BSR conference 2010 plenary speakers include Avon, Monsanto CEOs, and Rockefeller foundation president

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The BSR Conference 2010, 'Innovate. Integrate. Inspire.' will feature plenary speakers from a cross-section of global business and sustainability-including the CEOs of Avon and Monsanto, and the president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Participants who sign up by the July 1 early registration deadline will save up to US$550 for the Conference, which takes place at the Grand Hyatt New York November 2 to 5, 2010. 'Our plenary speakers are global thought leaders who will inspire Conference attendees to think beyond business as usual and focus on how they can collaborate to create innovative solutions that match the demands of our new economy,' said BSR Conference Director Pamela Ellman. Confirmed plenary speakers include: Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO, Avon Products, Inc.: Ranked on the Financial Times' 'Top Women in World Business' list, Fortune magazine's '50 Most Powerful Women in Business' list, and Forbes' list of 'The World's 100 Most Powerful Women,' Jung is responsible for developing and executing Avon's long-term growth strategies, launching new brand initiatives, developing earnings opportunities for women worldwide, and defining Avon as the premier direct seller of beauty products. Hugh Grant, Chairman, President, and CEO, Monsanto Company: Grant leads Monsanto in applying innovation and technology to help its farmer customers increase yields while conserving our world's precious resources. Monsanto and Grant have been recognized by numerous groups for innovation, contributions to green practices and sustainable agriculture, corporate responsibility and employment practices, and business leadership and performance. In January 2010, Monsanto was named 'Company of the Year' by Forbes magazine and one of Fortune magazine's 'Best Companies to Work For.' Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation: As the first woman to serve as the foundation's president in its 96-year history, Rodin has recalibrated the organization's focus for the 21st century to ensure that more people can tap into the benefits of globalization while developing stronger resilience to risks. Under Rodin's leadership, the foundation's initiatives have included efforts to mobilize an agricultural revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa; bolster economic security for American workers; inform more equitable, sustainable transportation policies in the United States; ensure access to affordable, high-quality health systems in developing countries; and help vulnerable communities cope with the impacts of climate change. The BSR Conference 2010-regularly ranked by independent analysts as one of the top corporate responsibility events globally-will give participants the chance to hear from and engage with these and other speakers on new ideas and practical solutions for sustainable business. To register and get updates on speakers, sessions, and more, visit www.bsr.org/conference. Media may request a complimentary press pass to the BSR Conference 2010 from BSR Communications Manager Eva Dienel at edienel@bsr.org. About BSR A leader in corporate responsibility since 1992, BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. With offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR uses its expertise in the environment, human rights, economic development, and governance and accountability to guide global companies toward creating a just and sustainable world. Visit www.bsr.org for more information.

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