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Post-Election Discussion: Implications for Sustainable Business Relevant to U.S. Funders



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Thursday February 2, 2017
11:00 am-12:00 pm PST



It appears that the world will soon be looking to both philanthropic funders and businesses to play an even greater role than before in creating a more inclusive and climate-resilient future. Join us for a webinar to discuss the implications of the U.S. presidential election as it relates to the role of the private sector in promoting action on your top priorities. This will be an opportunity to have constructive dialogue with your peers and brainstorm actionable ideas.

The results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election have already begun to have political, economic, and social implications—funders all across the United States are waiting to see what policy changes the new administration will push forward. They are asking themselves if the progress they have achieved in some areas will be rolled back while others might get more support, and are re-evaluating their funding strategy for 2017 to maximize impact in the face of this uncertainty. Some funders are looking for ways to protect groups they believe will come under attack by the incoming administration: immigrants, women, and minorities. Others are focused on ensuring the United States lives up to its obligations under the Paris climate agreement. There is no shortage of work for the funding community to take on in the next four years.

Businesses are also asking these same questions. Many of them remain resolute on their commitments to climate change, quality employment, and human rights and recognize that long-term value creation for their stakeholders and shareholders depends on remaining steadfast. Some are considering how to align their interests with the new administration in Washington. At BSR, we are working with our more than 250 member companies and partners from foundations, civil society, and elsewhere to maintain—and extend—the private sector’s commitment to a just and sustainable world.


  • Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR
  • Eric Olson, Former Senior Vice President, BSR
  • Susan Winterberg, Former Associate Director, Inclusive Economy, BSR

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