Congrats to the CECP team for a successful 2012 Corporate Philanthropy Summit last week. This year’s theme was “courageous conversations,” and the content lived up to that billing.
The conference started with Arianna Huffington’s keynote address—she’s such an engaging speaker and had a few great nuggets to share with attendees. My favorite comment from her is: “You all believe in economic chivalry. Capitalism will not survive without a moral foundation.” And she had some great advice for CR practitioners with respect to dealing with the media: “You need to be relentless in talking about the topic–it’s not just one big announcement that will get you attention.”
Our lunch keynote speaker was Newark Mayor Cory Booker—and wow, what an inspiration he is! Mayor Booker spoke about his first few months in town: “Back then, I was a ‘prisoner of hope’. Now I’m ‘hope unhinged.’” He then shared anecdotes and data about the positive impact Newark businesses and community members are having on the health and vitality of the city, as they collaborate to improve conditions for everyone.
Some of the highlights for me included:
- A fascinating break-out session on impact investing—the “next generation” of SRIs and ESG investing, led by Amit Bouri from GIIN
- A great discussion on measuring shared value with FSG’s Greg Hills—looking forward to the case studies FSG will release this fall
- An interesting panel discussion on the reputational return on community investment, during which Ezra Garrett from PG&E noted that “Reputation isn’t just corporate affairs job anymore; it’s something that everyone (in the company) needs to get behind.”
Looking forward to continuing these conversations with members, clients and colleagues throughout the year.