Event Calendar for 2015

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Webinar: Overcoming External Constraints to Scale in Inclusive Business, December 10

On 10 December 2015, the Business Call to Action (BCtA), the UN Global Compact and the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business will host a webinar discussion on Overcoming External Constraints to Scale in Inclusive Business. Markets that include poor people face multiple constraints that deter market entry and hinder growth, these may include limited market information, ineffective regulatory environments, inadequate infrastructure, missing local knowledge and skills, and restricted access to financial services among potential suppliers and customers. Incorporating and scaling inclusive business practices at the corporate level often involves tackling these barriers in order to grow and achieve greater impact ...

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Featured Event: Inclusive Tech: Taking Innovation to Scale in Emerging Markets

DATE: 12 November 2015 | TIME: 15:00-16:00 LOCATION:NA-klubi Room, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki Businesses change and shape our lives through their products, services and ways of operating. They are in a unique position to change lives in low-income communities and solve local and global development challenges. What types of challenges and opportunities exist for companies working in emerging markets? How can impactful innovations be localized, customized and scaled for emerging markets? What can impact-minded enterprises and more established companies learn from each other? How can companies from small startups to large multinationals work together, with governments and other actors for mutual benefit? ...

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Upcoming Event: Can business help achieve sustainable development goals? October 22

22 October
10AM - 11AM


The millennium development goals launched in 2000 to tackle poverty, education, health, hunger and environmental issues around the world. Some targets have been met, for example access to improved drinking water, while others, such as reducing maternal mortality rates, have been missed. But as 2015 comes to a close their time is up and they are set to be replaced by 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), stretching to 2030. The private sector has been involved in devising the framework for the SDGs, and the private sector will have a hand in their delivery too. Goal 2 for example seeks to end hunger ...

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Upcoming Webinar: Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, October 21

21 October
2:30pm - 3:30pm SGT


The Business Call to Action cordially invites you to participate in the webinar discussion organized by the Global Initiative and Business for Millennium Development (B4MD), taking place on Wednesday, 21 October 2o15. World leaders have recently adopted 17 new goals to guide global sustainable development over the next 15 years. These social, economic and environmental goals were developed in close coordination with the private sector, providing great opportunity for collaboration with business in their delivery. This coming 4 November, the 4th Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development in Singapore will introduce these SDGs, with examples of commitments to be presented by ...

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Flagship Event: Business Call to Action’s Sixth Annual Forum — September 24th

Location: 730 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10178   (map) On September 24, the Business Call to Action's Sixth Annual Forum will take place in conjunction with the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework for the private sector, development institutions and governments to renew and re-define their commitments to the new development agenda. At a time of increased awareness of the power of business to drive both growth and development, the Forum will explore how inclusive businesses provide goods, services and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to people at the ...

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Featured Event: SEED Africa Symposium 2015

9-10 September Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya Contact info: Anais Mangin, anaisn.mangin@seed.uno Web: www.seed.uno/symposium   SEED is holding the SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi on September 9-10. The SEED Africa Symposium is one of the largest gathering on social and eco entrepreneurship in Africa, and is supported by a variety of partners including GIZ, UK DFID, WB, CICK, ILO, UN Women, VC4A and IBA. The Symposium takes a unique approach that emphasizes cross-sector collaboration and peer-learning. It brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy makers, the community of finance and practitioners to co-create, and build together an effective ecosystem for social and eco-enterprises. Building Bridges for Impact ...

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Featured Event: BASE III Forum in Mexico City, June 29-July 1

The Inter-American Development Bank is holding the BASE III Forum in Mexico City on June 29-July 1. The BASE Forum is the IDB’s regional platform to discuss how to advance market-based solutions for the people living at the base of the pyramid in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Forum convenes companies, financial institutions, impact investors, opinion leaders, media, academics and others who believe in the potential of serving low-income markets. In 2013, the IDB convened more than 1,700 participants from 16 countries and 96 international panelists. Over the course of two-days, senior government officials, private sector leaders, expert practitioners and the media took part in ...

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WEBINAR: What does it take for large companies to succeed in inclusive business?

26 June

Tatiana Bessarabova


Large companies are increasingly recognizing the value of developing new products and services for low-income consumers in underserved communities and are adapting their business models to be more inclusive. While some corporates have been able to do this successfully, many have made little progress. As part of a month long theme on Corporates in Inclusive Business, the Practitioner Hub, in partnership with Business Call to Action, is hosting a webinar to discuss what approach large companies should take while setting up inclusive business ventures. The webinar will look at what the successful companies are doing right to ensure they are having ...

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Scaling Up! – Inclusive Business in East Africa Event

03 June
12pm - 6pm
Nairobi, Kenya

Lizzie Kiama

Scaling Up! – Inclusive Business in East Africa, an event co-hosted by the Business Call to Action (BCtA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kenya, in collaboration with the Global Compact Network Kenya (GCNK). The event will take place on Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 12:00 - 18:00 pm at Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. This interactive event will gather leaders from prominent Business Call to Action member companies in East Africa, as well as representatives from the Kenyan private sector including Global Compact Member companies, government, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations. The half-day event will offer an opportunity ...

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The role of Partnerships in achieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Making it Happen

BCtA is pleased to support the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)'s 2015 Annual Partnerships Forum “The role of Partnerships in achieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Making it Happen.” This year’s discussions and program will focus on how partnerships can engage and support international sustainable development. As in year’s past, the goal is to create an interactive dialogue where participants discuss fresh ideas and new thinking on ways in which partnerships can support the implementation of a new development agenda. The event will bring together representatives from governments, the UN system, businesses, foundations, civil society, and academia, all of whom have a vested ...

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2015 Africa Prosperity Summit: Promoting Wealth and Wellbeing

The Business Call to Action is delighted to provide knowledge support for the Legatum Institute's 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit: Promoting Wealth and Wellbeing taking place on May 20-21, 2015 in Tanzania. The event is supported by the Ford Foundation and will feature experts from academia, civil society, business and politics to discuss how to promote true prosperity. The Legatum Institute is an international think-tank and educational charity that aims to promote prosperity. The Prosperity Index is the Institute's signature publication, which ranks 142 countries in terms of wealth and well-being. Marcos Neto, Team Manager, Private Sector & Foundations Team, Bureau for Policy ...

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Global Sankalp Summit 2015

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, ...

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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 ...

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

14 January
11:00AM - 12:30PM


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 ...

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