Date: June 22, 2023
How can large organizations learn to deliver on their commitments to sustainability?
This question will motivate the conversation between Stanley Litow and Marcela Manubens, pioneers and leaders of large public and private organizations, whom the Center is privileged to host. Each learned through decades of illustrious experience how to face the opportunities and challenges for deep learning and transformation to drive today’s leading organizations towards sustainable management.
You are invited to join the session live to pose questions that GCNYC’s Gastón de los Reyes will present to the panelists. [The session will be recorded.]
Stanley Litow is a Professor and Innovator in Residence at Duke University, and is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. He is President Emeritus of the IBM Foundation and Vice President Emeritus of IBM’s Global Corporate Citizenship program, leading IBM’s renowned global corporate social responsibility program.
Stan is former Deputy Chancellor of Schools for the City of New York, where he created many innovative school-reform efforts, and former Executive Director of the New York City Urban Corps, operated out of the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York. He managed and led three National Education Summits and created the P TECH program a new model for high school and college that has been replicated across the US and globally. Stan also served as a member of the President’s Welfare to Work Commission and the President’s Urban Affairs Council as well as several Gubernatorial Commissions and helped create the Corporate Service Corps. Stan is the author of the 2018 book, The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward (Wiley & Sons), and serves as a Trustee of the State University of New York as Chair of SUNY’s Academic Affairs Committee.
Marcela Manubens is a global senior business executive with over 25 years of experience developing and leading sustainable business with an integrated triple bottom line approach. A world class leader in sustainability, human rights, and social impact, she will be teaching GCNYC’s innovative new course, The Chief Sustainability Officer.
Starting in 2013, Marcela led the creation of Unilever’s social sustainability strategy and global goals, resulting in the expansion of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan with the Enhancing Livelihoods ambition and its three pillars: fairness in the workplace, opportunities for women, and inclusive business models. She created Unilever’s human rights policy framework and the Responsible Sourcing Policy and promoted transparency by publishing Unilever’s first Human Rights report. In the early 1990s, Marcela led the vision, strategy and implementation of one of the first Global Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility programs in the fashion industry at PVH Corp. Marcela serves as an independent corporate board member and on Sierra Global Management’s Responsible Investment and Business Advisory Group. She is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Business and Human Rights at the Geneva School of Economics and Management. Previously she taught business and human rights at Columbia University and macroeconomics at Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina, and was lecturer on business and human rights at the University of Bergen.