Plenary Session 3 | The New Model for Investing: Linking Enhanced Corporate Value to Sustainability and Ethical Practices

It’s not just the socially conscious investors that are looking to companies that have a reputation of leading sustainability efforts.  Savvy, large scale investors are taking notice of the attractiveness of companies investing in responsible causes and sustainable practices, creating more value for its customers and stakeholders.  CSR reports, while important and expected, will give investors and stakeholders only part of the story. The investment community is becoming much more calculated in searching for more signs of corporate struggles in governance and ethics that can signal an underlying threat to performance. Emerging indices suggest that more injection of resources in sustainability assets and commitment to a culture of good governance and building trust represent the best performing companies of today and tomorrow. This resonates with investors, regulators, and the public at large because the financial stability of the company is committed to ethical values, human capital and communities, and increased transparency.  Hear from a panel on the changing landscape of investment increasingly looking to sustainability models that can transcend traditional profits and offer competitive advantage.


  • Barbara Brown, Principal and Co-Founder, BrownFlynn



  • Catherine Blades, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Aflac


  • Jerome Harper, Vice President, Social Corporate Social Responsibility, Northern Trust Corporation


  • Andrea Illy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, illycaffè SpA


  • Mark Ohringer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Jones Lang LaSalle