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Annabel Beales rounds-up Business Fights Poverty’s activities over the last two weeks. In times of change, there is a need for leaders throughout all walks of life. The business community is well-placed to demonstrate leadership for systemic change.
This month, the United Nations General Assembly will bring world leaders together to broker agreements on how to respond to common threats and work for a better collective future. In the wake of COVID-19, there is a sense that we are standing at a pivotal moment in history - one in which we must choose either the path of collective solidarity and economic, social and environmental sustainability, or the path of rising conflict, growing inequality and environmental destruction. What may once have been dismissed as hyperbole is now seems, to many, worryingly real.
In times of transition, leadership matters: not only political leadership, but leadership throughout all walks of life. The Business Fights Poverty community is, to me, an example of how we can all be leaders, holding fast to the vision of a better future and bringing people together to advance towards it.
This fortnight’s content has provided insights from research on leadership, as well as a chance to hear directly from those who are leading bold initiatives to create big change:
One important way to develop leaders is to support women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. When women become economically empowered, there are significant benefits for their families, communities, and for national economies - for example through increased spending on child health and education, job creation, and increased economic productivity. Two of our contributions focus on the tailored support that women entrepreneurs need to thrive:
Beyond the empowerment of women, the diverse nature of business means that there are innumerable opportunities for the business community to show leadership in creating a more equal and sustainable world. Our contributors have given insights into some of the ways that businesses can respond to the economic, social and environmental risks that we face:
As part of our commitment to support leaders in the business and sustainable development community, this month Business Fights Poverty are hosting an online conference, Business Fights Poverty NYC Online2020, in partnership with Visa, from 21-25th September 2020, to coincide with the UN General Assembly. We will hear from a wide variety of leaders and will facilitate interactive peer discussions on the themes of Imagining the Future We Want; Creating an Equitable World; Helping People Survive and Thrive; Building Resilient Livelihoods; and Shaping System-Level Partnerships.
We hope you will join us to build new connections, deepen your understanding and identify opportunities for action.
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