Launched in 2019, The Executives’ Club of Chicago’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum was created to address issues that are core to the economic, social and environmental impact that businesses have on their community, both inside and out of the office. In a global landscape that is ripe with ongoing questions about what constitutes leadership, how businesses can give back, and championing equity, CSR is more critical now than ever before.
For Forum Co-Chairs John Edelman, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility at Edelman and Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Northern Trust (and member of our Board of Directors), the CSR Forum allows for both of these leaders to “engage, educate and learn from our diverse members on relevant topics and provide input on programs that highlight the importance and impact of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability both globally and locally”, notes Connie. John echoes this sentiment, adding “The Forum Co-Chair role allows us to guide the programs and speakers that can address the importance of CSR in the greater Chicago landscape and its impact on business.”
During these year of near-constant disruption and change, the CSR Forum has provided members and leaders a space to assess their Corporate Social Responsibility journey, understand the different levers businesses can pull to make social impact in our local community and implement DEI practices to improve to employee engagement, innovation, sustainable business growth, and lasting customer connections.
Members who wish to engage in conversations around CSR, including those running corporate relations, philanthropy, partnerships, engagement and DEI initiatives, should contact Megan Cicurel for more information.