Unprecedented Challenges.
Unprecedented Opportunities to Collaborate.

The world faces an unprecedented convergence of social and environmental challenges. The pandemic continues to impact the lives, livelihoods and access to learning of the most vulnerable people. Unless action is taken now, these impacts will be long-lasting. At the same time, it is recognised that urgent action on climate change must put people at the centre of efforts on mitigation and adaptation. The transition to a green economy must also be a just one.

Across these challenges, the impacts reflect deep-seated inequities - due to factors including gender, race, and income. The pandemic has pushed back progress on gender equity and poverty reduction, and climate change is doing the same. People from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds face disproportionate barriers.

While the challenges are unprecedented, so too are the opportunities to tackle them collaboratively. Business is now seen as a key partner, alongside government and civil society.  Employees, customers, stakeholders and shareholders, believe business must take a stand on social and environmental issues. The focus is now on how we can collaborate - to tackle both rapid onset challenges and deeper systemic issues.

Join us for a week of insight and inspiration.

We invite you to join us for a week, highly interactive event brings together voices and insights from across the globe, from business, NGOs, academia and government - to share the latest thinking on the nature of the challenges we face, and the nature of the solutions that are needed. Join us to access the very latest thinking so that you can increase the impact of your efforts.

Each day, we will come together to explore a different theme around how we can “Rebuild Better” from the pandemic - Leadership, Gender, Livelihoods, Climate and Partnership. We will share practical lessons and identify new opportunities to collaborate to tackle the big social and environmental challenges that we all care about.

The event is the latest in our series of Rebuild Better Summits, and is co-hosted with Unilever, and a number of partners, including the International Finance Corporation and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

We invite you to join us for a week, highly interactive event brings together voices and insights from across the globe, from business, NGOs, academia and government - to share the latest thinking on the nature of the challenges we face, and the nature of the solutions that are needed. Join us to access the very latest thinking so that you can increase the impact of your efforts.

Each day, we will come together to explore a different theme around how we can “Rebuild Better” from the pandemic - Leadership, Gender, Livelihoods, Climate and Partnership. We will share practical lessons and identify new opportunities to collaborate to tackle the big social and environmental challenges that we all care about.

The event is the latest in our series of Rebuild Better Summits, and is co-hosted with Unilever, and a number of partners, including the International Finance Corporation and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Meet some of the amazing speakers and panelists

AGENDA
TUESDAY

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

MON | LEADERSHIP | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever

Ansu Archana, South Asia Supply Chain Strategy Program Director, Unilever

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

MON | LEADERSHIP | 1.30 PM BST

Business Leadership to Rebuild Better

Hosted with Unilever


Businesses are increasingly expected to take a leadership role on societal issues, and taking actions that reflect the deeper values of your business can secure and add value to the business itself. This session will explore the drivers and challenges of values-led action, and share practical examples of businesses action on COVID-19 and climate change.

Why Join?

  • Find out which social challenges businesses are prioritising, and why;
  • Learn how social commitments can be turned into meaningful action across the whole business, and some of the challenges;
  • Explore the role of partnerships with NGOs for making an impact at scale.

Speakers:

Rianne Buter, Global Sustainability Director, Unilever

Catalina Garcia, Global Director of Corporate Affairs, AB InBev and Interim Director & Board Director AB InBev Foundation

Ruth Mhlanga, Head of Private Sector Team, Oxfam GB

Erika Webb-Hughes, Vice President of Sustainability & West Coast Government Affairs, Pearson

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

MON | LEADERSHIP | 2.30 PM BST

Embedding Climate and Social Innovation into Business

Social innovation can create sustainable impact for business and society. Whilst the business case is clear, the challenge is how to unlock this potential by embedding social innovation at the heart of business. This written discussion explores how businesses are combining social innovation with their core capabilities to help solve global social and environmental challenges.

Why Join?

  • Discover practical examples and case studies of businesses that are embedding social innovation in their core activities;
  • Gain insights into the challenges of embedding social impact, and how to overcome them;
  • Learn about strategies and tactics that bring social and climate innovation together to deliver wins for society, for the climate and for business.

Speakers:

Maxime Braun, Catalyst Manager,  FUNDES

Justin Dekoszmovszky, UK Founder & Managing Director, Archipel&Co.

Mario Elias Gonzalez Lupercio, Social Impact & Shared Value Advisor, CEMEX

Mark Hillen, Founder and Chairman, Social Enterprise NL

Amalia Johnsson, Director of Programmes, Hand in Hand International

Mark Kebo Akparibo, Executive Secretary, Tele-Bere VSL Association

Ignatius Odongo, Strategist, Youth Cafe, Kenya

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Nic Ramsden, Team Leader, Business Partnerships for Global Goals (BP4GG)

Karen Smith, Agriculture Projects Lead, BP4GG

Dina Rokic, NaTakallam

Åsa Skogström Feldt, Managing Director,  IKEA Social Entrepreneurship

Anna Warrington, Director, India, Forum for the Future

Veronica Winja, Sustainability Advisory Consultant, KCL

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

MON | LEADERSHIP | 3.30 PM BST

These interactive coaching workshops are a rare opportunity for guided personal development with renowned business coach Marcus Druen and holistic therapist Ruth Clark, starting with Leading the Self. Each session provides space for individual reflection, small group discussion, and guided exercises for mind and body.

Why Join?

  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Learn how to connect with yourself more fully, and experience the ‘body scan’ technique;
  • Engage with self-care and mindfulness practices.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

TUE | GENDER | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Yash Ranga, Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Sustainability Lead, Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Achi Devi, Weaver Designer, Jaipur Rugs

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

TUE | GENDER | 1.30 PM BST

The Business Case for Addressing Gender-Based Violence

Hosted with IFC

Companies are recognising their responsibility to address GBV and the business case for action is solidifying. However, more clarity is needed on the impacts of business action. With IFC experts, this session deep-dives into what practical business actions look like, and how they impact those affected.

Why Join?

  • Find out the key lessons from an IFC study into company responses to GBV at three major companies in Papua New Guinea;
  • Gain insights into the kinds of action that businesses are taking, and the benefits - both for staff and the business itself;
  • Understand gaps in current knowledge and opportunities for future responses.

Speakers:

Shabnam Hameed, Global Lead Workplace Responses to GBV, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Amy Luinstra, East Asia Pacific Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Jane Pillinger, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Criminology, Open University

Alice Allan, Collaboration Director, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

TUE | GENDER | 2.30 PM BST

Women and E-commerce in Africa

Hosted with IFC

E-commerce growth in Africa has consistently been 50 per cent above global averages in recent years. This is anticipated to continue over the next decade despite the region’s connectivity, payments, and logistics challenges. This session deep-dives into the IFC’s latest research on how data and digital inclusion can create opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Why Join?

  • Find out why the pandemic has disproportionately impacted on women-owned businesses, and why achieving gender parity on e-commerce platforms could be a $15 billion opportunity;
  • Discover how sex-disaggregated data helps in the design of targeted products and services that boost entrepreneur success;
  • Learn how platform-administered loan products and fintech are integral to recovery efforts.

Speakers:

Tolulope George-Yanwah, Ghana Country Manager, Jumia

Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu, Regional Director, Eastern Africa, IFC

Joanna Kahiluoto, Policy Officer, European Commission

Charlotte Ntim, Disruptive Technology Officer, IFC

Samuel Schueth, Research Director, Kantar Public

Anne Kabugi, Africa Regional Lead, IFC (moderator)

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

TUE | GENDER | 3.30 PM BST

In our second guided personal development session with renowned business coach Marcus Druen and holistic therapist Ruth Clark, the focus is on engaging your Feminine Energy, and on remembering that you are a human being, not a human doing.

Why Join?


  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Learn how to connect with your feminine energy, which everyone can benefit from regardless of gender;
  • Experience how to connect with your inner child and your caring self.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Constantino Gajardo, Country Manager, CODESPA Philippines

Mónica Gil-Casares, Research and Social Innovation Director, CODESPA Foundation

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 1.30 PM BST

The Business and Societal Case for Living Wages

This session explores the business and social case for a living wage, drawing on recent research and real-world examples, and reflecting on key trends in the regulatory context and shifting investor and stakeholder expectations. We will also explore barriers and challenges companies face in implementing a living wage and how companies are addressing them.

Why Join:

  • Learn why action on living wages is so important in the current context;
  • Discover the rationale for business engagement in this issue, and some practical examples of business action;
  • Explore the challenges that companies face, and how to overcome them and accelerate progress.

Speakers:

Rachel Cowburn-Walden, Global Director Human Rights Stewardship, Unilever

Mari-Lou Dupont, Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact

Shaheen Hashmat, Senior Project Manager - Global Living Wage, Living Wage Foundation

Jordy van Honk, Global Director Agri Commodities - Cocoa/Tea/Coffee, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 2.30 PM BST

Enhancing the Livelihoods of ‘Hidden Women’ in Global Smallholder Value Chains

Hosted with Oxfam and Unilever

Many systemic challenges prevent smallholder farmers from accessing sustainable, equitable livelihoods, and these difficulties are exacerbated for women who also face additional social and economic hurdles compared with male peers. This session explores how to design collaborative interventions to develop and scale solutions that enhance the livelihoods of women smallscale farmers.

Why Join?

  • Discover the biggest challenges to enhancing the livelihoods of ‘hidden women’ in global smallholder farmer value chains, and the levers of change;
  • Gain insights from panellists’ own learning and experiences in this space;
  • Explore how we can design collaborative partnerships that better enable women to benefit within smallholder value chains and ensure sustainable, resilient livelihoods.

Speakers:

Leena Camadoo, Global Advisor - Women's Economic Justice, Oxfam GB

Stephanie Daniels, Senior Program Director, Sustainable Food Lab

Julie Greene, VP Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam

Anu Huhtisaari, Senior Programme Manager, Ethical Tea Partnership

Ilaria Ida, Global Senior Manager Sustainable Sourcing - Livelihoods and Partnerships. Unilever

Inge Jacobs, Senior Manager Human Rights and Income, Cocoa, Mars

Emmanuel Mancion, Director & Head of Global Sales, Marcatus

Suzanne Munson, Director of Global Partnerships & Alliances, Heifer International

Elizabeth Njenga, Program Coordinator, Economic Empowerment and Climate Change, KTDA Foundation

Martha Rainer Opoku Mensah, Programme Officer, livelihoods and private sector, Oxfam Ghana

Leticia Yankey, Cocoa Farmer, Ghana

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

WED | LIVELIHOODS 3.30 PM BST

Our personal development series continues with a focus on Connection to the Earth. In this experiential session, Marcus Druen and Ruth Clarke provide an opportunity to ground yourself.

Why Join?

  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Be guided in meditation connecting you with the Earth;
  • Release tension with stretches.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

THU | CLIMATE | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Marike de Pena, Chair, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

THU | CLIMATE | 1.30 PM BST

Business and Climate Justice

Businesses are ramping up action on climate change. However, existing inequities mean that a disproportionate burden of climate risk falls on those who are already most vulnerable, and who lack access to the opportunities of a green economy. This session explores how business can put the most vulnerable people at the heart of climate action.

Why Join?

  • Find out how business can protect lives from the primary effects of climate change;
  • Gain valuable insights into the risks and opportunities to vulnerable livelihoods as we feel the impacts of climate change and how business can respond;
  • Explore how business can improve access to learning and ensure an inclusive transition to a green economy.

Speakers:

Peter Glynn, Vice-Chair Environment and Energy Committee, Business at OECD

Lisa Manley, Vice President, Sustainability, Mars Inc

Prathyusha Parakala, Founder, Praana Trust

Peter Hall, Private Sector Lead, UN Climate Champions Team, Race to Resilience

Tara Shine, Director, Change by Degrees

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

THU | CLIMATE | 2.30 PM BST

Creating an integrated approach for measuring social and environmental impact

Delivering a decarbonised economy that leaves no-one behind will require new ways of measuring and accounting for social, environmental and commercial value together. This online written discussion explores leading-edge thinking, examining the business case for a combined approach to measuring value, and how to grapple with the inevitable balances and trade-offs.

Why Join?

  • Learn from best practice examples, showing why and how businesses are putting people at the heart of climate action;
  • Explore how we can measure the intersection of social, environmental and commercial value, without creating additional time and financial burdens;
  • Find out how to better collaborate to fast track business action for climate justice.

Speakers:

Mihaela Balan, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Lead, BP4GG

Anna Barker, Head of Commercial Partnerships, Fairtrade Foundation

Georgina Duffin, Private Sector Analyst, BP4GG

Matt Gwyn, Strategic Engagement, World Benchmarking Alliance

Edel Heuven, Climate and Resilience Specialist, CARE

Antony Karanja, Researcher, Youth Cafe, Kenya

Melina Katende, Blockchain Consultant, BanQu Inc

Laura Kelly, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Andrew Means, Senior Director Global Impact Data Strategy, Salesforce.org

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Maria Pia Bianchetti, Private Sector Policy & Influencing Manager, UNICEF

María José Prado Valdés, Head of Social Impact Europe, CEMEX

Sandra Sanchez, Founder and Director, VToujours

Hina West, Director, Nature Pays, WWF

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

THU | RESILIENCE | 3.30 PM BST

Resilience requires energy, and in this session, Marcus Druen and Ruth Clarke provide some helpful exercises to both calm and energise your body.

Why Join?

  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Feel tranquillity through breathing and visualisation;
  • Channel your energy in an experience of Chi Gong.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Helga Flores Trejo, Vice President, Global Public Affairs International Organizations, Bayer AG

Andrea Acerbi, Head of Social Innovation & Corporate Giving, Bayer AG

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 1.30 PM BST

Tackling the Pandemic: From Rapid Response to Prevention

Hosted with Crown Agents and Mars Inc

In response to COVID-19, businesses entered rapid collaboration partnerships to support the lives, livelihoods and learning of the most vulnerable. This session deep-dives into practical examples of rapid collaboration, drawing out lessons that are applicable to other societal challenges - such as the equitable supply of vaccines and vaccine literacy, strengthening health systems and building community resilience.

Why Join?

  • Learn practical lessons from recent examples of rapid collaboration, and understand what businesses and other partners bring to the table;
  • Explore the key challenges for those who want to move rapidly on creating partnerships with impact, and find out how they can be overcome;
  • Gain insights into future priorities and opportunities for collaboration.

Speakers:

Keith Kibirango, Director of Philanthropy and Private Sector Engagement, Crown Agents

Emma Stanton, Manager, Social Impact, Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard

Justin White, Manager, Thriving People, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc

Andrew Wilson, Global Policy Director and Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International Chamber of Commerce

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 2.30 PM BST

Business Partnerships to Strengthen Food Systems

Hosted with Cargill

COVID-19 exposed deep vulnerabilities in food systems, with dramatic impacts on food and agricultural supply chains, and people who work in them. Business - in partnership with others - has an important role to play in rebuilding better. This Session explores practical examples of business partnerships that support the resilience of farmers, and strengthen wider food systems.

Why Join?

  • Learn why and how businesses can help overcome key challenges in relation to the resilience of smallholder farmers;
  • Gain practical insights from existing business partnerships that support smallholders;
  • Find out about global priorities for strengthening food systems in the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit, and how business can partner for change.

Speakers:

Taryn Barclay, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, Cargill

Etienne Labande, Deputy Country Director and Officer in Charge, Honduras, United Nations World Food Programme

Chris Noble, Head of Corporate Partnerships, CARE

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 3.30 PM BST

In our final coaching session, Marcus Druen and Ruth Clarke help you reflect on the week and provide tools to help you continue to care for yourself and build resilience.

Why Join?

  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Identify parts of your body that need your attention;
  • Receive some questions to take away, to help you continue with self-care going forward.
AGENDA
TUESDAY
MON 21 JUN
LEADERSHIP
Business leadership to rebuild better; Embedding social and climate innovation across business.
TUE 22 JUN
GENDER
Addressing gender-based violence; Harnessing technology to support women entrepreneurs.
WED 23 JUN
LIVELIHOODS
Ensuring a living wage; Supporting the livelihoods of women smallholder farmers.
THU 24 JUN
CLIMATE
Taking a people-centred approach to climate action; Creating an integrated approach to measuring impact.
FRI 25 JUN
PARTNERSHIP
Models for rapid collaboration; Moving towards system level, cross-sector collaboration.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

MON | LEADERSHIP | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever

Ansu Archana, South Asia Supply Chain Strategy Program Director, Unilever

WELCOME

TUE | GENDER | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Yash Ranga, Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Sustainability Lead, Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Achi Devi, Weaver Designer, Jaipur Rugs

WELCOME

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Constantino Gajardo, Country Manager, CODESPA Philippines

Mónica Gil-Casares, Research and Social Innovation Director, CODESPA Foundation

WELCOME

THU | CLIMATE | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Marike de Pena, Chair, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers

WELCOME

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Helga Flores Trejo, Vice President, Global Public Affairs International Organizations, Bayer AG

Andrea Acerbi, Head of Social Innovation & Corporate Giving, Bayer AG

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

MON | LEADERSHIP | 1.30 PM BST

Business Leadership to Rebuild Better

Hosted with Unilever


Businesses are increasingly expected to take a leadership role on societal issues, and taking actions that reflect the deeper values of your business can secure and add value to the business itself. This session will explore the drivers and challenges of values-led action, and share practical examples of businesses action on COVID-19 and climate change.

Why Join?

  • Find out which social challenges businesses are prioritising, and why;
  • Learn how social commitments can be turned into meaningful action across the whole business, and some of the challenges;
  • Explore the role of partnerships with NGOs for making an impact at scale.

Speakers:

Rianne Buter, Global Sustainability Director, Unilever

Catalina Garcia, Global Director of Corporate Affairs, AB InBev and Interim Director & Board Director AB InBev Foundation

Ruth Mhlanga, Head of Private Sector Team, Oxfam GB

Erika Webb-Hughes, Vice President of Sustainability & West Coast Government Affairs, Pearson

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

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WEBINAR

TUE | GENDER | 1.30 PM BST

The Business Case for Addressing Gender-Based Violence

Hosted with IFC

Companies are recognising their responsibility to address GBV and the business case for action is solidifying. However, more clarity is needed on the impacts of business action. With IFC experts, this session deep-dives into what practical business actions look like, and how they impact those affected.

Why Join?

  • Find out the key lessons from an IFC study into company responses to GBV at three major companies in Papua New Guinea;
  • Gain insights into the kinds of action that businesses are taking, and the benefits - both for staff and the business itself;
  • Understand gaps in current knowledge and opportunities for future responses.


Speakers:

Shabnam Hameed, Global Lead Workplace Responses to GBV, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Amy Luinstra, East Asia Pacific Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Jane Pillinger, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Criminology, Open University

Alice Allan, Collaboration Director, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

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WEBINAR

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 1.30 PM BST

The Business and Societal Case for Living Wages

This session explores the business and social case for a living wage, drawing on recent research and real-world examples, and reflecting on key trends in the regulatory context and shifting investor and stakeholder expectations. We will also explore barriers and challenges companies face in implementing a living wage and how companies are addressing them.

Why Join:

  • Learn why action on living wages is so important in the current context;
  • Discover the rationale for business engagement in this issue, and some practical examples of business action;
  • Explore the challenges that companies face, and how to overcome them and accelerate progress.

Speakers:

Rachel Cowburn-Walden, Global Director Human Rights Stewardship, Unilever

Mari-Lou Dupont, Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact

Shaheen Hashmat, Senior Project Manager - Global Living Wage, Living Wage Foundation

Jordy van Honk, Global Director Agri Commodities - Cocoa/Tea/Coffee, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

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WEBINAR

THU | CLIMATE | 1.30 PM BST

Business and Climate Justice

Businesses are ramping up action on climate change. However, existing inequities mean that a disproportionate burden of climate risk falls on those who are already most vulnerable, and who lack access to the opportunities of a green economy. This session explores how business can put the most vulnerable people at the heart of climate action.

Why Join?

  • Find out how business can protect lives from the primary effects of climate change;
  • Gain valuable insights into the risks and opportunities to vulnerable livelihoods as we feel the impacts of climate change and how business can respond;
  • Explore how business can improve access to learning and ensure an inclusive transition to a green economy.

Speakers:

Peter Glynn, Vice-Chair Environment and Energy Committee, Business at OECD

Lisa Manley, Vice President, Sustainability, Mars Inc

Prathyusha Parakala, Founder, Praana Trust

Peter Hall, Private Sector Lead, UN Climate Champions Team, Race to Resilience

Tara Shine, Director, Change by Degrees

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

cast_connected

WEBINAR

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 1.30 PM BST

Tackling the Pandemic: From Rapid Response to Prevention

Hosted with Crown Agents and Mars Inc

In response to COVID-19, businesses entered rapid collaboration partnerships to support the lives, livelihoods and learning of the most vulnerable. This session deep-dives into practical examples of rapid collaboration, drawing out lessons that are applicable to other societal challenges - such as the equitable supply of vaccines and vaccine literacy, strengthening health systems and building community resilience.

Why Join?

  • Learn practical lessons from recent examples of rapid collaboration, and understand what businesses and other partners bring to the table;
  • Explore the key challenges for those who want to move rapidly on creating partnerships with impact, and find out how they can be overcome;
  • Gain insights into future priorities and opportunities for collaboration.

Speakers:

Keith Kibirango, Director of Philanthropy and Private Sector Engagement, Crown Agents

Emma Stanton, Manager, Social Impact, Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard

Justin White, Manager, Thriving People, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc

Andrew Wilson, Global Policy Director and Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International Chamber of Commerce

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

MON | LEADERSHIP | 2.30 PM BST

Embedding Climate and Social Innovation into Business

Social innovation can create sustainable impact for business and society. Whilst the business case is clear, the challenge is how to unlock this potential by embedding social innovation at the heart of business. This written discussion explores how businesses are combining social innovation with their core capabilities to help solve global social and environmental challenges.

Why Join?

  • Discover practical examples and case studies of businesses that are embedding social innovation in their core activities;
  • Gain insights into the challenges of embedding social impact, and how to overcome them;
  • Learn about strategies and tactics that bring social and climate innovation together to deliver wins for society, for the climate and for business.

Speakers:

Maxime Braun, Catalyst Manager,  FUNDES

Justin Dekoszmovszky, UK Founder & Managing Director, Archipel&Co.

Mario Elias Gonzalez Lupercio, Social Impact & Shared Value Advisor, CEMEX

Mark Hillen, Founder and Chairman, Social Enterprise NL

Amalia Johnsson, Director of Programmes, Hand in Hand International

Mark Kebo Akparibo, Executive Secretary, Tele-Bere VSL Association

Ignatius Odongo, Strategist, Youth Cafe, Kenya

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Nic Ramsden, Team Leader, Business Partnerships for Global Goals (BP4GG)

Karen Smith, Agriculture Projects Lead, BP4GG

Dina Rokic, NaTakallam

Åsa Skogström Feldt, Managing Director,  IKEA Social Entrepreneurship

Anna Warrington, Director, India, Forum for the Future

Veronica Winja, Sustainability Advisory Consultant, KCL

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WEBINAR

TUE | GENDER | 2.30 PM BST

Women and E-commerce in Africa

Hosted with IFC

E-commerce growth in Africa has consistently been 50 per cent above global averages in recent years. This is anticipated to continue over the next decade despite the region’s connectivity, payments, and logistics challenges. This session deep-dives into the IFC’s latest research on how data and digital inclusion can create opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Why Join?

  • Find out why the pandemic has disproportionately impacted on women-owned businesses, and why achieving gender parity on e-commerce platforms could be a $15 billion opportunity;
  • Discover how sex-disaggregated data helps in the design of targeted products and services that boost entrepreneur success;
  • Learn how platform-administered loan products and fintech are integral to recovery efforts.

Speakers:

Tolulope George-Yanwah, Ghana Country Manager, Jumia

Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu, Regional Director, Eastern Africa, IFC

Joanna Kahiluoto, Policy Officer, European Commission

Charlotte Ntim, Disruptive Technology Officer, IFC

Samuel Schueth, Research Director, Kantar Public

Anne Kabugi, Africa Regional Lead, IFC (moderator)

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FORUM DISCUSSION

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 2.30 PM BST

Enhancing the Livelihoods of ‘Hidden Women’ in Global Smallholder Value Chains

Hosted with Oxfam and Unilever

Many systemic challenges prevent smallholder farmers from accessing sustainable, equitable livelihoods, and these difficulties are exacerbated for women who also face additional social and economic hurdles compared with male peers. This session explores how to design collaborative interventions to develop and scale solutions that enhance the livelihoods of women smallscale farmers.

Why Join?

  • Discover the biggest challenges to enhancing the livelihoods of ‘hidden women’ in global smallholder farmer value chains, and the levers of change;
  • Gain insights from panellists’ own learning and experiences in this space;
  • Explore how we can design collaborative partnerships that better enable women to benefit within smallholder value chains and ensure sustainable, resilient livelihoods.

Speakers:

Leena Camadoo, Global Advisor - Women's Economic Justice, Oxfam GB

Stephanie Daniels, Senior Program Director, Sustainable Food Lab

Julie Greene, VP Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam

Anu Huhtisaari, Senior Programme Manager, Ethical Tea Partnership

Ilaria Ida, Global Senior Manager Sustainable Sourcing - Livelihoods and Partnerships. Unilever

Inge Jacobs, Senior Manager Human Rights and Income, Cocoa, Mars

Emmanuel Mancion, Director & Head of Global Sales, Marcatus

Suzanne Munson, Director of Global Partnerships & Alliances, Heifer International

Elizabeth Njenga, Program Coordinator, Economic Empowerment and Climate Change, KTDA Foundation

Martha Rainer Opoku Mensah, Programme Officer, livelihoods and private sector, Oxfam Ghana

Leticia Yankey, Cocoa Farmer, Ghana

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FORUM DISCUSSION

THU | CLIMATE | 2.30 PM BST

Creating an integrated approach for measuring social and environmental impact

Delivering a decarbonised economy that leaves no-one behind will require new ways of measuring and accounting for social, environmental and commercial value together. This online written discussion explores leading-edge thinking, examining the business case for a combined approach to measuring value, and how to grapple with the inevitable balances and trade-offs.

Why Join?

  • Learn from best practice examples, showing why and how businesses are putting people at the heart of climate action;
  • Explore how we can measure the intersection of social, environmental and commercial value, without creating additional time and financial burdens;
  • Find out how to better collaborate to fast track business action for climate justice.

Speakers:

Mihaela Balan, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Lead, BP4GG

Anna Barker, Head of Commercial Partnerships, Fairtrade Foundation

Georgina Duffin, Private Sector Analyst, BP4GG

Matt Gwyn, Strategic Engagement, World Benchmarking Alliance

Edel Heuven, Climate and Resilience Specialist, CARE

Antony Karanja, Researcher, Youth Cafe, Kenya

Melina Katende, Blockchain Consultant, BanQu Inc

Laura Kelly, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Andrew Means, Senior Director Global Impact Data Strategy, Salesforce.org

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Maria Pia Bianchetti, Private Sector Policy & Influencing Manager, UNICEF

María José Prado Valdés, Head of Social Impact Europe, CEMEX

Sandra Sanchez, Founder and Director, VToujours

Hina West, Director, Nature Pays, WWF

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WEBINAR

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 2.30 PM BST

Business Partnerships to Strengthen Food Systems

Hosted with Cargill

COVID-19 exposed deep vulnerabilities in food systems, with dramatic impacts on food and agricultural supply chains, and people who work in them. Business - in partnership with others - has an important role to play in rebuilding better. This Session explores practical examples of business partnerships that support the resilience of farmers, and strengthen wider food systems.

Why Join?

  • Learn why and how businesses can help overcome key challenges in relation to the resilience of smallholder farmers;
  • Gain practical insights from existing business partnerships that support smallholders;
  • Find out about global priorities for strengthening food systems in the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit, and how business can partner for change.

Speakers:

Taryn Barclay, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, Cargill

Etienne Labande, Deputy Country Director and Officer in Charge, Honduras, United Nations World Food Programme

Chris Noble, Head of Corporate Partnerships, CARE

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



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COACHING

MON | LEADERSHIP | 3.30 PM BST

These interactive coaching workshops are a rare opportunity for guided personal development with renowned business coach Marcus Druen and holistic therapist Ruth Clark, starting with Leading the Self. Each session provides space for individual reflection, small group discussion, and guided exercises for mind and body.

Why Join?

  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Learn how to connect with yourself more fully, and experience the ‘body scan’ technique;
  • Engage with self-care and mindfulness practices.
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COACHING

TUE | GENDER | 3.30 PM BST

In our second guided personal development session with renowned business coach Marcus Druen and holistic therapist Ruth Clark, the focus is on engaging your Feminine Energy, and on remembering that you are a human being, not a human doing.

Why Join?


  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Learn how to connect with your feminine energy, which everyone can benefit from regardless of gender;
  • Experience how to connect with your inner child and your caring self.
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COACHING

WED | LIVELIHOODS 3.30 PM BST

Our personal development series continues with a focus on Connection to the Earth. In this experiential session, Marcus Druen and Ruth Clarke provide an opportunity to ground yourself.

Why Join?

  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Be guided in meditation connecting you with the Earth;
  • Release tension with stretches.
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COACHING

THU | RESILIENCE | 3.30 PM BST

Resilience requires energy, and in this session, Marcus Druen and Ruth Clarke provide some helpful exercises to both calm and energise your body.

Why Join?

  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Feel tranquillity through breathing and visualisation;
  • Channel your energy in an experience of Chi Gong.
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COACHING

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 3.30 PM BST

In our final coaching session, Marcus Druen and Ruth Clarke help you reflect on the week and provide tools to help you continue to care for yourself and build resilience.

Why Join?

  • Take some dedicated, transformative and structured “me time” to help build your resilience as you work towards your purpose;
  • Identify parts of your body that need your attention;
  • Receive some questions to take away, to help you continue with self-care going forward.

LEARNING ZONE
in partnership with Pearson
In addition to the interactive sessions, all participants will have access to a carefully curated mix of valuable learning content, including Learning Modules, How-To Videos, Video Seminars, Podcasts, Articles and Toolkits.
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    Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Equinor

  • “Business Fights Poverty always designs an incisive program, featuring good speakers who convey substance, fresh and useful thought leadership, delivered with the organization’s characteristic warmth.”

    Ilze Melngailis, UN Foundation


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