On 22 September 2016 the Business Call to Action's Seventh Annual Forum will take place in conjunction with the 71th Session of the United Nations General Assembly as the private sector, development institutions and governments are beginning to align their practices and commitments to the shared vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This invitation-only event will bring together leaders from prominent BCtA member companies as well as senior representatives from governments, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations. The Forum will showcase the potential for – and evidence of – inclusive businesses aligning their core business activities with the SDGs, thus contributing to this ambitious global development agenda – both globally and at the country level. THIS EVENT IS BY-INVITATION ONLY. SPACE IS LIMITED.On 22 September 2016 the Business Call to Action's Seventh Annual Forum will take place in conjunction with the 71th Session of the United Nations General Assembly as the private sector, development institutions and governments are beginning to align their practices and commitments to the shared vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
THIS EVENT IS BY-INVITATION ONLY. SPACE IS LIMITED.
There is a growing recognition of the integral role played by inclusive business in advancing the 2030 Agenda. Integrating individuals and small businesses into global value chains can create unprecedented economic opportunities for low-income communities. New models of inclusive supply chains and inclusive distribution are enabling low-income individuals to grow small businesses while helping companies to improve production, increase sales and reach new markets. This panel aims to understand the key challenges and opportunities for scaling and maximizing the positive impacts of these models, drawing on lessons learned from existing models that have had success. The discussion will address how companies can strengthen their own internal systems and the broader business ecosystem to accelerate the integration, growth and positive impact of inclusive business models.
Fostering the scale and impact of inclusive business requires collaboration of multiple stakeholders to build the enabling environment and ecosystems that effectively address common challenges and constraints faced by inclusive businesses – including lack of information, incentives, finance and capacities. This session will provide evidence-based perspectives on how governments, development actors, academia and the private sector can jointly drive the growth of inclusive business. The discussion will serve as a platform for sharing insights on creating an enabling environment and providing policy support for inclusive business.
Inclusive business models address the needs of companies while creating concrete development impacts and the potential for scaling up. Yet, it can take decades for companies to hone their business models to the point where they achieve profitability and reach scale. The greatest challenges are faced by companies that need to create their own markets rather than entering existing ones. Business model maturity is often critical for the growth of commercially viable inclusive businesses. This discussion will allow Business Call to Action members to share their perspectives and lessons learned in making new or renewed inclusive business commitments, and scaling, replicating or adjusting their business models along the way. The session will also feature the launch of – and insights from – the joint report by the Business Call to Action, Deloitte and UNDP, Uncharted Waters: Blending Value and Values For Social Impact Through the SDGs, which examines how to start, develop, refine and optimize inclusive business based on degree of readiness and maturity.
This session will present suggestions on how businesses’ impact measurement and reporting can contribute to global monitoring of the SDGs, based on key findings from the joint BCtA-GRI report, Measuring Impact: How Business Accelerates the Sustainable Development Goals, which will be launched at the Annual Forum. The session will include a brief presentation of the research, followed by a panel discussion by experts. Discussions will include current trends in companies’ impact measurement and reporting practices, and how governments view partnering with the private sector to leverage data captured by private companies. The aim is to explore concrete ways for the private and public sectors to collaborate in order to track business progress that advances the SDGs.
By delivering innovative, technology-based solutions to low-income communities, inclusive enterprises enhance the quality of life at the BoP. Often, this means bringing low-cost, life-saving and environmentally-friendly technologies and practices to the developing world. The Business Call to Action Expo offers a space for interaction and brainstorming how these innovations align with companies’ core business activities while making a difference in the lives of poor people.