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Conference Opening and Introductory Address

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.


Panel Session 1 - Telling Your Story: Beyond the CSR Report and New Media

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

You are serving your customers, engaged in your community, innovating for a better planet, and partnering with your employees and suppliers to make it all work. Now, how do you tell your story in a compelling way that doesn’t seem self-serving? The CSR report and Twitter can only go so far. Learn strategies for getting your story told with authenticity.


Panel Session 2 - "Collaboratition" - Collaborative Models for Sustainable Solutions

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

You are continually working to be more sustainable, engaged with your stakeholders, and profitable. But, you can’t do it all alone. How do you engage with competitors in your industry to make systemic changes that will “raise all boats” for the greater good? Learn how business can self-regulate in a way that truly creates shared value.


Keynote Luncheon Speaker

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Vik Sahney is an outdoor adventurer and community and business leader.    In 2011 he became one of 350 people in history - and the first Indian American - to climb the 7 Summits (the tallest peak on each continent, including Mt. Everest).  Vik serves on the Board of Directors of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and in multiple roles at the Mountaineers including Advisory Council member and climb leader.  Vik is presently the Head of Strategy & Sustainability at REI and lives in downtown Seattle with his wife and 10 month old daughter. 


Roundtable Breakout Discussions

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
  1. Making the Most with Your Sustainable Investments with Patrick Drum.  (click to download a PDF for more details)
  2. Employees: Engagement and Diversity with Amy Kot  We know employee engagement drives business performance… but what engages employees is changing. It’s about MEANING: Companies today are expected to use their power and influence to do meaningful things and to address real issues with real actions. It’s about IMPACT: Millennials and the next generations of employees are drawn to meaningful engagement and the impact they can create on the job. And it’s about ENGAGEMENT: Rather than one-way communication, it’s now about relationship building and fostering two-way engagement. Join us for a lively discussion on the power of purpose in motivating and engaging your employees, with a hands-on exploration of purpose in action, winning purpose engagement strategies, and more.
  3. Materiality: The Most Important Trend in Sustainability with Kevin Wilhelm.  Increasingly companies are being asked to take action and report on those issues "most material" to their organizations.  So how do you determine materiality for your company or organization?  This will be a roll-up-your-sleeves session, giving you a greater understanding of the issues and how to prioritize them for your organization.


Panel Session 3 - Adaptive Leadership Case Consultation 

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

The last session of the day will be a live demonstration of the Cambridge Leadership Associates Adaptive Leadership Case Consultation methodology for a company dealing with a CSR-related issue.  You will walk away with a hands-on tool for surfacing new interpretations and areas of activity that would not be realized in a traditional dialogue.


Hosted Reception and Networking

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Use this opportunity to network with the region's CSR professionals and share ideas and inspirations from the day in a relaxed and friendly environment. Great way to end the day!



Join us on March 12, 2015 for the Business Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility featuring this world-class line-up of speakers.  They represent a range of industries, from manufacturing to consulting, technology to entrepreneurs, public relations to investing and beyond.

Keynote Speaker

Vik Sahney
Division Vice President of Strategy
REI, Inc.

PPT pending receipt from speaker

Vik is an avid outdoor adventurer and strategy and operations leader. In January 2014 he became the VP of Strategy at REI, a $2B "national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.

As an Associate Principal in McKinsey & Company’s Seattle Office, Vik spent 8 years specializing in operations (e.g., lean transformation programs, procurement, direct material cost reduction) and strategy (business unit strategy, technology strategy, long term forecasting) for industrial clients including automotive, aerospace, and mining and metals. Vik has worked around the world with significant time spent in the US, Canada, China, Australia, and London.

Session Speakers and Moderators

Valerie Bone
Director of Corporate Responsibility
Pacific Market International (PMI)

Valerie's PPT presentation

Valerie joined PMI in 1995 with 16 years of of experience in design, product development, quality and corporate social responsibility.  Two years later she initiated PMI's first CSR program.  Today she is responsible for overseeing global CSR, Liability, Philanthropy, and Quality functions at PMI.

Patrick Drum
ESG Research Analyst
Saturna Capital

Patrick's PPT presentation

Patrick joined Saturna Capital in 2014 to lead the firm's Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) investment research while continuing his fixed income portfolio management role.