Global Conference for Social Change - United Nations: Turning Social Responsibility Into Social Action November 18-19 in New York

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Honoring the Top Leaders of Change - visionary, inspirational leaders, who through their actions exemplify how leadership, creativity and innovation can engage in initiatives that solve social problems. The 2010 Top Leaders of Change include: Coca-Cola, Nike, Anvil Knitwear, Calvert Investments, Groupo Santander Bank Brazil, Ceres, Interface, Dow Chemical, Groupe Danone, Stonyfield Farm and Reebok. Special honorees include: Sir Richard Branson, Shakira and Quincy Jones.

2010 Leaders of Change

“This year’s Leaders of Change honorees are an exemplary group of individuals and organizations who represent the strong leadership role needed to address social issues,” said Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP. “Corporate engagement is essential to

The Foundation for Social Change (FSC) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) announce today the 2010 Leaders of Change to be honored at the annual Global Conference for Social Change: Turning Social Responsibility Into Social Action on November 18-19 in New York.

The Global Conference for Social Change will recognize visionary, inspirational leaders, who through their actions exemplify how leadership, creativity and innovation can engage in initiatives that solve social problems.

The Conference goes beyond traditional corporate responsibility, and demonstrates how taking ‘social action’ is more effective to opening up new markets, using innovative technologies and developing cross-sector partnerships that positively impact social issues.

“This year’s Leaders of Change honorees are an exemplary group of individuals and organizations who represent the strong leadership role needed to address social issues,” said Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP. “Corporate engagement is essential to the international community’s efforts to alleviate poverty, ensure clean water, and help underserved populations realize healthy living. We want to recognize the creativity, technology and resources that the private sector brings to our collective efforts in solving social problems.”

The 2010 Leaders of Change awardees include: Coca-Cola (clean water initiative), Nike (sustainability & education), Anvil Knitwear (sustainability), Calvert Investments (social responsible investing), Groupo Santander Bank Brazil (ethics and transparency), Ceres (climate change), Interface (environment) Dow Chemical (sustainability), Groupe Danone (social business), Stonyfield Farm (sustainability), and Reebok (human rights).

The deadline for meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is set for 2015, and the United Nations supports the efforts of the private sector to take a more active role to achieving these Goals.

Nike is pleased to be recognized as a Leader of Change for our work on sustainable innovation and Considered Design,” said Hannah Jones, Nike VP Sustainable Business and Innovation. “We are well on the way to creating all our products to be more sustainable while also working towards a vision of a closed-loop business model where there is zero waste in the supply chain and products can be continuously reused.

The format for the Global Conference for Social Change is two-fold: the Leaders of Change each present their case studies of successful engagements – detailing the vision, strategy, implementation, and partners involved – those who benefited and the measurable social impact results; and then afternoon workshops focus on a deeper discussion of specific issues. Attendees to the Conference will be senior business leaders from multinational corporations, foundations and non-profits.

The Leaders of Change will be presented the “Leader of Change” award at an evening presentation following the day Conference program on November 18. Grammy-winner, Patti Austin, and feature the “Social Change Artists” – young visual and performing artists involved in social action, will host the Awards Presentation. On November 19, a panel discussion and presentations of corporate responsible programs will be offered.

A committee consisting of representatives from United Nations, World Economic Forum, Grameen Creative Lab, NYU Stern School of Business, and the Foundation for Social Change chose the Leaders of Change awardees.

Strategic Partners include:     
NYU Stern School of Business
Grameen Creative Labs
85 Broads

Sponsored by: GE

For further information, and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Louise M. Guido | CEO | Foundation for Social Change
lguido(at)foundationchange(dot)org
Tel: 212.203.2122

To register: http://fscglobal.eventbrite.com

About the Foundation for Social Change
The Foundation for Social Change mission is to educate executives and business leaders that social innovation – social action – can benefit both their bottom line and address critical social issues. Our educational programs and collaborative platforms demonstrate how social action outperforms traditional corporate responsibility to deliver triple bottom line returns: Social. Environmental. Financial. FSC does this through “Leadership for Social Change” executive education courses at major universities throughout the world, including NYU, Oxford, and many others. In addition, it convenes the leaders from the business sector, non-profit and government to exchange ideas, share best practices and showcase successful social action programs, and events such as the Global Conference for Social Change showcase examples of good work.

About the United Nations Office for Partnerships
The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a gateway for collaboration between the private sector and foundations, and the United Nations family. It promotes new partnerships and alliances in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals and provides support to new initiatives of the Secretary-General.

Global Conference for Social Change
November 18-19, 2010
One United Nations Plaza
Millennium UN Plaza Hotel
New York, NY 10017

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