"Carlson on Sustainability" will bring together top business leaders, academics and policy makers from around the world to discuss the role of marketing in fostering the adoption of sustainable products and practices.
The Institute for Research in Marketing's "Carlson on Sustainability" is presented in collaboration with the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Best Buy Co., Inc., the Institute on the Environment, and the Center for Integrative Leadership.
The University of Minnesota Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) serves as a resource to business people, educators, and students at all levels. This center is one of 33 across the United States designed to promote U.S. competitiveness internationally. The U of M CIBER focuses on three key themes: environmental sustainability, emerging markets, and less commonly-taught languages. It will support multiple business outreach activities to expose regional and national business leaders to sustainability as a competitive advantage. For more information on the CIBER network, please visit
About Best Buy Co., Inc.
With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Mexico and Turkey, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $49 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy; Best Buy Mobile; Audiovisions; The Carphone Warehouse; Future Shop; Geek Squad, Jiangsu Five Star; Magnolia Audio Video; Napster; Pacific Sales; and The Phone House. Approximately 180,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in our communities. Community partnership is central to the way we do business at Best Buy. In fiscal 2010, we donated a combined $25.2 million to improve the vitality of the communities where our employees and customers live and work. For more information about Best Buy, visit
About the Center for Integrative Leadership
The Center for Integrative Leadership is dedicated to examining and advancing a new vision for cross-sector leadership by addressing challenging issues of our time The Center supports and advances exemplary models of cross-sector leadership through research, teaching, and community engagement across public, private, nonprofit, and civil society sectors to advance the common good. The Center for Integrative Leadership is jointly administered by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Carlson School of Management.
About the Institute on the Environment
Today's environmental challenges can't be solved with business-as-usual thinking. That's why the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) is taking a new approach. We're discovering solutions to Earth's biggest problems through cutting-edge research, partnerships and leadership development. Our research addresses today's grand environmental challenges, including the need to provide energy, food and freshwater to the world in sustainable and economically viable ways. Through our fellows program and research initiatives, we bring together the brightest minds from the U of M and beyond. Renowned experts are teaming up with emerging leaders in science, technology, education, policy and other areas of expertise. Together, we're focused on solving the biggest problems of the 21st century. For more information, please visit:
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 10,000 stores and 12,000 ATMs and the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com) across North America and internationally. The Company promotes economic growth and self-sufficiency, education, social services, the arts and the environment in thousands of communities across North America. In 2009, the Company gave $202 million in grants to 18,000 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.2 million volunteer hours around the country. For more about Wells Fargo's achievements in Social Responsibility:
It is ranked #1 among banks and insurance companies – and No. 13 overall – in Newsweek magazine's inaugural "Green Rankings" of the country's 500-largest companies.