February 26-27 | Spring 2020 Sustainable Business Forum
“The Role of Corporate Purpose in Driving Sustainability Strategy”
CSB corporate sponsors are invited to our inaugural Sustainable Business Forum to discuss the role of purpose in driving sustainability strategy.

March 2 | CSB Lecture Series Inaugural Lecture featuring Heinz Foundation Visiting Fellow Dr. Shareen Hertel
“New Views on Stakeholder Engagement: Insights from Tethered Fates
Global supply chains link consumers, brands, manufacturers, workers, and local community members as “stakeholders” with significantly different levels of risk and benefit. When harm occurs in the course of business activity, prevailing approaches to stakeholder consultation are typically driven by companies, without significant input from people at the grassroots level. This talk reveals where stakeholder consultation is taking place globally; how the process unfolds at the community level; and what types of innovation might be possible but are currently missed by “top-down” approaches to consultation. Hertel’s talk features analysis of quantitative data from over 7,000 companies worldwide; she finds extractive companies across all regions tend to consult more heavily than light manufacturing companies, and corporations determine the mode, scope and content of the practice regardless of sector or region. The talk also features original interview data from paired case studies in two manufacturing towns in the Dominican Republic where collegiate apparel is produced. Hertel reveals local peoples’ insights on the limits of existing approaches to stakeholder dialogue along with their ideas for how better to diagnose problems, predict future challenges, and forge solutions to ongoing violations of economic rights.

When: 5:00-6:00 PM
Where: Mervis Hall 117
*Light refreshments will be served beginning at 4:45 PM.

March 3 | UN SDG Panel Discussion
“Corporate Purpose, (Social) Equity, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals”
The Center for Sustainable Business and the Global Studies Center invite you to join us for an interactive panel discussion about the role of business in driving social change in line with the United Nations’ SDG framework. This event is open to the public.

When: 12:30-2:00 PM
Where: University Club Ballroom B

March 24 | CSB Lecture Series - Mike Corcoran, PPG
Mike Corcoran will be speaking to the Pitt Business community about how sustainability factors into his role as Manager of Environmental Compliance at PPG. CSB affiliates are invited to attend.

April 24 | Earth Day Sustainable Business Breakfast
The CSB is partnering with other organizations around Pittsburgh to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. On Friday, CSB Director CB Bhattacharya will join senior corporate leaders on a panel at the annual Sustainable Business Breakfast at The Fairmont.

October 13-14 | Fall 2020 Sustainable Business Forum
Corporate sponsors can mark their calendars now for our Fall 2020 Sustainable Business Forum. More details to follow.