Business Fights Poverty

An interactive online event that brought people together from around the world to share insights on key trends, challenges and opportunities for 2023.

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Over 180 business leaders, advocates, academics and others came together to share and explore what they believe to be the key trends, challenges and opportunities for action in the year ahead. The virtual workshops, conducted under Chatham House Rules, focused on three critical intersecting areas: poverty, equity and resilience, and offered practical insights while fostering new and exciting connections across the BFP community. This Insights Paper summaries the key points of the discussion.

Event themes

KEY QUESTIONS

As a community, we shared perspectives on what we predict will be the key trends and challenges in 2023.

Where can we collaborate to make tangible progress in 2023? What should be our priorities for 2023?

Thank you to these amazing speakers and other members of our community for sharing so generously their insights

Emma Edwards

Stakeholder Relations Specialist

Stakeholder Relations Specialist

Digital Opportunity Trust

Alison Ward

CEO

CEO

Cotton Connect

Kazi Jawoad Hossain

Climate, Resilience and Agriculture Manager

Climate, Resilience and Agriculture Manager

iDE

Chloe Christman

Lead, Country Engagement, Inclusive Value Chains & Private Sector

Lead, Country Engagement, Inclusive Value Chains & Private Sector

Oxfam America

Jamie Coats

Co-Founder & CEO

Co-Founder & CEO

Wise Responder

Justin Perrettson

Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures

Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures

Novozymes

Bob Ward

Policy and Comms Director

Policy and Comms Director

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change LSE

Maggie Rarieya

Global Partnerships Director

Global Partnerships Director

Amref Health Africa

Ritu Bharadwaj

Team Leader and Principal Researcher, Climate Change Group

Team Leader and Principal Researcher, Climate Change Group

IIED

Ian White

Special Representative to the UK and Ireland

Special Representative to the UK and Ireland

World Bank Group

Tamanna Rahman

Project Manager-Flood Resilience, Bangladesh

Project Manager-Flood Resilience, Bangladesh

Practical Action

Sarah Roberts

CEO

CEO

Practical Action

Victoria Clause

Digital Climate Smart Agriculture Manager, Agrifin Programme

Digital Climate Smart Agriculture Manager, Agrifin Programme

Mercy Corps

Matteo Squire

Global Sustainability Manager, Social Equity and Inclusion

Global Sustainability Manager, Social Equity and Inclusion

Unilever

Leonor Gutiérrez

Director of the Women in Agriculture Initiative

Director of the Women in Agriculture Initiative

Root Capital

Jane Pillinger

Visiting senior research fellow

Visiting senior research fellow

Open University

Anita Gurgel

Private Sector & Early Education and Care Specialist

Private Sector & Early Education and Care Specialist

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Fatou Giwa

Global Lead - Women's Insurance Programm

Global Lead - Women's Insurance Programm

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Rudaba Zehra Nasir

Global Lead, Economic Inclusion

Global Lead, Economic Inclusion

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Fiona Smith-Laittan

VP Global Health, VP Global Health

VP Global Health, VP Global Health

GSK

Hamzah Sarwar

Global Social Impact and Partnerships Director

Global Social Impact and Partnerships Director

Reckitt

Natalie Deacon

Exec Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, President Avon Foundation

Exec Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, President Avon Foundation

AVON

Myriam Sidibe

Founder and Chief Mission Officer

Founder and Chief Mission Officer

Brands on a Mission

Darja Vrščaj

Technical Lead on the Intergenerational Fairness Incubator

Technical Lead on the Intergenerational Fairness Incubator

School of Int. Futures (SOIF)

Ada Osademey – Udechukwu

Senior Gender Advisor, Africa Program Lead, Nigeria2Equal

Senior Gender Advisor, Africa Program Lead, Nigeria2Equal

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Helen King

Head of Department, Economic Cooperation and Growth

Head of Department, Economic Cooperation and Growth

FCDO

Prof. Judy Muthuri

Sustainable Business and Development, ICCSR

Sustainable Business and Development, ICCSR

Nottingham Business School

Simon Bishop

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Power of Nutrition

speaker Ilaria

Ilaria Ida Walton

Global Socioeconomic Impact Lead

Global Socioeconomic Impact Lead

Mars

Event Feedback

Agenda

MONDAY 23rd January

Some scene-setting remarks from some inspiring community members.

This parallel panel-led session deep-dove into questions such as:

  • What are the expected poverty trends and challenges in 2023?
  • How can business support the most vulnerable people and communities?
  • How can we better measure poverty impacts and set ambitious targets?
  • What are the priorities for collaborative action?

Lead Discussants:

Ilaria Ida Walton, Global Socioeconomic Impact Lead, Mars

Simon Bishop, Chief Executive Officer, Power of Nutrition

Maggie Rarieya, Global Partnerships Director, Amref

Prof. Judy Muthuri, Professor of Sustainable Business and Development, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR), Nottingham University Business School

Jacques-Chai Chomthongdi, Regional Private Sector Engagement Lead-Asia, Oxfam

Helen King, Head of Department, Economic Cooperation and Growth, FCDO

Chloe Christman, Lead, Country Engagement, Inclusive Value Chains & Private Sector, Oxfam America

Ada Osademey – Udechukwu, Senior Gender Advisor, Africa, Program Lead, Nigeria2Equal, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Darja Vrščaj, Technical Lead on the Intergenerational Fairness Incubator, School of International Futures (SOIF)

Myriam Sidibe, Founder and Chief Mission Officer, Brands on a Mission

Jamie Coats, Co-Founder & CEO, Wise Responder

Zahid Torres-Rahman, CEO & CO-Founder, Business Fights Poverty (Moderator)

After an opening session, this parallel session deep-dove into questions such as:

  • What is the 2023 outlook for progress on equity, including with respect to gender, race, disability, and sexual identity and orientation?
  • What is the latest thinking on the actions businesses can take across their workforces and value chains?
  • What should be the priorities for collaboration?

Lead Discussants:

Natalie Deacon, Executive Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, President Avon Foundation for Women, AVON

Hamzah Sarwar, Global Social Impact and Partnerships Director, Reckitt

Fiona Smith-Laittan, VP Global Health, VP Global Health, GSK

Rudaba Zehra Nasir, Global Lead, Economic Inclusion, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Fatou Giwa, Global Lead – Women’s Insurance Programm, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Anita Gurgel, Private Sector & Early Education and Care Specialist, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jane Pillinger, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Open University

Leonor Gutiérrez, Director of the Women in Agriculture Initiative, Root Capital

Alice Allan, Director of Collaboration, Business Fights Poverty (Moderator)

After an opening session, this parallel session deep-dove into questions such as:

  • How we can ensure people are put at the heart of climate action, including in the run up to COP28
  • What role can business play to drive climate justice?
  • What should be the priorities for collaboration?

Lead Discussants:

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Matteo Squire, Global Sustainability Manager – Social Equity and Inclusion, Unilever

Victoria Clause, Digital Climate Smart Agriculture Manager, Agrifin Programme, Mercy Corps

Sarah Roberts, CEO, Practical Action

Tamanna Rahman, Project Manager-Flood Resilience, Bangladesh, Practical Action

Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, LSE

Ian White, Special Representative to the UK and Ireland, World Bank Group

Alison Ward, CEO, Cotton Connect

Kazi Jawoad Hossain, Climate, Resilience and Agriculture Manager, iDE

Ritu Bharadwaj, Team Leader and Principal Researcher, Climate Change Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership & COO, Business Fights Poverty (Moderator)

Our final reflections on priorities for action in 2023.

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