The Fortune CEO Initiative 2018 Annual Meeting
The Fortune CEO Initiative, in its second year, is dedicated to helping members and their companies find ways to promote social progress as part of their core business strategies.
Business as a Platform for Change
The FORTUNE CEO Initiative is a forum for corporate leaders who are committed to addressing major social problems as part of their core business strategies. Click here for more information on membership.
The Initiative grew out of an historic meeting of 100 CEOs with Pope Francis at the Vatican in December 2016, and is based on a belief that infusing broader purpose into corporate strategies has become increasingly important in attracting and motivating talent, deepening bonds with consumers, steadying corporate reputation in an era of declining trust, and preserving a well-functioning society in a time of political tumult.
Through annual gatherings and participation in action work streams, CEO Initiative members exchange best practices and leadership techniques for addressing key issues, and work to identify opportunities for collective action.
Participation is by invitation and non-transferable, and benefits of membership in the CEO Initiative will extend beyond the annual meeting. Click here to review the membership benefits.
The current key themes of the CEO Initiative include the following:
1. Developing and Training the Workforce
Big data, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, and other new technologies are threatening to change almost every aspect of every business in every industry, and at an accelerating pace. By some estimates, these technologies could displace as much as a third of the workforce in the next two decades. How does the private sector create systems for continuous development and training of workers so they can manage the wild ride ahead.
2. Technology as a Tool to Empower
Technology has multiple and profound effects on society. It boosts productivity and living standards, and empowers workers, entrepreneurs and consumers. But it also displaces workers in many industries, and has contributed to widening disparities in income and wealth. How do we deploy technology in a way that maximizes its positive social effects, and minimizes the negative?
3. Financial Health and Inclusion
The economy’s health depends on strong consumers with adequate access to the financial services and sufficient financial security for inevitable periods of unemployment, disability, and retirement. How can the private sector shore up society’s financial health?
4. Employee and Community Health and Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of a company’s employees, as well as those in the communities where it operates, are critical contributors to business success. What can the private sector do to foster healthy living?
5. Creating a Diverse Workplace Culture
There is ample evidence that diverse workforces are stronger and more resilient, and yet diversity remains an elusive goal for many companies, for a complex set of reasons. How can companies do a better job.
6. Building A Planet-First Company
How can corporations combat pollution, climate change and resource shortages despite limited help (or maybe even active opposition) from state actors? How can CEOs adopt policies that address environmental concerns in ways that strengthen long-term profits? And how can they convince investors, employees and customers that changes based on rationales of sustainability and ecological awareness are the right choice financially, as well as ethically?
7. Focusing on Long Term Value
As long as investors prioritize short-term returns, corporate efforts to build long-term social value will be threatened. What can the business community do to assign appropriate value to long-term value creation, and encourage the investment community to do the same?
The benefits of membership in the Fortune CEO Initiative include:
CEO Initiative Annual Meeting Participation. The member may attend the CEO Initiative Annual Meeting, scheduled for 2019 on June 10-11 in New York City. If the Member cannot attend, the Member may nominate a Chairman, President or lead director from his/her company to participate as a Guest of the meeting. All nominees are subject to final approval by Fortune.
Complimentary invitations and special opportunities to attend select Fortune conferences, including the Fortune Global Forum and the Davos CEO Dinner, which is held in Davos, Switzerland, during the World Economic Forum held each January (Fortune cannot provide WEF credentials).
Member Services. The Member will have access to special services, designed to connect the Member with other CEOs who have similar interests in their efforts to address social problems as part of their core strategy. This will also include a series of thematic conference calls featuring industry thought leaders, fellow CEO members, and Fortune Editors.
Action Work Streams. The Member or a designated representative may participate in action work streams to follow up on particular ideas for collective action identified at the annual meeting. Current areas include: Creating Metrics for Long-term Value Creation, Building a New Model for Workplace Health, Meeting the 21st Century Training Challenge, and Promoting Digital Inclusion. The result of high impact collective action will be featured on Fortune.com and daily newsletters.
Recognition in Fortune Magazine. Fortune will run an editorial report following the conclusion of the CEO Initiative annual meeting which will include a listing of all Members.
Video Interview. The Member will be offered an opportunity to participate in a video interview series by a Fortune staffer, highlighting business with purpose, published on Fortune.com.
Fortune CEO Daily. The Member will receive early access to the Fortune CEO Daily newsletter, and an invitation for direct email interaction with author and Fortune President Alan Murray.
All benefits, including participation for designated representatives, are included in the US $15,000 CEO Initiative membership fee. Payment of the non-refundable 2018 membership fee is requested within 15 days of acceptance. We are unable to issue any conference passes if the membership fee has not been received.
Fortune staff will provide information on booking hotel rooms under Fortune’s group rate for each event.
The non-refundable membership fee cannot be transferred or applied to another event or membership unless otherwise noted above. As invitations are extended to specific individuals, and are subject to approval, no substitutions are permitted.