Strategic Governance 3/3/11

Strategic Governance: The BPO Industry’s New Strategic Imperative
3/3/11  Mark W. Sickles

In this 59-minute webinar, Mark W. Sickles , advisor to boards and executives, President & CEO of The National Association of Corporate Directors – NJ Chapter, and the Strategic Governance Fellow at The Governance & Accountability Institute who authored Shareholder Value Assurance, The Mark W. Sickles Handbook for Well-Intended Boards & Directors, Strategic Governance, and is published by Directors Monthly, Directors & Boards, and Investor Relations Update will be sharing his valuable insights on how Strategic Governance will enable BPO vendors and their clients to achieve the new standard for business excellence: Financial, environmental, and social sustainability.

The Ben & Jerry Law: The B Corp. 7/21/10

The Ben & Jerry Law: The B Corp.
7/21/10  Christina Houlahan

The Benefit Corporation: You are only as good as your weakest supplier or partner. And it is no longer enough to simply ensure that a product or practice you source is green, organic, fair trade, etc. It is instead necessary to also be able to evaluate the entire business that you are partnering with for their whole-company practices and for their treatment of all stakeholders such as the environment, community, and employees. B Lab provides a uniform and standardized way to assess and evaluate all of your suppliers and partners so that you all can be working towards more sustainable supply chains.

The Convergence of Sustainability and Mainstream Business Practices 6/23/10

The Convergence of Sustainability and Mainstream Business Practice
6/23/10  William A. Tanenbaum

The convergence of mainstream business practices and sustainability practices has begun, will accelerate and will be enabled by Green IT and Green Outsourcing. As an example, the “just-in-time” business model will change to reflect this convergence. The original “just-in-time” model was developed when fuel was inexpensive and emissions were free. Now, fuel is expensive and there is or will be a direct or indirect cost imposed on emissions from delivery vehicles. Thus, the era of multiple micro-deliveries will be replaced by less frequent but larger deliveries. IT and outsourcing will be used to make this and other business models more sustainable. The social aspects of sustainability will also become an increasingly important part of business operations. This presentation by William A. Tanenbaum, the chair of the outsourcing practice and the leader of the GreenTech practice at the Kaye Scholer law firm, will address these and the following topics:

  • The business drivers behind the adoption of corporate sustainability practices
  • Why data centers represent the “low hanging fruit” in corporate sustainability initiatives
  • How corporations will impose sustainability requirements in their supply chains
  • How outsourcing presents both a challenge and a solution to enhancing the sustainability of mainstream business practices
  • The evolving role of social corporate sustainability and impact on Foxconn

Presented by William A. Tanenbaum, Green Tech, Environmental Efficiency, Carbon Trading and Sustainability Chair, Technology, IP and Outsourcing Group, Kaye Scholer LLP

Poland Outsourcing 5/6/2010

Poland – Central European Outsourcing Destination Where Socially Responsible Sourcing Meets Economic Outcomes, 5/6/10

Overview of outsourcing in Poland with guest speakers:

  • Michal Urbankowski. Consul, Trade & Investment Section , Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
  • Jacek Bielawski, Technology Park in Krakow
  • Ewa Porebska, CEO of Motorola in Poland

eWaste Recycling 2/24/10

Mr. Robert Tonetti provides an overview of the current status of electronics recycling in the U.S., as well as the U.S. and international issues that are related to the reuse, recycling and disposal of used and obsolete electronics. He will also describe the role of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ program for vocational training and inmate employment that involves electronics refurbishment and recycling. This socially and environmentally responsible program includes seven facilities across the U.S. where inmates learn to repair, refurbish and recycle obsolete electronics.