BSR Conference 2019

The New Climate for Business

November 12-14, 2019 San Jose, California

Sessions and Workshops

The New Climate for Corporate Political Accountability

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Thursday November 14, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Gold

As companies taking stands on social and political issues has become the norm, business find themselves on the receiving end of calls for corporate political accountability. lobbying practices, political contributions, and political associations are being heavily scrutinized by stakeholders across the spectrum, from shareholders to employees, customers, and investors. This session explores reasons why political accountability matters to all stakeholders, best practices in corporate efforts, and lessons learned by corporations and stakeholders on this topic. Though the Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability Index shows there has been a, “trend toward enhanced accountability, transparency, compliance, and oversight across all corporate sectors,” since 2011, but there remains much more to be done. We will dive into the three pillars of this issue: direct corporation and corporate sponsored PAC contributions, corporate lobbying efforts on ESG issues, and corporate involvement in industry associations that take positions on ESG issues. Join us for this timely discussion in the midst of a polarizing U.S. election cycle that affects business now more than ever.

Scheduled Speakers
Sheila Krumholz

Executive Director

Center for Responsive Politics


Jonas Kron

Senior Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy

Trillium Asset Management


Daniel T. Bross

Former Senior Director, Business and Corporate Responsibility

Microsoft


John Hodges

Managing Director

BSR

(Moderator)


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