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COP26 | CLIMATE JUSTICE 2021
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Lisa Manley

Vice President, Sustainability, Mars Inc

Esther Ngumbi

Assistant Professor of Entomology and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and Founder, Oyeska Greens, Kenya

Anne N. Kabugi

Regional Gender Lead - Africa, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Ezgi Barcenas

Chief Sustainability Officer, AB InBev

Nick Robins

Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE

Saad Arshad

Senior Manager Program & Research, HBL Habib Bank

Katie Hyson

Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty

Yvette Torres-Rahman

Founder and CFO, Business Fights Poverty

Zahid Torres-Rahman

Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty

Climate change is affecting us all, but the most severe impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable people, who contribute least to the causes of the problem. Join the conversation on how business can ensure people are at the centre of climate action.

Existing inequities - due to factors such as gender, race and income - exacerbate the risks to people’s lives and livelihoods. Inequity also affects people’s capacity and opportunity to participate in the transition to a green economy. Climate change is the defining issue of our time. How we respond can protect or undermine the human rights of people around the world.

The Business Fights Poverty Climate Justice Summit 2021 will explore - through three days of online events, and an in-person event in the Green Zone at COP26 in Glasgow, the social and equity dimensions of climate change.

We will bring together leading thinkers and front-line practitioners from around the world to deep-dive into the role that business can play to ensure resilience, equity and opportunity for the most vulnerable people and communities.

Access Insights. Build Relationships. Drive Collaboration on Climate Justice.

We invite you to join us for three days of highly interactive events bringing together voices and insights from across the globe, from business, NGOs, academia and government. Access and share the latest thinking on the role of business in ensuring climate justice. Deepen connections and build new relationships to drive forward collaborative action

Don’t miss out on the chance to:


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Hear how businesses are driving social and environmental innovation internally, with valuable advice on how you can overcome challenges to do the same.
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Access the latest practical insights from real-world examples of businesses taking action on climate justice so that you can scale the impact of your own efforts.
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Tap into current thinking and best-practice lessons on priorities for collaborative action, and identify new connections to take forward your own partnerships.
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In November, the UK will host this year’s meeting – COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference. COP26 will be a decisive moment – climate change is a clear and present danger to all people and our planet. The real-world consequences of rising temperatures are already all too visible.

We can no longer afford to wait to act against the threat of climate change. We must work together to protect our planet and people to ensure a greener, more resilient future for us all.

Our Together for our Planet campaign is building momentum for positive action on climate change across UK society, ahead of the COP26 Summit. Find out more here.

Climate Justice Framework
Use this guide, written with the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, to inform business action to put people at the centre of climate action.

Published March 2021

Climate change is affecting us all, but the most severe impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable people. This new framework explores what climate justice means in practice and the actions that business can take.

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WED 3 NOV
RESILIENCE
Building the resilience of vulnerable people to the impacts of climate change
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WELCOME | ONLINE

12.30 - 1.00 PM GMT
8.30 - 9.00 AM EDT

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between:

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics

Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

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WEBINAR | ONLINE

1.00 - 2.00 PM GMT
9.00 - 10.00 AM EDT

How do Businesses Put People at the Heart of Climate Action?

Hosted with Mars Inc

Ezgi Barcenas, Chief Sustainability Officer, AB InBev

Lisa Manley, Vice President, Sustainability, Mars Inc

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

Climate change is affecting people. But it affects us unequally and in different ways.

Join this session to examine, why, where and what business action looks like - to help people everywhere become more resilient and more prepared for climate change.

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WEBINAR | ONLINE

2.30 - 3.30 PM GMT
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT

Connecting Investment, Climate Action and Social Justice

Hosted with Schroders

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PEER CIRCLES | ONLINE

4.00 - 5.00 PM GMT
12.00 PM - 1.00 PM EDT

Finding Ways to be Regenerative and Create Just Transitions

Interactive peer support sessions (by application). Places are limited.

With Caroline Ashley, Global Director, System Change Programmes, Forum for Future
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THU 4 NOV
EQUITY
Understanding and addressing the equity dimensions of climate change impacts and policies.
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WELCOME | IN-PERSON AND ONLINE

12.30 - 2.00 PM GMT
8.30 - 10.00 AM EDT

Empowering Women Through a Just Transition

Tower Base South, Glasgow Science Centre (Green Zone) with Livestream

Hosted with Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Responsibility Initiative and Green Girls Organisation


Amal-Lee Amin, Director Climate Strategy, CDC Group plc and Senior Advisor, COP26 Unit, Cabinet Office

Zlatina Loudjeva, Partner, PwC

Ellen Maynes, Operations Officer, Fiji and PNG, Gender & Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Monique Ntumngia, Founder, Green Girls Organisation 

Nick Robins, Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE

Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School (moderator)

In this session, we will explore the importance of clean energy as a driver of social impact and a lever for empowering women. Clean energy is key to increasing energy access for rural communities in Africa - with direct benefits for people's lives, livelihoods, and learning. Clean energy also provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs - such as selling solar lamps and installing solar panels.

Join us to learn from the latest thinking on empowering women through a green transition, with practical examples from leading businesses and practitioners.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets for the in-person event are free and available from the COP26 website on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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WEBINAR | ONLINE

2.30 - 3.30 GMT
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT

Women and the Net Zero Economy: Business Opportunities and Challenges in Supply Chains

Hosted with Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) / UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


Rachel Barre, Raw Materials Sustainability Manager, L’Oreal

Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva

Cristina Bortes, Director - Sustainability and International Development, PwC

Anne N. Kabugi, Regional Gender Lead - Africa, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Alice Allan, Collaboration Director, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

This interactive panel discussion focuses on the twin challenges of realizing women’s economic empowerment and tackling climate change. How do these critical social and environmental issues relate and how can a transition to net zero still achieve economic empowerment for women in global value chains?

Join us to learn about practical ways your company can address climate change and gender inequality. We will be launching a new toolkit for business developed by WOW and Business Fights Poverty in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Responsibility Initiative.

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PEER CIRCLES | ONLINE

4.00 - 5.00 PM GMT
12.00 PM - 1.00 PM EDT

When is Failure a Good Thing? Being Ambitious Enough to Make a Difference

Interactive peer support sessions (by application). Places are limited.

With Edward Cameron, Founder, International Institute for Climate Justice
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FRI 5 NOV
OPPORTUNITY
Ensuring vulnerable people have the opportunities to benefit from the transition to a green economy.
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WELCOME | ONLINE

12.30 - 1.00 PM GMT
8.30 - 9.00 AM EDT

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

The Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP, Minister for Asia, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Esther Ngumbi, Assistant Professor of Entomology and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and Founder, Oyeska Greens, Kenya

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WEBINAR | ONLINE

1.00 - 2.00 PM GMT
9.00 - 10.00 AM EDT

Global Youth Perspectives on Scaling an Inclusive Green Economy

Saad Arshad, Intrapreneur, Unusual Pioneer and the Senior Manager Program & Research, HBL Habib Bank

Marta Vania Uetela, Founder, BioMec, Mozambique. Supported by YBI member organisation ideiaLab

Maria Claudia Valdivia Verde, Thematic Leader in Green Business, Practical Action, Latin America

In this panel discussion, we will bring together youth voices to explore what an inclusive green economy means in practice, and what role business can play.

Join this session If you want to hear fresh perspectives and practical insights on how your business can take action to scale and inclusive green economy.

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WEBINAR | ONLINE

2.30 - 3.30 PM GMT
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT

Youth Innovation for a Sustainable Future

Kirsty Shillan, Customer Success Business Partner, SThree

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PEER CIRCLES | ONLINE

4.00 - 5.00 PM GMT
12.00 PM - 1.00 PM EDT

Learning from Young Social Entrepreneurs. How to Put People at the Heart of Your Climate Action

Interactive peer support sessions (by application). Places are limited.

With Marta Vania Uetela, Founder and Industrial Designer, BioMec, Mozambique
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WE ARE A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS PASSIONATE ABOUT BUILDING AN EQUITABLE AND RESILIENT FUTURE. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF BUSINESS TO HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES, LIVELIHOODS AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES.

By curating purposeful collaboration, we help companies and their partners access the insights and relationships they need to unlock new opportunities for business and social impact.

With our world more interconnected than ever, driving system-level change for a better future will require us to unite across traditional divides and come together in fresh and creative ways.


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