This event is postponed for a date in Spring 2020 TBD due to PG&E Power Outages and UC Berkeley Campus Closure


Berkeley Law’s Business in Society Institute and Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence invite you to join us on October 10th for a symposium on the private sector’s role in addressing gun violence in America. Corporate engagement on this issue is growing, yet the topic remains an under-researched and under-resourced area among companies. With gun violence prevention of great importance to employees and customers, many private sector leaders today face questions around whether and how to engage. As a leading public institution, convening thought leadership on issues of public concern is core to UC Berkeley’s mission. In furtherance of that mission, we invite you to a symposium of companies, investors, policy experts, and academics to discuss and debate the private sector’s recent engagement on gun violence.

This symposium will be followed by a dinner with a keynote address by Levi Strauss & Co. President & Chief Executive Officer,  Chip Bergh.

Register here for The Private Sector’s Rising Voice In Gun Violence Prevention symposium. 


Highlights Include: 

  • Edelman, the Global Communications firm that publishes the Trust Barometer will present data from their new ground-breaking report Business Leadership + Anti-Gun Violence In America. As reported by Axios, this report encourages CEOs to act on guns.
  • Faith-based investors have been advocating for gun violence prevention for decades. We will hear from Sister Judy Byron from Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and Laura Krausa from Catholic Health Initiatives who made headlines for their work on the first two successful shareholder proposals against U.S. gun manufacturers Sturm, Ruger, and Co., and American Outdoor Brands.
  • As recently reported by the New York Times, New Jersey has adopted a novel gun strategy with Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 83 to pressure banks and retailers to impose safety requirements. Bill Castner, Senior Advisor to Governor Phil Murphy on Firearms will discuss what prompted this Executive Order, the public reaction, and the mechanics of operationalizing it.
  • Leaders from companies will share strategies for gun violence prevention from companies on the vanguard of this movement including Levi Strauss & Co., Tom’s,  and Postmates.

Full agenda available here.

Program Details



A convening of companies, investors, policy experts, and academics to share strategies for the private sector’s recent engagement on gun violence prevention.


October 10 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Spieker Forum, Chou Hall, Haas School of Business, Cheit Ln, Berkeley, CA 94720


To share innovative ways and provide guidance on how companies can engage in gun violence prevention. 


If you plan to drive, please allow additional time to locate a parking space and walk to the venue. The closest parking lot can be found at the Stadium Parking garage (2175 Gayley Road, Berkeley CA, 94720) at a daily rate of $25. You may reserve your parking in advance through this link.


Below are hotels located either on or within short walks to the university.

Bancroft Hotel

Address: 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Phone: (800) 549-1002


Claremont Hotel

Address:  41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley, CA 94705

Phone: (510) 843-3000

The Faculty Club

Address: UC Berkeley Campus, CA 94720

Phone: (510) 540-5678, ext. 0


Graduate Berkeley

Address: 2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 845-8981


Women’s Faculty Club

Address: UC Berkeley Campus, CA 94720

Phone: (510) 642-4175




Nearest Airports:

Oakland International Airport
1 Airport Dr, Oakland, CA 94621

San Francisco International Airport
Highway 101, San Francisco, CA 94128

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