Over 200 top executives and experts to meet at 1st ‘CEO & CSR 2007’ Conference in Athens on October 31, 2007

Athens-based Money Conferences (www.metaholding.gr), in exclusive co-operation with EuroCharity, Greece’s Corporate Social Responsibility Directory (www.eurocharity.org/en), and the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (www.cse-net.org), are organising the “CEO & CSR: Mainstreaming Corporate Social Responsibility in Business Strategy” conference and networking event for the first time in Greece, at the Hilton Athens on October 31, 2007.

Mr. Peter Koster, Chairman, European Climate Exchange? (ECX), the leading exchange in Europe for carbon emissions trading, Mrs. Imogen Dillon-Hatcher, Managing Director, FTSE Europe, Middle East and Africa, the largest business unit within the London-based FTSE Group, and Swiss-based Mr. Philippe Spicher, Managing Director, SiRi Company Ltd. (Sustainable Investment Research International Ltd.), the world’s largest independent provider of Socially-Responsible Investment (SRI) research and consulting services for institutional investors and financial professionals, will be among the speakers of this one-day, invitation-only conference.

Chairing Europe’s premier marketplace for trading carbon dioxide emissions (offering advanced, low-cost and financially guaranteed tools for the European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS)), Mr. Koster has been active in the trading and banking environments for more than 15 years in senior management, most recently as Chief Executive Officer at Fortis Bank U.K.

In addition, H.E. Stavros Kalafatis, Greece’s Deputy Ministry of Development, and H.E. Thomas M. Countryman, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, will each deliver a keynote address, while Mr. Jonathan Winslade, Senior Relationship Manager, SAM Indexes GmbH, Switzerland, a business unit within SAM Group that drives marketing and licensing for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, and Mr. Paul Simpson, Chief Operating Officer, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent not-for-profit organisation aiming to create a lasting relationship between shareholders and corporations regarding the implications for shareholder value and commercial operations presented by climate change (providing a co-ordinating secretariat for institutional investors with a combined USD 41 trillion of assets under management), will share their expertise, best practices and experiences with the audience of top executives (CEOs, COOs, Chairpersons), entrepreneurs, CSR/CR and HR Directors, journalists, policy formers, decision-makers, experts and other stakeholders.

Held for the very first time in Greece, this high-level event is expected to attract over 200 participants from Greece and overseas and will feature a healthy mix of plenary sessions, three central panels — focusing on “CSR Leadership: The Impact of CSR on Publicly-listed Companies”, “CSR Success: Business as Unusual” and “CSR Focus: The Challenges of Climate Change” — and hands-on workshops. It will be followed by the “CEO & CSR 2007 Awards“. “HRIMA Week’s” 49,000 readers, CSE International Network’s 4,000 CSR professionals and thousands of EuroCharity readers — via an on-line poll scheduled to be carried out this month — will select the nominees of these prestigious awards.

The gathering is held under the auspices of the Embassy of the United States of America, the Hellenic Bank Association (HBA), the Association of Greek Institutional Investors (AGII), the Union of Listed Companies as well as the Hellenic Association of Chemical Industries.

International Communication Sponsors:

  • CSRwire, The Corporate Responsibility Newswire?
  • Ethical Corporation

Communication Sponsors in Greece:

  • “HRIMA”, Greece’s Leading Monthly Investment and Financial Magazine
  • “HRIMA Week”, the first digital newspaper published in Greece
  • “KERDOS”, Greece’s Daily Financial Newspaper
  • “adbusiness”, Greece’s Weekly Marketing & Communication Magazine
  • EuroCharity, Greece’s Corporate Social Responsibility Directory
  • Capital.gr
  • “highlights”, Greece’s Quality Monthly Arts and Culture Magazine
  • “go natural”, Greece’s Monthly Environmental Magazine

For further information, please click here or contact:

Mr. Michael Spanos
Managing Partner, EuroCharity,
Corporate Social Responsibility Directory Greece
19, An. Miaouli Street
GR-173 42 Athens
Tel./Fax: +30 210 996 7152
Mobile: +30 693 775 7383
E-mail: michael.spanoseurocharity.org

Mr. Konstantinos Ouzounis
Publisher of Greece’s monthly “HRIMA” magazine and “HRIMA Week”
CEO, MetaHolding S.A.
29, Thessalias Street
GR-174 56 Alimos, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 998 4900
Fax: +30 210 995 5230
E-mail: ouzounis.kmetaholding.gr