Event Calendar for 2014

Past Events: 2010 2011 2012 2013

Webinar: How Do You Create a Transformative Business Model?

02 December
11:30AM - 12:45PM


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 Paul Polak, Founder and CEO of ...

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Social Innovation Summit 2014

19 - 20 November
Stanford, CA

Karen Newman


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 7th

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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 ...

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

05 November


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 ...

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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 ...

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

24 September
8:00AM - 7:00PM

Tatiana Bessarabova

Convene 730 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10178 (between 45th and 46th Streets) (map) 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 ...

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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. 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 ...

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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 ...

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

10 July
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 ...

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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.

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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. ...

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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"] 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  ...

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