BSR Conference 2019

The New Climate for Business

November 12-14, 2019 San Jose, California

Sessions and Workshops

The New Climate for Leadership: Business Voice in a Tribalized World

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Today, businesses are taking public stances on emotive issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and gun control—all of which would previously have been considered matters for only governments to consider. In the context of today’s polarized social environment, the traditional approach of political neutrality may no longer be the least risky approach. Consumers and even investors are increasingly expecting companies to walk the talk when it comes to their values. But this requires making difficult, values-based decisions that by definition will alienate some constituents. How can companies navigate this fraught new external landscape in a way that is coherent and consistent, and how can business best use its influence to enable a positive policy environment?

Scheduled Speakers
Tiffany Apczynski

Vice President, Public Policy and Social Impact


Raheem M. Cash

Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability

Lockheed Martin

Jason Rahlan

Director, Social Impact and Philanthropy


Alison Taylor

Managing Director, Sustainability Management



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.


Platinum Sponsor
Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Gold Sponsor
International Copper Association
Don't Ban Equality—Tara Health

Silver Sponsor
Global Child Forum logo

Supporting Sponsors

Carbon Offset
Bonneville Environmental Foundation