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3p Friday: The Sustainability Conferences on Our Radar for Fall 2019

Our choice is for you to attend 3BL Forum this Oct. 29-30, but here's a schedule of what we think are the "best-in-class" conferences to attend this fall.
By Leon Kaye
Sustainability Conferences

There are several reasons why within the corporate sustainability world, conference season gets heaviest in the fall—starting with the fact that flights are usually reasonable, as many people are saving their airline miles and travel budgets for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and late December holidays. From San Diego to Philly, there is a long list of events that can help make your job easier, jolt your staff with new perspectives, and provide fantastic networking opportunities, which is invaluable for those toiling in this space.

Of course, our own top choice is 3BL Forum, which the team here at TriplePundit and across the 3BL Media family has been organizing and curating over the past three years. This year’s Forum, October 29-30 in National Harbor, Maryland, (a short hop from Washington, D.C.), focuses on what’s around the corner in the world of corporate responsibility. We don’t just go on stage and tell you what we’re doing—we dive into the how and why, what’s hard and, this year, what’s next.

We’re proud that we plan on having about 90 leaders onstage across two days—and these sessions are short, snappy, to the point and promise to be impactful. We’re also thrilled that, at last count, about 55 percent of our speakers are women.

So check your calendar, save October 29-30 for 3BL Forum, and calendar these other noteworthy events while you're at it: 

The Responsible Business Summit West, October 9-10, San Diego, California: Ethical Corporation will bring over 200 CEOs, sustainability leaders, investors, government representatives and NGOs to show how they’re going to deliver the blueprint for the future economy.

EHS&S Management Forum, October 15-18, Toronto, Ontario: A can’t-miss for EHS (environmental, health and safety) decision-makers. And yes, if you’re more focused on the environmental or sustainability side of things at your organization, this should be on your calendar, too. Our friends at NAEM expect over 700 people from more than 300 companies to arrive.

Verge, October 22-24, Oakland, California: “The platform for companies, cities and communities accelerating the clean economy,” says event organizers GreenBiz, and for good reason – 30,000 people are expected to attend the 120 sessions and programs focused on clean technology.

NetImpact, October 24-26, Detroit: Flying from Oakland to Detroit on the 24th? Then, the learning continues: NetImpact will host its popular annual gathering for purpose-driven university students, along with the organizations seeking to harness their talents after graduation, in Motown. This year’s theme is “Widening the Lens.”

BSR, November 12-14, San Jose, California: Do you know the way to San Jose? Well you should, because employee and CEO activism are both on the rise; climate change is wreaking havoc now; and all of your company’s stakeholders are excited and anxious about what new technologies can make possible. Hence this year’s theme, “The New Climate for Business.”

Corporate Citizenship Conference, November 13-14, Washington, D.C.: “Solve Together” is this year’s theme at this two-day event run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Themes include integrating social impact strategies business-wide and how to develop a more diverse and inclusive corporate culture.

New Metrics, November 18-20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Overwhelmed by the role integrated reporting can have on investor relations? Trying to get your head wrapped around next-gen metrics, from soil health to circularity? This may just be the event for you!

We’ll be on the ground at many of these events, so we look forward to seeing you!

We’re pleased to offer TriplePundit readers a 25 percent discount to attend 3BL Forum: Brands Taking Stands - What's NextPlease register by going to the 3BL Forum website and use this discount code when prompted: NEWS2019BRANDS.

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Leon Kaye has written for 3p since 2010 and become executive editor in 2018. His previous work includes writing for the Guardian as well as other online and print publications. In addition, he's worked in sales executive roles within technology and financial research companies, as well as for a public relations firm, for which he consulted with one of the globe’s leading sustainability initiatives. Currently living in Central California, he’s traveled to 70-plus countries and has lived and worked in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

Leon’s an alum of Fresno State, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California's Marshall Business School. He enjoys traveling abroad as well as exploring California’s Central Coast and the Sierra Nevadas.

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