(Mr. Whiskers is sick of boring webinars too, but we've got you both covered.)
Having trouble sifting through all of those webinars? Boy, do we hear you. We're all for the chance to connect from afar and learn about important topics at a time when it's especially crucial to educate ourselves, but the daily invites, updates and reminders can easily become overwhelming. Of the dozens we've received for this week alone, these stood out most to us — and each are worth a bookmark if you're looking to fill a few holes in your calendar (you're welcome).
Hosted by: The Financial Times and The Next Web
When: All day May 12-14, starting at 11:50 a.m. BST/6:50 a.m. EDT
What: This three-day web event brings senior decision-makers in policy, business, tech, and finance together with FT journalists to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on people and economies. Leaders from multilateral groups such as the World Health Organization and International Monetary Fund — along with companies like Volvo, Mastercard and Ikea — will touch on how the public and private sectors can work together to ensure a just response and recovery.
Hosted by: Business Call to Action and Oxfam
When: May 12 (Business and Gender Equality) and May 14 (Women in Supply Chains), both at 8 a.m. EDT
What: Learn about some of the most pressing gender issues in this pair of webinars hosted by the charitable organization Oxfam and Business Call to Action, a private-sector coalition focused on advancing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On May 12, the groups unpack the business case for pursuing gender equality at major multinational companies, with a focus on recommendations for firms looking to improve. On May 14, they'll zoom in on gender and human rights issues within global supply chains, specifically the barriers faced by low-income women workers and producers.
Hosted by: MIT Sloan Management Review
When: May 13 at 11 a.m. EDT
What: As we've seen time and again during this crisis, those who lead with empathy are most successful at protecting their teams and directing their businesses from response to recovery. Paul Michelman, editor-in-chief of MIT's Sloan Management Review, will join Morela Hernandez from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business to discuss it means to embrace your duty to others, how to check your personal privileges and biases, and how to leverage your expertise to serve your teams. The format is workshop-style with no slide presentations (cue sigh of relief).
Hosted by: Ceres
When: Select dates in May and June (events this week on May 12 and May 14)
What: The investor-focused sustainability nonprofit Ceres has moved its 2020 conference online. With an agenda spread through May and June, topics vary from decarbonizing industries and engaging investors to the Build Back Better initiative surrounding a green and equitable recovery from COVID-19. Events are free for those previously registered for Ceres 2020. Others can register for a fee.
Hosted by: Ethical Corporation and Reuters Events
When: May 13 at 10 a.m. EDT
What: Moderator Ellen Grieseme of Future500 will speak with representatives from PepsiCo, Cathay Pacific Airways, and CDP about how to engage with suppliers to ensure transparency, worker rights and environmental sustainability. The conversation will range from environmental strategies that decarbonize supply chains to supporting suppliers as they deal with the effects of COVID-19.
Hosted by: 3BL Media
When: May 13 at 1 p.m. EDT
What: TriplePundit's parent company 3BL Media will sit down with Dave Stangis, a longtime sustainability executive who did stints at both Campbell Soup Company and Intel. Anyone who knows Stangis knows he's all about lifting others up — and his social media pages are often full of shared job openings for people in his network looking for work. In this free webinar, he'll share his insights into how sustainability provides business value and ways companies can support their stakeholders during the COVID-19 crisis.