Business Fights Poverty Online 2020

Purpose (Monday, 13 July): How can we embed purpose into business, as we rebuild better?

Efforts to rebuild better must be led by governments, but business, along with civil society has a critical role to play. Embedding purpose into business can be a powerful force for change, but how do we ensure this is authentic?

Opportunity (Tuesday, 14 July): How can we help workers, SMEs and farmers thrive?

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing fragilities in value chains. How can we create opportunity and build resilience, especially for the most vulnerable workers, small enterprises and farmers?

Skills (Wednesday, 15 July): How can we build the skills needed for the future? 

COVID-19 and the accompanying lockdowns have put at risk the jobs of hundreds of millions of people. This comes on top of disruptive trends like automation. How can we ensure people, especially young people, have the skills they need?

4:30 pm BST | workshop

“Intrapreneurs” are driving change from within incumbent institutions to address wicked society challenges in innovative ways. To succeed, they must master the ancient art of pathfinding, to navigate uncertainty and bring others along with them. Join this session to explore what this means and how to do it.

Hosted with The League of Intrapreneurs.

Moderated by:
Florencia Estrade, Global Director, The League of Intrapreneurs
Paulo do Amaral Boneff, Gerdau; League Global Fellow

Equity (Thursday, 16 July): How do we achieve gender and racial equity?

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact by gender, race and income level. The murder of George Floyd has highlighted the urgent need for action against racism. How can business help drive equity?

Collaboration (Friday, 17 July): How do we work together to drive system-level change?

It has been clear over recent months that we are deeply interconnected, and that faced with a global challenge we have the capacity to collaborate. How can we harness this to tackle climate change and inequality?

Business Fights Poverty is free to attend and is supported and co-curated by Pearson, and a range of other partners including the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Visa, Standard Chartered, CEMEX, the IFC, the ILO, the UN Office for Partnerships, Care, Oxfam, WWF, The Partnering Initiative, the International Council for Mining and Metals, and the World Benchmarking Alliance.

Business Fights Poverty Online 2020 is part of our Business and COVID-19 Response and is also timed to coincide with the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the UN platform for follow-up on the Sustainable Development Goals – the internationally agreed goals for people and planet, and a valuable context for our discussion about rebuilding better.

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Jul 13 - 17 2020


EDT (New York Time)
8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 13 - 17 2020
  • Time: 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

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