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March 3, 2006

Is Corporate Social Responsibility Serious Business?

Start: Friday, March 3, 2006 9:00 AM
End: Friday, March 3, 2006 4:30 PM

Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

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A decade ago, corporate social responsibility (CSR) was a trendy idea promoted by quirky entrepreneurial companies like Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Now more than 50 percent of the Global 250 corporations issue corporate responsibility reports, and the public expects visible CSR initiatives from businesses of all sizes. Many companies use CSR as a way to burnish their image, generate brand equity, and increase employee loyalty. Corporate critics and "socially responsible investors" have developed CSR measures to promote wide-ranging policies, including labor rights and curbs on global warming.

But is CSR really a win-win situation—as its promoters claim—for both corporations and the public? Corporate leaders struggle with determining to whom their social responsibilities extend: to shareholders, employees, local communities, the environment, humanity as a whole, future generations?

This conference, organized by NGO Watch—a project sponsored by AEI and the Federalist Society— will examine the complex global CSR phenomenon and take an in-depth look at Wal-Mart, which has been under fire for some of its corporate, social, and environmental practices. It will also draw upon the views of a wide range of CSR advocates and critics from academia, the corporate and public relations worlds, and the media.

8:45 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome: Jon Entine, AEI

9:10 am

Panel I: Does Corporate Social Responsibility Make Good Sense?

Panelists:

Elaine Sternberg, Leeds University and Tulane University

David Vogel, Haas School of Business and Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Moderator:

Mark A. Cohen, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University; Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies

10:30 am

Break

10:40 am

Panel II: CSR in a Globalized World

Panelists:

Aron Cramer, Business for Social Responsibility

Philip H. Rudolph, Ethical Leadership Group

Barbara Shephard, Doe Run Company

Moderator: James K. Glassman, AEI

12:15 pm

Luncheon

12:30 pm

Introduction: Jon Entine, AEI

Keynote Address: Clive Crook, Atlantic Media Group

1:30 pm

Panel III: Wal-Mart in the Crosshairs

Panelists:

Roger Ballentine, Green Strategies

Arindrajit Dube, University of California, Berkeley

Michael Hicks, Air Force Institute of Technology, Marshall University

Chris Holling, Global Insight

Moderators:

Mark A. Cohen, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University; Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies

Jon Entine, AEI

3:30 pm

Panel IV: Lessons from Wal-Mart: CSR in the Real World

Panelists:

Frank Dixon, Innovest

Russell Roberts, Hoover Institution

Moderators:

Mark A. Cohen, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University; Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies

Jon Entine, AEI

4:30 pm

Adjournment


More Information
Flavius Mihaies
American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-828-6035
Fax: 202-862-7177
E-mail: FMihaies@aei.org

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Veronique Rodman
American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-862-4871
Fax: 202-862-7171
E-mail: VRodman@aei.org

You can find this online at: http://www.aei.org/event1265