Business and Society Program
Business and Society Program
Business & Society Leaders Forum
For Corporate Responsibility Executives
The Aspen Business & Society Leaders Forum engages, by invitation, senior executives pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable company. The Forum is a working platform for business leaders in global firms that have significant capacity to address complex societal problems—that rebound to the business environment. The Forum creates space for critical thinking and reflection about business practice, and supports effective business-to-business collaboration. The ultimate goal is long-term value creation for both business and wider society.
This group will meet periodically to support one another in their complex roles as leaders of business, and to leverage the capacity of the Aspen Business and Society program.
For more information, please contact Laurie Ginsberg.
"Aspen West" Meet-up - October 2013
Leaders Forum participants gathered in San Francisco in October 2013 for a mid-year meet-up. Generously hosted by two participating companies – eBay and Levi Strauss & Co. – the meet-up featured tours of the companies' innovation centers. Aspen First Mover Fellows, exceptional business people working at the intersection of corporate profitability and social/environmental value joined us. The tours of each facility launched a broader conversation around innovation and sustainability.
Second Annual Convening - July 2013
Business executives of multinational corporations including FedEx, Dow, GE, BNY Mellon and Cargill participated in the second annual meeting July 14-17, 2013 in Aspen, CO.
The topics at this year's convening were: the evolving role of NGO partnerships; mapping internal power structures; and communicating value to the mainstream financial markets.
Mid-year Meet-up - February 2013
Leaders Forum participants gathered in February in New York City. This mid-year meeting continued to focus on large-scale collaboration, as well as business integration, culture and values. We brought together other Business & Society Program constituents for an Aspen-style dialogue on “How the financial markets value CSR.”
Inaugural Convening - July 2012
Business executives of multinational corporations including FedEx, Waste Management, GE, BBVA and Cargill participated in the inaugural meeting July 8-11, 2012 in Aspen, CO. The focus was on mega-trends that have significant consequences for business, and the design of transformative B2B collaborations.
Readings for July 2013 Convening
- Capitalism and Democracy: Time to Refresh First Principles? by Elliot Gerson; The Huffington Post, 2013.
- Real Collaboration Takes More than Meetings and PowerPoints by Peter Senge; Network for Business Sustainability, 2013.
- Leading from Below by James Kelly and Scott Nadler; The Wall Street Journal, 2007.
- Beyond corporate social responsibility: Integrated external engagement by John Browne and Robin Nuttall; McKinsey & Company, 2013.
- Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation: An Excerpt from His Book; Partners in Health, 2013.
Readings for July 2012 Convening
- The Virtue Matrix: Calculating the Return on Corporate Responsibility by Roger L. Martin; Harvard Business Review,
- Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world; KPMG, 2012.
- The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business by Wayne Visser.
- Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point by MIT Sloan Management Review and; The Boston Consulting Group; Winter 2012.
- Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky; Harvard Business Review, July 2009.
- The Four Truths of the Storyteller by Peter Guber; Harvard Business Review, December 2007.
- The Shipbreakers by William Langewiesche; The Atlantic Monthly, August 2000.
- New Population Bomb - God Bless the Private Sector (Jack Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University)
- Everyday Brave - Thoroughly Un-modern Aspen (Fred Dust, Partner at IDEO)