1.00 - 1.30 PM BST /
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT
1.00 - 1.30 PM BST /
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT
WELCOME & FIRESIDE CHAT
Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty
Followed by a Fireside Chat on Rebuilding Better with:
Giles Bolton, Responsible sourcing Director, Tesco
Cathy Pieters, Senior Director Sustainable Ingredients & Cocoa Life, Mondelez
Katharine Stewart, Group Corporate Responsibility Director,
Associated British Foods plc
1.30 - 3.00 PM BST /
8.30 - 10.00 AM EDT
Business Partnerships as a Force for Good: Building Back Better from the Pandemic
Through a variety of multi-party partnership examples from the Business Partnerships for Global Goals programme, we explored how business has been working to protect the most vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers shared perspectives on how partnership - with the UK's FCDO and other industry players - can support our collective efforts to rebuild better from the pandemic.
This session covered:
3.00 - 3.15 PM BST /
10.00 - 10.15 AM EDT
3.15 - 4.30 PM BST /
10.15 AM- 11.30 PM EDT
Business Partnerships as a Force for Good: A Tool for Rapid Collaboration?
Live written discussion.
This was a chance for attendees to engage with BP4GG partners and others leading business-donor partnerships, on what makes their partnerships a success, as well as share their insights and connect with like-minded peers.
Together we explored the latest thinking on how businesses can partner with government to address global challenges, and support our collective efforts to rebuild better from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In particular, we explored how such partnerships can support responses to rapid onset challenges.
Jahirul Azad, Head of Urban Health, CARE Bangladesh
Taposh Barua, Programme Coordinator, Ethical Trading Initiative, Bangladesh
Abil Bin Amin, Bangladesh Country Manager, Ethical Trading Initiative
Kathleen Brenninkmeijer, Programmes Manager, Win-Win Strategies, Women Win
Hannah Bruce, Practice, Evidence and Learning Senior Manager, Ethical Trading Initiative
Caroline Downey, Sustainable Sourcing Manager, MM Flowers
Ian Finlayson, Managing Director, PSI Advantage
Elle Harrison, Senior Programme Delivery and Relationship Manager, The Fairtrade Foundation
Nahidul Hasan Nayan, Operations Director, Awaj Foundation
Keith Kibirango, Director of Philanthropy and Private Sector Engagement, Crown Agents
Sarah Moser, Partnership Development Consultant, CARE International UK
Emilie Paradiso, Head of Advisory - Responsible Business, Partner Africa
Linda Patentas, Senior Program Manager, Apparel, GoodWeave International
Sara Petersson, Social Dialogue Programme Manager, Ethical Trading Initiative
Kyawe Phyo Phyo Aye, Ethical Trade Executive, Primark
Mosfequr Rahman, Bangladesh Project Manager, GoodWeave International
Munir Shamim, Ethical Trading Initiative, Bangladesh
Myriam Sidibe, Founder, Brands on a Mission
Naomi Somerville-Large, Senior Technical Adviser, Fairtrade Foundation
Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative
Ikhtiar Uddin, CARE Bangladesh
Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty
Attendees joined a half-day of insight and connection, and explored the latest thinking on how businesses can partner with government to address global challenges, and support our collective efforts to rebuild better from the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has not only been a health shock, but also a major disruption to global trade and the economy. International businesses which employ large numbers of vulnerable women and men in developing countries have been hard-hit, but through their supply chain networks and influence, also present a major opportunity for getting immediate support to the world’s poor, as well as putting in place systems that will protect workers into the future.
As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, as the UK prepares to showcase potential solutions for a greener, more prosperous future at the G7 Summit, and as the international community prepares for COP26, this Rebuild Better Summit focused on the crucial role that business can play in partnership with government to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
The Summit was co-hosted with Business Partnerships for Global Goals (BP4GG) – a UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office programme that invests in partnerships with businesses to test and scale shared value initiatives that contribute to the Global Goals.
The programme hosts the Vulnerable Supply Chains Facility, a rapid COVID-19 response facility partnering with 20 UK and international agricultural and garment product retailers, not-for-profit organisations, farms, and factories in eight partnership projects. The programme is providing economic, social, and health benefits to around 1 million vulnerable women and men impacted by COVID-19 in seven countries across Africa and Asia, and is providing useful insights and practical lessons for wider uptake.
As part of BP4GG’s Business Partnerships as a Force for Good Learning Series, this event was organised in the build up to G7 Summit, with a focus on how partnerships can lead to greener, more responsible trade, improve supply chain transparency, and catalyse digital innovation in the context of the pandemic.
BP4GG is managed by Mott MacDonald, with support from Accenture Development Partnerships and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).