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2012 Event Series: Strengthening local supply chain opportunities in the extractives sector

Event Description



  • Jon Samuel, Head of Social Performance, Anglo American
  • Petter Matthews, Executive Director, Engineers Against Poverty
  • Emma Wilson, IIED


Chair: Simon Maxwell, Research Fellow, ODI

17.00 Registration opens

17.30-18.15 Introduction and panel presentations

18.15-19.00 Discussion

19.00 Reception


Commentating on the role of inclusive business in accelerating progress towards the MDGs, Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American remarked: “The amount that we spend each year in procurement from emerging market economies is comparable to the aid budgets of the UK, France or Germany. It’s a huge sum of money, and a massive development opportunity.”

Creating more opportunities for businesses in local supply chains is increasingly recognised by businesses and development partners as an important means for extractives companies to make a durable and valuable impact on local communities. 

Strengthening local business linkages and building the competitiveness and capacity of local companies to participate in value chains ensures that economic opportunities can be more widely distributed and sustained. It also makes good business sense, helping extractives companies to improve the efficiency of local procurement processes and to save costs. 

This event will bring together business and development practitioners to discuss the latest thinking on how to harness local procurement as a driver of economic growth and development.


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Supporting Partner: Engineers Against Poverty


The Business Impact for Good (BIG) Event Series

The Business Impact for Good 2012 Event Series aims to advance understanding and deepen engagement around the core issues of how to scale and measure the impact of business on development outcomes.

It builds on three successful years of events hosted by Business Action for Africa and its partners.  This year's Event Series partners include the Business Call to Action and the International Business Leaders Forum.

To find out more about the BIG Series 2012, click here.

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Comment by tiina.maria.turunen on March 2, 2012 at 10:34

Hi, is there an opportunity to get hold of the presentations or see the recording of the event online? The topic has raised a lot of interest among our networks but many people cannot unfortunately attend. Kind Regards, Tiina Turunen

Comment by Tobias Masterton on March 6, 2012 at 14:55

I endorse the above request as I've just had to cancel my attendance at short notice due to travel plans. It would be extremely useful to be able to download the presentations or access the whole event online.

Kind regards,

Tobias Masterton

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