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The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020 October 27-28, 2020 · New York, USA

How to Lead the Decade of Action

Finance / Adaptation / Collaboration

** Responsible Business Summit New York – Important Update **


Unfortunately, due to the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, we postponed The Responsible Business Summit New York until October 27-28, 2020.

Our team has been working tirelessly over recent weeks to develop a full virtualization suite for our customers, enabling increased learning, networking and business development opportunities.

We'll be in touch shortly with further updates. 

Warm regards,


Liam Dowd
Managing Director
Ethical Corporation – by Reuters Events

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Our world-class speaker faculty:

Hear from Chief Executive Officers, Chief Sustainability Officers, Heads of Responsible Investment and other responsible business leaders.

Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senate

Sheldon Whitehouse


Rebecca Marmot

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer

Gerald Evans

Gerald Evans


Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer

President and CEO

Mary Jane Melendez
General Mills

Mary Jane Melendez

Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer; President, General Mills Foundation

Anna Pot
APG Asset Management

Anna Pot

Head of Responsible Investment Americas

Tom Kinisky

Tom Kinisky

Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer;
Chairman, Saint-Gobain North America

Devina Rankin
Waste Management

Devina Rankin

Chief Financial Officer

Marilyn Ceci
JP Morgan

Marilyn Ceci

Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds

Karoliina Loikkanen

Karoliina Loikkanen

Head Of Sustainability

Michael Viehs
Hermes Investment

Michael Viehs

Head of ESG Integration

Brad Lich

Brad Lich

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Caroline Rees

Caroline Rees

President and Co-Founder

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New updates and registrants

Over 300 companies confirmed to attend. Including recent registrants from:

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Over 80 Investors confirmed to attend including representatives from:

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Senior Business Leaders on How to Lead the Decade of Action

What you’ll learn at the Responsible Business Summit New York

  • Climate adaption leadership: Build regenerative and resilient strategies that deliver market-level change on key climate risks and opportunities
  • Going beyond ESG disclosures: Performance-based metrics and goal setting fit for investors
  • Making sustainability THE future blueprint for business: Proving the ROI of sustainability and embedding within all business
  • Build the 21st Century supply chain: Utilise new technologies, partnerships and procurement strategies and transform to a clean, circular and positive impact value chain
  • ESG Gone Mainstream: Hear from leading investors on how ESG is being utilised as a guide to the movement of capital

$12 Trillion Opportunity: The time to invest is now – Be part of the growth, development and transformation:

  • Achieving the global goals can open up an estimated $12 trillion in market opportunities
  • Inaction by business could see 215 of the world’s largest companies facing $1 trillion in costs
  • Socially Responsible Investing market set to hit $23 trillion this year, with ESG assets growing by 200% over the past decade
  • Investing $1.8 trillion in 5 areas could generate $7.1 trillion in total net benefits globally, according to a WBCSD report
  • The World Bank calculates investment in more resilient infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries would equal a $4.2 trillion net benefit
  • 130 banks, holding $47 trillion in assets commit to climate action through the Principles of Responsible Banking

Grasp the opportunity and lead the way. Book your ticket now.

Key Themes for 2020

Our aim for #RBSNY is to build a platform where senior practitioners from across the US meet and share practical ideas on how their businesses can lead the decade of action. There is no fluff, just actionable insights and honest, frank and open discussions on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Agenda highlights for 2020

Check out a few of our confirmed sessions and the content that we will cover below. With ground-breaking insights and authentic story telling we guarantee that you will walk away having heard from the pinnacle of your profession

ESG Going Mainstream

Ray Cameron, Managing Director, Head of Investment Stewardship, BlackRock

Becoming a Purpose Led Organization

Steve Rendle, Chairman, President & CEO, VF Corporation

Financing the sustainable Future

Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever

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Leading brands you will meet in 2020

The 2019 Summit will bring together senior corporate executives from North America's leading brands. A key component of our event is our emphasis on networking across the two days – we strive to ensure you meet the people you need to meet to help advance your ambitions. Click here to see a sample list of attendees at the 2019 Summit

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Representatives include:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • President
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Chief Environment Officer
  • Head of ESG
  • Chief Sustainable Investing Officer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Head of Social Impact Investing
  • Head of Sustainable Finance
  • Vice President of Environment
  • Global Vice President of Communications
  • Sustainability Director
  • Vice President Sustainability
  • Director Climate Change
  • Head of Sustainability
  • Head of CSR
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Director
  • Global Head of Sustainable Development
  • Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability
  • Chief Sustainability Officer & Chief Resiliency Officer
  • Chief Economist
  • Senior Vice President of Sustainability
  • Chief Social Responsibility Officer
  • Director Human Rights and Supply Chain
  • Director of Sustainability & EHS

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New Brella networking: Only the Best Networking at Ethical Corporation Summits

We believe in maximising your experience on site, and that’s why we’ve invested time and energy to ensure you meet everyone you’d like to. Aside from conference sessions that encourage interaction between the marketing leaders and innovators, we also use an excellent networking app called ‘ Brella.’ Before you arrive at the event you can schedule a series of short 1:1 meetings with your key targets. This is a very effective way of ordering your networking goals and taking even more value from the conference. This is free to all conference attendees.

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Real decision-makers, Real diversity

Ethical Corporation brings together senior executives from leading multinational brands all under one roof.

  • 10+ hours of supreme networking with leaders in the sustainability and corporate responsibility space – plenty of time to form lasting business relationships
  • C-level executives from across the industry look to share and solve key issues faced in 2020
  • Pre-event Q&As and webinars plus post event reports and video recordings ensures you can get exposure on your initiatives across the an extended period

Build brand awareness and generate leads on the exhibition floor

Businesses need solution providers like you. Only with your expertise can staff transform their business and deliver a sustainable business fit for the 21st Century. Partner for success on our exhibition floor where all networking breaks, lunches, roundtables and functions will be held! We are already seeing a high-volume of interest in our 2020 event so do get in touch to ensure you don’t miss out

Floorplan of the venue

Responsible Supply Chain Zone

Showcase new innovations, technologies and systems that are helping de-risk supply chains and take action on key environmental and social opportunities

ESG, Data and Disclosure Zone

Demonstrate new platforms, systems and AI-driven tools that will help companies streamline their reporting and ESG disclosure efforts. Help improve oversight of ESG data and impacts

The Future of… Zone

Opportunity for pioneering companies to showcase new technologies and strategies that will deliver the new Future of sustainable business

Communication and Engagement Zone

Outline how companies can boost engagement with key stakeholders, drive advocacy both internally and externally and how to demonstrate leadership on key material issues

1-to-1 Meeting Zone

With the Ethical Corporation Meeting and Messaging service, as a sponsor or exhibitor, you'll be able to set up meetings with prospects and ensure your time is as valuable as possible. 550+ meetings and 1,400+ communications were sent in our last event.

Chill 'n Charge Zone #1

Grab some refreshments and recharge your batteries... and your phone's!

Chill 'n Charge Zone #2

Grab some refreshments and recharge your batteries... and your phone's!

Chill 'n Charge Zone #3

Grab some refreshments and recharge your batteries... and your phone's!


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We guarantee an event like no other

Issue-based workshops:

To get to the crux of an issue requires honest, frank and open discussion. At RBSNY we will host 2-hour workshops on key topics, including:

  • Climate Disclosures - Accurately reporting climate impacts, risks and future opportunities
  • Engage Rankings and Ratings Agencies on Methodology
  • The Quest to Replace Plastic
  • Implementing Science Based Targets – Aiming for a 1.5-degree Target
  • From Pilot to Scale – How can Companies Mainstream a Circular System
  • Restoration of the Natural Capital
  • Setting a competitive price on carbon
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The Investor Perspective:

There is no question that capitalism as we know it is dead.

CEOs have no choice but to have both a shareholder return & a stakeholder return—managing and measuring both.

Across the two days we’ll be hosting sessions and interactive ‘meet and speak’ opportunities where corporates, investors and others can share their ideas and challenges.

Only through open and constructive dialogue will we accelerate the required transformation.

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Discover the most innovative start ups and entrepreneurs disrupting everything from social impact, the circular economy, climate action and more. 15 minute disrupter pitches across both afternoons with opportunities for investment and collaboration to create more impact.

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Improved networking opportunities:

We understand that the best connections are sometimes made away from the conference space.

That’s why in 2020 we will be using a new and improved networking app for attendees to meet their fellow peers and have those quality connections and discussions.

  • Over 70% of attendees signed up to the app
  • 1400 messages sent across the two days
  • 600 meetings scheduled through the app
*Stats taken from a 300 attendee European Ethical Corporation event
See who you could be networking with

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Join us to deliver the blueprint
for the future economy


Renowned as the meeting place delivering solutions for sustainability professionals, where they meet to learn, network and do business.

This is a business-critical event, providing ideas and answers to the key challenges you face. Business leaders will convene in New York, March 17-18 2020 to tackle core challenges with world-class experts, hear about circular strategies and the latest disruptive technologies, and to collaborate, forming partnerships with new and existing suppliers.

If you work in sustainability ESG, energy or communications services, make sure you’re in New York March 17-18, for #RBSNY 2020!

What sets Ethical Corporation flagship summits apart?

We’re doing things differently and we really want to move businesses towards the genuine impact you are looking for. The #RBSNY agenda will help you deliver new ways of collaborating, new forms of investments and new business models. Through our independently researched agenda design for systematic change, reconfiguring relationships and systems towards sustainable outcomes and goals.

There’s no corporate fluff in our agenda, just practical, deep-dive examples to show how businesses can transition to a more responsible and sustainable business strategy

  1. Multiple tracks / Multiple disciplines: In 2020 we have created dedicated tracks and sessions that address how organizations are driving the responsible business agenda. We will bring together experts from sustainability, communications, and procurement departments as well as investors, NGOs, Governmental bodies and academics to share how they’re addressing the key issues and opportunities that lie ahead
  2. The most innovative, exciting brands in attendance: #RBSNY will give you the most senior networking opportunity possible. We lead our conferences with the latest ideas and case studies out there, and take pride in our in-depth research to pinpoint the brands that are doing the most impactful work to share their learnings.
  3. Practical learnings: We’re not afraid to talk about what doesn’t work as much as what does! Our sessions are practical with live polling and interactive questions. We guarantee you'll walk away with new ideas and contacts to help improve your strategy for 2020 and beyond.

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3 reasons why you have to attend #RBSNY:

1Critical Insight from CEOs and Business Leaders: Understanding what it takes to drive transformational change in your business and industry, our CEOs and Leaders from North America’s most innovative brands will share their CSR ideas that will shape your role and future strategy. Get this invaluable insight at the event to ensure you stay ahead of the curve.


2A Cutting-Edge Agenda: Gain practical takeaways on the biggest challenges and opportunities, as decided by you and your peers. Whether your focus is Business Strategy, Sustainability, CSR, Supply Chain, Marketing and Communications our five conference tracks will tailor both days to your specific needs


3Learn From and Benchmark Against Corporate CSR Peers: We know that the best person to give you advice is someone that has direct, ‘tried-and-trusted’ experience. RBSNY features corporate speakers, with a total focus on corporate priorities and sustainability learning. Get over 16 hours of best practice and future strategy planning at North America’s most senior conference on CSR.


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What to expect in 2020

The Responsible Business Summit is USA’s premier sustainability conference. We pride ourselves on bringing together the leading B2B and B2C companies to share their latest ideas and strategies. The 2020 sustainability conference will bring together the leading minds in responsible business to debate the key issues and opportunities in responsible and sustainable business. Take a look at what you missed at the 2019 event:

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How can I register?

Your Responsible Business Summit ticket includes:

  1. Access to 25+ exhibiting companies, live demos and tech showcases
  2. Be part of the social wave; Twitter, LinkedIn, press and live discussion
  3. Exclusive networking drinks following Day 1
  4. Access to all conference keynotes and immersive sessions on both days
  5. Excellent breakfast, lunch, refreshments and drinks
  6. 60+ practical case studies and talks delivered by decision makers and thought leaders
  7. Interactive panel discussions, seminars and social meets
  8. Login to the Brella event networking app, to schedule 1:1 meetings and more
  9. Access to the speaker presentations and recordings of each session following the event

Upgrading to VIP gets you all of the above, plus:

  1. VIP registration – beat the queues, get to the coffee machines & networking area first
  2. VIP seating – opportunity to get the best seats in the house, specially reserved for VIPs
  3. Post-Conference Package – Including post-conference e-Book

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Group Arrangements

The more the merrier. If you’re considering joining The Responsible Business Summit with a group of 2 or more or to bring several clients, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ed for our attractive group offers.

Ed Long

Ed Long

Head of US Operations
Ethical Corporation

Phone: +44 (0) 207 375 7188


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