2019 CSR and Sustainability Conferences Guide

Your go-to resource for CSR (and CSR-related) conferences in 2019 is here! Gather knowledge and come together with other passionate CSR practitioners – take your next step to change the world. ­Check out this year’s Realized Worth conference list, and pin the events you want to be part of!

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February

1. CECP BOARD OF BOARDS // New York, NY
February 24, 2019

CECP’s Board of Boards, a Forbes-named top three “power player” event for CEOs, is a closed-door networking discussion. A benefit of being a CECP CEO, the event provides the opportunity for peers to discuss the business imperative for infusing stakeholder needs into core business strategy. Remarks from CEO Force for Good honorees inform board meeting-style conversations. Like last year, there will be a CEO Investor Forum featuring strategic investor presentations in the afternoon.

2. GREENBIZ19 // Phoenix, AZ
February 26 – 28, 2019

GreenBiz 19 hosts more than 1,200 of the world’s brightest thinkers and most influential sustainability leaders for an unparalleled look into the pressing challenges, emerging trends and biggest opportunities in sustainable business today.

3. BENEVITY: GOODNESS MATTERS // Palm Springs, CA
February 26 – 28, 2019

One of the coolest conferences in the CSR world that brings together people and thought leaders from brands around the world. Get insight into the evolving role of corporations as catalysts for positive change from the perspective of workplace giving and volunteering platforms.

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March

1. ACCP: THE CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP CONFERENCE 2019 // Atlanta, GA
March 3 – 6, 2019

The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) is a membership organization open to for-profit companies or corporate-funded foundations that have corporate responsibility or corporate citizenship programs. The conference features general sessions, learning labs, and, new for 2019, the influencers’ series.

General sessions are open to all registered attendees of the conference. You can expect that the conference general sessions will have broad appeal and will be an opportunity to hear from speakers of note. Be prepared to be inspired!

2. 2019 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FORUM // Washington, DC
March 6 – 7, 2019

Join the Chamber Foundation and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State (GWI) on March 6 and 7, 2019, for the ninth annual International Women’s Day Forum: The Equality Opportunity. The event gathers the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance progress, partnerships, and prosperity through gender equality around the globe.

3. SXSW – SOCIAL & GLOBAL IMPACT TRACK // Austin, TX
March 8 – 13, 2019

The Social & Global Impact Track highlights innovations and initiatives that are contributing to a better and more equitable world. From non-profits and foundations to activists and entertainers, these sessions allow those working toward social and global good to identify and share impactful ideas and knowledge.

4. NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE // Portland, OR
March 13-15, 2019

Gather together with more than 2,000 nonprofits to collaborate, innovate, and discover new ways to spark change with technology. The 19NTC in Portland is designed to help you reinvigorate your work and bring that renewed passion back to your community

5. 2019 TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING CONFERENCE // Oklahoma City, OK
March 14 – 15, 2019

Realized Worth’s obsession is the science behind transformative volunteering – how it changes our behaviors as it changes our brains. Each year, we learn more from researchers and academics in the transformative learning community as they explore all facets of how to create space for transformation.

6. THE 7TH RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS SUMMIT 2019 NEW YORK // New York, NY
March 18 – 19, 2019

Responsible business professionals from North America’s leading brands come together to discuss the impending paradigm shift and transformational change to business, industry and society.

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April

1. YourCause: CSR WORKS CONFERENCE // Austin, TX
April 2 – 3, 2019

Leaders from well-known Fortune 500 companies, responsible for engaging and measuring the impact of over 8 million employees worldwide, explore the ever-evolving challenges of bringing the workforce and nonprofit communities together. In addition to this year’s new venue and speaker line-up, guests have the chance to dive into YourCause’s plans for exciting product and service enhancements. And, of course, attendees have plenty of time to network and have fun with peers through interactive learning sessions and our evening reception.

2. 15TH ANNUAL DIVERSITY & LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE // Dallas, TX
April 8 – 10, 2019

You don’t want to miss NDC’s Annual Conference and Exposition with this year’s keynote speakers being President Obama and General Colin Powell. This year’s conference will start on April 8th with a membership only meeting. On, Tuesday, April 9th, there will be Pre-Conference events with the Full-Conference starting on Wednesday, April 10th. Join us in learning about the power of Diversity and Inclusion.

3. 2019 CONFERENCE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GRANTMAKERS // San Mateo, CA
April 23, 2019

NCG’s Annual Conference is the region’s premier convening for philanthropy, bringing together more than 400 of your peers from family and private foundations, corporate giving, and government funders. It might be the most fun you’ll have in a hotel meeting room all year. Join to build your network, get inspired, tweak your practice, and connect your work to critical, timely issues.

4. BCCCC INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP CONFERENCE // Dallas, TX
April 28 – 30, 2019

At the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship—along with convening sponsor Mary Kay—invite you to connect with expert colleagues. You’ll learn practical strategies for deepening engagement, discover tactics to unleash the full power of your teams by connecting them with your unique purpose, and be inspired to set and achieve ambitious goals in community involvement, environmental sustainability, and more. More than 600 corporate citizenship professionals convene in an environment that welcomes discussion and learning.

5. LEADING TOGETHER 2019 // Miami, FL
April 29 – May 1, 2019

Leading Together 2019 is a gathering of leaders in philanthropy and other influencers in business, government, and academia eager to connect, learn, and share with one another.

6. 2019 CERES CONFERENCE // San Francisco, CA
April 29 – May 1, 2019

The Ceres Conference 2019 brings together more than 600 influential investors, senior corporate executives, policy makers and capital market leaders to reaffirm the business case for sustainability. Share best practices that empower leadership, build solutions, and drive change.

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May

1. 2019 INCLUSIVE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE // San Fransisco, CA
May 6 – 7, 2019

HCI’s 2019 Inclusive Diversity Conference will show you how to leverage neuroscience, data and simple behavioral design to make diversity and inclusion part of your everyday organizational culture. Get tools and best practices that have been wildly successful for both small and large organizations. Learn how to help your workforce adapt to new attitudes and organizational values. Uncover strategies you can implement right away, touch points for difficult conversations, and change management techniques to guide people to true acceptance.

2. 2019 SHARED VALUE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT // Boston, MA
May 7 – 8, 2019

As global companies embrace and promote a purpose-driven culture, shared value thinking and practice provides visionary leaders with a framework to transform a culture focused on shareholder value to one that proactively leverages the innovation and collaboration needed to maximize business and societal impacts. At this conference, you commit to building a shared value culture that delivers on the promise of purpose.

3. GLOBAL PRO BONO SUMMIT // New York City, NY
May 7 – 9, 2019

The Global Pro Bono Summit is the annual gathering of leaders from across sectors and professions with a shared vision to make the talents and skills of the business community accessible to organizations serving the collective good.

4. ENGAGE BUSINESS MEDIA 2019 EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT // London, UK
May 10, 2019

With research showing that organizations are facing a radically shifting context for the workforce, the workplace, and the world of work, employee engagement teams are faced with several converging issues that drive the need to ‘rewrite the rules’ of engagement. For this reason, this conference has collated the best of the best within the industry to share their stories with you as to how they’ve successfully led their organization through disruptive times.

5. CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP CONFERENCE // Toronto, ON
May 14, 2019

The Corporate Partnership Conference will explore the entire corporate partnership spectrum. From philanthropy to sponsorship to cause marketing and, everything in between. Experts from across Canada will be sharing their knowledge and best practices relating to how charities and brands work together to expand each other’s missions.

6. 2019 SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS CONGRESS // Berlin, Germany
May 15 – 16, 2019

The 2019 Sustainability Leaders Congress boasts a C-suite level of speakers, made up of best-in-class Sustainability and CSR leaders looking to share their proven and repeatable results in their industries for the benefit of all. An event that brings you innovative concepts from speakers and organizations that are thinking ahead of the curve, where audience members can discuss advanced Sustainability and CSR practices developed and applied by the top of the sector, and can practically apply these once back in their workplace.

7. ENGAGE FOR GOOD 2019 // Chicago, IL
May 29 – 30, 2019

‘Making Good Work’ for your brand is easier said than done. At EFG2019, you’ll learn from top brand leaders about successfully combining purpose and profit. Plus, you’ll compare notes with peers on what’s working (and what’s not), get a better grasp of top social impact trends and get inspired to infuse your organization’s social good efforts with new life and creativity.

8. GLOBAL CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY SUMMIT // London, UK
May TBD, 2019

CCR is proud to announce that it will host its first Global CR Summit in 2019! More information about this event will be posted soon.

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June

1. SOCIAL INNOVATION SUMMIT 2019 // Los Angeles, CA
June 4 – 5, 2019

The Social Innovation Summit is an annual global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers who come together to not only talk about, but to build the next big thing. This event presents perspectives and ideas that we don’t typically see covered at other conferences – we recommend it if you’re looking to shake things up. As the world leaders descend upon New York city for the united nations general assembly, SIS will host a series of intimate VIP events to provide a platform for dialogue and partnership development.

2. IMAGINE YOUR WORKPLACE CONFERENCE // Toronto, ON
June 5-6, 2019

Employee engagement and well-being are pivotal to a thriving workplace. This event addresses employee productivity by delivering and examining trendsetting information on leading, managing, culture and wellness. Imagine your organization was on the leading-edge of people practices — what would it look like? What cutting-edge techniques would you apply to get your employees as healthy, inspired and productive as possible? Through the blending of science and the art of implementing best practices, learn how to inject unprecedented productivity into the soul of your organization.

3. 18th ANNUAL CHARITIES@WORK EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT // New York, NY
June 12 – 13, 2019

C@W is back this year to engage corporate responsibility professionals and industry experts to discuss the latest ideas on enhancing employee engagement and citizenship initiatives. Stay tuned for more details on this great event!

4. POINTS OF LIGHT CONFERENCE // St. Paul, MN
June 18 – 20, 2019

Points of Light brings together thousands of people who really care about the future of volunteer service in one place to work together and get inspired by one another – and to figure out how to increase the number of volunteers in the world and the impact of their work. This is a great event for nonprofits and for businesses who are new to the world of giving and volunteering.

5. IGNITE WELLNESS SUMMIT // Washington, DC
June 26 – 27, 2019

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with the American Heart Association, will convene business, nonprofit, and government leaders for a summit on how to build healthier communities.

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July

1. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION CONFERENCE // Brooklyn, NY
July 4 – 5, 2019

By attending this conference, you will:

  • Find out how your D&I strategy can align to support both business and culture.
  • Learn how to create a culture of respect that mitigates against bullying and harassment.
  • Discover ways to recognize unconscious bias within yourself, others, and the organization.
  • Identify areas where leadership needs to change in order to become more inclusive.
  • Explore ideas for expanding D&I efforts to include mental health and faith support.
  • Hear stories and best practices for engaging allies for greater impact.
  • Examine new ways to apply analytics to increase D&I effectiveness.
  • Benchmark, collaborate, and network with your peers.

2. THE 7TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT // Brighton, UK
July 9 – 10, 2019

The conference theme for ECSEE2019 is Independence & Interdependence, and we hope and expect this important thematic lens to encourage wide reflections on the importance and interrelation of such concepts as autonomy and identity, rights and responsibilities, and power and control; and within a variety of contexts from politics and geopolitics to energy, sustainability and the environment; and from education, technology and logistics, to culture and language; from psychology and security, to considerations of equity and justice.

3. SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT // New York, NY
July 16 – 17, 2019

The Summit enables peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading sustainability practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the major challenges that corporate sustainability professionals face.

4. 8TH ANNUAL BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS CONFERENCE // Washington, DC
July 23 – 24, 2019

The Chamber Foundation and its Federal Partners will host the 8th Annual Building Resilience through Private-Public Partnerships (PPP) Conference. The conference will examine best practices among all sectors coming out of recent disasters, and the opportunity for the private sector’s continued support to build a culture of resilience.

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September

1. 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT // Rome, Italy
September 4 – 5, 2019

The 7th ICSD 2019 is an excellent opportunity to share your ideas and research findings relevant to sustainable development. ICSD is where those interested and involved in sustainable sciences come together to create a unified foundation for sustainable development through research, practice and education.

2. C SUMMIT // Munich, Germany
September 11 – 12, 2019

The C Summit is Europe’s first and ultimate event for everyone working in corporate foundations and with social investors. This is the conference for you if you’re keen on being part of a strong European network and improving practices around how corporate assets can be more effectively leveraged to create social impact. This year’s C Summit is organized under the theme of strategic alignment. This 1.5-day event explores how to align your company’s strategic goals with social impact objectives to help you achieve your social impact ambitions, and to help the company learn from you.

3. INNOVATIONS IN SOCIAL IMPACT MEASUREMENT SYMPOSIUM // San Francisco, CA
September 19, 2019

Tetra Tech DPK is holding a one day CSR conference in San Francisco with a specific focus on improved and reliable measurement of the results of social impact investments. Symposium will review how to develop a strategy for identifying and addressing non-technical risks (NTR), measure impact and improve it.  The event will consist of a keynote speaker, a skills development workshop, panel discussions with speakers from Salesforce.org, IBM, BSR and more.

4. SKILLS FOR CHANGE: DIVERSITY@WORK 2019 // Toronto, ON
September 20, 2019

Many organizations create and include workplace diversity and inclusion policy in the HR manual. However, policies alone may not be enough to build a diverse and inclusive workplace. Diversity and Inclusion are not merely a box-ticking or reading exercise. Equity and diversity can bring with them many intersecting challenges, uncertainty, and grey areas. We need to know how we can work together to build an inclusive culture in the workplace. How do we get there?

5. 2019 CONCORDIA ANNUAL SUMMIT // New York, NY
September 22 – 24, 2019

Bringing together decision-makers and opinion-formers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as the next generation of partnership-builders, the Annual Summit advances critical global discussions and transformed conversations into action. The summit provides a powerful forum to catalyze action through shared value approaches and social impact objectives.

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October

1. ACCP: THE FORUM 2019 // Boston, MA
October 2 – 5, 2019

The ACCP Forum is an interactive two-and-a-half-day program targeted toward corporate citizenship professionals with limited experience. During this intensive, two-and-a-half-day workshop, you will gain understanding of topics such as: the strategy of giving, employee engagement, signature programs, cause branding & cause marketing, matching gift campaigns

2. ETHICAL CORPORATION: THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS SUMMIT WEST // San Diego, CA
October 9 – 10, 2019

The Responsible Business Summit West focuses on what business needs to do to show leadership on key social and environmental challenges and opportunities. We will bring together 250+ CEOs, business leaders, investors, Government representatives and NGOs to provide the blueprint for innovations and understand the latest technologies that are shaping the future of responsible business.

3. BBCON 2019 // Nashville, TN
October 15 – 17, 2019

Join thousands of fundraisers, marketers, administrators, executives, and industry thought leaders from across the social good community to get inspired by today’s trends and tomorrow’s tech innovations, and become part of a thriving, connected community.

4. WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AND BUSINESS // Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
October 20 – 22, 2019

Women in Leadership and Business is committed to leadership and business development for leaders of all ages and abilities. Attend for aspirational messages, practical approaches and plenty of time to learn from each other. Develop new skills by doing and make lasting connections to grow your business and advance your career!

5. INFLUENCE NATION SUMMIT 2019 // New York, NY
October 24, 2019

The Influence Nation Summit explores how companies and causes persuade action, challenge thinking and build public support for today’s social movements. At the summit, we discuss the drivers behind social movements today – messaging, pop culture, networks, technology – and examine effective approaches to lead people from understanding to action.

6. NET IMPACT19 // Detroit, MI
October 24 – 26, 2019

Net Impact is mobilizing a new generation of leaders to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world. This year’s conference addresses trends and challenges head on as we move toward creative and innovative solutions.

7. 3BL Forum: BRANDS TAKING STANDS // Oxon Hill, MD
October 29 – 30, 2019

The theme for 3BL Forum is “Brands Taking Stands – What’s Next,” focusing on the business drivers behind innovative and impactful corporate responsibility programs that are increasingly including social activism.

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November

1. BSR CONFERENCE 2019 // San Jose, CA
November 12 – 14, 2019

The annual BSR Conference provides a space for thought-provoking conversations, and participants work together to identify solutions to some of the world’s most complex global challenges. The conference convenes over 800 participants from around the world, including senior executives from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and governments. Be a part of it and help your company define its own blueprint for sustainability.

2. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SUMMIT // New Orleans, LA
November 12 – 13, 2019

AACSB International (AACSB), a global nonprofit association, connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. This day and a half event is not for those who need convincing that there is more to do but rather for those who are seeking the tools, data, best practices, and insights to convince others of the rationale for change, and the strategies and confidence to implement new approaches in the interest of a more inclusive workplace, and ultimately more inclusive mindsets and collaborations. Participants will hear from speakers who have successfully led efforts to make companies, schools, and mindsets more inclusive. They will also learn from one another in workshop-style sessions aimed at helping them explore actions and strategies they can take back to their own institutions.

3. 2019 CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP CONFERENCE // Washington, DC
November 13 – 14, 2019

The 2019 Corporate Citizenship Conference will convene business leaders and cross-sector visionaries to explore how to create a greater impact through collaboration.

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Year-Round Event Series

1. SUSTAINABLE BRANDS EVENTS //
January 24, 2019 | Copenhagen, Denmark
March 6-7, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan
April 3-4, 2019 | Istanbul, Turkey
April 23-25, 2019 | Paris, France
June 3-6, 2019 | Detroit, MI
October 7-9, 2019 | Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 18-20, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA       

Sustainable Brands events connects professionals from different perspectives and disciplines in an optimistic, collaborative environment and creates a shared vision of what is possible. Anyone headed to one of these gatherings this year? We’d love to see you there!

2. 2019 INSTITUTE FOR CSR // Washington, DC
March 21 – 22, May 9 – 10, July 25 – 26, September 26 – 27, 2019

Over the course of four, two-day sessions (starting in March), participants learn from some of the field’s most innovative thinkers, authors, and practitioners, expand their professional networks learning alongside CSR peers from across the country, all while earning a Professional Certificate in CSR from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Session 1 – March 21-22, 2019
  • Session 2 – May 9-10, 2019
  • Session 3 – July 25-26, 2019
  • Session 4 – September 26-27, 2019

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Upcoming Events in 2019-2020

1. 26TH IAVE WORLD VOLUNTEER CONFERENCE // UAE
TBD, 2020

The International Association for Volunteer Effort is pleased to announce the United Arab Emirates as the host country of the 26th IAVE World Volunteer Conference. After a rigorous selection process, the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi has been chosen as the host organization for this premier global event, to take place in 2020. Conference description to come!


If you notice CSR or sustainability events we missed, or if you’re privy to updated details, please email us at contact@realizedworth.com and be sure to include the date, location, and link. Please note that the descriptions are summarized from the corresponding event’s website and do not necessarily reflect RW’s views.

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