In September, Corporate Responsibility Magazine and NYSE Euronext will present the Commit!Forum: the single largest gathering of leaders improving business and society. It will feature successful practices from the world’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens at the NYSE and NYC’s Javits Center.
This is among several initiatives NYSE Euronext has presented or is organizing. We team up with leaders in corporate responsibility to hold events and spark initiatives. Our events bring together companies, academics and nonprofit leaders to create a varied dialogue with different stakeholder viewpoints.
NYSE Euronext is an organizational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a network-based organization that pioneered the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework. GRI marked its official launch in the United States with the Focal Point USA hosted at the NYSE. In addition to the celebration, thought leaders on corporate transparency and sustainability addressed the question, “Why is America letting the world lead in sustainability reporting?” An edited version of the webcast can be seen here.
NYSE Euronext also has a broad partnership with the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and Shared Xpertise, publishers of CR Magazine, through which we host events, participate on CROA’s Board of Governors, and collaborate to produce research on the CR field. Earlier this year, we co-hosted a Celebrating Corporate Citizenship Forum. The event included a live announcement of CR Magazine’s 12th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens ListTM, as well as discussion among thought leaders in corporate responsibility from the private sector, academia, and nonprofits. The event included a keynote address from Michael Porter, Harvard Business School professor and author of the Harvard Business Review article “Creating Shared Value.” The afternoon included a presentation of the seminal Boston Consulting Group and MIT survey, “Sustainability: The ‘Embracers’ Seize the Advantage,” presented by Michael Hopkins, Editor-in-Chief of MIT Sloan Management Review and Martin Reeves, BCG. It also included a forum discussion “Changing the Competitive Equation: Sustainability as Competitive Advantage” featuring many of our nation’s corporate responsibility leaders. To mark this special occasion, representatives from the top-ranked companies in this year’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens rang the Closing Bell™.
In addition, we have partnered with the Corporate Responsibility Officers’ Association to conduct an annual CR survey among CEOs and CROs of leading companies. This first-of-its kind survey enables us to provide valuable information regarding trends in corporate responsibility.
Our Community of Companies and CR Leadership
Many of our corporate leaders also lead in corporate responsibility. By definition, companies listed with NYSE Euronext meet a high set of listing standards with regard to transparency, good governance and business ethics, but they go far beyond. When looking at various lists of leading companies on different dimensions, our companies prevail.
We seek to leverage, foster and promote the good work of this community of outstanding companies—to highlight them as positive examples. Campbell’s Soup is one such example.