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Deliver social impact and drive commercial success

Part of our highly acclaimed global flagship series, RBS West is built expressly for the West Coast. Our global flagship series includes over 1000 CEOs, business and CSR leaders of the world’s biggest corporates debate the future of responsible business. RBS West is designed by CSR leaders on the West Coast and built for CSR leaders all the way from San Diego to Seattle focusing on what they need to do to further the social impact agenda.

Keynotes

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.

08:30 - 09:00
Social Purpose Keynote PART A: It’s all about [Social] Purpose and Impact now

Doing something is no longer good enough. The focus now is on aligning core business strategy to macro social needs where the central thrust of your company's commercial strategy becomes a clearly defined social good. To understand the fundamentals, you have to shift to deliver trust and quantify the positive social transformation to ensure your license to operate.

Everytable Sam Polk Co-Founder and CEO Everytable

Proterra Matt Horton Chief Commercial Officer Proterra

Fair Trade USA Paul Rice President & CEO Fair Trade USA

08:30 - 09:00
Delivering Social Impact PART B: Aligning this to business strategy

Which social impact should you focus on (social inclusion, gender diversity, food security)? Is it all or just a few? What’s the justification behind narrowing your decision? How do you link this back to the business needs and strategy?

Bevi Sean Grundy Co-Founder & CEO Bevi

08:30 - 09:00
Progressive Keynote: The need for business to take leadership

n the wake of President Trump’s election, now maybe more than ever before, business can show leadership in the movement to take action on climate change. How can businesses and investors move forward on climate action now? And what can city, state, and international policymakers still do to encourage more sustainable business practices?

Global Witness Bennett Freeman Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy / Chair of the advisory board Global Witness

Climate Policy Initiative Barbara Buchner Executive Director, Climate Finance Climate Policy Initiative

LACI Matt Petersen President & CEO Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

08:30 - 09:00
B Corp Keynote: How to re-align established businesses around social impact

The B Corp model is one of the revolutionary business models making sustainability waves. Hear how a social purpose strategy can deliver impact and bottom line success. Get tips and ideas from B Corp leaders on how they would integrate such thinking to established businesses.

Cotopaxi Davis Smith Founder & CEO Cotopaxi

B Lab Ben Anderson Chief B Keeper B Lab

08:30 - 09:00
Millennial keynote: Leveraging social purpose as a recruitment tool

Recruitment, retention, engagement and action – how can millennials fight for your cause and accelerate culture change? Are your people the missing link? What role can social purpose play to attract millennials?

Net Impact Liz Maw CEO Net Impact

08:30 - 09:00
Gender Diversity Keynote: Empowering women to be the future leaders

The issue of diversity is an issue of great importance in the Bay area, and rightfully so. Learn how to approach the diversity challenge to build a solid pipeline and target skills-based programmes for women empowerment.

08:30 - 09:00
External Keynote: The need for business to go beyond compliance

How can business go beyond compliance to make a real impact towards its local community, suppliers, customers and employees?

Levi Strauss & Co. Michael Kobori Vice-President, Sustainability Levi Strauss & Co.

AHA Betsy Henning CEO and Founder AHA

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Keynote: How technology can be applied for social good and impact

In the technology, heavy, innovation center of North America, understanding how technology can be applied for social good and impact is still an unknown. Learn what the technology sustainability solutions there are for programmes that target homelessness, literacy, housing issue on the West coast.

Microsoft Corporation Rob Bernard Chief Environmentalist Strategist Microsoft Corporation

Google, Inc. Kate E. Brandt Lead for Sustainability Google, Inc.

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? A colossal challenge for sustainability teams, few have made moves to demonstrate a convincing business case underpinned by evidence. Learn how to co-create solutions for both the business needs and the value of social purpose. Put internal competition to one side and discover how the bottom line can in fact benefit from responsible decision making, using the right evidence.

08:30 - 09:00
Identify data that can measure social impact

The data collection challenge is vast – what should you be aiming for? Where can you source data to establish social impact or performance? If it’s lacking, how do you force change to fill the gaps...how much will it cost and who, within the organization, do you need to get on side to help you build and make your case?

Nestlé Waters North America Nelson Switzer Chief Sustainability Officer Nestlé Waters North America

Iron Mountain Kevin Hagen Director Corporate Responsibility Iron Mountain

08:30 - 09:00
Quantify the impact on commercial success

Learn how to prove that social impact can deliver business profits and operational success. Benefit from taking a more meaningful approach to social impact investment linked to business needs – whether this be customer loyalty, brand reputation or profitability. Hear a powerful case study on how to quantify social impact works in practice.

Golden State Foods Anna Lisa Lukes Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director Golden State Foods

Hanesbrands Inc Chris Fox VP of Corporate Social Responsibility Hanesbrands Inc

08:30 - 09:00
How to analyze the business value of social purpose

Identifying the business value of social purpose is no easy task. Understand what the non-traditional value propositions that social impact offerings can offer – is this for revenue generation, brand power or customer loyalty?

Zendesk Tiffany Apczynski Vice President of Public Policy and Social Impact Zendesk

Target Jennifer Silberman Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer Target

eBay Chris Librie Senior Director, Global Impact & Giving eBay

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 when the West coast is known for its 90-day innovation cycle?

08:30 - 09:00
UN-Award Winning case study – How Walgreens Boots Alliance has successfully integrated SDGs into business operations

More information coming soon...

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr., CCEP, CIPP/US Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

08:30 - 09:00
The boardroom pitch – secure approval for programmes

How to shape your communications strategy to ensure the right senior people get the right messages that prove the business benefit of your social impact programmes. How are Board executives reacting to this pitch and what does success look like? Plus, understand how you can leverage internal support, when secured, to lock down funding and entrench CSR in organizational thinking.

Thomson Reuters Patsy Doerr Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion Thomson Reuters

Timberland Colleen Vien Sustainability Director Timberland

08:30 - 09:00
Educate colleagues with language and KPIs that resonates

Educating internal colleagues starts with language that resonates. Understand which KPIs, metrics and incentives resonate with different teams to make your engagement stick. Get this internal sell right, and benefit from champions that will champion your social purpose efforts to others.

Oath for Good Olivia Khalili Director Oath for Good "formerly Yahoo"

Symantec Cecily Joseph Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Symantec

Edelman John D. Edelman Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility Edelman

Googler Giving Diane Wakeley Solinger Director, Google.org Googler Giving

08:30 - 09:00
How to scale up social impact through collaboration

Learn how to scale up social impact efforts through collaboration to accelerate progress through partners. Hear a powerful case studies on how to this works in practice.

Facebook Bill Weihl Head of Sustainability Facebook

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Hub 1: Internal systems and management

Understand the latest thinking in internal systems technology that will enhance internal collaboration, management and people engagement.

Engaging external stakeholders on purpose and sustainability

What business value potential can social impact have on investor engagement, your bottom line or customer loyalty? We look at opportunities for purpose and sustainability to be used as an effective tool to grow customers, engage investors and build your talent pool in the ultimate external engagement.

08:30 - 09:00
Quantify the impact to investors

Responsibility is higher on corporate agendas than ever. Doing the right thing by society, the environment and the business is expected these days. How is social purpose resonating with investors? Understand from investors how they value the impact of social purpose to influence decision-making.

Actiam Dennis van der Putten Head of ESG Research/Responsible Investing Actiam

Terra Alpha Investments Timothy P. Dunn Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer Terra Alpha Investments

08:30 - 09:00
Immigration and Business… how to attract talent amid uncertain political times

Amid uncertain times, find out what brands are doing to keep talent in their organisation.

PIMCO Foundation Sarah Middleton Executive Director PIMCO Foundation

08:30 - 09:00
Leverage social purpose as a customer loyalty tool

Learn how to create an authentic dialogue with customers through using social purpose and product transparency as a selling point for brand loyalty. Understand the potential for cause marketing to tie your brand with social purpose and link this to sales.

08:30 - 09:00
How to engage suppliers towards long term collaboration

Whether it's social enterprises, suppliers or partners, understand the latest thinking on how to work best with your supply chain on key social sustainability issues. How do you engage suppliers on transparency to achieve real results? What does successful beyond audit and integrated capacity building within your supply chain look like? How can technology help build a sustainable supply chain?

PYXERA Global Deirdre White CEO PYXERA Global

ICTI Care Mark Robertson Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations ICTI Care

Philips Marcel Jacobs Director supplier sustainability Philips Group Procurement

UN Global Compact Anita Househam Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability & Decent Work UN Global Compact

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Hub 2: Supply chain solutions

What technology is out there to help you identify and manage supply chain risks for auditing and impact assessment? This session will cover a series of hard-hitting case studies using technology for environmental impact, supply chain transparency and human rights.

SupplyShift Thomas Odenwald EVP SupplyShift

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Hub 3: Marketing and communication systems

Discover the opportunities from marketing and communications technologies that can deliver consumer insights, manage customer interactions and boost brand trust

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Hub 4: Technology for information dissemination and education

Hear the latest innovations and technologies used to disseminate information and educate investors and partners to show that social impact links to commercial success.

UN Foundation Tisha Hyter Deputy Director Nothing But Nets, UN Foundation

Keynotes

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.

08:30 - 09:00
Social Purpose Keynote PART A: It’s all about [Social] Purpose and Impact now

Doing something is no longer good enough. The focus now is on aligning core business strategy to macro social needs where the central thrust of your company's commercial strategy becomes a clearly defined social good. To understand the fundamentals, you have to shift to deliver trust and quantify the positive social transformation to ensure your license to operate.

Everytable Sam Polk Co-Founder and CEO Everytable

Proterra Matt Horton Chief Commercial Officer Proterra

Fair Trade USA Paul Rice President & CEO Fair Trade USA

08:30 - 09:00
Delivering Social Impact PART B: Aligning this to business strategy

Which social impact should you focus on (social inclusion, gender diversity, food security)? Is it all or just a few? What’s the justification behind narrowing your decision? How do you link this back to the business needs and strategy?

Bevi Sean Grundy Co-Founder & CEO Bevi

08:30 - 09:00
Progressive Keynote: The need for business to take leadership

n the wake of President Trump’s election, now maybe more than ever before, business can show leadership in the movement to take action on climate change. How can businesses and investors move forward on climate action now? And what can city, state, and international policymakers still do to encourage more sustainable business practices?

Global Witness Bennett Freeman Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy / Chair of the advisory board Global Witness

Climate Policy Initiative Barbara Buchner Executive Director, Climate Finance Climate Policy Initiative

LACI Matt Petersen President & CEO Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

08:30 - 09:00
B Corp Keynote: How to re-align established businesses around social impact

The B Corp model is one of the revolutionary business models making sustainability waves. Hear how a social purpose strategy can deliver impact and bottom line success. Get tips and ideas from B Corp leaders on how they would integrate such thinking to established businesses.

Cotopaxi Davis Smith Founder & CEO Cotopaxi

B Lab Ben Anderson Chief B Keeper B Lab

08:30 - 09:00
Millennial keynote: Leveraging social purpose as a recruitment tool

Recruitment, retention, engagement and action – how can millennials fight for your cause and accelerate culture change? Are your people the missing link? What role can social purpose play to attract millennials?

Net Impact Liz Maw CEO Net Impact

08:30 - 09:00
Gender Diversity Keynote: Empowering women to be the future leaders

The issue of diversity is an issue of great importance in the Bay area, and rightfully so. Learn how to approach the diversity challenge to build a solid pipeline and target skills-based programmes for women empowerment.

08:30 - 09:00
External Keynote: The need for business to go beyond compliance

How can business go beyond compliance to make a real impact towards its local community, suppliers, customers and employees?

Levi Strauss & Co. Michael Kobori Vice-President, Sustainability Levi Strauss & Co.

AHA Betsy Henning CEO and Founder AHA

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Keynote: How technology can be applied for social good and impact

In the technology, heavy, innovation center of North America, understanding how technology can be applied for social good and impact is still an unknown. Learn what the technology sustainability solutions there are for programmes that target homelessness, literacy, housing issue on the West coast.

Microsoft Corporation Rob Bernard Chief Environmentalist Strategist Microsoft Corporation

Google, Inc. Kate E. Brandt Lead for Sustainability Google, Inc.

Don't miss out - register now

Only 2 days left to save $200 with our Early Bird discount. Don't miss out!

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? A colossal challenge for sustainability teams, few have made moves to demonstrate a convincing business case underpinned by evidence. Learn how to co-create solutions for both the business needs and the value of social purpose. Put internal competition to one side and discover how the bottom line can in fact benefit from responsible decision making, using the right evidence.

08:30 - 09:00
Identify data that can measure social impact

The data collection challenge is vast – what should you be aiming for? Where can you source data to establish social impact or performance? If it’s lacking, how do you force change to fill the gaps...how much will it cost and who, within the organization, do you need to get on side to help you build and make your case?

Nestlé Waters North America Nelson Switzer Chief Sustainability Officer Nestlé Waters North America

Iron Mountain Kevin Hagen Director Corporate Responsibility Iron Mountain

08:30 - 09:00
Quantify the impact on commercial success

Learn how to prove that social impact can deliver business profits and operational success. Benefit from taking a more meaningful approach to social impact investment linked to business needs – whether this be customer loyalty, brand reputation or profitability. Hear a powerful case study on how to quantify social impact works in practice.

Golden State Foods Anna Lisa Lukes Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director Golden State Foods

Hanesbrands Inc Chris Fox VP of Corporate Social Responsibility Hanesbrands Inc

08:30 - 09:00
How to analyze the business value of social purpose

Identifying the business value of social purpose is no easy task. Understand what the non-traditional value propositions that social impact offerings can offer – is this for revenue generation, brand power or customer loyalty?

Zendesk Tiffany Apczynski Vice President of Public Policy and Social Impact Zendesk

Target Jennifer Silberman Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer Target

eBay Chris Librie Senior Director, Global Impact & Giving eBay

Don't miss out - register now

Only 2 days left to save $200 with our Early Bird discount. Don't miss out!

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 when the West coast is known for its 90-day innovation cycle?

08:30 - 09:00
UN-Award Winning case study – How Walgreens Boots Alliance has successfully integrated SDGs into business operations

More information coming soon...

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr., CCEP, CIPP/US Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

08:30 - 09:00
The boardroom pitch – secure approval for programmes

How to shape your communications strategy to ensure the right senior people get the right messages that prove the business benefit of your social impact programmes. How are Board executives reacting to this pitch and what does success look like? Plus, understand how you can leverage internal support, when secured, to lock down funding and entrench CSR in organizational thinking.

Thomson Reuters Patsy Doerr Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion Thomson Reuters

Timberland Colleen Vien Sustainability Director Timberland

08:30 - 09:00
Educate colleagues with language and KPIs that resonates

Educating internal colleagues starts with language that resonates. Understand which KPIs, metrics and incentives resonate with different teams to make your engagement stick. Get this internal sell right, and benefit from champions that will champion your social purpose efforts to others.

Oath for Good Olivia Khalili Director Oath for Good "formerly Yahoo"

Symantec Cecily Joseph Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Symantec

Edelman John D. Edelman Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility Edelman

Googler Giving Diane Wakeley Solinger Director, Google.org Googler Giving

08:30 - 09:00
How to scale up social impact through collaboration

Learn how to scale up social impact efforts through collaboration to accelerate progress through partners. Hear a powerful case studies on how to this works in practice.

Facebook Bill Weihl Head of Sustainability Facebook

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Hub 1: Internal systems and management

Understand the latest thinking in internal systems technology that will enhance internal collaboration, management and people engagement.

Don't miss out - register now

Only 2 days left to save $200 with our Early Bird discount. Don't miss out!

Engaging external stakeholders on purpose and sustainability

What business value potential can social impact have on investor engagement, your bottom line or customer loyalty? We look at opportunities for purpose and sustainability to be used as an effective tool to grow customers, engage investors and build your talent pool in the ultimate external engagement.

08:30 - 09:00
Quantify the impact to investors

Responsibility is higher on corporate agendas than ever. Doing the right thing by society, the environment and the business is expected these days. How is social purpose resonating with investors? Understand from investors how they value the impact of social purpose to influence decision-making.

Actiam Dennis van der Putten Head of ESG Research/Responsible Investing Actiam

Terra Alpha Investments Timothy P. Dunn Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer Terra Alpha Investments

08:30 - 09:00
Immigration and Business… how to attract talent amid uncertain political times

Amid uncertain times, find out what brands are doing to keep talent in their organisation.

PIMCO Foundation Sarah Middleton Executive Director PIMCO Foundation

08:30 - 09:00
Leverage social purpose as a customer loyalty tool

Learn how to create an authentic dialogue with customers through using social purpose and product transparency as a selling point for brand loyalty. Understand the potential for cause marketing to tie your brand with social purpose and link this to sales.

08:30 - 09:00
How to engage suppliers towards long term collaboration

Whether it's social enterprises, suppliers or partners, understand the latest thinking on how to work best with your supply chain on key social sustainability issues. How do you engage suppliers on transparency to achieve real results? What does successful beyond audit and integrated capacity building within your supply chain look like? How can technology help build a sustainable supply chain?

PYXERA Global Deirdre White CEO PYXERA Global

ICTI Care Mark Robertson Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations ICTI Care

Philips Marcel Jacobs Director supplier sustainability Philips Group Procurement

UN Global Compact Anita Househam Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability & Decent Work UN Global Compact

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Hub 2: Supply chain solutions

What technology is out there to help you identify and manage supply chain risks for auditing and impact assessment? This session will cover a series of hard-hitting case studies using technology for environmental impact, supply chain transparency and human rights.

SupplyShift Thomas Odenwald EVP SupplyShift

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Hub 3: Marketing and communication systems

Discover the opportunities from marketing and communications technologies that can deliver consumer insights, manage customer interactions and boost brand trust

08:30 - 09:00
Technology Hub 4: Technology for information dissemination and education

Hear the latest innovations and technologies used to disseminate information and educate investors and partners to show that social impact links to commercial success.

UN Foundation Tisha Hyter Deputy Director Nothing But Nets, UN Foundation

Don't miss out - register now

Only 2 days left to save $200 with our Early Bird discount. Don't miss out!