The power of the B Corp movement is the power of you - our B Economy leaders. This year we are committing even more focus on taking the lead from you and are designing the Champions Retreat experience, based on your feedback and needs.
If you have expertise to share and a desire to facilitate a solutions-oriented conversation with fellow members of the B Economy at Champions Retreat, please send us your breakout session proposal before MAY 30TH, 2019.
An Inclusive Economy is one that creates opportunities for people of all backgrounds and experiences to live with dignity, support themselves and their families, and make a contribution to their communities. These sessions will focus primarily on using business to achieve improved outcomes for groups that have experienced systemic barriers to inclusion, including racial minorities, womxn, people with disabilities, veterans, returning citizens and people who identify as LGBTQIA. Example topics are:
Corporate Activism for Equity Affinity Spaces Elevating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Work Improving Societal Outcomes
A Regenerative Economy takes “sustainability” to the next level. It is rooted in metrics and market structures that meet human needs through equitable access, distribution, fully-costed and priced services and goods, and delivers flourishing value for all within nature’s bounds. This track will offer tangible learning and workshopping on some of the most innovative climate and environmental solutions of our time including:
Climate Change Mitigation Reducing Waste and Toxins Learning from Nature Taking a Stand for the Environment
HOW - TO: these are interactive sessions that showcase an impactful business practice, tool or business model, and support participants to apply it to their work context. (Example: “How to Be an Anti-Racist Company”)
WORKING TOGETHER: these are interactive sessions that make connections across businesses, roles, industries and sectors to further collective action initiatives in pursuit of an inclusive and/or regenerative economy. (Example: “Collective Action and the B Corp Climate Action Collaborative").
B BUILDING BLOCKS: these are sessions on topics that are core to individual business success or our movement achieving the scale. Topics may include scaling with integrity, flexing the B Corp brand, engaging employees in a mission driven organization, or the role of multinational companies in growing the B Economy.
Beyond the guidance here, we do not have a set format for the breakouts because we want facilitators to be able to be creative in their design. See below for selection criteria to guide your planning.
We request that for workshops/sessions led by two or more individuals, at least one of those individuals identify as belonging to an historically underrepresented group, including but not limited to: racial minorities, womxn, people with disabilities, veterans, returning citizens and people who identify as LGBTQIA.
PARTICIPANT CENTERED - designed with the attendees experience and needs at forefront; clear learning and experience objectives; defined target audience; not direct business pitches.
ACTION-ORIENTED - engage the audience, spark discussion, and inspire new ideas and collaborations through facilitated dialogue and interactions.
RELEVANT - focused on the intersection of business and impact and aligned with the themes; innovative and cutting edge. CONTEXTUALIZED - highlight the social context and power dynamics within which the discussion topic unfolds, including reasons why certain groups interact with and experience the discussion topic differently; explore the conditions necessary to address the topic in a transformative way, including addressing structural challenges, stigma, and cultural attitudes
80% are employees of Certified B Corporations or companies pursuing B Corp certification.20% of the attendees are from key collaborators and partners in the B Economy - foundations, nonprofits and academics.
A majority of Champions Retreat attendees come from B2B businesses that range in average from 0-50 employees. The next largest segment of attendees are from consumer product businesses that range in average from 50-500 employees. The primary job functions of attendees are: executive leadership, communications and marketing, human resources and/or people and culture teams.