Friday, October 14, 2022 @ 1:00pm-6:00pm
Massry Center at the University at Albany’s School of Business
The High Peaks Impact ESG Symposium is an annual event hosted by the School of Business, University at Albany. The symposium’s primary purpose is to generate a conversation within the region about responsible business practices for the future, spanning collective responsibility toward the environment, social responsibility, and conscientious governance.
The symposium, focusing on ESG, features a keynote speech, two panel discussions, and ample opportunities for conversions around leading ESG trends and topics affecting business today. Each year the High Peaks Award is presented to a business within the region that has demonstrated best practices around ESG.
The opportunities that will be available to our children and grandchildren hinge on the trade-offs we are willing to make today. At the heart of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals adopted unanimously by the members of the United Nations lies a simple premise — responsibility not merely for ourselves, but the world around us. We can only become what we do together.
ESG in the Capital District
Over 90% of the employers in New York’s Congressional District 20 are small businesses, and 45% of the district employees work for small businesses, representing almost 40% of the district payroll. Yet, small businesses are unlikely to have ready access to best practices or networking opportunities around sustainable development, inclusion, responsibility, and ESG.
The High Peaks Impact Symposium will bring together small and medium enterprises in the New York State capital region for a conversation about the best practices and opportunities available for becoming a responsible business around the principles of ESG.
We have witnessed compelling social and economic ripples and changes over the last couple of years which have brought small and medium businesses into the heart of various discussions around sustainability, responsibility, and ESG. This year’s symposium will focus on three themes:
- National and regional priorities for sustainable development and the role of small and medium businesses in the New York State capital region.
- The implications and opportunities for small and medium businesses from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
- Attracting a qualified and committed workforce by fostering an inclusive and responsible climate.
The event will also recognize best practices in the region upholding the values of sustainable, responsible, and inclusive growth and development.