BCtA Events


Global Sankalp Summit 2015

SankalpBanner The Business Call to Action has partnered with the Global Sankalp Summit to bring you access to the global event for inclusive business the 9th & 10th of April at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Now in its 7th year the Global Sankalp Summit 2015 will be exploring innovation as a trigger for inclusion, bringing Government as an actor in equitable development working together with social business, capital and corporates. We are delighted to offer BCtA members a 15% discount. Simply use the code BCTA15 when you register today. Sankalp Forum is a platform for innovation, inspiration and enterprise-led development. This year, the Forum has expanded, partnered with strategic partners and designed innovative and exciting opportunities to support the growth of your business. Would you like to meet with us during the event? Please contact Tomo Nagasaki at tomohiro.nagasaki@undp.org to set up a meeting!Location: Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

Accelerating Sustainable and Inclusive Business: What are the barriers to scaling inclusive business models and potential solutions to overcome them?

A growing number of companies are developing sustainable and inclusive business models that can offer positive developmental impacts—often partnering with the public sector, non-profit organisations, and foundations to leverage complementary capabilities and share up-front cost and risk. A new research report: Growth for Good or Good for Growth? by The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Monitor Institute, supported by Citi Foundation explores what motivates companies to engage in sustainable and inclusive business, the challenges they face and potential solutions to driving scale. At the same time, the UNDP-hosted Business Call to Action and the UK’s Department for International Development have developed a long track record in identifying and exploring ways to accelerate commercial business models that achieve a positive social and/or environmental impact at scale. Please join this event to learn more about the latest thinking on how to accelerate sustainable and inclusive business, overcome barriers to scale and the role of partnership.  Informed by the report findings and the experiences of panellists, the event will address the following questions:
  • What are the key barriers to scaling sustainable and inclusive business?
  • What are the most promising strategies – within business, government and civil society – for driving scale?  And how can these strategies be built into framing the new Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation?
  • How can partnerships between development agencies and business help scale sustainable and inclusive business?
Speakers will include:
  • Patricia Seex, Private Sector Head of Profession, DFID
  • Marcos Neto, Team Leader, Private Sector and Foundations, UNDP
  • Philip Martin Brown, Managing Director, Citi Inclusive Finance
  • Laura Crow, Principal Product Manager, Vodafone
  • Sean de Cleene, SVP, Global Initiatives, Strategy and Business Development, Yara International
Chair: Dr Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean for International Business and Finance and Executive Director of Institute for Business in the Global Context, The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Registration will open at 5pm.  The event will be followed by a reception. A video recording of the event will be available shortly afterwards.Location: London

Webinar: How do we replicate what works in Inclusive Business?

On 14 January 2015, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) and Endeva Enterprise Solutions for Development, with community support from the Business Fights Poverty, will host a webinar discussion addressing the question, How do we replicate what works in Inclusive Business? The webinar will discuss how inclusive businesses can replicate their business model, thus expanding their business, or share their knowledge with peers, who can follow a similar path. How can development partners, governments, investors, NGOs and other actors in the ecosystem actively support the replication of these models? Drawing on the findings shared in Endeva’s newly published study, Multiplying Impact: Supporting the Replication of Inclusive Business Models, the panel of experts will highlight successful examples and recommendations from the companies that achieved scale through replication. FEATURED SPEAKERS REGISTER NOW!Location:

Webinar: How Do You Create a Transformative Business Model?


On 2 December 2014, the Business Call to Action, in partnership with the Business Fights Poverty, will host a webinar discussion addressing the question, How Do You Create a Transformative Business Model? The webinar will discuss challenges and opportunities companies face in developing, sustaining and scaling successful inclusive business models that achieve commercial success and development outcomes by doing business with the 'base of the economic pyramid’. The webinar will feature a moderated discussion followed by the questions and comments from the audience, who will have an opportunity to chime in and interact with the speakers. FEATURED SPEAKERS

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December 4th event in collaboration with PSP4H in Nairobi

We are pleased to collaborate on the upcoming “Better Healthcare for Low-Income Kenyans: Innovative Private Sector Approaches”, a forum co-hosted by the UNDP-based Business Call to Action (BCtA) and the Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health (PSP4H). This special event will take place on Thursday, 4 December 2014 and will be held at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi from 8:00 am-2:00 pm This interactive event will gather senior leaders from prominent Business Call to Action member companies, as well as senior representatives from private sector healthcare providers, governments, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations. This half-day event will offer an opportunity to showcase innovative work, engage in peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, network and establish linkages with other leaders in the field. There will be two plenary sessions:
  • The launch of the case study "Tackling Child Mortality in Kenya”
  • The launch of Pharmnet, a commercial retail pharmacy network
If interested, please confirm your participation by phone to Centrine Musoliza on 0708771545 or email to patricia.guchu@psp4h.com on or before close of business Tuesday, 2 December 2014.Location:

GUARDIAN LIVE CHAT: How do base of the pyramid businesses scale up?

When global income distribution is plotted on a graph it looks like a pyramid. Some 32m individuals (just 0.7% of the world’s population) sit at the top representing 41% of global wealth, while at the very base of the pyramid are 3.2bn individuals representing just 3% of global riches. Inclusive, or base of the pyramid businesses serve this significant cohort, and many have met with success. Examples include Vodafone’s mobile phone based money service Mpesa or L’Occitane, which works in Burkina Faso to support traditionally produced shea butter. But where these inclusive business models have managed to scale up, many others have not been so successful. Scaling inclusive business initiatives means driving profitable commercial growth as well as reaching a greater number of people at the base of the pyramid. Businesses need to see a return on investment in order to repay initial costs, turn a profit and move a proven model to scale. Several factors feed into the scalability of base of the pyramid initiatives. A company’s ability to find and work with the right partners is key, as is its success in developing or tapping into demand for a product or service, and its understanding of the local context. Businesses must have an understanding of how to use technology effectively and, importantly, how to access and mobilise finance. It’s also vital they can identify and deal with internal barriers such as capability gaps. How do companies go about ensuring they have this understanding and what can be learned from the successes and failures of others?

Join the experts for a live chat

Join us on Wednesday, 5 November at 10am EST/3pm GMT for a live chat with a panel of experts to discuss questions such as:
  • How can companies forge valuable partnerships that help embed their business model?
  • What is the best way to work with governments and local authorities to get support?
  • Are there lessons when it comes to attracting the finance needed to develop successful and scalable BoP business models?
  • How do companies scale up their BoP models while retaining the local context necessary for their original success?
  • How do businesses replicate their business models in a way that makes sense geographically? Which parts of their business model can be replicated and how far do they need to start again?
  • Can technology help companies reach scale?
  • What lessons can be learned from the successes and failures of companies that have attempted to scale their BoP business models?



Launch of the Inclusive Business Action Network

Unlocking the power of inclusive business. Scaling and replicating impact. 

18 - 20 November, 2014 in Berlin, Germany The Business Cal to Action is happy to partake in the launch of the Inclusive Business Action Network, which will provide a home and single entry point to the global inclusive business community. It is a vibrant, global multistakeholder network consisting of inclusive businesses, bi-and multilateral institutions, investors, initiatives and locally based hubs. It will provide formats for mutual exchange and peer learning, highlight existing solutions supporting inclusive businesses, promote partnerships for collective action, create and make information and knowledge easily accessible, offer access to implementation support on the ground in a broad range of countries and facilitate dialogue with policy makers on the international and local level. Join the launch in Berlin (sign up here) to discover, contribute to, and learn about the network firsthand. The launch event will concentrate on the 3 main goals of the Inclusive Business Action Network: to inform, connect, and collaborate in the area of inclusive business. Location: Berlin, Germany

Social Innovation Summit 2014

The Social Innovation Summit brings together top executives and thought leaders from around the globe to discuss opportunities for leveraging technology & innovation to affect social change. Attendees will discuss philanthropic trends, analyze innovative approaches for problem solving and build lasting partnerships that enable them and their organizations to discover new methods of engaging with social challenges. We have created a special 30% discount code for the Business Call to Action network: BCTA30 Please register here by Friday, November 7thLocation: Stanford, CA

Featured Event: The Global Impact Forum

The Business Call to Action is delighted to be the supporting partner of the Global Impact Forum, which supports the creation of transformative solutions to the world's most pressing social challenges. The forum's goal is to facilitate innovative partnerships that address social challenges and help build a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive global economy. A Unique Concept: The Global Impact Forum is a two-day partnering event with a uniquely forward-looking and outcomes-orientated design. The forum presents exceptional social entrepreneurs and impact leaders to an audience of potential partners. Connections are facilitated by an efficient online system that allows attendees to screen potential partners and pre-arrange one-to-one meetings. Carefully curated presentations, high-level speakers and an exciting mix of participants make attending the Global Impact Forum a powerful experience.

Register here to attend the Global Impact Forum, October 8-9, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland!

 Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Business Call to Action Fifth Annual Forum – September 24, 2014



730 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10178 (between 45th and 46th Streets) (map)
Eventbrite - Business Call to Action Fifth Annual Forum
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 teaming up with Business Fights Poverty, the world’s largest community of professionals harnessing business for social impact, to provide an online community portal for the Annual Forum. We will be streaming all the plenary sessions on this dedicated portal, along with exclusive articles and opportunities for participants and others to network and continue the discussion beyond the New York event. You will be sent login details to enable you to access the Annual Forum Portal.
Tatiana Bessarabova at tatiana.bessarabova@undp.org
Organised by Business Action for Africa, Harvard Kennedy School CSRI and The Partnering Initiative.
  • Chair: Stuart Hart, Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
  • Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Assistant-Secretary General, Bureau for Development Policy, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Sam Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction
  • Mark Devadason Group Head of Sustainability, Standard Chartered
  • Allan Pamba, Vice-President, East Africa, GSK
  • Louise Kantrow, ICC Permanent Representative to the United Nations
10:00-11:30 | PLENARY I:
  • Eriko Ishikawa, Global Program Manager, Inclusive Business Models, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Lena Ingelstam, Director of Partnerships and Innovations, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
  • Martha Herrera, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Development Director, CEMEX
  • Grace Waiharo, Head of Operations, Phillips Healthcare Services Limited
  • Peter White, Chief Operating Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Moderator: Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager, Business Call to Action (BCtA)
11:45-13:00 | PLENARY II:
  • Presenter and Moderator: Stuart Hart, Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont Business School and the S. C. Johnson Chair Emeritus at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management
  • Genichiro Shimada, General Manager of International Relations Group, Panasonic Corporation
  • Raman Ramachandran, Chairman & Managing Director, BASF
  • Bart Hartman, Founder and Chief Entrepreneur, NOTS Impact Enterprises
14:00-15:30 | PLENARY III:
  • Opening remarks: Ricardo Michel, Director, Center for Transformational Partnerships, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Mark Joaquin Ruiz, Co-founder & Managing Director, Hapinoy
  • Willie J. Uy, President & Chief Executive Officer, Phinma Property Holdings Corp.
  • Moderator: Rapa Lopa, Executive Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)
  • Closing remarks: Marcos Neto, Cluster Leader, Innovations and Development Alliances, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
16:00-17:30 | BREAKOUT SESSION I:
  • David Auerbach, Co-Founder, Sanergy
  • Márcio Campos, CEO, PagPop
  • Eduardo Puig de la Bellacasa, Corporate Director of Sustainability, Telefónica
  • Suneet Singh Tuli, DataWind Ltd.
  • Mert Basar, Chief Marketing Officer, TTNETModerator: Adrian Hodges, Director, Adrian Hodges Advisory Ltd.
16:00-17:30 | BREAKOUT SESSION II:
  • Subathirai Sivakumaran, Team Lead, Business Call to Action (BCtA)
  • Parag Gupta, CEO, Waste Capital Partners
  • Shaffi Mather, Co-Founder, Ziqitza Healthcare Limited (ZHL) and Founder, MUrgency
  • Moderator: Caroline Ashley, Editor, Practitioner Hub on Inclusive Business/Results Director, DFID Impact Programme

Featured Event: SOCAP14

SOCAP14 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Held at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center from Sept. 2-5, SOCAP14 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes. SOCAP_logo This year's theme "Igniting Vibrant Communities" challenges us all to look for vibrant communities when seeking evidence of successful impact. SOCAP has convened 10,000+ innovators from 70+ countries at the intersection of money and meaning since its founding in 2008. SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) is dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. Its approach emphasizes cross-sector convening and gathers voices across a broad spectrum to catalyze unexpected connections. From the leading edge to established players, SOCAP brings together global innovators, investors, foundations, governments, institutions, and social entrepreneurs to build the world we want to leave to future generations. The conference actively seeks out opportunities to accelerate the market at the intersection of money and meaning and, in pursuit of that goal, have convened more than 10,000 people since its founding in 2008. Business Call to Action is delighted to be serving as a media partner for SOCAP14. Visit event website for more information.


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Topics you can expect at SOCAP14:


Impact Investing

Exciting developments from entrepreneurs, government, the private sector, and leading foundations over the past year will be explored, along with discussions of what infrastructure and field building is still to come. icon_meaning


We take a deeper look at the inspiration behind efforts to ignite vibrant communities, including personal experience, values, faith, vision, and more. Meaning anchors the social capital markets and provides the North Star to individuals. icons_food

Food Systems

Explore market opportunities in building more sustainable and resilient food systems. We will look globally at how impact investment can support the large market shifts necessary to support sustainable food systems in the face of population growth and climate change. We will then zoom in on the local level to understand the connections of food, health, and economic empowerment and the gaps and opportunities for farmers, entrepreneurs, and investors within the food system. icon_sharing

Sharing Economy

The sharing economy represents a shift towards a new community-driven economic model, with people collaborating, sharing and renting access to goods and services, rather than simple “ownership.” How do we ensure that accessibility and equitability are at the foundation of this new market system? What types of community-sourced capital and governance do start-ups in the collaborative economy need? And what are the corresponding investment models and opportunities? icon_health


Building from last year’s theme and our recent SOCAP Health conference, we look at the challenges and opportunities of creating better health outcomes for people globally. Innovative approaches to improving health outcomes through low-cost interventions are on the verge of unprecedented scale and impact. Systems and solutions from the developing world are being used to reform a costly US healthcare system, while new technologies and creative financing are extending care to previously underserved populations around the world. incon_inclusion

Financial Inclusion

Critical to igniting vibrant communities, financial inclusion is a foundation of sustainable development, both domestically and abroad. Technology, behavioral research and user-centered design are coming together to dramatically change the landscape of financial services for the poor. icon_resilience


In the face of rapid global change, we must plan and build so that our cities, natural ecosystems, and personal sustainability are resilient. Understanding the design of resilient systems and the leading thinking to prepare for an unknown future will be the focus of these sessions. icon_open    
Location: San Francisco, CA

GUARDIAN LIVE CHAT: BOP Markets: Learning From Successes and Failures

Serving base of the pyramid markets is not easy. Multinational companies, often headquartered in the west, cannot simply expect to replicate traditional business models in developing countries. A bespoke and considered approach is required and finding the right business model can be a difficult and expensive trial-and-error process. Novartis, for example, has managed to achieve scale with its Arogya Parivar healthcare initiative in India. Through the scheme the company sells affordable medication in small packets (around $1.25) to base of the pyramid markets, as well as providing healthcare education to communities and training to doctors. But it is an expensive approach - it took 30 months for the company to break even.
Failure is very common in base of the pyramid markets, but companies have altered their business models in response. Building company Cemex set up an initiative to address housing issues among low income communities called Patriminio Hoy. Initially using a door-to-door sales force it quickly found this didn't work. Instead it created migrant clubs to market its products and experienced better success.
Operating in base of the pyramid markets is complex. Businesses need to be prepared to spend time understanding what customers want and need, be prepared to fail and be in it for the long haul. So, where do companies start? How do they map markets and create workable business models? And what lessons can be learned from successes and failures of those companies already operating in base of the pyramid markets?  

Join the experts for a live chat:

Join a panel of experts on Thursday 10 July at 3pm BST/ 10am ET to discuss the challenges businesses face when working with base of the pyramid markets and what can be learned from the successes and failures so far. Topics under discussion will include:
  • What kinds of business models appeal to base of the pyramid customers?
  • What can be learned from successes and failures of business? What are the common mistakes, what has worked well and what are the constraints to bear in mind?
  • How do businesses earn and maintain trust in low income communities?
  • Where is the evidence that inclusive business aimed at the world's poorest markets can have any role in alleviating poverty?
  • How can businesses respond to criticism that they are exploiting low income markets?




How to Join:

The live chat is completely text based and will take place on this page in the comments section below, kicking off on Thursday 10 July, from 3pm (BST)/10am (ET). You can submit any questions in advance using the form below, or tweet them to @GuardianSustBiz using #askGSB and we'll put them to the panel on the day.Location:

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Innovation & Business Development Through Inclusive Business

July 15, 2014 | 9:00am Bogota | 10:00am NY | 15:00 London| 19:30 New Delhi Companies seek innovation opportunities, business development and market expansion. Meanwhile, countless communities around the world face market inefficiencies, exclusion, disconnection from markets, and many other development challenges. While they struggle with poverty and inefficiency traps, these populations represent an untapped productive resource and a neglected consumer market that lacks access to essential goods and services. By implementing inclusive business practices, many companies are already benefitting by winning new consumers in developing markets, expanding their workforce and strengthening supply chains, while achieving positive social and economic impacts in these communities. Join Minka-Dev and the Business Call to Action for a virtual discussion among companies and social-sector organizations on business innovation and development through inclusive business. The event aims to showcase successful inclusive business ventures and generate cross-sector dialogue to sustain the momentum for inclusive business across many sectors and geographies. Featured Speakers: REGISTER HERE: http://ibwebinar.eventbrite.com
  Las empresas están en una constante búsqueda de oportunidades para la innovación, la ampliación de mercados y el desarrollo empresarial. Entretanto, un sinnúmero de comunidades alrededor del mundo se enfrenta a ineficiencias de mercado, exclusión y otros desafíos de desarrollo. Estas poblaciones representan un recurso productivo inexplorado y un mercado de consumo desatendido, que carece de acceso a bienes y servicios esenciales. Con el desarrollo de negocios inclusivos, muchas empresas se están beneficiando con la participación en mercados dinámicos, con nuevos consumidores para sus productos, la ampliación de su fuerza productiva y el fortalecimiento de sus cadenas productivas, además de la generación de impacto social y medioambiental. Los invitamos a sumarse a un diálogo virtual anfitriónado por Minka-Dev y Business Call to Action, que reunirá a empresas y organizaciones del sector social en torno al desarrollo de negocios inclusivos. El evento busca visibilizar ejemplos exitosos de negocios inclusivos y con ello generar un diálogo multisectorial que impulse este tipo de iniciativas en diversos países y sectores económicos. Ponentes:
REGÍSTRESE AQUÍ: http://ibwebinar.eventbrite.com
Location: Online

Changing Lives Through Mobile

Come listen to international telecom operators and mobile market leaders “tell their story” at the United Nations. The by-invitation-only audience are senior executives from private sector companies, telecom providers, aid organizations and select government representatives. Please visit www.changinglivesmobile.com to register. BCtA members and affiliates can register for free using code "Mobile619". For any questions, please contact Karen Newman at karen.newman@undp.org. Changing Lives Through MobileLocation: United Nations, New York City

Investing in Women’s Economic Empowerment in Turkey and Globally

Join us for a "Google Hangouts on Air" broadcast of a panel discussion on empowering women through inclusive business and entrepreneurship in Turkey and around the world with:
  • Aysegul Ildeniz, Vice President, New Devices Group, Intel Corporation (@Intelinvolved)
  • Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager, Business Call to Action (@BCtAInitiative), United Nations Development Programme
  • Gulden Turktan (@GuldenTurktan), President, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (@Kagider)
  • Ingrid Vanderveldt (@ontheroadwithiv), Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell (@DellBizWomen)
  • Moderated by Selen Ucak (@SelenUcak), Executive Director, The American Turkish Society
***If you are in NYC and a member of The American Turkish Society, you are welcome to join us at 9:00AM at our offices at 54 W. 40th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) at We Work Bryant Park to meet-and-mingle with our speakers and guests and participate in the discussion live. RSVP on Thursday to selen.ucak@americanturkishsociety.org.

Turning Inspiration into Action: Next Steps for the Private Sector to Empower Women Globally

The BCtA is co-organizing  with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Business Civic Leadership Center and United Nations Office for Partnerships, the 4th annual women's  forum which will be held at the United Nations on March 4th, 2014 under the theme: Turning Inspiration into Action. The event will dive deep into the many challenges that women and girls still face in obtaining economic independence with a strong focus on the solutions. [caption id="attachment_11593" align="alignright" width="361"]IWD13 Speakers from IWB 2013[/caption] The forum will highlight the private sector’s position and drive awareness and visibility around how business is part of the solution.   Speakers include  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and dynamic speakers from Ernst and Young, Intel, Walmart, and Qualcomm.  In addition, the BCtA will have a have representatives from a number of our member companies participating as speakers. Register: http://bit.ly/1kmsXmu Use  code: BCtA  for a %20 discountLocation: The United Nations First Avenue Entrance: 47th Street on First Avenue New York, New York 10017 United States

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Ingredients and Results of Inclusive Business

Findings from the Business Innovation Facility Pilot WEBINAR | 16 December 2013 Since early 2010, the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) team has been supporting the exciting and intriguing journeys of inclusive businesses in Bangladesh, India, Malawi, Nigeria and Zambia. As the BIF pilot draws to a close, it is time to see what its findings can contribute to some wider questions:
  • What are the ingredients of successful inclusive business models?
  • What commercial and social results can inclusive business deliver?
  • What value does donor-funded technical assistance add?
We invite you to discuss these and other related questions with:
  • Soji Apampa, Country Manager, Business Innovation Facility Nigeria
  • Caroline Ashley, Results Director, Business Innovation Facility
  • Carolin Schramm, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Business Innovation Facility
  • Opening Remarks: Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager, Business Call to Action
  REGISTER: http://bit.ly/1byIDs6 Location:

Business Call to Action (BCtA) Forum in Tokyo 2013

The Business Call to Action (BCtA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), is pleased to hold a Business Call to Action (BCtA) Forum in Tokyo on an occasion of the UNDP Administrator’s official visit to Japan. The forum is organized to promote innovative business approaches to solve development issues and to encourage greater participation from the Japanese private sector in the BCtA leadership platform. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will make a keynote speech for the Japanese private sector and development partners at the reception following the forum. Forum site in Japanese: http://www.undp.org/content/tokyo/ja/home/presscenter/articles/2013/11/5/news_20131105/  Location: Tokyo

UPCOMING WEBINAR: What can social intrapreneurs do to really make a difference?

WEBINAR | 10 December 2013 10:00 NYC / 15:00 London / 16:00 Stockholm / 20:30 N. Delhi / 23:00 Manila
On 10 December 2013, the Business Call to Action (BCtA), in partnership with the Business Fights Poverty (BFP) and the Leadership Laboratories will host a public webinar exploring how innovators within large MNCs may promote pro-poor business models. Inclusive business approaches that offer the potential for both commercial success and social benefit have been adopted by numerous companies in recent years. But relatively few of these ventures exist and have achieved the potential for scale. What many of these ventures do show is that behind the success stories there are often intrapreneurs -- individuals or teams who have won the buy-in of their companies and had the commercial acumen, drive and commitment to deliver on their inclusive business strategies. In establishing an inclusive business initiative, these champions move the companies through a process from initial conception to start-up, ongoing management and scale-up, often encountering internal and external barriers. Drawing on experiences shared at the first Intrapreneur Lab -- a programme for high-performers from large companies to develop business ideas that address a social issue profitably -- the webinar will feature personal accounts of individuals from multi-nationals who have successfully integrated inclusive business initiatives into core business functions and have been instrumental in enabling other intrapreneurs do the same. The webinar will feature an interactive Q&A session with the audience, who will have an opportunity to participate and interact with the speakers.   FEATURED SPEAKERS:   REGISTER: http://bit.ly/1cLoNwf WebinarHeader_pngLocation:

Upcoming UNDP/AFIM Webinar on Inclusive Business Policies

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EAT

UNDP AFIM Realizing Africas Wealth.pdf.thumb.319.319The UNDP's African Facility for Inclusive Markets cordially invites you to participate in a webinar discussion on Inclusive Business Policies. In this 1 hour webinar, UNDP AFIM will go back to the inclusive business ecosystem diamond of its flagship report “Realizing Africa’s Wealth – Building Inclusive Businesses for Shared Prosperity”! and focus on the role of the Public Sector and in particular policies to foster inclusive businesses. Guest speaker, Christina Gradl, Endeva co-founder and co-author of a report on Inclusive Business Policies commissioned by BMZ will introduce the main findings of the report to you. After the presentations, there will be time for Q&A from the audience. The main audience is expected to be made up of anyone in UNDP interested in Private Sector development in Africa.

Webinar Registration


Upcoming Webinar: Healthcare Innovations through Inclusive Business Models

WEBINAR |  6 November 2013 11:00 NYC & Lima / 16:00 London / 17:00 Stockholm / 21:30 N. Delhi / 0:00 Manila On 6 November 2013, the Business Call to Action (BCtA), in partnership with the Business Fights Poverty (BFP), will host a public webinar to discuss increasing and improving access to healthcare services for the poor in underserved markets. Register to participate in an engaging discussion with Novartis, Por ti, Familia and HAPINOY/MicroVentures about healthcare innovations through inclusive business models. Learn about challenges as well as opportunities these companies face in developing and scaling initiatives that enable low-income communities to access healthcare service and medicines at affordable prices. The webinar will feature an interactive Q&A session with the audience, who will have an opportunity to participate and interact with the speakers. FEATURED SPEAKERS:   REGISTER: http://bctahealthwebinar.eventbrite.com BCtA_BFP_LogosLocation: Webinar

G20 Inclusive Business Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

The Business Call to Action is supporting the regional G20 Inclusive Business Workshop in Africa taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on 29-30 October 2013. As the final event of the workshop series, the workshop will offer a unique opportunity to exchange, network and  contribute  to  the  development  of  a  supportive  ecosystem  for  inclusive  businesses  in  Africa.  It will focus on the topic “scaling-up and replicating inclusive business models”. After  a  closed  door  B2B  workshop,  the  G20  Challenge  will  hold  a  one-day  cross  sector  forum which  will  gather  150  participants  from  the  region  and  beyond.  Other forum  partners  include  the  African Development  Bank  (AfDB),  the  Siemens  Stiftung  (Foundation)  and  the  African Facility for Inclusive Markets – United Nations Development Programme (AfiM – UNDP).Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Exploring the Inclusive Business Landscape in India

The Business Call to Action (BCtA), with support from the Embassy of Sweden, is convening an event in New Delhi to raise awareness about the many inclusive innovations that companies are developing to improve the lives of the poor in India, and to encourage networking amongst inclusive business practitioners.

Over the past decade, the role of the private sector as an engine of growth and development has become widely recognized. “Inclusive business models” are sustainable business solutions that expand access to goods, services, and livelihood opportunities for low-income communities.  With almost 30% of the Indian population living below the national poverty line and 87% living on less than $4 a day, India provides a vibrant market for innovative inclusive business experiences in many sectors.

This event will highlight the work of Business Call to Action member companies that are scaling up inclusive initiatives in India.

The date and time of the event are subject to change. Please contact us if you would like to attend this event.

Location: TBD

Ethos Conference, São Paulo, Brazil

The Business Call to Action is pleased to partner with Brazil's leading sustainable business conference, organized annually by the Ethos Institute.   This year's theme of the conference is "Sustainable and Responsible Business: Opportunities for Businesses and for Brazil." In addition to offering the traditional debates, lectures and conceptual discussions, the conference will have a pragmatic perspective to address the issues of sustainability and apply them immediately in modeling sustainable business. Theory and practice are finally leading to the transformation of how we do business. Hence, "Case Analysis of Sustainable Business" and "Analysis of Sustainable Business Models" are the two modules uniquely structured to meet this goal. BCtA's Gustavo Pimentel will partake in the evaluation of the cases presented to the panel of experts. Learn more about the Case Module here. During its core module, the conference will focus on "Sustainable Business" in its many facets, while the remaining modules offer additional activities on topics, such as "Talk Leaders", "Education and Technology", "Business and Technology", "Human Rights" and "Brazilian Business: Transnational Connections." BCtA's Suba Sivakumaran will speak on the panel, "The Role of Business for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals", profiling BCtA member companies role in advancing the MDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Other themes to be addressed at the conference:
  • - Carbon credit is a future market?
  • - Encouraging carbon reduction for sustainable products in Brazil;
  • - Start up Brazil: the style and competitiveness of Brazilian start-ups
  • - Fair competition and confidence in the business environment
  • - Sustainability in minefield: can any company have a sustainable business?
  • - Spheres of social and environmental progress: companies, cities and countries
  • - Risk and Infrastructure: sustainability vs productivity
  • - Networks of Brazilian women leaders in sustainability
  • - Increased power consumption and reliability: implications for the future of sustainable brands
  • - Open innovation: when entrepreneurship happens
  • - Costs and opportunity losses resulting from the non-integration of social, environmental and business ethics
  For more information, visit: http://www.ethos.org.br/ce2013  


Location: Teatro GEO (no edifício do Instituto Tomie Ohtake), Rua Coropés, 88, Pinheiros, São Paulo (SP), CEP 05426-010

Business Opportunities in Housing for the Base of the Pyramid, São Paulo, Brazil

The Business Call to Action (BCtA) and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) are partnering to engage relevant stakeholders and generate connections, ideas, and action to propel innovative businesses that serve low-income communities in Brazil. With this in mind, we are pleased to invite you to participate in an event, titled “Business Opportunities in Housing for the Base of the Pyramid”. In advance of the Ethos Conference, this event will take place in São Paulo, Brazil on September 2, 2013 from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Featuring leading private sector champions, government and civil society representatives, this event will explore the impact of housing solutions for the “Base of the Pyramid”; identify innovative solutions in products and services in the housing sector, and map existing networks in the sector. Click here to RSVP! Save-the-date-habitacaoLocation: Espaço Fit R. Peixoto Gomide, 282 - Bela Vista São Paulo, Brazil

Upcoming Webinar: Social Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid Across Latin America

Natura_Edited WEBINAR | 11:00am NY | 10:00 Mexico | 12:00 Rio de Janeiro | 16:00 London | 20:30 New Delhi On 30 July 2013, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) cordially invites you to participate in a webinar, titled, Social Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid Across Latin America. The virtual discussion will explore innovative market-based solutions to development challenges and the barriers companies face within their ecosystems and along the pathway to scale. While Latin America is at the forefront of market-based solutions to development challenges, many roadblocks still hinder scalability and success of these ventures. The webinar will not only explore how businesses use social innovation as a development tool to meet the needs of the low-income communities in Latin America, but also offer valuable insights on the barriers and the solutions to tackling them. Register today to join this engaging and rich discussion! SPEAKERS:   MODERATOR:  

REGISTER: http://bctalacwebinar.eventbrite.com

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Business Call to Action Annual Event, New York

The Business Call to Action will be hosting a half day event on September 19, 2013 in New York City to celebrate the achievements of its members.  The event will offer an opportunity for analysis and peer to peer learning on the field of inclusive business, with engaging debates about the role of partnerships in scaling up inclusive initiatives, the importance of impact investing in stimulating more inclusive markets, and innovations in inclusive agricultural supply chains.  The event will also be an opportunity to recognize new company commitments to the BCtA. BCtA’s Annual Event will coincide with the Global Compact Leaders Summit in advance of the UN General Assembly.  Attendees are invited to stay for the remainder of the day to attend the GC Leaders Summit (attendance to the BCtA event is free with an invitation; all BCtA members are welcome to attend the GC Leaders Summit at the price of a ticket—your company does not need to be a member to attend). Expected Audience:  150-200 high-level representatives from Business Call to Action member companies, other leading international businesses attending the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, development organizations, impact investors, and high-level representatives of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Key themes and focus

  • Moving beyond discussions to focus on outcomes
  • Addressing the "Missing Middle" in Impact Finance and Innovative Funding
  • Connecting decision makers and leaders in the field
  • Encouraging broader participation in inclusive business


The Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global corporate leadership platform, with over 70 member companies that are incorporating inclusive business approaches in their operations to help advance the MDGs.  As innovators in this space, BCtA member companies are advancing the inclusive business agenda by creating novel business models, sharing lessons learned, and forging partnerships to improve scale and increase development impact. BCtA’s company membership consists of a diverse group of multinational corporations, medium-sized companies from emerging markets and social enterprises. As such, members offer unique and valuable perspectives on their contribution to development through market based approaches. An important offering of the BCtA is the opportunity for member companies and development partners to share knowledge and best practice tools. The private sector has made substantial contributions to the MDG framework, yet many questions remain about how inclusive business can continue generating commercial growth while increasing tangible and long-term development outcomes.  The BCtA’s Annual Event offers the opportunity to convene members and development partners to reflect on these important questions and to connect with peers.

If you would like to attend this event, please contact Karen Newman at karen.newman@undp.org

 Location: Hyatt Grand Central, New York

Realizing Africa’s Wealth – Building Inclusive Businesses for Shared Prosperity, Nairobi, Kenya

Breakfast Launch of:


Wednesday, 31 July 2013, at Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Afim_Report The report provides the status quo on inclusive business and its promise in Africa with insights from over 170 in-depth enterprise and partnership case studies, expert interviews and survey responses.  The report also features a number of Kenyan businesses and initiatives on inclusive businesses, including for example Equity Bank, the Kenya Financial Sector Deepening Initiative, Kenya Agricultural Commodity Exchange Limited, Safaricom’s M-Pesa and the Sustainable Healthcare Foundation. Prepared by UNDP’s African Facility for Inclusive Markets, the report examines the approaches and conditions required to bring economic growth closer to low-income communities in Africa, focusing on how businesses can more readily include them as consumers, entrepreneurs and employees. It identifies promising opportunities in enabling enterprises and entrepreneurs to build more – and stronger – inclusive businesses. The report calls for more efforts to support inclusive businesses with incentives and investment schemes as well as knowledge sharing about market information and implementation. UNDP aims at fostering inclusive business and public private collaboration in Kenya. With Kenya Investment Authority and two Japanese companies, we are currently piloting inclusive business models for water management at the community level, supporting Changamka health and are developing a supplier development program that aims to link small holder farmers to markets. In collaboration with KEPSA, we work on an initiative linking large companies with micro enterprises and on fostering public private dialogue. Through partnership with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning and other public and private players, UNDP has embarked on an integrated multi-year and multi-partner programme on inclusive growth and economic empowerment of women and youth. This project in partnership with KEPSA fosters inclusive business and public-private collaboration. In addition, UNDP will use this forum to showcase the work of the Business Call to Action (BCtA); a global leadership platform which has over 68 member companies and is hosted by UNDP and supported by a number of multi-lateral and donor agencies. These companies, sixteen of which have a focus on Kenya, have made commitments to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions through commercially viable business ventures that engage low-income people as consumers, producers, suppliers and distributors.

For more information, please visit: www.undp.org / www.undp.org/africa/privatesector  


For media information, interview requests, contact:  Mwendwa Kiogora, mwendwa.kiogora@undp.org and 07 227 25237


If you would like to attend this event, contact: Karen Newman, karen.newman@undp.org


BoP Summit 2013: Creating an Action Agenda for the Next Decade, Ann Arbor

Business Call to Action's Acting Programme Manager, Sahba Sobhani, will speak at the 2013 BoP Summit held at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. We invite you to attend the event! BoPSummit2013logo72h William Davidson Institute / Ross School of Business University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan USA Conference Chair: Ted London The Base of the Pyramid (BoP) sector shows great potential to scale and transform lives. The past decade has seen substantial growth in the number of BoP ventures, the provision of quality services to the poor and vulnerable, and investor interest in the sector. But there is also a growing recognition that roadblocks exist, which can limit venture sustainability, scalability, and success. The 'BoP Summit 2013: Creating an Action Agenda for the Next Decade' is specifically designed to identify and tackle these challenges. In gathering leading actors and emphasizing a strong action-oriented framing, the event will focus on:
  1. Taking stock of what we know thus far about the BoP domain
  2. Identifying critical success factors worthy of amplifying and on-going challenges that must be overcome
  3. Determining an action agenda for the next decade that builds upon existing successes and addresses current limitations
The summit is designed to generate to two key outcomes for the attendees.  One is the opportunity to participate in rich and robust conversations about the successes, challenges, and lessons learned over the past decade.  This kind of discussion can have immediate payback for venture leaders, development sector experts, and academic scholars seeking to address today’s most pressing issues. The second key outcome will be participating in jointly creating a roadmap for the development of the BoP domain for the next decade. Attendance will be limited to approximately 200 persons so as to ensure an in-depth and result-oriented dialogue. Along with plenaries, attendees will participate in breakout sessions to identify lessons worth sharing, discuss opportunities worth exploring, and develop strategies worth further investment.

 Register here: http://www.bop2013.org/registration/

Location: University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor

Upcoming Webinar: Capturing Impact: Inclusive Business and Development

The Business Call to Action (BCtA) cordially invites you to participate in the webinar, titled, Capturing Impact: Inclusive Business and Development. The webinar aims at exploring latest trends in collecting and analyzing impact data of inclusive businesses on development. As more companies recognize the value of sustainable development and begin integrating those principles into their core business strategies, it has become increasingly important to measure progress. Companies, who measure results are better able to communicate their value additionally to key stakeholders, refine their businesses and benchmark themselves against their peers. The webinar will be moderated by Saurabh Lall, Research Director at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), who leads the research initiative focused on understanding the impact of small and growing businesses on poverty and economic development. The webinar will feature insights from Business Call to Action (BCtA) current and prospective member companies, Sustainable Harvest and Dimagi, as well as the leader in the field, TaroWorks. These companies will share their experiences on using impact assessment tools and the benefits of such tools on business performance. PANELISTS:
  • Matt Innes, Analytics & Strategy, Sustainable Harvest
  • Carter Powers, Chief Operations Officer, Dimagi
  • Steve Wright, VP for Poverty Insights, TaroWorks/Grameen Foundation
  • Saurabh Lall, Research Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)


REGISTER: http://bctaimpactwebinar.eventbrite.com


Business, The MDGs and Beyond, Cape Town

CapeTownEventBanner As we approach 2015, the target date for the internationally-agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there is growing awareness of the importance of a vibrant private sector in driving long-term growth and development in Africa. As the world starts to explore what framework might replace the MDGs, it is important to integrate the views of those investing and doing business in Africa, and to understand how best to harness business as an engine for economic development. You are invited to participate in a high-profile, lunchtime event on 8 May in Cape Town, timed to coincide with the WEF Africa Summit. The event is being convened by Business Fights Poverty and the Overseas Development Institute.  Business Action for Africa, the International Business Leaders Forum and the Business Call to Action are supporting partners. The event will see the launch of a research report by ODI and Business Fights Poverty. Speakers:
  • Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist, African Development Bank
  • Andy Wales, SVP, Sustainable Development, SABMiller
  • Fathima Dada, President, Schools International Business Unit, Pearson
  • Amina Mohammed, Assistant Secretary-General; Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations
Moderator: Tashmia Ismail, Faculty and BOP Hub Manager, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria This event is by application only.  To apply for a place, please email Natasha Ncube. CapeTownEventSponsorsLocation: Cape Town, South Africa

Social Innovation Summit 2013


Dear Members and Friends, As you may know, UN Development Programme and Business Call to Action are proud partners of the Social Innovation Summit 2013 at the United Nations on May 29-30th and are delighted to extend you this special invitation! To register online as our guest, please use VIP Code: UN30 (special 30% discount). Social Innovation Summit is a premier invitation-only conference connecting and inspiring a unique network of the top Business, Philanthropy, Media, Technology & Community leaders passionate about creating positive social change. Balancing significant networking opportunities with a roster of high-profile speakers, the Social Innovation Summit offers a unique framework to discuss global challenges, analyze innovative approaches for problem-solving, and build lasting partnerships that maximize social impact. Hosted in partnership with Landmark Ventures and the United Nations Office for Partnerships, we would be delighted if you would accept our invitation with details as follows: SocialInnovation    

May 29-30, 2013 United Nations Headquarters First Avenue at 46th Street New York, NY 10017

  ONLINE REGISTRATION Summit Website:  www.socinnovation.com

VIP Code: UN30 (special 30% discount)

  • Adam Brotman, Chief Digital Officer – Starbucks
  • Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Global Community Affairs – Microsoft
  • Alan Hassenfeld, Chairman of the Executive Committee – Hasbro
  • Alicia Keys, Multi-Platinum Grammy award-winning Musician, Actress
  • Barbara Bush, Executive Director – Global Health Corps
  • Bill Draper, Legendary VC; Chairman – Draper Richards Foundation
  • Bill Gross, Chairman & CEO – Idealab
  • Bryan Clay, Olympic Decathlete, Gold Medalist – 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Charles Best, Founder & CEO – DonorsChoose.org
  • Charles Moore, Executive Director – Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
  • Craig Newmark, Chairman & Founder – Craigslist
  • Cynthia Germanotta, Co-founder and President – Born This Way Foundation (Lady Gaga’s Mother)
  • Dan Warmenhoven, Chairman – NetApp
  • Daniel Epstein, CEO – Unreasonable Institute
  • Dan'l Lewin, EVP, Strategic & Emerging Business Development – Microsoft
  • Dikembe Mutombo, Philanthropist, former NBA All-Star
  • Eric Benhamou, Former Chairman & CEO – Palm, 3Com
  • Gerald Chertavian, Founder & CEO – Year Up
  • Howard W. Buffett, Executive Director – Howard G. Buffett Foundation
  • Hunter Walk, Head of Social Good Initiatives – YouTube
  • Jacquelline Fuller, Director, Charitable Giving & Advocacy – Google
  • James Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer – Verizon
  • Jean-Pierre Rosso, Chairman – World Economic Forum USA
  • Jeff Seabright, Chief Environmental Officer – Coca-Cola
  • Jeff Swartz, Former CEO & President – Timberland
  • John Abele, Founder – Boston Scientific Corporation
  • John Wood, Founder & Co-Chairman – Room to Read
  • Jonathan Greenblatt, Head, Office of Social Innovation – White House
  • Kathy Pickus, VP, Abbott Fund & Global Citizenship and Policy – Abbott Labs
  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, President – Marc & Laura Andreessen Foundation
  • Mallory Weggemann, Paralympic Swimmer, Gold Medalist – 2012 London Olympics
  • Marc Pollick, President and Founder, The Giving Back Fund
  • Marika McCauley Sine, Director of International Public Affairs – Coca-Cola
  • Maura O’Neil, Chief Innovation Officer – USAID
  • Mitchell Kapor, Founder – Mitchell Kapor Foundation
  • Nick Beim, General Partner – Matrix Partners
  • Nirvan Mullick, Founder, Imagination Foundation; Director – Caine’s Arcade
  • Padma Lakshmi, Author, Actress, Model, Television Host; Co-Founder – Endometriosis Foundation
  • Peter Bloom, Chairman – DonorsChoose.org
  • Rahul Raj, Director of Sustainability and E-Commerce – Walmart.com
  • Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Chairman – LinkedIn
  • Rhonda Mims, President – ING Foundation
  • Richard Hall, Director, Global Strategic Alliances – Intel Corporation
  • Robert Torres, Senior Program Officer – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sal Khan, CEO & Founder – Khan Academy
  • Seth Farbman, Global Chief Marketing Officer – Gap
  • Shannon Schuyler, Senior Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility – PwC
  • Shelly Esque, President – Intel Foundation
  • Soon-Hong Choi, Chief Information Technology Officer – United Nations
  • Steve Gleason, Former NFL Player; Founder – Team Gleason Foundation
  • Ted Danson, Actor, Activist; Board Member – Oceana
  • Tim Draper, Founder & Managing Director – Draper Fisher Juvertson
  • Tim Koogle, Former CEO/Chairman – Yahoo!
  • Timothy McClimon, President – American Express Foundation
  • Tom Shadyac, Director, Screenwriter, and Producer – Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, I Am
  • Tony Bates, President – Skype Division, Microsoft
  • Wyclef Jean, Musician, Record Producer, Politician
CONFIRMED ATTENDEES Participants include an elite invitation-only gathering of top Fortune 500 Corporate Executives, Venture Capitalists, Government Leaders, Heads of CSR, Foundation Presidents, Changemakers and Social Entrepreneurs with firms such as Abbott, American Express, AOL, Bain Capital, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boston Scientific, BP, Cantor Fitzgerald, CBS, CDW, Clinton Global Initiative, Cisco, Citi, CVS Caremark, Deutsche Telekom, Devex, Discovery Communications,  DonorsChoose.org, eBay, ESPN, F5 Networks, Facebook,  Ford Foundation, Gap, General Electric, Genzyme, Goldman Sachs, Google, Grameen Foundation, Groupon, Hasbro, HBO, HP, Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ING, Intel, JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, McKesson, McKinsey, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Merck, Microsoft, MTV Networks, National Geographic, NBC Universal, NetHope, NYU, ONE Campaign, Palm Ventures, Pencils of Promise, Pfizer, PwC, Robin Hood, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Salesforce.com, Samsung, Siemens, Skoll Foundation, Sony, Stanford University, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Target, Time Warner, Twitter, United Nations, Verizon, Viacom, Virgin, VMware, Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney, Western Union, White House, World Bank, Yahoo!, Year Up, YouTube, etc. Registration also includes your access to the 1x1 networking tool which is a great way to browse, connect and schedule meetings with the literally hundreds of global leaders and innovators converging for the conference.    Location: United Nations Headquarters First Avenue at 46th Street New York, NY 10017

Measuring Impact, for Impact, London


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More and more companies are interested in measuring their socio-economic impacts in order to maintain license to operate, improve the business enabling environment, strengthen their value chains, and fuel product and service innovation. And more and more development stakeholders are demanding companies’ impact information, whether to justify co-investment and collaboration or simply to achieve transparency. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has synthesized the challenges, experiences, and insights of its member companies into the new publication“Measuring socio-economic impact: a guide for business,” just released. The publication profiles 10 tools designed for business, but points out that best practice will need to evolve even further if companies are to be able to measure impact, for impact. Impact measurement needs to be integrated into business performance management, where it can drive action. And it needs to inform and shape cross-sector collaboration to improve results. This will not happen without greater dialogue about what is actually meaningful to measure – for companies and for their development stakeholders. The question is one that the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) has been working with companies and with DFID to answer over the last three years. On Wednesday, 1 May, WBCSD, BIF, and Business Fights Poverty will explore the challenge of finding meaning in measurement in an event featuring:
  • Kitrhona Cerri, Program Manager, WBCSD
  • Caroline Ashley, Director, Inclusive Business Results, BIF
  • Marianne Mwaniki, Head of Social and Economic Impact, Standard Chartered
The event will be moderated by Simon Maxwell, Senior Researcher, Overseas Development Institute. How to register:


Location: 1 Basinghall Avenue, London EC2V 5DD

GBCHealth Annual Conference 2013

The Business Call to Action is thrilled to partner with GBCHealth  for this year’s annual conference, which convenes business and allied leaders on some of the world’s pressing health challenges. With more than 500 attendees, GBCHealth Annual Conference is vital for anyone interested in the intersection of business and health.  GBCHealth invites BCtA members to join them for this exciting conference, May 15-17, 2013, in New York City and is extending a discount of  25% to BCtA members and friends – just use code BCTA when registering. For more information, go to GBCHealth Annual Conference website.  Register for the event. GBCHealthBannerLocation: The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

BASE II Forum for the Development of the Base of the Pyramid in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Business Call to Action is excited to support the II BASE International Forum for the Development of the Markets at the Base of the Pyramid to be held by the Inter-American Development Bank on June 6 and 7 in Medellín, Colombia. The II BASE Forum will bring together over 800 leading experts: business executives, development professionals, entrepreneurs, government officials, impact investors and others who are involved in the exciting work of creating innovative business models by connecting private sector resources and ingenuity with the untapped potential at the base of the socioeconomic pyramid. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about new business opportunities and network with investors and industry experts. Panelists include:
  • Iqbal Quadir, founder and director of the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT. In the 1990s, Quadir founded Grameenphone, which provides effective telephone access throughout Bangladesh.
  • Stuart L. Hart, professor, co-creator of the BOP concept and Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University.
  • Deepa Prahalad, author, business strategist and consultant specializing in opportunities at the intersection of consumer experience, technology and strategy.
Key topics that will be covered during the event include:
  • Colombia: Country of Pioneering Companies serving the Base of the Pyramid.
  • Taking the Great Leap to the Markets at the Base of the Pyramid: Strategy or Chance?
  • The Challenges of Financing Business Models for BOP.
  • Business Leaders of Tomorrow: Pioneering models for BOP.
Besides the plenaries and keynote presentations, the Forum will include six concurrent sessions each day that will deepen the discussion about the challenges and opportunities at the base of the pyramid in sectors such as education, housing, health care and connectivity. Other topics will include the importance of private platforms of distribution as channels to access the base of the pyramid; integration of the base of the pyramid into value chains; and credit risk methodologies for financial inclusion. The registration fee is $250.

Register for the event at www.forobase2013.com.



Location: Medellín, Colombia

G20 Inclusive Business Workshop in Asia Scaling: Impact Through Innovation

The Business Call to Action is pleased to support the G20 Inclusive Business Workshop in Asia, a unique business-to-business forum bringing together the G20 Challenge Winners with more than 50 business leaders and innovation experts to share best practices and discuss solutions for scaling-up and replicating inclusive business models. With its focus on the topic “Scaling Impact through Innovation” it will explore successful strategies to foster innovation within inclusive business models. This regional workshop is organized in cooperation with the Sankalp Unconvention Summit 2013, a leading Asian social enterprise platform, which will be held subsequent to the workshop on 17-18 April 2013. In combination, these two events provide an exceptional platform to link up with inclusive business leaders, investors, policy makers, donors and other stakeholders. We would be happy to connect with any attending BCtA members! G20EventBannerLocation: Mumbai, India

#MDG Momentum – 1,000 days of action!

Friday, 5 April marks 1,000 days to the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate. More girls are in school. Fewer children are dying. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. There are 1,000 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health and gender equality. Get involved and help build more #MDGmomentum!

On April 5, BCtA is joining forces with more than twenty other organizations worldwide in Momentum1000 global digital rally! The rally will consist of 1000 consecutive minutes of chats, Q&As, and hangouts with our partners in all areas of global development.

BCtA will be hosting a Twitter chat on #InclusiveBusiness and MDGs  from 1:30pm to 2pm. Be part of the rally by following @BCtAInitiative and #MDGmomentum on April 5!


Location: http://bit.ly/10gdlEe

CO-Creating Wealth Summit

The Business Call to Action is a supporting partner at B4MD’s annual Co-Creating Wealth Summit, in Melbourne and Sydney, taking place on December 10, 2012.

The 2012 Business for Millennium Development (B4MD) Summit “Co-Creating Wealth” presents a series of compelling perspectives from international and Australian business leaders within the food and agriculture sector on the motivation, methodology and business case for co-creation of profitable business models within the food and agriculture sector.

The summit will provide access to best practice case studies and strategic analysis from respected global brands. The associated workshop will bring business leaders together from across the spectrum – with NGOs and social entrepreneurs to test innovative ideas and practical steps that businesses can implement to activate viable and impactful co-created projects.

For more information on the event, see the program.

Register for the event

Location: Sydney & Melbourne

Implementing Inclusive Innovation

Join the BoP Innovation Center and Business Call to Action for the Implementing Inclusive Innovation event taking place in Amsterdam. The panel sessions and practitioner workshops will feature the latest insights on implementing inclusive innovations at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP).

Implementing Inclusive Innovations is an interactive learning event. All gathered professionals are triggered to actively share their knowledge to answer pressing learning questions. You will be part of the movement towards more effective and efficient implementation of inclusive innovations!

For more information on the main learning topics we will tackle during the event, see the program.

Register for the event

Click here to read BCtA Outreach Specialist Albert Tseng's blog about key topics discussed at the event.

Location: Amsterdam RAI

Business, the MDGs and Beyond

Over 120 leaders from business, government and civil society will convene in New York City on 25 September to discuss the powerful role that business can play in accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and developing a post-2015 agenda for development.

The day is being organised by a coalition of leading international business and development organisations including: the Business Call to Action, Business Fights Poverty, the Overseas Development Institute, the United Nations Development Programme and UNGlobal Compact. Event partners include Business Action for Africa, Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative, Initiative for Global Development, the International Business Leaders Forum, ONE and Business Council for the United Nations.

The day is being organised by a coalition of leading international business and developmentorganisations including: the Business Call to Action, Business Fights Poverty, theOverseas Development Institute, the United Nations Development Programme and UNGlobal Compact. Event partners include Business Action for Africa, Harvard KennedySchool’s CSR Initiative, Initiative for Global Development, the International BusinessLeaders Forum, ONE and Business Council for the United Nations.

This event is by invitation only. For event videos, summary report, and other information please click here.

Speakers include:
Business leaders

  • John Fallon, Chief Executive, Pearson International
  • Miguel Pestana, Vice President, Global External Affairs, Unilever
  • Dieter May, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phone Services, Nokia
  • Lise Kingo, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff (COS), NovoNordisk
  • Abayomi Awobokun, CEO, Oando Marketing PLC
  • Eduardo Ferreira, CEO of Microinvest, ItaúUnibanco
  • Beatrice Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Rick Hooper, CEO, Barefoot Power
  • Jim Ayala, Founder and CEO, Hybrid Social Solutions

Government and Civil Society

  • Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Deborah Dugan, CEO, RED
  • Shinichi Iida, Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Christopher Jurgens, Global Partnerships Division Director, USAID
  • Sigrid Kaag, Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
  • H.E. Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi, Deputy Prime Minister, Kenya
Location: Sentry Centers

Scale Up: How do Social Enterprises Meet the Challenge?

The Business Call to Action, in collaboration with Columbia Business School and the Global Business School Network, will host a panel discussion featuring executives from leading social enterprises, including Jaipur Rugs Company, Sproxil, and WaterHealth International, proceeded by a keynote speech by Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer of the Acumen Fund.  A reception will follow the event. Please see event details in the attached flyer, and be sure to RSVP at this link, seats are limited!

What: “Scale Up: How do Social Enterprises Meet the Challenge?”
When: Monday, September 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: Columbia University Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street, New York City,Alexander Hamilton Room 
RSVP: http://www.gbsnonline.org/event/scaleup

Keynote Address: Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovations Officer, Acumen Fund
Introduction: Guy Pfeffermann, CEO, Global Business School Network

Asha Chaudhary, CEO, Jaipur Rugs Company
Ashifi Gogo, CEO, Sproxil
Sameer Mithal, Chief Development Officer, WaterHealth International
Moderator: Murray B. Low, Director, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia Business School
Concluding remarks: Sahba Sobhani, Acting Program Manager, Business Call to Action

Listen to the recording:

Full audio presentation

Access the PowerPoint and Video presentations:

Jaipur Rugs Sproxil | WaterHealth International

Location: Columbia University Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street, New York City Alexander Hamilton Room (2nd floor)

Profits and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid

In advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – known as Rio+20 – the Business Call to Action, Business Action for Africa, International Business Leaders Forum, International Chamber of Commerce, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, UN Development Programme, and UN Global Compact will host a half-day event entitled “Profits and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP)”. The event will take place as part of the Corporate Sustainability Forum (www.compact4rio.org), and gather innovators and market leaders who are driving inclusive business approaches inside their companies as part of a long-term growth and investment strategy.

This event is open to all participants registered for the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum.


  • Introduction and Welcome 09:00 – 09:05
    • Susan Chaffin, Programme Manager, Business Call to Action, UNDP
  • Setting the Context – The Role of the Private Sector in Development 09:05 – 09:15
    • Jane Nelson, Director, CSR Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Senior Advisor, International Business Leaders Forum
  • Keynote Address – The Business Case for Investing in the Base of the Pyramid 09:15 – 09:30
    • Marcelo L. Cardoso, Senior Vice-President of Organizational Development and Sustainability, Natura
  • Panel Discussion I – Inclusive Supply Chains 09:30 – 10:30
    • Moderator: Gib Bulloch, Executive Director, Accenture Development Partnerships
    • Ian Hope-Johnstone, Director, Agricultural Sustainability, PepsiCo
    • Andy Wales, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development, SABMiller
    • Greg Priest, Head of Sustainability Policy and Compliance, IKEA Group
  • Coffee Break 10:30 – 11:00
  • Context Continued – Driving Sustainable Innovation from the BoP 11:00 – 11:15
    • Stuart Hart, S.C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management and Organizations, Cornell University
  • Panel Discussion II – Product and Service Innovation for the BoP 11:15 – 12:15
    • Moderator: Susan Chaffin, Programme Manager, Business Call to Action, UNDP
    • Abayomi Awobokun, Chief Executive Officer, Oando Marketing PLC
    • Peter Todbjerg Hansen, Managing Director, Grundfos LIFELINK
    • Alison Hill, Managing Director for Climate, Vestergaard Frandsen
    • Marco Signorini, Chief Executive Officer, Econet Mobile and Technologies
  • Wrap up and Closing Remarks 12:15 – 12:30
    • Susan Chaffin, Programme Manager, Business Call to Action, UNDP
    • Filippo Veglio, Deputy Director, Development Focus Area, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Windsor Barra Hotel, 2nd Floor, Room El Pardo I

Empowering People Through Mobile Technology

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Worldwide, mobile phone subscriptions have reached 5.9 billion, with 79 percent penetration in developing countries. Mobile phones are no longer used only to stay connected. Mobile phones allow low-income people to gain access to health information, agricultural data, banking services, employment and educational opportunities.

Register today to hear sector leaders speak about their experiences in tailoring mobile technologies to the specific needs of low-income people in developing countries.

The GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked Programme, an initiative of one of the world’s leading industry associations providing mobile technology at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP), will discuss innovative products and partnerships aimed at addressing financial inclusion at the BoP using mobile technology. Ericsson, one of the leading telecommunications companies, and MicroEnsure, an insurance intermediary serving the BoP, will present their experiences in developing innovative business models using mobile technology with the potential to reach scale and the types of partnerships necessary to access target consumers.

Join the Business Call to ActionBusiness Fights Poverty and Business Action for Africa for a discussion on the up-to-date impacts and transformational potential of mobile technology.

Featured Speakers:
Seema Desai
, Director and Claire Penicaud, Coordinator: Mobile Money for the Unbanked Programme (MMU), GSMA Development Fund
Karin Svingby
, Director Projects & Partnerships, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson 
Richard Leftley, President and Chief Executive Officer, MicroEnsure

Discussion moderated by Susan Chaffin, Programme Manager of the Business Call to Action.

Location: Webinar

BCtA: La Plataforma Global de Acción Empresarial para el Desarrollo

La Fundación Carolina y la iniciativa del PNUD (UN) Business Call to Action tienen el gusto de invitarles al acto de presentación en España de: “Business Call to Action: la plataforma global de acción empresarial para el desarrollo”. Realizará la presentación de la iniciativa: Susan Chaffin, program Manager, BCtA.

BCtA y Fundación Carolina, quieren convocar a empresas españolas a participar en esta iniciativa y de relevar los modelos de negocio más innovadores en los sectores de salud, agrario, energías renovables y sostenibilidad medioambiental. Por ello tras la presentación, los representantes de grandes empresas españolas (e instituciones) convocadas podrán plantear sus preguntas y observaciones.

Location: Calle General Rodrigo 6, 4ª planta. 28003 Madrid

B2B Partnerships: Creating Opportunity through Strategic Alliances

In today’s marketplace, collaboration and partnership between companies can be highly beneficial. Vodafone and Movirtu are part of a new wave of companies that leverage Business-to-Business (B2B) partnerships to improve access to products and services in base of the pyramid communities, promote value chain efficiencies, and improve the enabling environment for inclusive business.

Register today to learn about how Vodafone, the world’s largest telecommunications provider, is promoting more efficient pharmaceutical value chains and building its business in The Gambia through collaboration with Pfizer. Movirtu, a mobile service provider, will also discuss how B2B partnerships are helping the company promote its cloud-based mobile phone platform in base of the pyramid markets in Africa and Asia.

Join the Business Call to Action, Business Action for Africa and Business Fights Poverty for a lively discussion with Vodafone and Movirtu about the role of B2B partnerships in creating new market opportunities. Accenture Development Partnerships, a market leader in developing strategic alliances, will provide an overview of new trends and opportunities in the inclusive B2B space.

Featured Speakers:
Anastasia Thatcher, Senior Manager, Accenture Development Partnerships
Axel Nemetz, Head of mHealth Solutions, Vodafone Global Enterprise
Jean-Philippe Labat, Vice President Global Sales, Movirtu
Discussion moderated by Susan Chaffin, Programme Manager of the Business Call to Action

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Location: Webinar

Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness Private Sector Forum

Public-Private Co-Operation for Broad-based, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

Approximately 2,000 delegates will review global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid and make new commitments to further ensure that aid helps reduce poverty and supports progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The Private Sector Forum (PSF) will take place alongside the thematic and high level sessions and will provide an opportunity for governments, business and other stakeholders to engage in in-depth discussions on the role of the private sector in development and aid effectiveness, with particular focus on what is needed to build an enabling policy environment and on lessons learnt from Public-Private Partnerships. BCtA member company Noha Nyamedjo will speak at the event.

Location: Busan, South Korea

mHealth: Changing Health Care at the BoP

Mobile technology is transforming the face of health care in low-income communities around the globe. A driving force behind this change is new and innovative business models that harness mobile technology to decrease the cost of care and create new applications that improve health care outcomes. Companies such as Sproxil and Dimagi are helping to transform health care in developing countries by providing access to critical health and information services for underserved communities through mobile technology.

Join the Business Call to Action (BCtA), Sproxil and Dimagi for a webinar discussion about mHealth solutions and how they are improving health care outcomes for people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Jonathan Jackson, CEO of Dimagi, will demonstrate how his CommCare application is connecting rural communities in India to health clinics and hospitals for improved health care outcomes. Mohamed Haider, Vice President of Sales at Sproxil, will discuss how his company has developed an application that helps weed out fake drugs.

The webinar discussion will focus on mHealth trends and opportunities that will likely emerge in the near future, barriers to the growth of this sector, and the role of partnerships in scaling up these initiatives.

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Jonathan Jackson | Mohamed Haider

Location: Webinar

2011 mHealth Summit

The 2011 mHealth Summit is the world's largest mobile health event. This year's event will focus on the business, end-user, and policy perspectives of mHealth, fostering in-depth dialogue to identify and accelerate cross-cutting value chains and sustainable mHealth business models from around the globe. The summit will also provide a dedicated focus to the healthcare research and evaluation needs of mHealth, facilitating the development and commercialization of empirically-supported solutions.

Conference sessions will explore, examine, and debate the ways mobile technology will transform health care delivery, research, business and policy for the 21st Century in underserved communities in the US and abroad, including the developing world. Download Agenda.

Location: Washington, DC

Creating New Market Opportunities: Making Inclusive Business Work in Vietnam

The Business Call to Action (BCtA), SNV, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), and International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) will sponsor an interactive workshop to explore how companies operating and investing in Vietnam are addressing the challenge of integrating inclusive business models into operations. The event will provide examples of successful inclusive business ventures and give participants the opportunity to discuss the challenges and solutions associated with integrating these models. It is an opportunity to discuss best practices in inclusive business with leading companies, experts, donor organizations and practitioners, and to explore potential areas of collaboration for future endeavors. Download the Agenda.

Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Unleashing Potential: Agribusiness and the Smallholder Farmer

Around the globe, there are about 500 million smallholder farms. The majority of these farmers are living in poverty, barely making enough to scrape by. For companies operating in the food/beverage and related sectors, sourcing from these farmers presents both tremendous growth opportunities, but also new challenges in terms of business model adaptation and supply chain innovation. Join BCtA, the Global Business School Network, the UN Global Compact PRME network and Columbia Business School for a discussion on how businesses are profitably investing in smallholder farmers for a more food secure future.


Location: New York, NY

Overcoming Barriers to Growing Pro-Poor Inclusive Business Ideas & Models

The Business Call to Action and Accenture Development Partnerships are hosting a breakfast event in South Africa on inclusive business. Leading South African corporates and development sector organizations will be present, providing an opportunity to learn from and engage with others interested in seeing more business innovations that improve lives. We will be focusing more on the “how” than the ”why” of inclusive business or pro-poor business implementation.

The session will be facilitated by Adrian Ristow, Africa Outreach Associate for the UN Business Call to Action (BCtA) and Trip Allport, ADP Lead for Southern Africa.

For more information, contact Adrian Ristow.

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Enhancing Value through Inclusive Business Strategies

Business Call to Action (BCtA) will bring together BCtA members and selected partners for an invitation-only breakfast event that will focus on strategies that enhance the value of inclusive business models.  The event will give senior-level company representatives the chance to network with experts and practitioners in this space, identify new models and opportunities for innovation, and explore areas for potential collaboration. Business Fights Poverty is providing online community support for the event.

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Opening Address: Sigrid Kaag, Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP) delivers opening remarks.

BCtA Company Commitments: Sameer Hajee, CEO, Nuru Energy; Enrique Coronado, CEO, Por ti Familia; and Neal Lesh, CSO, Dimagi announce commitments to the BCtA.

High-Level Panel: Encouraging, Expanding and Scaling Up
Inclusive Business in Support of the MDGs
- Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
- Ted London, Director of the Base of the Pyramid Initiative, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
- Christine Montenegro McGrath, Vice President of Sustainability and Latina Cohorts, Kraft Foods
Discussion moderated by Jane Nelson, Director, Harvard University’s CSR Initiative.

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Location: New York, NY

Webinar: Bringing Markets Closer to Farmers: MCX’s Gramin Suvidha Kendra Initiative

Access to agricultural information can help transform lives and allow growers to boost productivity and income. Multi Commodity Exchange's (MCX) Gramin Suvidha Kendra Initiative provides smallholder farmers with up-to-date market data, crops prices, crop protection products, and weather reports. Business Call to Action and Business Innovation Facility (BIF) invite you to this case study approach will delve into the details of how MCX’s model is being implemented, including challenges and solutions. An expert respondent will then compare the MCX model to other approaches for covering the last-mile distribution and draw out lessons.

Moderated by Amanda Gardiner, Acting Programme Manager, Business Call to Action

Sarita Bahl, Vice President Group Corporate Social Opportunities, MCX

Nisha Dutt, India Country Manager, BIF and Associate Vice President, Intellecap

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Location: webinar

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Location: Webinar

Webinar: Mainstreaming Inclusive Business

Businesses that deliver both social and commercial returns have the potential to substantively reduce poverty. Inclusive business models allow companies to use their core business in achieving this. As more companies adopt these innovative approaches, leading business schools around the world are trying to develop curricula teaching the fundamentals of inclusive business.

The Global Business School Network and co-host Business Call to Action (BCtA), with the Aspen Institute and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) anticipate an interactive discussion about the fundamentals of inclusive business strategies. Barclays and Vodafone will share how they’ve been able to incorporate these innovative models into core operations to generate new revenues and reach new market segments.

Featured Experts

William Derban, Head of Community Relations, Barclays Africa

Laura Crow, Sustainability Analyst, Vodafone Group


James H. Johnson Jr., Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center at Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise;
Willam R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship , University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

This webinar is by invitation only.

Location: Webinar

Business Innovations That Improve Lives: Ideas to Action

India’s remarkable economic growth in the past decade has created greater capacity for business to play its part in addressing the issues of poverty and exclusion that continue to be a major challenge within the country and the region.

Many companies are accepting this challenge, developing business models designed to return a profit for the company whilst including the poor – as suppliers, employees, customers or clients – and reducing dependency on natural resources.

Despite this flourish of innovation, many barriers remain to widening and deepening the reach of these ‘inclusive business models’ – barriers that company executives are often working alone to solve.

This Community of Practice workshop is aimed at practitioners interested in increasing the uptake and effectiveness of inclusive business models within their company. Building on the practice of Indian  participants in the Business Call to Action and research conducted by the International Business Leaders Forum on the Barriers to Inclusive Business, participants will share approaches to inclusive business in India and work on solutions for the challenges they each face.

A resource book of examples and tools will also be shared. See Agenda

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Location: Mumbai, India

Webinar: Inclusive + Green: New Approaches to Rural Energy

The Business Call to Action invites you to partake in a discussion about the role of the private sector in promoting inclusive business approaches to clean energy. Access to sustainable, low-cost energy is inextricably linked to poverty reduction. To drive growth and to address environmental concerns, companies are creating inclusive business models that focus on decentralized energy systems, such as hand-held solar lights, small-scale solar panels and Biofuel energy. Through these emerging technologies, off-grid, low-income households in rural areas can access affordable clean energy, and increase opportunities for income. Join the BCtA, along with the Business Innovation Facility and leading businesses in this emerging sector, to discuss inclusive sustainable energy business models that are overcoming challenges to roll out viable business solutions to rural energy supply.

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Location: New York, United States

2011 Global Business School Network Annual Conference

The Global Business School Network (GBSN) is hosting its Annual Conference at IPADE Business School in Mexico City 21-22 June.

Business Call to Action is co-hosting a panel with Fundação Dom Cabral taking place on Wednesday 22 June 2011.

Mainstreaming Inclusive Business: Successful Models Creating Value for All

William Mitchell, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (USA)

Claudio Boechat, Fundação Dom Cabral (Brazil)
Cecilia Riviello, Natura Cosmetics Mexico, CEO (Mexico)
Francesco Piazzesi, Founder, Échale a Tu Casa (Mexico)

For more information about the conference, click here.

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

BCtA Asia-Pacific Workshop: Accelerating Progress towards the MDGs through Inclusive Business

In the last decade, rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region has brought with it a greater awareness of the role business can play in the achievement of development goals: creating jobs, building skills, developing technologies and innovations that improve the quality of people’s lives.

Initiatives such as the BCtA have encouraged companies to develop ‘inclusive’ business models that engage and meet the needs of low-income communities while also generating commercially viable business opportunities. These types of models differ from philanthropic or corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in that they engage the core business of the company with a view to supporting both development and business goals in a sustainable manner.

The conference in Jakarta on 21 June will bring together up to 200 key figures from business, government, and civil society across the Asia-Pacific region. See Agenda.

Register for the workshop.

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

7th World Chambers Congress

The 7th World Chambers Congress is organized by the  ICC World Chambers Federation. Held every two years in a different region of the world, the World Chambers Congress is an international forum for chamber leaders to share best-practice experiences, exchange insights, develop networks, address the latest business issues affecting their communities, and learn about new areas of innovation from chambers around the world.

Register for the conference.

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

UN Global Compact Annual Local Network Forum

The 9th Annual Local Networks Forum (ALNF) will take place during UN Global Compact Week. This year, the ALNF will convene in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 19th of May and is expected to be attended by 300-400 participants from local networks, businesses and the BCtA.

Register for the conference.

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Financing Business Innovations for Africa’s Development: Challenges and Solutions

The Business Call to Action in partnership with the International Business Leaders Forum, International Finance Corporation, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the UN Development Programme present Financing Business Innovation for Africa's Development: Challenges and Solutions, which will take place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Africa. There is growing momentum behind inclusive business models, which expand access to goods, services and jobs amongst low income communities through company value chains. One of the major barriers to inclusive business development is lack of finance.

Join us to share insights about the challenges and solutions of financing business investments that support Africa’s development. The event will be followed by an introductory meeting for participants interested in joining an Africa-focused working group around financing pro-poor business from 11:10 am to 12 pm. See Agenda.

Email Natasha Ncube for more information.

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The Role of the Private Sector in International Development: A Breakfast Discussion

Oxfam America, The Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller released an in-depth study about the economic and social impact of The Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller value chain on communities in El Salvador and Zambia. Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction is available on www.oxfamamerica.org as well as the websites of The Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller. The breakfast, hosted by Business Action for Africa and Business Call to Action, will include a discussion between the three partners on the collaboration and report findings, as well as a chance for listeners to ask questions. Find out more here.

Attendance is by invitation only. Register here.

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The New Africa: Emerging Opportunities for Business and Africa

Join sponsors SABMiller, Business Call to Action and Business Action for Africa event The New Africa: Emerging Opportunities for Business and Africa taking place alongside WEF Africa 2011. There is an increasing shift towards an alternative perspective on Africa that portrays it as a continent on the rise – economically, politically and socially.   The “New Africa” is one of new opportunities for business.  At the same time, business is creating new opportunities to accelerate broad-based growth across the continent.

Join us to share insights about the new opportunities for business and Africa.  The event will mark and discuss the launch of a new report by Business Action for Africa and Ernst & Young on “The New Africa”. Find out more here.

Register for the event.

Ernst & Young House, 35 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, South Africa

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction Webinar

The Business Call to Action invites you to join a webinar discussion on the role of the private sector in international development, featuring  Oxfam America, The Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller.

The event coincides with the release of a new report, “Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction” which documents the findings of a collaborative community impact study of the Coca-Cola system in El Salvador and Zambia.

Missed the webinar?  Watch the recording.

Venue: Watch

Location: Webinar

Investors’ Summit on Social Investing and Social Enterprise in Africa

The Business Call to Action in partnership with Africa Investor and the United Nations Office of Partnerships present the Investor Roundtable on Social Enterprise in Africa, which will take place on the eve of the World Economic Forum Africa. At this one-day dynamic Summit, participants will hear from corporates on their inclusive business models, foundations supporting social enterprise in Africa and social entrepreneurs. There will also be facilitated partnership broking and networking with one-on-one meetings on the fringe.

The Summit represents a unique knowledge platform for the private sector, impact investors and foundations from around the globe that support inclusive economic development in Africa.

Register for the event.

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Inclusive Business: Lowering the Financing Barrier Webinar

Businesses that deliver both social and business returns have the potential to substantively reduce poverty around the globe. Despite the economic and social potential of these innovative, inclusive business initiatives, small and medium-sized enterprises are chronically underserved by the formal financial sector. Larger companies are for their part constrained by the requirement to show financial returns within a relatively limited time frame which sometimes limits their ability to source internal capital for such business models.

An increasing number of private investors, donors, foundations and impact investors have taken up this challenge by creating new instruments to finance pro-poor, innovative business models. These include social investment funds, challenge funds and innovation tournaments aimed at enabling the start-up and growth of innovative, inclusive business.

Join the Business Call to Action for a webinar discussion with two of these investors, Acumen Fund and the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund who will share how they mobilize alternative sources of funding to make great ideas a reality. Register for the webinar.

Hugh Scott, Director, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
Omer Imtiazuddin, Health Portfolio Manager, Acumen Fund

Date: March 24,2011

Time: 10:00 am

Venue: Webinar

Location: Webinar

2011 African Economic Forum

The theme of the 8th African Economic Forum at Columbia University is  Roaring Giant: Africa’s Economic Ascent. In light of the  strong GDP growth experienced by many African countries during the current global recession, the conference will focus on some of the challenges and opportunities arising from this growth. The conference will feature Business Call to Action member companies PepsiCo and Pfizer.

Initiated in 2004, the African Economic Forum has grown to be the largest Africa-focused event at Columbia University with over 400 students, alumni and professionals participating. The conference seeks to highlight opportunities and challenges through stimulating discussion, insights and strategies for a prosperous Africa. It is organized by three of Columbia University’s premiere graduate programs: Columbia Graduate School of Business, Columbia Law School, and Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Find out more.

Venue: Columbia University

435 West 116th Street

New York, NY 10027

Location: New York, New York

New Ventures Global Investor Forum: Green Opportunities in Tomorrow’s Markets

The World Resources Institute’s New Ventures program, NYU Stern School of Business and Citi Foundation will bring together successful environmental entrepreneurs who are charting a path to sustainable economic growth in key emerging markets in Latin America and Asia.  Join leaders from the investment, business and philanthropic communities in becoming inspired by the power of environmental entrepreneurship.  Find out more.

Date: April 6, 2011

Time: 3:30 - 7:00 pm

Venue: International Environment House


Beyond the Bottom Line: Measuring Results of Pro-Poor Business Webinar

As more companies embed sustainable development into their core business strategies, it has become increasingly important to measure progress towards building inclusive growth. By measuring and assessing the impact of these business investments, we can better understand which strategies work best, which models need improvement and how to change the way we do business to enhance development impact. Attendees will also learn how to report results using the new web-based BCtA results reporting tool. Download the BCtA Results Reporting Guide.

Join the Business Call to Action and leading experts for an important webinar discussion on developing strategies for measuring and reporting results and impact of pro-poor business.

Download PowerPoint Presentations:

Jason Saul: "How Companies Can Measure the Impact of Pro-Poor Investments"

Adrian Ristow: "Micro Distribution: Releasing the Commercial and Development Potential"

Location: Webinar

BHF-ICC Meeting on the Private Sector and the MDGs

The Business Humanitarian Forum and the International Chamber of Commerce will hold a joint half-day meeting on "The Private Sector and the MDGs:  Role, Impact and Opportunities" featuring the Business Call to Action.

For more information, please contact Ms. Vasudevan at bhinfo@bhforum.org.

Venue: International Environment House

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Towards New Models of Collaboration: Leadership Perspectives and an Agenda for Action

The final event of the 2010 event series "Harnessing the Power of Business for Development Impact," will focus on what leaders from business, government, and development think needs to be done to sustain momentum in support of the base of the pyramid agenda. What new models of collaboration are emerging and what more can we do to strengthen our capacity for collective action?

The event coincides with the launch of Business Action for Africa’s 2010 Report, produced in partnership with the CSR Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, which examines how business-driven partnerships are tackling Africa’s development challenges, and what can be learned from these examples to increase their reach and impact.

Download the Report.

Venue: Shell Center, York Road


DFID Minister (tbc)
William Asiko, Chair, The Coca-Cola Foundation and Chair, Business Action for Africa
Dame Barbara Stocking, Executive Director, Oxfam UK
Natalie Africa, Programme Manager, Business Call to Action

Chair: Myles Wickstead CBE, Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa

Location: London, United Kingdom

Turning Barriers into Opportunities: Business Innovations for Sustainable Growth

BCtA will host  a practitioner workshop to help companies develop and manage core business-related activities that combine commercial benefit with development impact. The event will focus on research undertaken by the International Business Leaders Forum and Accenture Development Partners in 2009  that found that despite the commercial and development benefits, companies face a range of internal and external barriers when conceiving and executing these types of business initiatives.

At this invitation-only workshop, participants will examine the research findings in light of their own experiences. They will hear from a panel of practitioners about how their companies overcame these challenges and look together at ways that inclusive business can be expanded through the actions of companies, governments, donors and civil society.

Venue: Barclays, One Churchill Place, London

Download the  Barriers to Progress Research.

Download the Overcoming Barriers to Inclusive Business Workshop Report.

Location: London, United Kingdom

Global Compact Nordic Network Meeting

Following on the Global Compact Leaders' Summit, the Global Compact Nordic Network will convene a meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss key follow-up action points. BCtA's Natalie Africa will moderate a panel discussion on the role of business in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), featuring BCtA member company Yara.


Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Building Inclusive Financial Markets in Africa Brown Bag Lecture

Between two and three billion people around the world are still excluded from access to financial services. This situation is particularly worrisome in developing countries, where up to 90 percent of the population lack access to savings accounts, do not receive credit from formal financial institutions, and do not have any type of insurance.

One of South Africa’s leading banks, Absa/Barclays Bank, is seeking to address this issue of financial exclusion in Africa by developing banking products and services that meet the needs of low-income consumers.

Join the Business Call to Action/UNDP Private Sector Division in an important brown bag conversation with Venete Klein, the head of Absa Bank’s Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Division. Ms. Klein will discuss the issues, challenges and potential solutions with building inclusive financial market access in Africa, where more than half of the region’s population lives in extreme poverty.

Introduction by Henry Jackelen, Director of the Private Sector Division, and moderated by Natalie Africa, Programme Manager for the Business Call to Action.

Venue: 19th Floor Conference Room, DC-1, UNDP

Location: New York, NY

U.S.-Africa Private Sector Health Conference

The U.S.-Africa Private Sector Health Conference distinguishes itself as the premier business development forum to address the role of the U.S. and African private sectors in strengthening health systems in Africa through commercial ventures, public-private partnerships and other investment vehicles.

The health conference builds from Corporate Council on Africa's (CCA) 2008 U.S.-Africa Private Sector Health Forum and will provide opportunities to network with leaders from the African and U.S. private health sectors, along with representatives from government, academia, multilateral institutions, and NGOs working in health across the continent. Participants will discuss private sector new business opportunities, innovations, and solutions to meet Africa’s priority health needs.

CEO of BCtA member company Sproxil will speak about his company's commitment to inclusive business at the conference. For more information, visit the CCA Website.

Location: Washington, DC

Africa Investor Investment Climate Summit

The Africa investor Investment Climate Summit, in association with the World Bank Group, is a business forum designed to facilitate action, to highlight and address project specific investment climate challenges and shed light on Africa’s investment success stories. This summit will bring together private investors with significant investment projects, subject to regulatory challenges, to debate practical solutions to advance those challenges in partnership with donors, the African Union, NEPAD, REC’s and African policy makers. Through facilitated discussions the Summit will look at sector specific and regional investment projects that can support Africa in job creation, regional integration and enhance Africa’s competitiveness as a global investment destination.

Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC

Location: Washington, DC

2010 Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals

The UN Private Sector Forum will bring together chief executives, Heads of State and Government, civil society leaders, heads of foundations and heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to identify and discuss action needed to continue pursuing the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  

Venue: UN

Location: New York, NY

2010 World Business and Development Awards

This event will honor select companies for their contributions in achieving the Millennium Development Goals through innovative core business practices. Established in 2000, the World Business and Development Awards are the first international business awards to recognize the crucial role of the private sector in the achievement of the MDGs.

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Venue: Manhattan Room, Millennium Plaza Hotel, New York

Location: New York, NY

Profitable Engagement: An Interview with CEOs

Cynthia Carroll, CEO from Anglo American, and Rajeev Vederah, Managing Director from Ballarpur Industries Ltd (BILT), will discuss efforts to invest in small businesses and producers in emerging markets in order to improve business performance and increase efficiency and competitiveness. Speakers will discuss how big business is investing in small producers and businesses to achieve both development and commercial goals and the challenges and dividends of replicating these initiatives.

For more information, go to the event website.

Venue: Columbia Business School, NY

Location: New York, NY

Accelerating Progress Towards the MDGs through Inclusive Business

Come and learn how innovative companies apply their core business models to achieve MDG acceleration and reduce poverty while generating positive business revenue. CEOs from some of the top companies in the world will share their experience in integrating the poor as producers, suppliers, or as consumers of appropriate and affordable products and services.

For more information, go to the event website.

Registration for this event is now closed. Please check back for videos and reports from the event.

Venue: Manhattan Ballroom, Millennium Plaza Hotel, New York

Location: New York, New York


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