate how to deliver social impact and drive commercial success. Leading brands that you can expect to meet at the event include:

VF Corporation
Hyatt Hotels
The New York Times
Vita Coco
Fossil Group
Royal DSM
The Ford Motor Fund
S&P Global
Hanes Brands Inc.

Develop the businss case

Co-create solutions that meet both the business needs and social purpose using the right evidence

Influence employees

Embed a longer term mindset to make engagement stick

Engage external stakeholders

Use social purpose as an effective tool to attract customers, engage investors and build talent

What to expect in 2017

The Responsible Business Summit West is designed for CSR leaders all the way from San Diego to Seattle focusing on what they need to do to further the social impact agenda. Take a look at why you need to attend the 2017 event…

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Exceptional Networking Opportunities

Ethical Corporation brings together senior executives from leading multinational brands all under one roof.

  • 10+ hours of supreme networking with leaders in the sustainability and corporate responsibility space – plenty of time to form lasting business relationships
  • C-level executives from across the industry look to share and solve key issues faced in 2017
  • Pre-event Q&As and webinars plus post event reports and video recordings ensures you can get exposure on your initiatives across the an extended period
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3 reasons why you have to attend #RBSWEST:

1Critical Insight from CEOs and Business Leaders: Understanding what it takes to deliver a true business of purpose and how to accelerate change through technology. CEOs and Leaders from north America’s most innovative brands will share their ideas that will shape your role and future strategy. Get this invaluable insight at the event to ensure you stay ahead of the curve.

2A Cutting-Edge Agenda: Gain practical takeaways on the biggest challenges and opportunities, as decided by you and your peers. Whether your focus is Business Strategy, Sustainability, CSR, Supply Chain, Marketing and Communications our conference tracks will tailor both days to your specific needs

3Learn From and Benchmark Against 200+ Corporate CSR Peers: We know that the best person to give you advice is someone that has direct, ‘tried-and-trusted’ experience. #RBSWest features corporate speakers, with a total focus on corporate priorities and sustainability learning. Get over 16 hours of best practice and future strategy planning at North America’s most senior conference on CSR.

Like to know more?

If you have any questions about the event then please do get in touch:

Krina Amin

Krina Amin

Head of Strategy
Ethical Corporation

Phone: +44 (0) 207 375 7508


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