Events

The Sustainability Initiative runs, supports, and promotes events throughout the school-year. We are eager to support the efforts of MIT faculty, students, and alumni, so if you have an event you would like to showcase on our website, please email sustainability@sloan.mit.edu.

We also promote a small number of events outside of MIT each year that are of high interest and value to our constituencies; if you are running an event that we should know about, please contact sustainability@sloan.mit.edu.

Click here to see some of our past events. http://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/past-events

September

Lunch Series

Sep 4

11:45AM-12:45PM

Kickoff Sustainability Initiative Lunch Series of the Year

E62-262

Join us for an information session on the Sustainability Initiative.  The lunch will include an overview of the Certificate Requirements, as well as opportunities to get involved, and an introduction to programming and job networking opportunities for the year.  

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/kgWiLS  

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Lunch Series

Sep 18

11:45AM-12:45PM

Industry Focus: Finance and Integrated Reporting

E62-262

Integrated financial reports are a way for socially responsible organizations to show performance in terms of both financial and other value relevant information.   This session will explore the current state of Integrated reporting in the marketplace: key players, cutting-edge research and the new technologies.   Featuring visiting MIT Sloan Prof. Bob Eccles, former SASB board chairman; Michael Meehan, CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative and Liv Watson, Director Workiva.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/bfboJC

Robert G. Eccles first joined the faculty in 1979 and received tenure in 1989. He left in 1993 to work in the private sector and rejoined the faculty in 2007. Right after receiving tenure, Professor Eccles started doing research on corporate reporting, a topic which remains of great interest to him from a research, managerial practice, and public policy perspective. He has written three books on this subject, The ValueReporting Revolution: Moving Beyond the Earnings Game (with Robert H. Herz, E. Mary Keegan and David M. H. Phillips), Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting (with Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr.), and One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy (with Michael P. Krzus), which is the first book on this subject. One Report was the winner of the 2010 PROSE award in the category of Business, Finance, & Management. He is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (http://www.integratedreporting.org/) and the founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) ( http://www.sasb.org). Dr. Eccles is the co-founder, with Professor George Serafeim of Harvard Business School, of the Innovating for Sustainability social movement (https://www.facebook.com/innovatingforsustainability), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Sustainable Value Creation (https://www.conference-board.org).

Michael Meehan, CEO Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the global standard-setter in sustainability reporting. GRI has a global presence through the work of its Secretariat in Amsterdam and Focal Point offices in the United States, Brazil, South Africa, China, Colombia, India and Australia.  As a CEO, senior executive and advisor in the sustainability sector for almost two decades, Michael has built and managed several successful clean-tech businesses, including Carbonetworks (2004-2010) and iVeridis Corporation (2010-2013), both of which were focused on the intersection of innovation and sustainability. Michael has also advised multinationals and governments around the world, including the White House, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the California State Senate regarding sustainability issues. Michael was voted one of the "Top CEOs to Follow" by BusinessWeek magazine and is the inventor of several clean technology patents.

Liv Watson is the Director of New Markets for Workiva, a leading provider of solutions for complex business reporting and is used by more than 65 percent of the Fortune 500. In her role at Workiva, Liv monitors and evaluates new market opportunities around the world.  Liv is an expert in corporate governance, financial reporting, corporate social reporting (CSR), Integrated Reporting (<IR>) and XBRL. She is one of the original developers of the XBRL data standard, as well as a founder of the XBRL International consortium. Working with leading market regulators, accounting associations and institutions, she serves as a global ambassador for XBRL, IFRS, CSR and <IR>, and speaks regularly at local and international events.  Prior to Workiva, Liv was Vice President of Global Strategy for EDGAR Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: EDGR) as well as a partner in a BDO Alliance firm.

Liv is also an accomplished writer and commentator, having been a co-author and contributing author on several books, among them, “XBRL for Dummies”, the “Governance, Risk and Compliance Handbook”   and "Integrated Reporting Requires Integrated Assurance" with Professor Robert Eccles of the Harvard Business School. Her articles and commentary have been published in leading business journals, including the Harvard Business Review and Strategic Finance. In 2007, one of Liv’s articles received the IMA Lybrand Silver Medal and was selected for inclusion in the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) 2007 Articles of Merit. 

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Conference

Sep 24-26

12-12AM

New Metrics Conference 2014

Royal Sonesta Hotel

As the definition of value continues to evolve, the demand for business to demonstrate its ability to create value of various forms for all stakeholders – and not just profit for shareholders – is increasing, and the question of how this value is identified, measured and communicated becomes paramount. This 2-day, in-depth discussion with some of sustainability's top minds examined leading-edge work that is expanding the way business creates, quantifies, and manages the value it delivers through the metrics it adopts. http://www.sustainablebrands.com/events/newmetrics14

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