BCTA Annual Forum 2015

 

Register here for the Business Call to Action's Fifth Annual Forum, taking place on September 24th at Convene at 730 Third Ave, New York, NY 10178.

 

This invitation-only event will bring together chief executives from prominent Business Call to Action member companies as well as senior representatives from governments, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations. The event will include a series of high-level plenary sessions and interactive working groups.

 

This year we are once again teaming up with Business Fights Poverty, the world’s largest community of professionals harnessing business for social impact, to provide an online portal for the Annual Forum, bringing together event video, analysis and other content.

 

 

 

8:45-9:45 AM | BREAKFAST SESSION:
HARNESSING DOMESTIC INCLUSIVE BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasize working with business to carry out an ambitious agenda for people, prosperity, peace and the planet. Some of the most innovative approaches to harnessing business for social impact have come from domestic companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. An interactive breakfast panel discussion will explore the role of domestic inclusive businesses in delivering on the SDGs. The session will be preceded (8.30 to 8.45am) by Keynote Remarks by Magdy Martínez‐Solimán, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UN Development Programme (UNDP).

 

10:15-11:30 AM | PLENARY:
INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AS A KEY CONTRIBUTOR TO THE NEW DEVELOPMENT AGENDA:

This session will introduce new Business Call to Action member initiatives, showcase their innovative work and share evidence and knowledge of how these businesses are contributing to achieving the SDGs. It will serve as a platform for sharing both best practices on embedding inclusive business practices into company value chains and lessons learned on working with low‐income communities. The session will also feature public sector leaders who have made support for inclusive business central to their private‐sector engagement strategies – creating opportunities to harness the potential of inclusive business in the new global development agenda.

 

 

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | THEMATIC SESSION I:
TOWARD A HEALTHIER FUTURE: CATALYZING PARTNERSHIPS TO DRIVE BETTER HEALTH

Addressing the burden of disease in low‐ and middle‐income countries requires innovative cross‐sector partnerships that drive improvements in health. Both the private sector and policymakers have a role in determining how to address the newly established Sustainable Development Goal of ‘ensuring healthy lives and promoting well‐being for all at all ages’. This session seeks to highlight successes, challenges and lessons learned from cross‐sector partnerships aimed at achieving improved health impact from the perspectives of the private, public and non‐profit sectors.

 

 

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | THEMATIC SESSION II:
MAKING SDGS YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH REVOLUTIONALIZING DATA COLLECTION

This year marks the beginning of a new and much more ambitious global development agenda – the SDGs – in which measuring and reporting progress will be critical. Capturing operational performance and social impact can help companies to fuel product and service innovation, maintain their operating licenses, strengthen their value chains and improve their business environments. Understanding how these data are effectively measured is crucial for aligning corporate reporting frameworks with the SDGs. This session will share examples of ‘lean’ data collection initiatives undertaken by inclusive businesses to demonstrate how companies can actively contribute to achieving the SDGs.

 

 

1:00 - 2:30 PM:
NETWORKING LUNCH & MEMBER EXPO

By delivering innovative, technology‐based solutions to low‐income communities, innovative enterprises enhance the quality of life at the base of the economic pyramid. Often, this means bringing low‐cost, life‐saving, environmentally‐friendly technologies and practices to the developing world. BCtA Expo offers a space for interaction and promotion of how these innovations align with the core business activities of member companies while making a difference in the lives of the poor. Participating companies includes innovators such as AACE Foods, aWhere, Basic Water Needs, Centurion Systems, Contigo, Envirofit, Iluméxico, MUrgency, Pronaca, Sevamob, Sanergy, Shubham Housing, and Techpharm.

 

 

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