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What does the BRT Statement Mean -- and Mean for You?

25 November, 2019

What is the purpose of a corporation? The Business Roundtable created a sensation with its statement describing the role of a corporation as going beyond serving its stockholders. Nearly 200 US CEOs committed their companies to serving multiple stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers and communities.   

Join our panel of leading experts brought together for the first time by The Conference Board ESG Center, in a unique forum sponsored by the law firm of Cleary Gotttlieb Steen & Hamilton. Paul Washington, Executive Director of the ESG Center, is joined by Ken Bertsch, Executive Director of The Council of Institutional Investors; Charles Elson, Director of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware; and Arthur Kohn, Partner at Cleary Gottlieb. They offer not only differing views on the legal, political and practical implications of the BRT’s statement, but also insights on what companies should consider doing now.

View this entire webcast and then earn CLE credits by filling out the forms provided below and emailing them to Cleary Gottlieb at


Ken Bertsch

Ken Bertsch
Executive Director
Council of Institutional Investors (CII)

Ken Bertsch was named Executive Director of the Council of Institutional Investors in March 2016. He has more than 30 years of experience across a wide range of investment, consulting, management and corporate governance roles. He most recently served as a Partner at CamberView Partners. He previ...Full Bio

Charles M. Elson

Charles M. Elson
Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance
University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business & Economics
Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance

Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.  He is also "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Holland & Knight.  He formerly served as a Professor of La...Full Bio

Arthur H. Kohn

Arthur H. Kohn
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Arthur H. Kohn is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice focuses on compensation and benefit matters, including executive compensation, pension compliance and investment, employment law, and related matters. Mr. Kohn is distinguished by Ch...Full Bio

Paul Washington

Paul Washington
Executive Director, ESG Center
The Conference Board

Paul Washington joined The Conference Board in June 2019 as Executive Director of the ESG Center, a non-profit think tank that focuses on corporate governance, sustainability, and corporate citizenship and philanthropy. 

His career has spanned the private, governmental, academic, and...Full Bio




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