It is not enough to provide capital, to run companies and provide big returns. It's crucial to think about the global ties we have, and how they impact the way we're doing business. We must be constantly aware of how our business practices affect the world we live in.
The team at Beacon Partners strongly believes that responsible investors and corporate leaders indeed, anyone who manages or deploys capital should be making contributions to both business and society. Whether contemplating the effect of globalization on emerging markets, facilitating conference summits, contributing to economic policy development or helping folks less well off than us, a philosophy of active engagement can reap valuable benefits for our companies and for ourselves.
European Corporate Counsel Summit, 2007 - Corporate Counsel must have an excellent understanding of today’s most pressing corporate legal issues, including governance and ethics, protection of their company’s IP, privacy compliance, labor and employment challenges, regulatory developments and litigation management. The leadership that general counsel must provide has never been greater – or more crucial. Over three days, a Beacon partner chaired the 2007 European Corporate Counsel Summit, a gathering of 200 representatives from leading international law firms, legal solution providers, and corporate counsel in a series of proactive conference presentations, one-to-one business meetings, and informal networking opportunities.
Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force – A
partner authored several sections of a white paper for the International
Trademark Association (INTA). It recommended major policy changes
to voluntary compliance policies and the global regulatory framework,
with the goal of combating the rising tide of Internet-enabled
counterfeiting and trademark infringement.
IP Law Summit – Europe, 2007 – In today's intellectual capital-based economy, IP continues to be a primary driver of corporate earnings. A partner served as Chairman of a two day conference that brought EU/UN regulatory leaders together with leading law firms and legal solution providers from Europe, the US, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Bringing Technology to the Island of Tristan – With 272 year-round inhabitants sharing just 8 surnames, Tristan da Cunha is the most remote archipelago in the world, either inhabited or non-inhabited. Partnering with IBM, Beacon Equity spearheaded an initiative to bring 21st century Internet communications technology to the islanders. (Click for press release)
Digital Connections Council of the Committee for Economic Development – Throughout its 65-year history, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) has addressed USA priorities that promote sustained economic growth and development to benefit all Americans. A Beacon Equity partner has been an active member of CED's Digital Connections Council, helping to generate reports such as “Open Standards, Open Source, and Open Innovation”; “Harnessing the Benefits of Openness”; “Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth – The Special Problem of Digital Intellectual Property”; and Harnessing Openness to Transform Health Care.
Funds World Africa Conference – One of Beacon Equity partners served as chairman of this event, held in Johannesburg, South Africa. With the involvement of business and government leaders from the US, Europe and Africa, this three day conference focused on the issues of investing and economic development for Africa.
Kazakhstan Economic Development Conference – At the invitation of the President of Kazakhstan, a Beacon Equity partner was a keynote speaker at this event. His speech outlined an economic development for Kazakhstan and compared the historical economic strategies and outcomes of Singapore and Saudi Arabia. The conference was held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Saving Private Equity Conference: Secondary Funds & Fund of Funds – A Beacon Equity partner delivered a speech on the evolution of the secondary private equity market and its future. The event, held in Zurich Switzerland, drew leading VCs, private equity firms, and institutional investors from Europe and the US.
The Vienna Globalization Conference – A Beacon Equity managing director served as Chairman and creator of this exclusive event, bringing together individuals from the world of business, art and politics. Scholars, CEOs, artists, musicians and politicians gathered to hear internationally recognized speakers and musicians. This unique conference sparked discussion and debate about globalization, technology, the arts and the economy.