8:00 AM -

 9:00 AM

CGI America Networking Breakfast


8:00 AM -

 9:00 PM


Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:00 AM

Conversations on Courage: Humanitarian Leadership in Action

CGI will convene separate one-on-one conversations with two of the most visionary peacebuilders of our time, Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi. This session will begin with a conversation with Desmond Tutu, who will highlight a wide range of innovative human rights initiatives, including his recent work to end child marriage. Next, this session will feature a live, remote broadcast discussion with Aung San Suu Kyi, the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. Drawing upon her own struggles for human rights, democratic governance, and ethnic reconciliation, Suu Kyi will highlight strategic actions that CGI members can take on these issues.

Action Network

10:30 AM -

 11:45 AM

Employee Engagement Action Network

Today, employees want to work for companies with values that reflect their own. This Action Network will explore how companies can develop human capital; impact global issues such as access to education, economic empowerment, and global health; and provide employees with opportunities to make a difference. The network will develop strategies for building connections between a company and its stakeholders while building employee skills, competencies, morale, and motivation. This meeting will continue the network’s focus on partnering in an International Corporate Volunteering (ICV) project to pilot practices that support the development of in-house ICV programs and strategies.


Investing in Girls and Women at Home and Abroad

This Action Network has met throughout 2011 to bring together business, government, and civil society to increase girls’ and women’s economic empowerment around the world. The network has worked on supporting existing commitments within the CGI portfolio focused on girls’ and women’s empowerment as well as catalyzing action through new partnerships. This network will focus on new areas to explore for commitment development. CGI has reviewed its extensive portfolio of commitments focused on girls and women and has identified the following areas to drive action and develop change: urban development, corporate supply chain, environment, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, research, and new business models.


Starting Off Right: Early Childhood Education

Access to high-quality early childhood education (ECE) is increasingly recognized as one of the most important components in a child’s overall development and success in society. Children who are exposed to a culture of learning at an early age have a far greater chance of success and less need for expensive and less-effective interventions later in life. The need for quality ECE has no borders, and certain standards should be implemented globally for both boys and girls in accordance with guidelines set by Education for All (EFA). This Action Network will focus on exploring new areas for commitment development, particularly in addressing how to effectively reach children, technology’s role in advancing educational outreach, and vital content material in ECE.

Small Group Discussions

10:30 AM -

 11:45 AM

Eco-logic: Protecting Earth’s Vital Systems

Forests, watersheds, and other biologically diverse Earth systems produce an estimated $33 trillion in “free” goods and services for communities, and the global economy, and their long-term health is vital to long-term human security and economic priorities. Yet, most of these systems are in decline, as today’s markets fail to value most services they provide. This discussion will explore options for “pricing the priceless” and incentivizing more rational, “eco-logical” decisions that do not jeopardize these vital systems for short-term economic gain.


Energy and Consumption

To ensure long-term global energy security and to curb the effects of climate change, the global community must act to address the consistently high energy use in developed countries and rapid growth in energy demand among emerging economies. Business leaders are particularly poised to tackle the rampant consumption of fossil fuels. For the private sector, addressing energy consumption carries with it the challenge of adopting new practices, but, at the same time, creates opportunities for bottom-line savings. This session will explore strategies and initiatives developed by companies to diversify the sourcing of energy to include renewables and to adopt energy efficiency technologies and practices in the production and delivery of goods and services.


Measuring True Cost: Building the Sustainable Business

Current pricing structures focus primarily on cash flow rather than quality of life and resources along the value chain. The burden of externalized costs – such as pollution, disease, and destruction of natural resources – often falls on the most fragile and disenfranchised people and ecosystems, resulting in products that are priced far below their collective impact on the planet. This session will seek to learn from two decades of experience in developing and applying corporate sustainability tools to address the urgent challenges of sustainable consumption. How can business and society reframe how value is created and measured? What new metrics would assist companies in adapting their business model to support sustainable consumption while growing profits?


Open Source Solutions: Technology for Sustainable Consumption

As more companies seek to source and produce with sustainable processes, it is increasingly important for business leaders to share innovations, best practices, data and intellectual property in order to solve inefficiencies and expand markets for new products. Open source solutions can serve as a tool for collaboration on research, supply chains, and design, which allows for development and maintenance by a greater community to encourage a sustainable economy. This session will explore technology’s role in driving forward more sustainable product lines and consumption patterns through the use of open source tools.


Smart Cities: Solutions for an Urban Planet

In an age of rapid urbanization, cities around the world face increasing stress on their infrastructure and resource supply. What are some of the most promising examples of healthy, innovative, and sustainable cities? What are their commonalities? What sets them apart? This small group discussion will focus on building effective transportation, housing, infrastructure, and energy systems on an increasingly urban planet.


Sustainable Food Systems

As the food supply necessary to feed a growing global population increases, so too does the burden shouldered by the natural environment. Concurrently, as the effects of a changing climate, scarce resources, and infertile land undermine adequate harvests, farmers must shift to employ new strategies to mitigate these challenges. Though the crisis in the Horn of Africa has a multitude of causes, extreme drought, and devastating food shortages bring the need for more sustainable food systems that both empower local communities and preserve our natural environment into sharp focus.

Sustainable Consumption Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM -

 1:30 PM

Form and Function: Designing for Humanity

Resource constraints and global competition are driving design processes that must account for limited material inputs, and consumers and producers must adapt to new definitions of value based on concept and quality instead of quantity. Consumption decisions are informed as much by utility, price, and convenience as they are by aesthetics. People across all socioeconomic strata consume in response to their needs as well as their tastes, and increasingly we are reforming and adapting our products, services, and built environments to make them healthier – and happier. This panel will be structured as a multimedia expo of design concepts, allowing for 4 to 5 innovative presentations highlighting design decisions that serve both form and function.


Securing Global Nutrition

While hunger and undernutrition remain persistent problems for the poorest populations of the world, inequities in food production and distribution have most recently been dramatically pronounced in the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. Events such as the drought that has ravaged livestock and crop production in East Africa will continue to create extreme nutrition shortfalls if the overarching challenges to food production and consumption are not addressed. Logistics, financing, and trade policy, as well as climate resilience, water, and agriculture technology should each be addressed as drivers of our collective ability to feed the world. Working to meet the needs for food distribution in times of emergency, it is essential that governments, businesses, and NGOs also collaborate for long-term nutritional security. Delivery systems that provide immediate relief in the form of fortified, high-nutrient food aid can be improved to support local production and market access for small farmers while ultimately reducing the devastating, long-term physical and developmental impacts of undernutrition. This session will investigate how methods to assuage short-term food crises might be strengthened to generate more nutritious foods with fewer inputs and create stronger, better networks for nutrition distribution. By highlighting long-term nutritional security and prioritizing more nutritious agricultural harvests and access to more affordable nutritious calories, we can ensure that the crucial link between food systems and public health is not lost.


Waste to Wealth

Every second, 52 tons of waste are deposited in landfills globally. This waste poisons the land and makes its way into the planet’s rivers and oceans, threatening wildlife and aquatic habitats. It creates toxic environments for the estimated 15 million people around the world who earn their living by gleaning recyclable materials from garbage dumps. Furthermore, the waste is largely comprised of finite resources that could have been exempt from extraction or otherwise repurposed after first use. This panel will reveal ways that organizations are leveraging their collective resources and influence to challenge current thinking on waste management and envision creative approaches to reduce the amount of material entering the waste stream. It will highlight efforts to incorporate material re-use into products and profit from waste-to-energy initiatives, as well as incorporate the recycling power of waste pickers into the formal economy.

Plenary Session

2:00 PM -

 3:15 PM

Sustainable Consumption: Redefining Business As Usual

More than ever before, the world’s population – and its ever-increasing demand for products and services – is putting pressure on the planet. In an era of rapidly depleting and finite resources, businesses and society have the opportunity to reframe how value is created and how consumption acts as a driver for economic growth. At the most basic levels, companies must take responsibility for their environmental, economic, political, and social impact across their value chains and spheres of influence. Governments, businesses, and civil society must build participatory and accountable processes with stakeholders throughout their operations, and report on their impacts in a transparent manner. However, significant change can only occur if sustainability practices are incorporated into core business models, rather than simply remaining in the realm of corporate social responsibility. Design decisions at the highest levels will drive consumer choices, and innovative marketing and branding can encourage consumer demand to drive more sustainable supply. This panel will address these opportunities and challenges through the lens of the global food business. The current food system has resulted in high prices being paid by the natural environment and by consumer health; but the opportunity exists to redefine this system. How do we ensure sustainability in an unequal world? How can we evaluate what is driving consumption patterns to determine both ethical and profitable responses to these challenges?

Special Session

3:45 PM -

 5:00 PM

Special Session: Sports as a Tool for Social Good

Sports can serve as a powerful, low-cost tool to engage youth, inspire community-building, and reach numerous development goals. Beyond their initial physical benefits, sports can establish bridges between groups in conflict, increase school attendance, expand health education, promote independence for people with disabilities, and even challenge gender norms. How have innovative athletic programs served as a launchpad for positive change, and how can such programs be scaled up further? This session will highlight the value of sports as a tool for social good and will explore how to mainstream such programs among existing development efforts. Panelists will highlight inspiring case studies and discuss opportunities for greater leadership and action among the CGI community on this issue.


Special Session: Voices for Change in the Middle East and North Africa

A complex set of local and regional factors has fueled recent political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa. Highest among them are: the “youth bulge” of educated, technologically connected young people hungry for economic opportunity; the role of girls and women – covered and uncovered, secular and religious — who have stood shoulder to shoulder with men at the vanguard of protests; and the possibility of new governance after the pivotal change in power of traditional regional regimes. What can be done to improve employment options for young people across the region? How can we support the diverse roles that girls and women have played and must play in the future of their countries? How can we help these youth and women create accountable, stable and prosperous governance across the region? This plenary will address these three crucial issues in the Middle East and North Africa, and will explore ways that CGI members can support positive regional transformation.

Action Network

5:15 PM -

 6:45 PM

Haiti Action Network

CGI member organizations responded to President Clinton’s “Call to Action” in 2008 with more than $100 million in commitments to help Haiti build back better and since then have renewed and scaled up their activities. In response to the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, this network has intensified its efforts toward long-term development and promotes partnership between CGI members active in Haiti and around the world. Since the earthquake, CGI members have made 33 commitments valued at an estimated $224 million in an effort to partner in Haiti’s recovery and growth.


Non-communicable Diseases: Next Steps for the Global Health Community

As communities in emerging economies have increasing access to global markets and patterns of consumption, many are adopting lifestyles that escalate the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. Indeed, NCDs kill nearly 35 million people each year, making them an under-recognized and critical threat. Action Network participants will discuss CGI member initiatives, explore opportunities for collaboration, and engage in a forward-facing discussion of collective efforts to address NCDs.


Scaling Sustainable Buildings

The Scaling Sustainable Buildings Action Network was convened in 2010 to mobilize the considerable resources of CGI sponsor and member organizations toward the task of bringing sustainable technology, clean energy, and energy efficiency to scale in the built environment. During the last year, these organizations have been working within this Action Network to grow the greenbuilding movement. The first of two sessions of the Scaling Sustainable Buildings Action Network will be a working session aimed at building on past efforts at CGI America and throughout the year. Participants will continue to focus on particular areas of momentum, including the financing of commercial and residential retrofits, building and aggregating demand, promoting deep sustainability in the built environment, data standards and disclosure, and disaster resilience and rebuilding. Members will drill down on existing and potential flagship commitments while reassessing the goals of the Action Network for this year.


Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing social and emotional skills, such as problem solving, empathy, and self-awareness in safe, caring, and participatory environments. School-based SEL strategies, backed by 20 years of research and recent advances in neuroscience, provide results in the form of reduced violence, positive engagement, and improved academics. Participants will explore ways to support the integration of SEL into education in the U.S. and in the developing world.

Networking Event

5:30 PM -

 7:30 PM

CGI Exchange

CGI Exchange is a forum for members to showcase the progress of their commitments at the Annual Meeting. This exhibition event is an ideal opportunity to explore partnerships, learn about commitments, and network with other members and attendees.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend CGI Exchange and can gain entry with a member credential badge. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Special Event

8:30 PM -

 10:30 PM

An Evening at the MoMA

A reception in honor of our members and the 2011 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
8:30 P.M. – 10:30 P.M.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street, New York City

All members must enter MoMA via
West 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

Business or cocktail attire