Speakers

 

Aron Cramer

Aron Cramer
President and CEO, BSR

Aron Cramer is recognized globally as an authority on corporate responsibility by leaders in business and NGOs and by his peers in the field. He advises senior executives at BSR’s 250 member companies and other global businesses, and is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in a range of media outlets. Under his leadership, BSR has doubled its staff and significantly expanded its global presence. Cramer is co-author of the book Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World, which explores corporate responsibility strategies that drive business success.

Cramer joined BSR in 1995 as the founding director of its business and human rights program. In 2002, he opened BSR’s Paris office, where he worked until becoming president and CEO in 2004.

His expertise is in integrating CSR into business strategy, human rights policies and practices, and stakeholder engagement.

John Elkington

John Elkington
Founding Partner and Executive Chairman, Volans

John Elkington, founding partner and executive chairman of Volans, is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development.

Volans, launched in April 2008, aims to find, explore, advise on, and build innovative scalable solutions to the great global divides that overshadow the future. Elkington’s work in this area has been celebrated and supported by awards including the UN Global 500 Roll of Honour, the Fast Company Social Capitalist Award, and a three-year, $1 million Skoll Foundation grant (2007-2009).

In 2009, Elkington ranked fourth, alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank, on a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR Leaders. Elkington ranked after Al Gore, Barack Obama, and the late Anita Roddick of The Body Shop.

He chairs the Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development (FDSD) and the Aflatoun Impact and Policy Analysis Steering Group, and is an Honorary Fellow of The Hub. He is also a current member of strategic advisory boards and recently joined Newsweek’s Green Rankings Advisory Board and the newly formed Guardian Sustainable Business Advisory Board.

Elkington is co-founder of SustainAbility (where he is a non-executive member of the board) and of Environmental Data Services (ENDS).

He has written or co-authored 17 books, including Green Consumer Guide, Cannibals With Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business, the book that brought his triple-bottom-line concept and agenda to a wider audience, and The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World, co-authored with Volans co-founder Pamela Hartigan.

Elkington is currently working on his latest book, due out in 2012. You can find more information at johnelkington.com.

Kathy Mulvany

Kathy Mulvany
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

Kathy Mulvany leads several functions within Cisco’s corporate affairs, including marketing communications, sustainable business practices, and public benefit investment. As such, she is responsible for driving awareness of Cisco’s social programs in the areas of education, healthcare, economic development, and critical human needs. Mulvany also manages Cisco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting, analysis, and stakeholder engagement, as well as provides feedback and guidance to management on CSR related issues. In addition, she oversees Cisco’s corporate and foundation grant making programs and leads Cisco’s strategic partnerships with the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum.
Mulvany has been with Cisco for 14 years. Prior to joining Cisco she held marketing positions at Oracle, Sybase, and Ingres.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California–Berkeley.