Chattanooga-based Rockridge Venture Law has organized and sponsored a virtual workshop entitled "Corporate Social Responsibility in the South: Insights from Tennessee Leaders." The event will feature Tennessee leaders from academic, faith, industrial, and life science communities, stretching from Memphis to Kingsport, as well as global sustainability leader Vincent Stanley from Patagonia.
Jonathan Ingraham of Chattanooga Faith + Work + Culture will represent the Chattanooga area as a panelist, discussing what role the faith community plays in advancing better corporate citizenship. Other panelist participants include Farrell Calabrese of Eastman speaking on industrial scale sustainability in products and supply chains, and Emily Landry of B Academics and the University of Tennessee.
Registration is free, with suggested donations to green | spaces and Urban Green Lab, Tennessee nonprofits focused on building sustainable communities. Registration is open now on Eventbrite.
B Tennessee is is an initiative led by Tennessee B Corps Newly, Nisolo, Patagonia-Nashville, Rockridge Venture Law, and Whiteboard to foster advancement of CSR and sustainability frameworks, emphasizing B Corps and benefit corporations. The Aug. 27 event follows B Tennessee's inaugural event held at Patagonia-Nashville's store, attracting over 100 attendees interested in using business as a force for good. Looking ahead, B Tennessee has partnered with other social enterprises in the Southeast to host a virtual regional conference exploring ways that the region can become the leader for mission-oriented business. The conference is intended to take place in November.