CEI to Co-sponsor CSR Reconsidered 2005

The CSR Reconsidered conference was a success. Human Events covered the conference and wrote about it here. ‘Wolves in CSR Clothing’ is how the Center for Media and Demcoracy’s PR Watch project described the event in their “Spin of the Day” feature.

The event drew a good crowd to hear Jim Glassman, Peter Flaherty, Steve Milloy and CEI’s Fred Smith among others. Fred’s speech was titled “Corporate Social Responsibility: Why Business Gets It Wrong”. Special thanks to Steve Milloy of the Free Enterprise Action Fund, John Carlisle of the NLPC and to Deneen Moore, for acting as photographer at the event.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) would like to invite you to CSR Reconsidered 2005, a half-day conference that will bring together representatives of several organizations to offer a vision of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) based on free-market principles. This conference will provide an alternative viewpoint to the Leftist-dominated Business for Social Responsibility conference also being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on November 2nd.

Capitol Room

Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert Street (Woodley Park/Zoo Metro)

Washington, D.C.

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2005
9:00am – 12:00pm

Complimentary continental breakfast included.

Speakers include:

  • Fred Smith, President, CEI (Fred spoke previously about CSR at a speech to the National Economists Club in Washington, D.C.)
  • Jim Glassman, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • Bryan O’Keefe, Research Assistant, AEI
  • Peter Flaherty, President, National and Legal Policy Center
  • Nick Nichols, Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
  • Paul Driessen, Senior Fellow, Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise
  • Wayne Winegarden, Chief Economist, Sterling International
  • Ed Hudgins, Executive Director, The Objectivist Center
  • David Hogberg, Executive Director, Capital Research Center
  • Steven Milloy, Portfolio Manager, Free Enterprise Action Fund

Event Description:

Speakers at the CSR Reconsidered Conference will address questions such as: Does CSR distract business from business? Is CSR an end-run around democracy for the political Left, which views CSR as a way to have businesses implement its social and political agenda? Will CSR prevent economic and social progress in the developing world by establishing barriers to free enterprise? CSR Reconsidered will give policymakers, business leaders and the media an alternative view of what constitutes CSR, who is supporting it and why.

Last year, CEI published a book by British economist David Henderson related to this topic titled, The Role of Business in the Modern World: Progress, Pressures and Prospects for the Market Economy.

This conference is jointly sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, theFree Enterprise Education Institute and the National Legal and Policy Center.

Please RSVP to John Carlisle at [email protected].