BSR Members Only
Date and Time
February 2, 2023
3:00 pm-4:30 pm PST
Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Join us for a discussion of trends, emerging expectations, and actions that companies can take to address equity, inclusion, and justice through the way they do business.
Paul Polman, co-author of Net Positive and vice chair of UN Global Compact, recently commented on the global response to Ukraine, and said the unthinkable for a capitalist economy—that “it is not a moment to think about increasing market share. Nobody wanted this war but now we must use it to find each other, and to deepen our commitment to working together on the challenges none of us can solve alone.” James Baldwin, American writer and rights activist, said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
What should we use this moment for? Amid a health crisis, the trauma of social injustices, climate disasters, what does resilience look like, feel like? How do we align human value with our business operations and corporate policy?
We invite you to exercise your muscle of imagination with our community of business leaders to explore our “What If?” and ways to make the seemingly impossible possible. In a world filled with so many things that are out of our control, how do we turn our passion and commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice into a joyful enterprise that makes companies, industries and our communities future fit for best outcomes. Together.
We look forward to meeting BSR members in San Francisco.
- 3-4:30 p.m.: Welcome, introductions, and discussion over afternoon coffee and pastries
- MaryAnne Howland, Director, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, BSR
Director, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, BSR
MaryAnne is responsible for establishing equity, inclusion, and justice (EIJ) services at BSR as a leading business resource for value-based leadership. She provides insights, strategies, and resources to reimagine and institutionalize global EIJ using an issue-focused approach. She will lead BSR’s EIJ team to provide support to companies across industries through strategic consulting services, thought leadership, and research on issues including, but not exclusive to: economic, health, and racial equity and inclusion; women’s empowerment; PGLE; persons with disabilities, supply chains; board governance; and Indigenous and regional issues.
MaryAnne is the founder of Ibis Communications and the Global Diversity Leadership Exchange, and she also co-founded J.E.D.I. Collaborative. She has extensive experience in working with leaders in corporate, governmental, and non-governmental organizations who are on the front lines of driving justice, equity, dignity, and inclusion (JEDI) at the intersection of sustainability in global markets.
MaryAnne holds a BS in Communications from Boston University.