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2023 Corporate Philanthropy Institute: Building New Standards

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November 09, 2023
Join your peers for a casual breakfast before beginning the conference day!

Whether we’re talking about environment, racial equity, democracy, culture wars, or the pandemic, the world is different. Issues we expected to be temporary or to navigate through easily, is now at the front of our work. This transparency has made it clear – how CSR and corporate philanthropy have functioned historically is insufficient to meet current challenges.

Our opening panel will highlight the new standards of corporate philanthropy and CSR based on trends, challenges, and public expectations.

Companies have been incredibly responsive to community needs that have emerged in the past few years. We’ve seen more urgency, breaking rules, and creating new rules that recognize we can do better. This recognition can be sustained if we create the frame to do it.

This panel will respond to the opening panel’s insights by discussing what approaches can be used to move forward. They will highlight strategies, initiatives, and programs that align with advancing racial equity, modern funding approaches, investing in systems change, and leading the way for climate justice.

Over the course of the last decade, a conversation has emerged around the business imperative for advancing racial and economic equity. It took flight with the 2017 report by FSG & PokilcyLink, The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity, and advanced with the CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity (FSG, Policylink, JUST Capital) in 2021. In early 2024, the Corporate Racial Equity Alliance will release new draft standards that provide a roadmap for businesses to ignite and sustain equitable workplaces.

Join this session to be among the first to learn about the new standards and how they can support you in boldly advancing racial equity at your company.

In California we’ve been living through the impact of multiple, and often overlapping disasters like: drought and heatwaves, earthquakes, catastrophic wildfires, back-to-back Atmospheric Rivers, and the first tropical storm to make landfall in decades. Climate change will only continue amplifying the risk that Californians face from natural hazards making it clear that a response-only strategy is unsustainable.

This session will provide background on the continuing evolution of climate change in the state of California and its growing impacts on the most vulnerable communities. We’ll also explore the internal decision-making around prioritizing philanthropic giving for disasters and the unplanned expenditures impacting international companies and their remote employees.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is caught in culture wars with terms like 'woke-washing' and 'green-washing' impacting how practitioners are connecting philanthropy and social justice to ESG's risk-centric mindset.

This session will take a deep dive into ESG: the changing narrative, the regulatory and political landscape, and better positioning the Social of ESG for community-centered outcomes and long-term company value.

How a corporate philanthropist approaches community impact is evolving. New practices like trust-based philanthropy approaches, and ever-changing employee workplaces like fully remote or hybrid offices, are impacting what it means to work in corporate philanthropy and CSR.

This session will explore what it means to be a corporate philanthropist at the intersection of public expectations, shifts to funding approaches, and internal changes, to the management of philanthropy and CSR functions.

The closing conversation will be led by local and national speakers sharing insights from political, philanthropic, community, and CSR perspectives.

Together, we’ll explore what new standards need to be prioritized in the next year and what collective work looks like in the near-term. These initial building blocks will shape the philanthropic priorities and action we can take in 2024 and in the future.