Posted August 1, 2017
By Hank Boerner – Chair & Chief Strategist – G&A Institute
The annual COMMIT!Forum has set the pace for Corporate Responsibility / Sustainability / Public Affairs / Corporate Communications professionals and their peers as “the place to gather” for a decade and more.
This is the longest running CSR / CR event and is part of the range of activities that were put in place and managed by the SharedXpertise Media LLC organization.
In April 2017, 3BL Media Group acquired the COMMIT!Forum — along with management of membership group, the Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA); the CRA webinar series; and publication of the influential CR Magazine.
You probably know the widely-recognized “100 Best Corporate Citizens” rankings — senior corporate management actively pursues this important CR Magazine recognition.
The professional membership CRA will now be managed by a unit of 3BL, the Corporate Responsibility Board.
The good news is that COMMIT!Forum conference is now under the innovative, very savvy management. The theme of the upcoming October 2017 event:
Brands Taking Stands – the Role of the Corporate Responsibility Practitioner as Companies Make Their Voices Heard.
The annual conference brings together CR practitioners, corporate communications officers, heads of foundations, not-for-profit leaders, sustainability pros, and media representatives.
The 2017 conference will feature 10 “issue tables,” to emphasize the value of networking and peer-to-peer sharing — these will be moderated by professional subject matter experts (SMEs):
- Topic 1: Data Driven Content Strategies; Storytelling that Works
- Topic 2: NextGen Reporting in a Changing Cultural Landscape
- Topic 3: Emerging Social Influence on Supply Chains
- Topic 4: CR Impact on Talent Acquisition and Retention
- Topic 5: Lead or Follow: Relevance in the E-World
- Topic 6: Where Are You? Your Company’s North Star on SDGs
- Topic 7: Risk and Rewards of Taking a Stand
- Topic 8: Engaging Your Stakeholders in Digital Advocacy
- Topic 9: Partner Matching: Activating CR Initiatives and the Imperative of Collaboration
- Topic 10: Materiality Assessments to Supply Chain Management: Digital Platforms that Drive Success
Finalists for the coveted Responsible CEO Award will participate in panel discussions and one-to-one interviews; these provide valuable insight into successful programs at companies where “purpose is integral to culture and mission,” conference organizers note.
The COMMIT! meetings have traditionally been held in New York City; this year the event moves to the MGM National Harbor, just outside of Washington DC and convenient for Amtrak travelers all along the Washington-NYC-Philadelphia-Boston business corridor.
Prestigious brands: CRA member flagship companies include: Marriott; Visa; IBM; Adobe; AT&T; Hess; Sprint; PwC; Gap; Intel; Johnson Controls; Aramark; Smithfield; and many more — representatives of these companies will be at the COMMIT!Forum.
G&A Institute team has enjoyed a long-time partnership with 3BL Media The going back to the days of both companies’ founding and has long been a sponsor of the COMMIT!Forum meetings.
G&A Institute team members — including EVP and Co-Founder Lou Coppola – will be active participants at COMMIT!Forum.
We are offering today to our connections a special offer for Early Bird registration: 10% off early bird pricing for COMMIT!Forum (extends through August 15th for you).
Save an additional 10% using G&A’s discount code “G&A2017CF” when you register at commitforum.com
The G&A Institute team looks forward to seeing you at the conference – -the latch key is out!
About 3BL Media Group
The 3BL team provides a multi-channel news and content distribution platform for corporate clients, including Report Alert, Triple Pundit, CSR Wire, SocialEarth, Just Means, and, of course, 3BL Sustainability Communications platform.
A new business unit is the Corporate Responsibility Board LLC, housing COMMIT!Forum, the CR Association, and CR Magazine. 3BL’s Dave Armon is CEO (before joining 3BL he was COO of PR Newswire).