Corporate Leaders will Join Together to Engage in Ideas to Solve Societal Challenges

CECP’s Annual Summit Convenes a Corporate Coalition Focused on Societal Investment Representing More than $20 Billion in Giving
May 19, 2015 10:15 AM ET

NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Two hundred and fifty senior societal engagement leaders from the world’s largest corporations will convene at CECP’s annual Summit: Engage in New York City. CECP is a coalition of CEOs united in the belief that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Speakers and attendees will network and learn together, offering powerful insights on trends, partnerships, and the business case to advance companies’ role as a force for good in society. This year’s theme, Engage, draws upon CECP’s unique position in connecting corporate leaders and leading the conversation about purpose through business strategy, while unveiling the 2014 corporate giving trends.

“We at CECP see a watershed moment for the field, with companies and CEOs incorporating purpose into their core business strategies,” stated Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP. “The CECP Summit provides a forum for corporate leaders to draw upon their in-depth experiences to network, share, and learn among a global business community.”

The CECP Summit, running May 19-20, offers a line-up of illustrious speakers, including:

  • Vivian R. Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation, Director, Corporate Relations, General Motors Company, will speak on purpose through perseverance.
  • Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children, will address taking a global approach to deepening engagement.
  • Patrick Burke, President and CEO, HSBC USA and Anne M. Mulcahy, Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation, moderated by Diane Brady, Interviewer, Author, Former Senior Editor and Content Chief, Bloomberg Businessweek will share CEO insights on leading with integrity.
  • Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All; Gen. (Ret) Stan McChrystal, Chair, Franklin Project; and Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco Systems, moderated by Derrick Feldmann, President, Achieve, will discuss NextGen Service: A Movement with Momentum.
  • Sue Norton, Vice President of Global Citizenship and Sustainability, PepsiCo and Shannon Schuyler, Principal, Corporate Responsibility Leader; President PwC Foundation, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, moderated by Sheryl WuDunn, Co-Founder, FullSky Capital and Author, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, will discuss developing winning narratives for corporate societal investment programs.

Breakout sessions will explore a variety of topics including:

  • A Trends Perspective: How Technology, Data, and Feedback are Informing Innovation
  • Scaling Employee Engagement: Putting Peer Learnings into Practice
  • Amplifying Social Change through Advocacy and Policy
  • Setting the Bar High: Advancing Evaluation Together
  • Internal Alignment Leveraging Corporate Societal Investments Across the Business
  • Measuring Impacts: Social Sector Perspectives and Funder Implications

Workshop sessions will provide corporate giving leaders with the opportunity to engage more deeply into a roundtable discussion on STEM education and creating a culture of innovation.

CECP will unveil the most recent trends in corporate giving and provide an analysis of the 2014 Giving in Numbers Survey. This year’s survey, conducted in association with The Conference Board, had the highest number of respondents to date, with 271 companies submitting data.  This trends database is regarded as the leading analysis of corporate societal engagement and giving, and covered widely in media year-round (see related press releases and news articles in CECP’s Press Room). Results of the Giving in Numbers Survey will be released to the public in June. 

At the Summit, CECP’s Directors’ Award and Charles H. Moore Award for Leadership in Corporate Community Engagement will be presented, along with a discussion among the 2015 Excellence Awards winners. PepsiCo, the winner of this year’s Chairman’s Award and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the winner of this year’s President’s Award, were announced at the 2015 Board of Boards event. Companies and nonprofits honored with Excellence Awards exemplify the Standards of Excellence: CEO Leadership, Innovation, Dedication to Measurement, and Partnership. See the press release in the CECP Press Room.

CECP would like to thank its Convening Sponsors for their generous support of the 2015 CECP Summit. The Allstate Foundation, Citi Foundation, General Electric Company, KPMG LLP, Newman’s Own Foundation, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Target, Travelers, UnitedHealth Group, UPS and Visa Inc.

Following the 2015 CECP Summit, CECP will be posting on its website media, photos, videos, and an Executive Summary.


About CECP

CECP is a coalition of CEOs united in the belief that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Founded in 1999 by Paul Newman and other business leaders, CECP has grown to a movement of 150 CEOs of the world’s largest companies across all industries. Revenues of engaged companies sum to $7 trillion annually. A nonprofit organization, CECP offers participating companies one-on-one consultation, networking events, exclusive data, media support and case studies on corporate engagement. For more information, visit