BSR Conference 2019

The New Climate for Business

November 12-14, 2019 San Jose, California

Scenes from plenary sessions

Preliminary Schedule of Events

Speakers to be announced as the program develops throughout the year. Sessions, workshops, and confirmed speakers are subject to change.

Tuesday, November 12

7:30 am

Conference Registration, Tuesday

1:30 pm-4:30 pm

BSR Member Forum

The second annual BSR Member Forum will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday November 12. Leading up to the start of BSR19, this powerful working session will bring together leaders from our global network of member companies to collaborate, co-create, and network.

5:00 pm-5:45 pm

Welcome Reception

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Conference Opening and Plenary Sessions

8:00 pm-9:30 pm

Local Harvest Dinner

Wednesday, November 13

7:30 am-8:30 am


8:30 am-10:00 am

Plenary Session

10:00 am-10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am-12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions and Workshops

  • The Secret to Transparent, Traceable Supply Chains
  • Aligning Materiality and Risk Management to Ignite Change
  • The New Climate for Resilience: Leveraging TCFD Scenario Analysis to Manage Climate Risks
  • Building Stakeholder Trust in 2019
  • A ‘Future of Work’ That Works for Women

12:00 pm-1:00 pm


1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Plenary Session

2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Standardizing and Scaling Up: Climate Resilience Across Value Chains
  • Leading Radical Change through Collaboration
  • Investor Relations in the New Era of ESG Scrutiny
  • The New Climate for Ever-Evolving Technology
  • The New Climate for Inclusive Growth: The Business Response to Income Inequality

4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Climate’s Impact on Health: Why Every Business Should Care
  • Countdown to 2030: Innovating for the SDGs
  • Facing the Future: The Implications of Facial Recognition
  • The New Climate for Leadership: Business Voice in a Tribalized World

5:45 pm-7:15 pm

San Pedro Square Dine Around

Thursday, November 14

7:30 am-8:30 am


8:30 am-9:45 am

Plenary Session

9:45 am-10:15 am

Networking Break

10:15 am-11:15 am

Breakout Sessions

  • Business and the Biodiversity Crisis
  • Using Technology to Monitor Supply Chains: Good Idea or Big Brother?
  • The New Climate for Business Responsibility: Modernizing the Social Contract
  • Smashing the Patriarchy: The Limits and Risks of Corporate Feminism
  • Future-Proofing Human Rights Due Diligence

11:30 am-12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Future-Proofing Human Rights Due Diligence
  • Big Hairy Audacious Goals: Pilot Testing from the Field
  • The New Climate for Corporate Political Accountability

12:30 pm-1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 pm-2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Advancing Gender Equality to Tackle Climate Change
  • Content Moderation in the Era of Virality
  • The New Climate for Activism: Employees Take the Lead
  • Beyond Case Studies: Measuring and Communicating Total Impact
  • The New Climate for Business: The Retreat of Universal Values

3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Closing Plenary Session

4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Closing Champagne Reception


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I felt this conference was life changing. I am truly inspired and am plotting both career and personal changes to live up to the great lessons I learned. Both the sessions and the networking were vital.


Gold Sponsor
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Silver Sponsor
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Supporting Sponsors

Carbon Offset
Bonneville Environmental Foundation