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COP27 | CLIMATE JUSTICE 2022
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Businesses increasingly recognise the urgency of tackling and adapting to climate change. More and more companies are joining the Race to Zero, the Science Based Targets Initiative, and other efforts to lower their emissions. Yet, there is a danger that the focus on Net Zero, as important as that is, will mean we fail to recognise that climate change is fundamentally about people.
Climate change is affecting us all, but the most severe impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable people. A recent UN climate change report made clear that 40% of the world’s population is currently “highly vulnerable” to climate change impacts - and most of them live in places least responsible for causing climate change.

Existing inequities - due to factors such as gender, race and income - exacerbate the risks to people’s lives and livelihoods. Inequity also shapes people’s capacity and opportunity to participate in the transition to a green economy. Climate change and inequity are two of the biggest challenges of our time; progress on either means we need to recognise that both are inextricably connected.

Broadcasting live from Sharm El-Sheikh, Business Fights Poverty Climate Justice 2022 was a genuinely hybrid, inclusive and interactive event, giving us a chance to be an active part of the conversation even if you can’t be at COP27.

The Summit brought together people around the world who are passionate about climate justice, from across business, civil society and government. Together explored critical questions on leadership, partnership, youth empowerment and gender equity. Building on conversations we convened during last year’s COP26 and since, we identified new actions we can take together.

Our highly-rated format gave us the chance to participate meaningfully in the conversation and learn from peers. For over 16 years, we have been driving deep collaboration, carefully-curated convenings and action-focused community learning. We brought this same energy to our Summits, with a commitment to ensuring you get access to the insights and relationships you needed.

Across our 2022 hybrid events, 98% of participants say they learnt something valuable for their work, and 97% say they would recommend them to a colleague. Working with our content partners, we are focused on including the voices of those proximate to the challenges we are discussing. We were inspired by individuals who are working at the cutting edge of the issues you care about.


Meet some of our amazing speakers and panelists

Morten Enggaard Rasmussen

EVP People, Sustainability & Brand, Novozymes

Edward Palmieri

Director, Global Sustainability, Meta

Beatriz Tumoine

Global Social Impact Director, CEMEX

Marcela Chacon

Senior Manager International Stakeholders Relations, Bayer

Katie Hoard

Global VP, ESG Strategy & Engagement, AB InBev

Justin White

Manager, Human Rights & Gender Equality, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc

Claire Lund

Global Vice President, Sustainability, GSK

Maggie Rarieya

Global Partnerships Director, Amref Health Africa

Marta Vânia Uetela

Founder, BioMec, Mozambique

Amir Gerges

Founder, Carboni Bank

Anastasia Mbatia

Senior Technical Manager, Agriculture, Farm Africa

Deborah Osei-Mensah

Ambassador, Fairtrade & Operations Manager, Asunafo Cocoa Farmers

Laetitia Pettinotti

Senior Research Officer, ODI

Elaine Mead

Chair, Alliance for Water Stewardship

Katie Hyson

Director of Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty

Zahid Torres-Rahman

CEO & Co-Founder, Business Fights Poverty

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WED 9 NOV
PARTNERSHIPS

Priorities for business leadership and partnership.
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PANEL-LED WORKSHOP

7.30 am ET / 12.30pm GMT / 2.30pm EET

Where are the gaps in business leadership for climate justice?

Hosted with Meta

While it is primarily the responsibility of governments to drive action on climate change, businesses and their civil society partners also have a leadership role to drive action within their organisations, value chains and wider spheres of influence. Studies show that the large majority of employees and the wider public expect CEOs to stand up more on societal issues.

In this session we heard from inspiring leaders in business and civil society on what more businesses can and should do to support climate justice. We came away with ideas for actions you can take by leveraging your own work and voice.

Lead Discussants:

Amir Gerges, Founder, Carboni Bank

Deborah Osei-Mensah, Ambassador, Fairtrade & Operations Manager, Asunafo Cocoa Farmers

Edward Palmieri, Director, Global Sustainability, Meta

Katie Hoard, Global VP, ESG Strategy & Engagement, AB InBev

Zahid Torres-Rahman, CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)


In-Room and Online Table Discussants:

Kristin Komives, Director of Programmes, ISEAL Alliance

Marion Osieyo, Global Strategist – Nature’s Contributions to People, WWF-International

James Sancto, Co-Founder & CEO, We Make Change

Noelia Tellez & Luis Colmán, Research and development department, Fundación Paraguaya

Joseph Feyertag, Research Fellow, Climate & Sustainability, Overseas Development Institute

Laura Kelly, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Abdelrahman Fahmy, One Young World Alumni

Akinyi Walender, Africa Director, Practical Action

Madan Pariyar, Sr. Advisor, iDE

Ben Kellard, Director of Business Strategy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Peter Hall, Vice President, Global Director, Race to Resilience

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*** 10 MIN INTERVAL ***

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VIDEO PRESENTATION

9.10am ET / 2.10pm GMT / 4.10pm EET

Global voices on climate justice

We heard about insights, priorities and actions by members of our community and beyond from around the world including Fiji, Ghana, Uganda, India, Sudan, Jordan & more.

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PANEL-LED WORKSHOP

9.30am ET / 2.30pm GMT / 4.30pm EET

How can we collaborate better across climate and health to drive equity and resilience?

Hosted with GSK

Climate change threatens people’s lives, health and wellbeing. These impacts are not being felt equally, and reflect deep-seated inequities, such as by gender and race. For instance, those communities with poorer access to health care are most impacted by extreme weather events, and are the least able to recover quickly. Meanwhile, global warming brings new health challenges and exacerbates current ones.

We had an in-depth discussion about driving better collaboration between the too-often siloed disciplines of climate change and health. We explored real-world partnerships and leave with ideas for driving the effectiveness of your own partnerships.

Lead Discussants:

Maggie Rarieya, Global Partnerships Director, Amref Health Africa

Fiona Smith-Laittan, VP Global Health, GSK

Juanita Silva, Campaign Manager, Race to Resilience, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion

Hannah Green, Corporate Affairs Director, Sustainability, GSK

Closing Remarks:

Claire Lund, Global Vice President, Sustainability, GSK

Elaine Mead, Chair, Alliance for Water Stewardship


In-Room and Online Table Discussants:

Gifty Volimkarime Kuug, Project Director, Green Economy Ghana Project, Inclusive Business Sweden

Suleiman Yakubu, Monitoring, Evaluation and Programme Manager, The Power of Nutrition

Evelyn Karokora, Director Finance and Strategy, Z&K Business Enterprises & AMREF Health and Climate Entrepreneur

Berias Unyolo, Managing Director, Mundawathu Garden & AMREF Health and Climate Entrepreneur

Manav Khanna, Visiting Researcher at the School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford & PhD Student in Management-Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Pike Kwizera, Co-Founder, Hya Bioplastics & AMREF Health and Climate Entrepreneur

Bradley Mbagaya, Auto-truck E.A. & AMREF Health and Climate Entrepreneur

Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future

Martin Muchangi, Director, NTDS, Amref Health Africa

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SOLUTIONS

Impactful innovations and solutions.
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PANEL-LED WORKSHOP

7.30 am ET / 12.30pm GMT / 2.30pm EET

How can we scale youth enterprise solutions for climate justice?

Hosted with the Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, Change by Degrees and INJAZ Egypt.

In this session we explored the practical solutions being developed by inspiring young entrepreneurs that help vulnerable people adapt to and mitigate the risks of climate change. We unpacked the challenges young entrepreneurs face in achieving scale, and how larger companies, in partnership with government and civil society, can help them succeed.

In this session we learned from the latest thinking and practical examples of youth entrepreneurs delivering people-centred climate-just solutions. We came away with valuable insights on how you can increase your impact through partnerships to support young entrepreneurs.

Lead Discussants:

Dina El - Mofty, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Egypt, and Founder, INJAZ Egypt

Farah Emara, Co-Founder, FreshSource Global

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

Marta Vânia Uetela, Founder, BioMec, Mozambique

Morten Enggaard Rasmussen, EVP People, Sustainability & Brand, Novozymes

Tara Shine, Chief Executive Officer, Change by Degrees


In-Room and Online Table Discussants:

Emma Edwards, Business Development Specialist, Digital Opportunity Trust

Hope Davidson, Net Zero Transformation team, Monitor Deloitte & One Young World Alumni

Sancha Conway Holroyd, Co-Founder, Ambassadors of Earth & One Young World Alumni

Oluoch Brendah, Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Associate, The Youth Cafe

Victoria Crawford, Senior Manager, Investment Partnerships, WBCSD

Ruth Thomas, Director Food & Agriculture, WBCSD

Edwin Obiero, Regional Director, Practical Action

Jackson Sylvestre Karara, Co-founder & Managing Director, UKC (Uruhimbi Kageyo LTD) & DOT Alumni

Selma Bichbich, Youth Fellow, Algeria, Learning Planet

Mohsen Gul, Senior Project Manager, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

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*** 10 MIN INTERVAL ***

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VIDEO PRESENTATION

9.10am ET / 2.10pm GMT / 4.10pm EET

Global voices on climate justice

We heard about insights, priorities and actions by members of our community and beyond from around the world including Fiji, Ghana, Uganda, India, Sudan, Jordan & more.

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PANEL-LED WORKSHOP

9.30am ET / 2.30pm GMT / 4.30pm EET

What more can we do to place gender equity at the heart of climate action?

Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change, and face greater barriers in accessing the opportunities that come with the green transition. What more can business, in partnership with others, do to support women? How can we ensure that climate actions are gender-smart?

In this session we learned from the latest examples of actions being taken to empower women through climate justice. We shared and tested out our latest thinking, so that we can scale the impacts of our own initiatives.

Lead Discussants:

Anastasia Mbatia, Senior Technical Manager, Agriculture, Farm Africa

Beatriz Tumoine, Global Social Impact Director, CEMEX

Franziska Deininger, Gender and Climate Consultant, IFC

Justin White, Manager, Human Rights & Gender Equality, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc

Laetitia Pettinotti, Senior Research Officer, ODI

Marcela Chacon, Senior Manager International Stakeholders Relations, Bayer


In-Room and Online Table Discussants:

Julia Taylor, Researcher: Climate and Inequality, The Southern Centre for Inequality Studies , The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dan Collison, Chief Executive, Farm Africa

Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO & Co-Founder, WEConnect International

Alison Ward, CEO, CottonConnect

Rania Ayman Hani, Founder & CEO, Entreprenelle & One Young World Alumni

Kelvin Muthui, Programme coordinator, Caritas Kitui & IIED

Saquina Mucavele Executive Director, Mozambique, Women, Gender, and Development (MuGeDe)

Hester le Roux, Senior Business Advisor, Private Sector Engagement, CARE International UK

Megan Dwyer Baumann, Global Qualitative Research Lead, Women’s World Banking

Iman Bashir, Research Consultant,  School of International Futures (SOIF) and NGFP Africa Network Member

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Climate Justice Framework

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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Climate Justice Online Forum

A summary of a series of online forum discussions about how business can put people at the heart of their climate actions. The series also covered the role of education and skills in the just transition and how thinking about diversity and inclusion can help spread the burdens and benefits of climate action.

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Our magazines help you navigate the challenges of scaling your social impact and share some of the leading edge thinking on topics across the space. Download the latest issue and past issues here

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Women and the Net Zero Economy

A toolkit on how companies can transition to a net-zero economy at the same time as economically empowering the many vulnerable women working upstream in global value chains.

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ARTICLES

By SSIR

This article series, produced in partnership with the social impact community Business Fights Poverty, explores why climate justice is a critical concern for businesses, how companies can start to put climate justice principles into practice, and emerging solutions from different industries that are beginning to take action.

By Daniel Epstein & Travis Barnes

Community-focused entrepreneurs are using innovative business models and technology to make renewable energy and a healthy environment accessible to everyone. This article published by Stanford Social Innovation Review is part of a special series on Climate Justice produced in partnership with members of the Business Fights Poverty community.

By Maria Teresa Zappia

Practical ways investors can help the people most affected by climate change become more resilient to it, while still securing a strong financial return. This article published by Stanford Social Innovation Review is part of a special series on Climate Justice produced in partnership with members of the Business Fights Poverty community.

By Daniella Foster

Businesses need to take actions that improve not only the environment, but also human health and well-being, particularly among vulnerable communities in their value chains. This article published by Stanford Social Innovation Review is part of a special series on Climate Justice produced in partnership with members of the Business Fights Poverty community.

By GSK

The climate and nature crises are shared challenges. We do not have all the answers, but by openly and transparently sharing our experiences and learning out loud, we hope that GSK can help us all move faster towards
collective solutions.

By IIED

Eight principles for locally led adaptation have been developed to help ensure that local communities are empowered to lead sustainable and effective adaptation to climate change at the local level. IIED is among over 80 governments, leading global institutions and local and international NGOs that have already endorsed these principles and are advocating their endorsement by others.

By Zahid Torres Rahman, Jane Nelson & Tara Shine

Why we need to move business from the margins to the mainstream on climate justice, and how to get there. This article published by Stanford Social Innovation Review is part of a special series on Climate Justice produced in partnership with members of the Business Fights Poverty community.

By Lisa Manley & Iris van der Velden

How businesses can transform procurement practices to strengthen farmer livelihoods and improve environmental impacts. This article published by Stanford Social Innovation Review is part of a special series on Climate Justice produced in partnership with members of the Business Fights Poverty community.

By Farm Africa

Carbon offset programmes may present a threat to women’s equal land rights if policies are not enforced to protect women’s ownership and control, writes Anastasia Mbatia, a Senior Technical Manager for Agriculture at Farm Africa.

By Anna Barford & Stephanie Shankland

As the global population grows, it has been estimated that by 2030 the world will need more than 600 million new jobs. Many of these will be required in developing countries, where young people already struggle to find work, pay is low, and working conditions are often poor.

By Juan Pablo Solis, Fairtrade International

Ahead of another UN climate conference, Fairtrade once again urges governments for concrete action… but time is running out.

By TPI

The Guidebook aims to convey the magic of how multi-stakeholder partnerships at country level can deliver significantly towards the Sustainable Development Goals and provide guidance on how to build robust, effective collaborations that can achieve extraordinary results.

By TPI

The TPI and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) explore the imperative of multi-stakeholder partnerships in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

By Farm Africa

Between 2012 and 2021, Farm Africa
worked with the NGO SOS Sahel Ethiopia,
with funding from the Royal Norwegian
Embassy in Ethiopia, to deliver a REDD+
project that lowers greenhouse gas
emissions by reducing deforestation in the
Bale Eco-region, while also boosting the
livelihoods of local communities living in
poverty.

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About Us
We are a global community of people, companies 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.

We know that driving system-level change for a better future requires people to unite across traditional divides and come together in fresh and creative ways.

We curate purposeful collaboration to help companies and their partners access the insights and relationships they need to unlock new opportunities for business and social impact.

Join us. We are Business Fights Poverty.


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