Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum 2016



Inaugurated in 2015, the Berkeley Sustainable Business & Investment Forum focuses on the evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices with a focus on long-term value creation. It is a collaboration among the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business, the Berkeley Center for Law and Business at Berkeley Law School, PepsiCo, Visa, BNY Mellon, CamberView Partners, and Intel. 

Please note that this forum will be following the Chatham House Rule.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

4:00pm to 5:30pm – Welcome and Networking Reception

5:30pm to 5:50pm – Welcome and Opening Address from BSBIF Co-Chairs

  • Steven Davidoff Solomon, Faculty Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Business

6:00pm to 7:30pm – Dinner and Keynote Session

  • Gabriela Franco Parcella, Chairman, President and CEO, Mellon Capital

Friday, October 28, 2016

7:45am to 8:15am – Registration/Breakfast

8:30am to 9:30am – Managing Sustainability

How can investors and companies effectively manage the costs and risks of participating in and reporting on sustainability efforts? This session will explore such issues as the fiduciary duties of investors, directors and managers, the costs of reporting on sustainability, and best practices for communicating sustainability to employees, customers, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

  • Susan Mac Cormac, partner in the Corporate Department of Morrison Foerster, Former SASB Board Member; Board member of BSR and member of President’s Council of CERES
  • Cynthia Nastanski, Senior Vice President, Corporate Law, PepsiCo
  • Judy Mares, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the US Dept. of Labor
  • Moderator: Amelia Miazad, Executive Director of International and Advanced Degree Programs, UC Berkeley School of Law

9:40am to 10:40am – Academic Presentation: “Corporate Sustainability: First Evidence on Materiality”

  • George Serafeim, Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Moderator: Amir Amel Zadeh, Associate Professor, University of Oxford

10:50am to 11:10pm – Networking and Coffee Break

11:20am to 12:20pm – Going Beyond Compliance

Is sustainability just about compliance or can investors and companies obtain consistent business value? This session will explore how certain sustainability efforts, such as supply chain management, retention and recruitment, and integrated reporting, may impact value beyond compliance and how investors and companies can measure that impact.  

  • Renee Beaumont, Partner, Generation Investment Management
  • Rosalind Hudnell, Vice President Intel Corporate Affairs, and President, Intel Foundation
  • Priya Mathur, CalPERS Board Member, UN Principles for Responsible Investor Board Director
  • Douglas Sabo, VP, Head of Corporate Sustainability & Philantrophy, Visa Inc.
  • Moderator: Susanne Stormer, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk

12:30pm to 2:00pm – Lunch and Keynote Session

  • Laura Tyson, Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact

2:10pm to 3:10pm – Breakout Sessions

Assessing Sustainability

  • Robert Dornau, Senior Manager, RobecoSAM  
  • Evan Harvey, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Nasdaq

Structuring Sustainability- The Board’s Role

  • Heidi DuBois, Global Head, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Finance, BNY Mellon
  • Jo Mackness, Chief Strategy & Operating Officer/Senior Assistant Dean, Haas School of Business

Researching Sustainability – Research Proposals for UC Berkeley

  • Adam Sterling, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business
  • Seren Pendleton-Knoll, Program Director, Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business

3:20pm to 3:30pm – Closing Remarks

  • Jo Mackness, Chief Strategy & Operating Officer/Senior Assistant Dean, Haas School of Business
  For inquiries, contact

Pepsico is proud to be a founding partner of the forum. 

BNY Mellon, Intel, and VISA are proud to be sponsors of the forum. 

PwC is proud to be a corporate participant at the forum.