Optional Pre-Conference BSR University Trainings, Tuesday October 24

Events and times subject to change. Sustainability training and leadership workshops. Advance registration is strongly advised.

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Best Self Leadership

To transform business, we need transformational leaders who are self-aware, emotionally intelligent, and passionate. That means finding personal purpose and aligning it with an organizational mission.

Leaders’ Quest is a social enterprise that works with leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable world. We are pleased to welcome them to BSR17 to deliver an interactive Best Self Leadership workshop. When we as leaders show up as our best selves, we invite others to do the same—and the effect is viral. We will use a simple framework to explore the dimensions of our own worst, normal, and best selves. Founded on deep experience of what makes people tick, this workshop will challenge you to understand yourself better, help colleagues do the same, and step into the best of who you are. Participants will learn the four key dimensions of best self leadership (purpose-centered, other-focused, internally-directed, and externally-open) and will learn how to use and adapt the best self framework in the office. This is a rare opportunity to participate in a self-development Quest. (Breakfast: 8-9 a.m. Training: 9-Noon.)

Who Should Attend

This event is open to all participants. Space is limited. Closed to press.



8:00 am-12:00 pm

Preparing Sustainability Strategies

Sustainability efforts will succeed to the degree that they are clear, strategic, and aligned with core business priorities. This half-day training will introduce the key tools that BSR uses to create and implement sustainability strategy for member companies and examine how they can be applied via a range of interactive exercises. We will consider how to translate external business drivers, key sustainability frameworks, and stakeholder concerns to identify the most important areas for action for your company. We will then explore how to develop an action plan that aligns with core business strategy and addresses material risks and opportunities in a clear and measurable way. (Breakfast: 8-9 a.m. Training: 9-Noon.)

Who Should Attend

Sustainability practitioners tasked with creating sustainability approaches that support business success. This event is open to corporate practitioners only. Consultants must be sponsored by a corporation and represent that corporation to attend. Unsure if these trainings are applicable to you? For questions, please contact us at conference@bsr.org.



12:00 pm-4:00 pm

The Future of Stakeholder Engagement

Companies are facing an increasingly uncertain external environment, where the media, government, civil society, and the general public are expressing concern about business ethics, values, and strategic direction. The rise of hyper-transparency necessitates stakeholder engagement approaches that are dynamic, responsive, and interactive. This half-day training will explore how an effective stakeholder engagement strategy can help companies manage risk, build trust, and identify and develop new opportunities. Participants will learn how to deploy BSR’s stakeholder engagement approach and explore the full potential of stakeholder engagement via interactive examples based on real-life case studies. (Lunch: Noon-1 p.m. Training: 1-4 p.m.)

Who Should Attend

Sustainability practitioners tasked with creating sustainability approaches that support business success. This event is open to corporate practitioners only. Consultants must be sponsored by a corporation and represent that corporation to attend. Unsure if these trainings are applicable to you? For questions, please contact us at conference@bsr.org.



12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Trends in Sustainability Reporting

Significant changes are underway in the world of sustainability reporting. Companies are grappling with an increasingly wide range of international disclosure standards and requirements, while still trying to report in ways that are resource-efficient and improve sustainability performance. This half-day interactive training will demonstrate how to evolve your sustainability reporting approach through insights on three themes that underpin successful reporting strategies: standards, comparability, and measurement. We will explore how various frameworks governing non-financial reporting complement each other and overlap, and we will review case studies that illustrate both the lessons learned over the past 25 years and the best practices for the future. Participants will take away a solid overview of sustainability reporting trends as well as practical insights to implement back at the office. (Lunch: Noon-1 p.m. Training: 1-4 p.m.)

Who Should Attend

Experienced practitioners seeking to evolve and invigorate their existing sustainability initiatives, while anticipating and responding to future trends. This event is open to corporate practitioners only. Consultants must be sponsored by a corporation and represent that corporation to attend. Unsure if these trainings are applicable to you? For questions, please contact us at conference@bsr.org.