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In 1970, the Nobel Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman wrote a landmark op-ed for The New York Times on the role a business should play in society. Fifty years later, his views continue to spark lively debates among professionals across industries. Join this conversation at Corporate Social Responsibility Revisited, a new global virtual conference from Chicago Booth on Thursday, September 10.

We will welcome practitioners, professors, and policymakers representing a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds to discuss and debate the role of the corporation in corporate social responsibility, including environmental sustainability, corporate governance, and gender and racial diversity in the workplace.

Each of our three global campuses in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong will host a portion of the conference throughout the day. At the conclusion of the Chicago portion of the conference, the conversation will continue with a two-day event hosted by the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State entitled Political Economy of Finance 2020: Should Corporations Have a Social Purpose? We welcome you to attend one or all.

Global Agenda


Hong Kong

5 p.m.–7 p.m. HKT

5 p.m (HKT): Welcome and Opening Remarks from Tandean Rustandy, ’07 (AXP-6), Founder and CEO, PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk, and University of Chicago Trustee

5:15 p.m. (HKT): Fireside discussion with Ahmed Saeed, MBA ’96, JD ’96, and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, moderated by Henny Sender of the Financial Times

6 p.m. (HKT): How COVID is Making the Case for Sustainability with Seema Arora, Swee Chen Goh, ’03 (AXP-2), and Katherine Ng, moderated by Calvin Chu Yee Ming, ’09 (AXP-8)

London

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. BST

1 p.m. (BST): Keynote address by Booth’s Raghuram G. Rajan, moderated by Andrew Hill of the Financial Times

2 p.m. (BST): Strength in Numbers: Using Data to Track Diversity and Inclusion with Marianne Bertrand and Mekala Krishnan, moderated by Caroline Grossman, ’03

3 p.m. (BST): Fireside discussion with Mark Carney, moderated by Booth's Randall S. Kroszner

Chicago

11 a.m.–1 p.m. CST

11 a.m. (CST): The Business of Business with Margaret Blair, Mary K. Bush, ’71, and Booth's Steven Neil Kaplan, moderated by Gillian Tett of the Financial Times

12 p.m. (CST): Keynote address by Nobel laureate and Harvard professor Oliver Hart, moderated by Booth's Randall S. Kroszner

Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State Conference

1:30 p.m. (CST): Political Economy of Finance Conference 2020: Should Corporations Have a Social Purpose? Day one begins.

Hong Kong

Our campus in Hong Kong will kick off the global virtual conference. Experts will discuss sustainability and corporate governance.

London

The conference continues at our London campus, with a keynote from Booth’s Raghuram G. Rajan and a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion.

Chicago

The conference concludes at our Chicago campus with an in-depth exploration of corporate governance, with a keynote address moderated by Booth’s Randall S. Kroszner.

Our conference, Corporate Social Responsibility Revisited, is part of a larger discussion centered on the anniversary of Milton Friedman’s op-ed that includes Political Economy of Finance 2020: Should Corporations Have a Social Purpose? a conference hosted by the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State.

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