Amid the backdrop of global health, social and economic challenges, the business community has stepped up in unprecedented ways to deploy its capabilities to help in a time of need and uncertainty. This session will highlight why corporate purpose is more important now than ever and the evolving role of business in society beyond 2020.
Every day, the private sector serves as a powerful force for good in communities across the U.S. and in countries around the world. For more than 20 years, the Citizens Awards have highlighted how businesses are helping solve today’s greatest challenges and spearheading the transformation to a strong, healthy and sustainable future. The U.S. Chamber Foundation will induct three companies into the Corporate Citizenship Hall of Fame for their sustained social and environmental impact, and significant contributions to advancing the field of corporate social responsibility.
The global health crisis that has overwhelmed healthcare systems has also inspired unique partnerships that have formed in record time to meet pressing needs. Get an in-depth look at a collaboration that has met healthcare challenges in underserved communities and supported local pharmacists.
To beat the pandemic, frontline workers need tremendous support. This session will focus on pandemic response and building resilient communities worldwide with resources and technologies to fight COVID-19.
Companies in all industries have stepped up and committed to dismantling opportunity gaps to ensure that Black Americans, Latinx, other people of color and marginalized groups have greater opportunities to succeed. This session will demonstrate how business is paving the way for greater equity.
Business consistently ranks as a most trusted institution. The actions taken by business leaders to be a part of the solution to the problems we are facing can lead to a powerful ripple effect. This session will highlight how the events of 2020 have created an opportunity for institutions to lead and earn trust.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in immeasurable ways. This session will address a holistic approach to crisis management and how a focus on ESG (environmental, social and governance) can guide action.
The U.S. Chamber Foundation is a National Partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week. This session is an official GEW event.
This session features the business and innovation leaders behind the corporate accelerators, the founders who have risen through their program—and notably, their partnership by which has foreseeable power and potential to transform three industries.
Created for a corporate and startup audience, attendees can expect to learn how to enter these partnerships, what factors make either an ideal partner, how to integrate ecosystems, and what happens after a successful incubation.
The systemic inequalities ushered to the forefront over the past year have pushed us to confront the racial divides in our society. The already existing economic challenges exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest have disproportionately impacted Black entrepreneurs, with an estimated 25 to 50 percent of Black-owned businesses closing since February. A strong and thriving Black-owned business community is essential to fueling the equality of opportunity. Companies of all sizes are now hyper aware of the need for ecosystem change and growth, and are ready to make large investments in supporting the Black-owned business ecosystem as an important part of ending race-based gaps and providing opportunities for all.
The words, “You’ve got the job,” can be life changing and people returning from incarceration deserve to hear those words in order to thrive and contribute to our communities. Economic empowerment is key to making this happen. Companies can strengthen their business models, community engagement, workforce, and the economy through second chance employment but they need the tools to engage. This session will look at commitments and benchmarks that can be helpful in driving change.
This fireside chat will look at how companies can use their scale and access to innovation to help solve the challenges we face today both internally within our companies and externally, as well as how CSR engagement is intertwined.
Education systems have been upended due to the pandemic and the rise of e-learning has revealed significant tech-equity issues that can impact achievement. This session will reflect on partnerships that are helping close the digital divide and meet critical tech needs so that kids can learn.
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated elevated levels of stress and insecurity among workers, including ones who have been displaced, and their families. Companies, whether they already had supportive programs in place or not, need to be responsive to the broad-ranging and long-lasting psychological and financial impacts of the pandemic across their communities. This session will look at how the private sector can help people, particularly with their emotional, mental, and financial needs and emergencies.
The tremendous environmental, economic and resilience benefits of the circular economy make it the perfect tool to lift up and protect the livelihoods of individuals and communities across the U.S. This is especially true in light of the COVID-19 pandemic with dire supply constraints, shifting consumer patterns, and an even greater need to solve our waste problem, among other challenges. Speakers will talk through efforts to push circularity past this crucial tipping point and how it is already helping communities around the U.S.
The pandemic has increased the vulnerability of America’s homeless population and the business community can play an important role in creating innovative solutions. Learn about how a first-of-its-kind partnership between Amazon and nonprofit Mary’s Place became even more life-saving than ever expected at the start of the pandemic. This session will look at a unique collaboration in the heart of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, to support their neighbors in immediate need, and to help families transition out of homelessness.
Minneapolis was ground zero for the unrest and turmoil that began in May and subsequently swept into other communities. Since then the private sector, government and organizations in cities around the country have banded together to address systemic economic and racial inequities. They are committed to helping rebuild to be stronger than before, by listening, trusting leadership within the community, and addressing long-term systems changes. This session will profile how communities are charting their own resilient path into the future led by local voices and cross-sector collaborations, and powered by the strength and commitment of the business community.
In addition to the pandemic, economic distress, and discord on equity, unprecedented environmental disasters including wildfires and record storms have made a lasting mark on 2020. Communities are facing a new reality created by climate change as experts predict natural disasters will become more severe and more frequent. Louisiana experienced this in real time as an historic five named storms—including three hurricanes—made landfall this fall. This session will look at the increasing severity and frequency of disasters, their impact on distressed communities and what we can expect beyond 2020.
When 2020 brought seemingly insurmountable challenges to all facets of society, many anticipated private-sector climate action to come to an abrupt halt. On the contrary, we witnessed acceleration at an unprecedented clip to set and strive towards the most ambitious sustainability targets established to date and help rebuild towards a smarter future in this crucial Decade of Action. Speakers will share leading strategies on how to tread a sustainable and resilient path forward, complemented by insights from the Chamber Foundation’s Sustainability Summit Series.
We know that diversity in the supply chain results in innovation, yet in order to overcome barriers and scale their businesses, minority entrepreneurs need support and mentorship. This session will highlight innovative mechanisms to help grow minority businesses into the future.
Technology has long served as a force for change, and social media platforms like YouTube have the power to give voice to change-makers. This session will highlight how companies and creators can join forces to advance important issues.
The pandemic has enhanced the need to tell your purpose-led story. Today’s consumers make belief-driven purchases and want to support brands that align with their values but many organizations struggle with how to communicate their purpose. This fireside chat will delve into how to shape your purpose-led story and build authentic connections with your audience.