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Annual Practice Forum

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business Annual Practice Forum is an invitation-only, hands-on exchange with the vision of creating a better world through better business.

The Annual Practice Forum is an invitation-only, hands-on exchange with the vision of creating a better world through better business.

It is one of the only convenings on the topic that brings together the corporate sustainability and investor community to discuss how companies can better track and monetize their sustainability performance and allow the financial community to make better investment decisions. Participants leave with a new understanding of how sustainability returns are driven by innovation, operational efficiency, employee engagement, brand enhancement and risk mitigation. The Fourth Annual Practice Forum in March 2021 is sponsored by Glenmede, Investindustrial, and Qintess, and Media Sponsor Harvard Business Review (HBR).

The 2021 program included:

From the Board to Employee to the Consumer: NYU Stern CSB’s Research Provides Practical Sustainability Insights and Tools
Tensie Whelan, Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Consumers Lean Green, Even in Crisis: Insights on CPGs and Sustainability Marketing
Groundbreaking research on CSB's 2021 Sustainability Market Share Index™
Raphael Bemporad, Founding Partner, BBMG
Jane Ewing, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Walmart
Randi Kronthal-Sacco, Senior Scholar of Marketing, NYU Stern CSB

Excellence in ESG Implementation: Building Trust, Positive Societal Impact and Competitive Advantage
Tim Ryan, US Chairman, PwC
Adi Ignatius, Editor-in-Chief, HBR

How the Apparel Industry's Sustainability Investments Are Creating Financial Value
Recent case studies tracking the Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™)
Eric Fisch, National Sector Head of Retail and Apparel, HSBC Bank USA
Cynthia Power, Director of Renew, EILEEN FISHER
Sophie Rifkin, Director, Corporate Research and Engagement, NYU Stern CSB
Kathleen Talbot, Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Operations, Reformation
Matthew Thurston, Director of Sustainability, REI

IMAGINE Courageous Collective: Business Leaders Driving Action
Valerie Keller, Co-Founder & CEO, IMAGINE
Paul Polman, Co-Founder & Chair, IMAGINE

Innovations in Sustainable Investing
Tony Davis, CEO, Inherent Group
Gordon Fowler, President and CEO, Glenmede
Gillian Tett, Chair Editorial Board, Editor-at-large, US, Financial Times

Technology for People, Planet, and Profits
Nana Baffour, CEO, Qintess
Samir Goel, Co-Founder, Esusu Financial, Inc.
David Goldhill, Founder and CEO, Sesame
Micah Kotch, Managing Director, URBAN-X

Note: The Practice Forum is invitation-only and intended for executives and investors who work in fields related to corporate sustainability, ESG investing, and/or sustainable finance. To learn more or to express interest, please reach out to us at

Explore materials from past practice forums

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2020 Practice Forum: Building the Financial Case for Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™)

See program, speakers, videos, and more from our third annual 2020 Practice Forum, sponsored HSBC Bank USA, Glenmede, Investindustrial, and Harvard Business Review.

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2019 Practice Forum: How to Assess the ROI on Sustainability for Corporate Practitioners and Investors

See program, speakers, videos, and more from our second annual 2019 Practice Forum, sponsored by Bloomberg L.P., Domtar Corporation, and Harvard Business Review.

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2018 Practice Forum: Working Together to Build the Financial Case for Sustainability

See program, speakers, videos, and more from our first annual 2018 Practice Forum, sponsored by Bloomberg L.P. and Harvard Business Review.

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CSB is grateful to the following sponsors of our Practice Forums. To inquire about future sponsorship, please reach out to