Last week, we joined over 200 other professionals, business leaders, and academics in Concord, New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) Spring 2017 conference. NHBSR and the NHBSR Spring 2017 conference bring together a network of businesses and their diverse stakeholders to support businesses and their change agents to move from idea to action and manifest the notion of “doing well by doing good”. The theme of this year’s NHBSR Spring 2017 conference was “Be Bold: Voices for Impact”.
As the presenting sponsor of this year’s conference, the event kicked off with an inspiring talk from our Managing Partner Matthew Gardner. During this welcome, Matthew addressed how companies can develop value through sustainability—no matter the size of the company or the breadth of their sustainability management program. This includes understanding what’s important for the company, and how to manage and pursue those material topics strategically for the long-term.
Following this presentation, Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies and author of Green to Gold and The Big Pivot: Innovation and Value Creation in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open World, took the stage for a captivating presentation on climate change, the world’s mega-trends, and businesses’ role in sustainability. He concluded with the statement, “business cannot thrive unless people and the planet thrive.”
The day was full of a variety of panelists presenting on fascinating and bold corporate social responsibility (CSR)-related topics, and it concluded with an afternoon keynote presentation from Christopher Miller, Social Mission Activism Manager at Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream. Christopher highlighted several of Ben & Jerry’s activism strategies, including targeting messages through marketing, and how this has positively impacted business return on investment (ROI) and sustainability initiatives.