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The world around us is transforming at an unprecedented pace. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns have risen in importance to companies and communities, and, as a result, business leaders are no longer measured just on financial performance and companies are faced with increasing pressure from shareholders and stakeholders to deliver tangible and measurable results.

To support and connect sustainable business leaders and senior executives responsible for ESG issues, Fortune has created the Fortune Impact Initiative™. This forum will help these leaders build expertise and a holistic understanding of the implementation and measurement of ESG practices across all areas of their business.  We hope to help executives manage the associated risks and the growth opportunities as they address these issues.

Our conversations included two virtual calls, and will culminate in a live meeting in Atlanta, GA, on November 29–30, 2022. In addition, we invite you to join our LinkedIn membership group, in order to continue this conversation year round. Click here to become a member of the group.

Who Will Participate?

The Impact Initiative members are senior leaders in Fortune 1000™ companies who have primary responsibility for ESG issues. Titles will include President/CEO, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers, and senior titles in Corporate Responsibility, Ethics, Operations, and Compliance.

An Advisory Panel made up of the most influential leaders in the areas of diversity, environment and governance been created to direct and drive the critical issues under discussion. View the list of Advisory Panel members here.

Advisory Panel & Speakers

Michelle Gethers

Chief Diversity Officer and Head, Corporate Responsibility


Davis Smith

Founder and CEO


Honorable Andrew J. Young


Andrew J. Young Foundation

Beatriz Perez

SVP, Chief Sustainability Officer

The Coca-Cola Company


* All items are in US/Eastern time. Click on the agenda items to find out more.
1 - 3:45 PM
Impact Community Experiences: The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
1 - 3:45 PM
Impact Community Experiences: The King Center
4 - 5:00 PM

Recent research on ESG from Project Management Institute reveals that two-thirds of surveyed executives worldwide believe that COVID-19 acted as a catalyst for increased action on ESG initiatives, but 70% don’t know where to get started. This discussion will focus on how to unify teams to identify the “how” and co-create an executable path forward, resetting expectations to identify gaps and opportunities to achieve strategic clarity, and defining collaborative frameworks and priorities with clear performance metrics.

4 - 5:00 PM

The circular economy is an essential part of fulfilling ESG goals. Applying circular economy principles can reduce costs, increase revenues, and manage risks. What are the challenges and opportunities facing businesses that are integrating these principles? How have leaders transformed their business models and what are some practical approaches for creating internal support and forming external partnerships? This session will address topics such as transitioning from linear to circular business models in a world that demands closed-loop products, overcoming circular economy challenges in supply chains, and integrating the concept of circularity into companies’ water strategies.

4 - 5:00 PM

We know that the integration of talent management and ESG strategies leads to a motivated and productive workforce, but how is this integration being harnessed to ensure that employees find the purpose and connection they seek? This timely session will explore trending topics, such as distinguishing between equity and equality in the workplace, providing a purpose larger than an individual role, eliminating bias in the recruiting and promotions process, ending wealth and opportunity gaps, and addressing social movements that sometimes contradict the core values of the organization.

5 - 5:10 PM
5:10 - 5:15 PM
5:15 - 5:40 PM
Michael Render,Tony Ressler

The Impact Initiative welcomes Tony Ressler, private equity tycoon, venture capitalist and principal owner of the Atlanta Hawks and Killer Mike, the Grammy award-winning rapper, actor and activist. This exclusive conversation will explore how these renowned philanthropic leaders are finding solutions to some of our most pressing challenges such as financial literacy, access to capital and economic inequality.

5:40 - 5:55 PM
Leadership in Action
Peter Bakker

Peter Bakker is working towards a net-zero, nature-positive and more equitable future. As the leader of a CEO-led organization working collectively towards a sustainable future, Peter joins the Impact Initiative to discuss the system transformations business leaders must embrace to ensure a just transition that leaves no one behind.

5:55 - 6:15 PM
Realizing the Energy Transition
Vicki Hollub

How does the CEO of one of the largest oil and gas producers in the United States prepare for the energy transition? Vicki Hollub, CEO of Occidental Petroleum, will discuss how reaching net-zero requires commitment, collaboration, sustainability oversight and a greater focus on ESG criteria.

6:15 - 7:15 PM
7:15 - 9:00 PM
Lynn Perry Wooten

Hosted by Fortune & EVERFI
Today’s business leaders are facing a litany of changes and challenges undermining their ability to lead. Hear how Lynn Perry Wooten, an organizational development and transformation expert, argues that the time to prepare is always.

9:15 - 10:15 PM
Nightcap at The St. Regis Bar


Discover an unrivaled 5-star experience at The St. Regis Atlanta, a AAA Five Diamond hotel located in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood.

Membership Benefits

  • Opportunity to build relationships and share ideas with other leaders charged with similar responsibilities as well as ESG specialists with essential skills
  • Inclusion in the list of members on Fortune Impact Initiative website
  •  Ability to add your perspective to the discussions shaping ESG practices in leading companies

Contact Us

The FORTUNE Impact Initiative program is developed with the guidance of FORTUNE editors, whose journalistic perspective provides unique insights into the key trends and dynamic people that are driving business. The program is tailored to the immediate needs of its audience, with themes and speakers carefully selected to deliver maximum value.

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