There is a clear and deepening frustration amongst some with the rhetoric of “purpose”, “sustainability” and the notion of “business as a force for good”. For those of us who believe in the power of business to do good, this is an opportunity for some honest self-reflection.

The common ground between those within the business and purpose world, and those who criticise it, is the desire for authenticity; the recognition that we need to move beyond the rhetoric of purpose and embed it meaningfully and consistently across business.

We need an honest discussion about how this can be done, recognising where progress is being made and where actions are falling short.

Join an invited audience of 300 professionals and practitioners working to embed purpose authentically within business.  Engage with peers from leading global companies, civil society and government who are pioneering new ways to harness companies' products, services, value chains, and voice to have a positive social impact.

This one-day experience will combine inspiring plenaries with practical deep-dive knowledge zones focused on: partnerships, women's economic empowerment, corporate social innovation, responsible supply chains, and purpose.

The event will be preceded by a Welcome Dinner on 10 July at the beautiful St John's College.​​​​​​​

This is an invite-only event. Apply below.

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Apply to be a featured speaker

We're looking for great speakers! If you or your organisation would like to be a featured speaker at Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2019, contact Katie Hyson with:

  • a 200-word summary of the topic and its fit with the conference theme of embedding purpose authentically into business.  This should outline the pressing social issue, why business and their partners need to collaborate in order to create systemic change (this could cover new solutions or be a call for action raising awareness of the issue); and how the topic could be brought to life, going beyond a standard speaker presentation; and
  • a three-sentence speaker bio.

Become a Business Fights Poverty Ambassador

This year we are inviting a selected number of people to become Business Fights Poverty Ambassadors to help drive meaningful connection and collaboration at the event and beyond. Get a free place at the event and take on an active role that will help build your own connections and make the day deeply valuable for everyone.

To find out more and to apply, please contact Anna Johnson with:

  • a 200-word summary of explaining why you are interested in the conference theme of embedding purpose authentically into business; and
  • a three-sentence bio.


98% of participants surveyed said they would recommend our Oxford event to a colleague.



88% said they made a valuable new connection for their work.


95% said they learnt something valuable for a current or future collaboration.