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January 20, 2006

Business-NGO Partnerships conference

Ethical Corporation conference in New York, May 2006

Ethical Corporation

Ethical Corporation will hold a conference on "Business-NGO Partnerships" on May 9-10, 2006 in New Jersey. Over these two days, presentations from leading companies, NGOs and academics will focus on how to build and manage Business-NGO partnerships while tackling the strategy behind these partnerships.

The opening keynote speaker, Matthew Piasecki, Chief Commercial Officer at Visa International will discuss the central role of partnerships in defining business success and how partnerships between the public and private sector can deliver powerful returns on investment.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Can partnerships deliver powerful returns on investment?
  • How to build a long-term partnership: What’s the key to success?
  • How to pick the right partner
  • Negotiating the partnering agreement
  • Developing meaningful metrics for your partnership
  • Strategies for managing conflict and change in local communities
  • How to set up and maintain clear communications between the business and NGO
  • Institutionalizing stakeholder engagement: Getting started, processing feedback and measuring progress
  • Disaster Relief: How advanced partnerships can facilitate a quick and efficient response to emergency situations
  • A multistakeholder partnership to combat HIV/AIDS in Botswana


Speakers include:

  • Samuel Agili, Partnership Implementation Advisor, Shell
  • Kate Anatone, Senior Director of Social Enterprise, Timberland
  • Lou August, Manager of In-Kind Donations, American Red Cross
  • Bob Bellhouse, Executive Director, Disaster Resource Network
  • Gregory Elphinston, Community Involvement, Nokia
  • Mitch Jackson, Managing Director, Corporate and International Environmental Programs, FedEx
  • Chris Jochnick, Director, Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam America
  • Paige Kane, Director of Corporate Partnerships, City Year
  • Georg Kell, Executive Head, UN Global Compact
  • Samir Khalil, Executive Director, HIV Policy & External Affairs, Merck
  • George Macfarlane, former director of Greenpeace
  • André Madec, Public Affairs, ExxonMobil
  • Marcela Manubens, Vice President of Global Human Rights and Social Responsibility, Philips Van Heusen
  • Paul Martin, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
  • David McLaughlin, Senior Director, Environmental and Social Performance, Chiquita
  • Nancy Nielsen, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, Pfizer
  • Samuel Outlule, Ambassador of Botswana to the United Nations
  • Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development, Dupont
  • Gwen Ruta, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Environmental Defense
  • David Schilling, Director of Global Corporate Accountability Program, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  • Joe Sibilia, President of CSRwire and CEO of Meadowbrook Lane Capital
  • Dave Stangis, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Intel
  • Tensie Whelan, Executive Director, Rainforest Alliance
  • Erik Wohlgemut, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500


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