Wednesday, February 22, 2012

45 reasons to attend the Smart Sustainabilty Reporting Conference

One-Day Conference
15th May 2012, 76 Portland Place, London

And here are the reasons to attend...

45: You can get a discount from the CSR-Reporting Blog. email me for discount code.
44: You don't have any other plans for the 15th of May, 2012.
43: You might learn something.
42: You might teach something.
41: You will hear great speakers.
40: You can heckle great speakers.
39: You get to give the Conference Chair a hard time (ahem, I can take it)
38: You will be able to ask sustainability reporting experts loads of questions.
37: You get to hear about the "most read sustainability report". Which is that? Oh, Marks and Spencer. Read it yet?
36: You will at long last understand everything there is to understand about Sustainability Reporting.
35: Attendance will count as 16 credit points in the CSR Reporting Blog Sustainability Reporting Study Program.
34: You can do lots of networking in the breaks. Or lots of breaking in the networks.
33: You get to hear how ArcelorMittal increases transparency and drives performance.
32: You will learn about strategic communication at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
31. You will be able to avoid the stress of real work for a full day.
30: You will be able to impress all your friends with acronyms such as the IIRC, DEFRA, GRI and more.
29: You will never think about your own Sustainability Report in the same way again.
28: You will hear me answer the question: Is Integrated Reporting really the Holy Grail? Hint: Err.
27: You will learn all about segmented data sets at the BBC.
26: You will be able to hear John Elkington, the guru of sustainability.
25: You will find out where integrated reporting is likely to go from Paul Druckman of the IIRC.
24: You will hear Paul Scott of debating where companies should draw the line on transparency.
23: You will be able to do some shopping in London after the conference.
22: You will hear from the most sustainable company in the world about pioneering integrated reporting. Guessed who? Novo Nordisk.
21: You will learn how to account for indirect ecological impacts in a complex supply chain. From Danisco.
20: You will be able to do some shopping in London before the conference.
19: You will be able to impress the Twitter CSR community with live tweets from the conference.
18: You will be able to list 45 reasons you attended the conference.
17: You will be able to slip out in the lunch break and do some shopping in London.
16: You will be able to compare this conference with the next Smart Sustainability Reporting Conference.
15: You will be able to answer the question: Is Sustainability Reporting Smart?
14: You will be able to brief your in-house reporting team on all the ways they can improve your company's Sustainability Report.
13:  You will be able to check out 76 Portland Place as a conference venue. 
12:  You will be able to post a picture of yourself at the conference on your Facebook page.
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9:   You will be able to make intelligent comments about Sustainability Reporting.
8:   You will be able to hear about the role of sustainability reporting in building a green economy.
7:   You will be able to hear how Wyndham created their first integrated report.
6:   Dare I leave another line blank?
5:   You will be able to enjoy the conference refreshments (hope they have ice cream).
4:   You will meet lots of people interested in Sustainability Reporting. Doesn't that sound like fun?
3:   You will enhance your reputation as a Sustainability Reporting Conference Go-er.
2:   I will be able to meet you.
1:   I want you to attend.

So, if that's not enough, here's a bonus reason for attending: you will not regret it.

elaine cohen, CSR consultant, Sustainabiliity Reporter, HR Professional, Ice Cream Addict. Author of CSR for HR: A necessary partnership for advancing responsible business practices  Contact me via   on Twitter or via my business website  (BeyondBusiness, an inspired CSR consulting and Sustainability Reporting firm)

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