BSR Conference 2019

The New Climate for Business

November 12-14, 2019 San Jose, California

Sessions and Workshops

Next-Generation Sustainability Governance and Organizational Change

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Thursday November 14, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Regency Ballroom I

Organizational change requires governance structures that break through silos and enable cross-functional strategy and accountability. These structures require closer coordination between the sustainability, ethics and compliance, and government/corporate affairs functions, among others. Yet when sustainability governance structures rely on shared ownership and indirect influence, how can we ensure effectiveness? At the same time, the sustainability function has evolved significantly over the last decade, yet governance structures have not. As of 2018, there were still only 44 chief sustainability officers at publicly traded companies in the U.S., highlighting the fact that sustainability does not gain the C-suite visibility it deserves. How can real progress be made without integrating sustainability into the agenda of executive-level committees? Hear from companies who have created unique organizational structures to help embed sustainability into core business strategy.

Scheduled Speakers
Brian Yamasaki

Vice President, Corporate Legal and Secretary


Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer



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