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December 2023

Corporate Political Responsibility: From Theory to Action

December 12, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
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Companies have become increasingly powerful political players in recent decades, using their political clout to influence public policy on social, economic and environmental issues – often behind closed doors and too often, in ways that undermine the public interest. In his new book, Corporate Political Responsibility, Tom Lyon and a series of leading scholars of corporate political responsibility seek to create a new norm for responsible political behaviour by corporations. During this virtual event, contributors will discuss both this book…

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CPRT Expert Dialogue: CPR & Business Strategy in a Hyperpolitical World

December 14, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EST
On-line event

In their recent Harvard Business Review article, Strategy in a Hyperpolitical World, Roger L. Martin and Martin Reeves argue, “Almost everything about business today is political, in the sense that it requires consideration of a wide range of often controversial ethical, social and ecological issues.”   Many executives know this reality all too well, as challenging societal issues are becoming ever more real and urgent in the workplace – via employee social media channels, town halls, engagement surveys and more. …

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January 2024

CPRT Expert Dialogue: Technology, Free Speech & Democracy in 2024

January 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EST
On-line event

As technology platforms provide more and more of the “public square” for civic discourse and debate, their actions will be critical as voters weigh choices in 2024 election in the US and around the world. Now, with the accelerated adoption of AI, technology will have an even greater role in averting electoral crises and navigating intense debates over free speech, hate speech, censorship, fraud, and protest. These challenges raise issues for all companies, as their employees and customers engage over…

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In Conversation with Rockefeller Foundation Pres. Rajiv Shah: Big Bets and Solving the Climate Crisis

January 30 @ 5:00 pm EST
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, United States
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Dr. Rajiv Shah (BS ’95) is president of The Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world.  Shah will discuss his new book, “Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens” (Simon & Schuster, 2023), and how universities can embrace a big bets mindset of transformative change, especially as it relates to solving the climate crisis. In his talk, Shah will share a dynamic new model for creating lasting change, inspired by his own…

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February 2024

CPRT Expert Dialogue: The Business Resiliency Case for CPR

February 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EST
On-line event

As businesses seek to balance shifting expectations from stakeholders ranging from investors and legal counsel to customers and employees, they’re increasingly exploring how a principled structure for political activities can help increase business resilience and sustainability. In her recent work developing more than 30 case studies on corporate sustainability, Angeli Patel has discovered three indicators of resilient businesses across industries: 1) they opt to face challenges head-on rather than wait until a moment of crisis; 2) they’re curious about and…

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2024 Election Readiness and Corporate Political Responsibility: Six Strategies for a Proactive, Principled Approach

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
On-line event,

An invitation to executives to manage risk, maintain stability and take non-partisan action to ensure the health of our civic institutions The 2024 General Election is approaching fast. Across the country, voters will go to the polls in a political landscape that is increasingly polarized and volatile. With energized stakeholders looking for companies to lead, business will undoubtedly be called on to take stands on our civic processes and institutions.   In this moment, business leaders can turn to the emerging…

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March 2024

CPRT Expert Dialogue: Trade Association – Member Collaboration for Sustainability Policy: A New Model?

March 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EDT
On-line event

Trade associations are key players in helping businesses and industry sectors deliver on ambitious sustainability goals, stakeholder priorities, and an ultimate interest in a healthy environment. In these efforts, public policy is a critical lever. As a natural vehicle for industry advocacy on sustainability policy, trade associations lobby and sometimes make political contributions. Yet, specific views on sustainability issues are diverse, and some players will bear more of the cost of regulatory changes. How can trade associations navigate these diverse…

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December 2016

Sara Soderstrom & Todd Schifeling / Erb Colloquium

December 1, 2016 @ 12:00 am - April 16, 2024 @ 1:48 pm EST

Sara Soderstrom and Todd Schifeling presented on emerging research based on following the 2016 cohort of fellows in EDF's Climate Corps program. These change agents are tasked with achieving substantial improvements in energy practices at major organizations in about ten weeks. This is an ideal research setting for learning about how to accelerate the changes in the trenches that are urgently needed to address climate change. Co-sponsored by Ross M & O

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October 2016

Marian Chertow / Erb Colloquium

October 21, 2016 @ 12:00 am - April 16, 2024 @ 1:48 pm EDT

Marian Chertow is a professor of industrial environmental management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, circular economy, and urban industrial systems. Current research interests are: (1) industrial symbiosis involving geographically based exchanges of materials, energy, water and wastes within networks of businesses; (2) industrial ecology in resource-poor, emerging economies; (3) using material flow analysis and other methods to quantify and compare resource flows through urban…

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Kira Fabrizio / Erb Colloquium

October 28, 2016 @ 12:00 am - April 16, 2024 @ 1:48 pm EDT

Kira Fabrizio came to the Boston University School of Management in 2011 from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She received her PhD and MA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and her BA from Wesleyan University. Her areas of interest involve knowledge exploitation, firm strategy, innovation, intellectual property rights, and environmental policy. In addition, she has received various awards for her scholarly work, including the Crawford Dissertation Fellowship and the Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.…

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