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Corporate Governance for the Sustainable Entity: What Businesses, Investors and Their Lawyers Should Know About Benefit Corporations

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DESCRIPTION

Discover how to use benefit corporations to impact your business model as you incorporate sustainable business practices into your operations. Get practical guidance for forming a benefit corporation or for converting a traditional business corporation into a benefit corporation, whether your organization is a family-owned business, a venture or private equity backed company, or a publicly traded entity.

Best of all, learn how benefit corporations use concepts of corporate purpose, accountability, and transparency to create durable, lasting value for all stakeholders involved. Sign up today for an expert-led discussion to explore operational, procedural, and investor opportunities surrounding the implementation of a benefit corporation.

Educational Objectives:
• Explain practical guidance for forming a benefit corporation or for converting a traditional business corporation into a benefit corporation
• Provide advice on operating a benefit corporation
• Explore procedures for balancing stakeholder interests in the boardroom
• Discuss preparing periodic benefit reports
• Address issues faced by investors and investor fiduciaries that want to invest in benefit corporations

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Lawyers, public and private companies, non-profit organizations, institutional investors in corporate and corporate governance.

SPEAKERS

FREDERICK H. ALEXANDER, HEAD OF LEGAL POLICY, B LAB

Mr. Alexander heads up legal policy at B Lab, a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Prior to joining B Lab, Rick spent 25-years in private practice advising companies on corporate governance issues and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and corporate control contests. Rick formerly chaired the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and the General Review Task Force of the American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on Corporate Laws. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the ABA Task Force on Two Step Mergers and on the Advisory Committee for the Securities Regulation Institute. He authors Bloomberg BNA's portfolio on Delaware law.


HOLLY ENSIGN-BARSTOW, ASSOCIATE, B LAB

Ms. Ensign-Barstow is an associate B Lab, which is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Prior to joining B Lab, Holly worked for the New York City Mayor's Office of Long- Term Planning and Sustainability, got a Masters in Environmental Policy Studies at Columbia University, worked on political campaigns and volunteered for Environmental Defense Fund.


KEITH L. JOHNSON, INVESTOR SERVICES CHAIRMAN, REINHART BOERNER VAN DEUREN

In his role as Investor Services Chairman at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Mr. Johnson represents pension funds and institutional investors on fiduciary, investment, securities litigation and corporate governance program matters. He also is the program director of the Wisconsin International Corporate Governance Initiative at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as an adjunct professor of law. Keith has published a number of articles on pension fund and institutional investor issues. He regularly presents on fiduciary and investment topics at pension fund, legal and investor conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Keith is a member of the Texas and Wisconsin bars.