Leading Finance Officers to Headline CFO Green Conference

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CFO Conferences has announced the speaker and topic line-up for The CFO Green Conference, a new event on environmental issues and strategies as they affect corporations. The conference is scheduled for March 26, 2008, at Intercontinental The Barclay New York hotel in New York City. Costs, regulations, and stakeholder expectations will be addressed.

CFO Conferences has announced the speaker and topic line-up for The CFO Green Conference, a new event on environmental issues and strategies as they affect corporations. The conference is scheduled for March 26, 2008, at Intercontinental The Barclay New York hotel in New York City.

"Although there have been a number of events with a 'green' theme, this is the first to be designed especially for CFOs and to concentrate specifically on the implications for corporate finance," said Mary Driscoll, president and editorial director of CFO Conferences, a unit of CFO Publishing Corp., which also publishes the award-winning CFO magazine and CFO.com Web site. "Companies will experiment with a range of environmental and sustainability policies - some sensible, some silly - before they get it right. The CFO, the voice of reason, will need to be very involved, helping to guide the process and helping the CEO to forge a sound environmental performance management model."

The announced speakers and panelists for The CFO Green Conference include chief financial officers as well as sustainability and environmental policy officers of a number of major corporations. In addition, the conference will feature several well-known experts on environmental business and legal issues. The speakers confirmed by CFO Conferences include:

  •     Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense; Author, Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming
  •     Dave Burritt, VP and CFO, Caterpillar Inc.
  •     Lauralee Martin, CFO and Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
  •     Patricia McKay, EVP and CFO, Office Depot
  •     Bruce Nolop, CFO, Pitney Bowes
  •     Karen Flanders, Director, Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company
  •     Mark Newton, Environmental Policy Manager, Dell
  •     Ronald Wolfsheimer, SVP, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Calvert Group, Ltd.; Treasurer, Calvert Funds
  •     C. Gregory Rogers, JD, CPA; President, Advanced Environmental Dimensions; Author of Financial Reporting of Environmental Liabilities and Risks after Sarbanes Oxley
  •     Rick Adcock, SVP for Origination & Investment, Climate Leaders Fund
  •     Andrea Moffat, Director, Corporate Programs, Ceres

Driscoll continued: "The call for 'green business practices' is a legitimate wake-up call for CEOs and CFOs alike. With influencers like Wal-Mart and Dell setting the pace, companies' best customers will soon be demanding reliable audits of energy consumption patterns in supply chains, in factories and offices, and in fleets. That's just for starters.

"Stricter SEC regulations on calculation and disclosure of environmental performance loom large. Congress will, no doubt about it, pass new laws to force the business community to step up. And the pressure from investors and employees will just get stronger. Sticky issues range from climate change risk, to valuing carbon credits, to the tangible economic benefits of going green. These are real issues, with implications that have very serious business and financial consequences if not immediately addressed. And we hope our conference will help provide authoritative and practical information for CFOs looking for answers to such questions as:

"What's real and what's merely 'greenwashing'?

"With shareholders, customers, employees and regulators clamoring for greater transparency, what must CFOs understand and consider when creating environmental performance measurement, management and disclosure protocols?

"In strictly financial terms, how can you save money by reducing energy consumption? And where are the opportunities for green-related investment profits? How can you find out everything you need to know about carbon trading?

"We're looking to provide a forum for networking, learning, and benchmarking among senior corporate executives," said Driscoll. "We know the CFO audience very well, and they have come to expect quality events from us."

More information about the conference can be found at http://www.thegreencfo.com

About CFO Conferences:
CFO Conferences is the events unit of CFO magazine. The unit produces CFO Rising, CFO Rising West, and other conferences for corporate finance executives. CFO Conferences, CFO magazine and CFO.com are part of CFO Publishing Corp., an Economist Group business.

Contact info:     
Randall A. Byrn
inquiries @ cfo.com
(212) 554-0625
http://www.cfoconferences.com

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