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In 2017, Destination Better launched the Tampa Bay Corporate Responsibility Network, TBCRN, which aims to bring together talented professionals in the Tampa Bay region who either work in, profess or want to advance the areas of corporate responsibility, corporate citizenship, community relations, philanthropy, or sustainability.

The Framework

The focus of this group is to foster local connections to collaborate more effectively to benefit our members, our professions, our field and our communities. As we continue to grow, our current framework will remain true as a for-the-people by-the-people run group.

The Professionals

Our LinkedIn Group has grown to more than 60 individuals from a variety of backgrounds and organizations within the community—and, we’re always looking for more professionals who want to contribute. Each of the group’s participating individuals are focused on the social, environmental and economic risks and opportunities of organizations (company, government or nonprofit).

Previous Events

 August 23, 2017,  we held our INAUGURAL meeting  at morgan Stanley in Tampa, FL.  to get to learn a little more about our group members and  collectively develop our group's mission and purpose which highlighted and prioritized several topics of interest captured in our survey results.  To learn more about Morgan Stanley's  sustainable investing click here:  https://www.morganstanley.com/what-we-do/institute-for-sustainable-investing

August 23, 2017,  we held our INAUGURAL meeting  at morgan Stanley in Tampa, FL.  to get to learn a little more about our group members and  collectively develop our group's mission and purpose which highlighted and prioritized several topics of interest captured in our survey results.  To learn more about Morgan Stanley's  sustainable investing click here: https://www.morganstanley.com/what-we-do/institute-for-sustainable-investing

 October 4, 2017,  we held our Vision meeting  at the st. petersburg Chamber of Commerce in st. petersburg, FL.  to meet new group members and  flesh out our communications and group direction on impacting the community.  To learn more about St. Petersburg chamber of commerce's sustainable initiatives click here: http://www.stpete.com/growsmarter.html

October 4, 2017,  we held our Vision meeting  at the st. petersburg Chamber of Commerce in st. petersburg, FL.  to meet new group members and  flesh out our communications and group direction on impacting the community.  To learn more about St. Petersburg chamber of commerce's sustainable initiatives click here: http://www.stpete.com/growsmarter.html

November 8, 2017,  we held our quarterly meeting  at workscapes, inc in Tampa, FL.  focusing on corporate responsibility communications which highlighted several case studies. We also learned about Herman Miller's Better world report.  for more information about herman miller's sustainable initiatives click here: https://www.hermanmiller.com/our-values/

 February 7, 2018,  we held our quarterly meeting  at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.  where   Sharon Hanna-West , JD  presented and facilitated a stakeholder engagement discussion, which included a case study exercise with   Amy M. Entress  . To learn more about the university of south Florida's sustainability and leed projects click here:  http://www.usf.edu/administrative-services/facilities/leed-sustainability/

February 7, 2018,  we held our quarterly meeting  at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.  where Sharon Hanna-West, JD presented and facilitated a stakeholder engagement discussion, which included a case study exercise with Amy M. Entress. To learn more about the university of south Florida's sustainability and leed projects click here: http://www.usf.edu/administrative-services/facilities/leed-sustainability/

May 21, 2018 - before going on a behind-the-scenes tour at the Florida Aquarium, Destination better's founding partner, Janet Hall, educated attendees about the SEC-aligned, industry-specific, financially material environmental and social impacts of each organization...because investors are asking.

May 21, 2018 - The Florida aquarium was an exceptional host to demonstrate their best practice conservation efforts. from janet hall, founding partner of destination better, we learned about the rising investor interest in environmental, social and governance topics. we then took a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the importance of coral and the investment the Florida aquarium is making in this irreplaceable creature. 

How You Can Get Involved

We’re a friendly bunch and would like to welcome others in the community, who could benefit from such involvement, to learn more and possibly even join our group to enhance the profession of corporate responsibility, to improve companies' active strategic engagement in being good corporate citizens, and ultimately to make Tampa Bay and the world a better place to live and work.