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Can’t miss 2017 conferences for purpose driven professionals

We’re back for another year with our list of can’t miss 2017 conferences. We’re looking forward to another year with many conferences that provide opportunities for professional development, career exploration, and developing new partnerships. So whether you’re in the job market, looking to grow your network or just keeping up to date on the latest in social impact, there’s no shortage of fantastic conferences.

Here’s our list of 2017 conferences that cover Corporate Citizenship, Cause & Brands, Social Good, Impact Investing, and Nonprofit.

Corporate Citizenship Conferences 

2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference

Boston, MA

March 26-28, 2017

Hundreds of CSR professionals attend this conference each year to explore the environmental, social and governance aspects of business. This Conference is unique in that it limits attendees to corporate citizenship practitioners. After this conference you will return to your organization with detail-rich case studies, practical know-how and specific implementation tips to accelerate your business success.

Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Summit

New York, NY

March 27-28

The 2017 conference brings the best, the most innovative and most inspiring brands in responsible business to New York at #RBSNY – 200+ attendees learn how to deliver purpose for commercial success, the environment and stakeholders, including topics such as:

  • Profit: Use sophisticated data to build a more effective CSR business case
  • People: Influence stakeholders and drive culture change to make the right “sell”
  • Planet: Accelerate progress through technology, environmental and supply chain risk mitigation

GreenBiz Summit

Phoenix, AZ

Feb 14-16, 2017

Sustainability leaders from the world’s largest companies gather each year at the GreenBiz forum to explore pressing challenges and emerging opportunities in sustainable business. The event offers a rich blend of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities framed by the State of Green Business report, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual research and analysis of key sustainability metrics and trends. Attendees return from GreenBiz both inspired by what’s possible and ready to tackle their organization’s greatest sustainability challenges. GreenBiz is produced in collaboration with the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

Cause & Brands Conferences

Sustainable Brands

Detroit, MI

May 22-25, 2017

SB’17 Detroit will highlight the brand leaders, organizations and ideas that are shifting global societal aspirations toward a sustainable future. Join the community as it works together on Redefining the Good Life, to create a new collective vision for healthy individuals, families, communities, cities and our planet.

Engage for Good  (formerly known as the Cause Marketing Forum)

Chicago, IL

May 31- June 1

On the 15th anniversary of its inception- the conference and company unveil a new name. If you work at the intersection of cause and commerce, you’ll want to attend the 15th Anniversary conference.  The conference program will be published in early February.

Companies and Causes 

Toronto, ON

Date TBA

The Canadian spin off of the Cause Marketing Forum, now known as Engage for Good. 2017 will be the 4th year of the Canadian conference.

Social Good Conferences


Washington, DC

June 5-6, 2017

MCON is for people who give a damn about social change and want to turn their interest into action. MCON gathers leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs from all over the country together to better understand today’s social movements and how to turn interest into action.

Net Impact

Atlanta, GA

October 26-28, 2017

The Net Impact Conference is the leading forum for students and professionals to come together to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. Hundreds of speakers and breakout sessions allow attendees to dig deep into a particular topic of interest and explore groundbreaking ideas, meet role models face-to-face, and jump-start their career path to change the world.

Skoll World Forum

Oxford, England

April 4-7, 2017

Bringing together creative and ambitious leaders, thinkers, artists, and innovators to inspire and challenge each other in entrepreneurial approaches to global challenges

The Heart Series

Los Angeles, CA

February 16-17, 2017

A 2-day event in Southern California Feb. 16 + 17, 2017, for socially conscious companies, designed to propel your business towards greater global impact.

SXSW Social Impact Sessions

Austin, Texas

March 11-15, 2017

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

Stanford Social Innovation Review Good Data

Stanford University

February 7-8, 2017

The annual gathering of individuals and organizations using data to revolutionize the social sector.

Impact Investing Conferences


San Diego, CA

October 10-13, 2017

SOCAP is the world’s leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise.  SOCAP17 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes.

Social Finance Forum

Toronto, ON

November 9-10, 2017

The Social Finance Forum is about making better profits, not just bigger ones. Social finance uses private capital and the power of business to push social progress and protect the environment. The Forum is the place to gain insights into this fast-growing market, spot trends and make new connections.

GLOBE Capital 2017

Toronto, ON

April 4-5, 2017

Where business and policy decision-makers create solutions for accelerating the investment in infrastructure that is needed to transition to a sustainable world.

Employee Engagement Conferences

Human Capital Institute’s Employee Engagement Conference

San Francisco, CA

July 24-26, 2017

Creating an Engaged Culture through Purpose, Connection, and Neuroscience. A sampling of topics covered: Finding Purpose and Values

  • Aligning purpose with meaningful causes – Finding the cause within your purpose

Implementing Neuroscience for Behavioural Change

  • The most effective methods of reward – it doesn’t involve money

Employee Engagement Summit

London, UK

April 20, 2017

With an opening keynote from former employment relations minister Jo Swinson and a plethora of case study presentations from iconic brands such as Harrods, Heathrow, Thomson Reuters, the BBC, Vodafone, Nationwide,  Grant Thornton, The Civil Service, John  Lewis, NHS, the Co-op and many more, delegates at the Summit will have plenty to get their teeth into. The 2017 Summit will also include delegate friendly interactive technology designed to encourage networking and full immersion into the day’s proceedings. It’s an event not to be missed.

Nonprofit Conferences 


Washington, DC

March 23-25, 2017

The Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is the nonprofit sector’s signature technology event. We assemble over 2,000 of the best and brightest nonprofit professionals from around the world. Together, they collaborate, innovate, and discover new ways to spark change with technology.

AFP International Fundraising Conference

San Francisco, CA

April 30 – May 2, 2017

The AFP International Fundraising Conference is held each spring and brings more than 4,000 fundraising professionals together to discuss, teach, and learn about new development issues. It offers more than 150 educational sessions designed to serve the development needs of participants from entry level to highly experienced. The Conference exhibit hall features over 300 vendors.

Are we missing any must-attend conferences? Let us know and we’ll make sure we update this list throughout the year.

UPDATE – From the community 

NEW ADDITION: Conference Board of Canada,

Business [Un]Usual: Profit from Purpose

Toronto, Ontario

October 2-3, 2017

The world is changing fast. Business is facing new demands from rapidly evolving technologies, while social, environmental and political issues are affecting bottom-lines.Hear from leaders who have purposefully and successfully embraced these changes.


Miami, FL
March 2-4, 2017
The largest global convening of social innovation educators and change agents!
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  1. Antoinette LeCouteur
    January 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    The Link for SOCAP ( Social Capital Markets) is incorrect. The event I believe you want is in San Francisco October 10 – 13 2017
    Here is the correct organizational link

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