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Business Fights Poverty Global Goals Summit 2022
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COVID, conflict and climate change are among a confluence of challenges driving a tsunami of poverty that is already crashing into the lives of vulnerable people and communities around the world. 
It is in this complex and rapidly-evolving context that world leaders will be coming together in New York for the UN General Assembly to discuss how to accelerate progress on the internationally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due by 2030.

The growing global cost of living crisis, surging global hunger and malnutrition, worsening impacts of climate change, and threats to decades of progress on equity are just some of the many issues that the world has to grapple with.

If progress on the SDGs is to be defended and change accelerated, we must all step up as leaders, combining our knowledge, resources, networks and voices. And those people and communities most proximate to the issues must be at the heart of the conversation.

Over the course of three days, from 19 to 21 September, the virtual Business Fights Poverty Global Goals Summit, broadcasting live from New York, will bring together people from right around the world, with the passion and expertise needed to unlock new action.

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"One of the most well-organised summits I have seen. A combination of virtual and in-person, the summit was a smashing hit!

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"So incredibly well organised!"

Anouk Heilen, Global Sustainability Director, Social Equity and Inclusion, Unilever
“By the end of the week, I learned new ideas and made new connections that increase the potential for our business to make a social difference that I definitely did not have at the beginning of the week."

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The three-day virtual Summit, broadcast live from New York, includes highly interactive sessions that bring together voices and insights from across the globe, from business, NGOs, academia and government. We'll share the latest thinking on the role of business in driving equity, building resilience and fighting poverty. Join us online to deepen connections and build new relationships to drive forward collaborative action.

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Hear about the latest trends in poverty, and what role business can play, alongside government and civil society.
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Access the latest practical insights from real-world examples of businesses taking action on equity, resilience and poverty 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.

This event is part of Global Goals Week, a shared commitment between 150+ partners across civil society, business, academia, and the UN system to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially during the UN General Assembly High-level Week. It is also an opportunity to speak out as one voice, share ideas and transformative solutions in the fight to recover better from global challenges. To view the full calendar of events, click here.

Briefing Paper:
The Poverty Tsunami
A brief outline of the latest poverty trends and the role that business can play.

Published April 2022

COVID, conflict and climate change are among a confluence of challenges driving a tsunami of poverty that is already crashing into the lives of vulnerable people and communities around the world. This briefing explores these trends and the role businesses can and should play.

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Confirmed sessions

MON 19 SEP
PARTNERSHIP
Understanding new opportunities for partnership.
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PANEL-LED WORKSHOP

9:00 AM ET / 2:00 PM BST

How can we tackle the global food crisis through partnerships for large-scale food fortification?

Hosted with Accenture

Speakers:

Roger Voorhies, President, Global Growth and Opportunity, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

Ute Klamert, Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)

Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) [Virtual]

Gerda Verburg, Co-ordinator and Assistant Secretary General, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)

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

11.00 AM ET / 4.00 PM BST

How can business partnerships tackle the hidden hunger through access to essential nutrients?

Hosted with Bayer

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WEBINAR

11.30 AM ET / 4.30 PM BST

How can multi-stakeholder platforms drive engagement and behaviour change? Lessons from addressing health issues in East Africa
 

Hosted with Amref and the National Business Compact on Coronavirus

Speakers:

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

Ekua Yankah, Head of Secretariat, Brands on a Mission (Moderator)
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TUE 20 SEP
RESILIENCE
Strengthening the resilience of vulnerable people and communities.
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PANEL-LED WORKSHOP

9:00 AM ET / 2:00 PM BST

How can business drive climate justice through supply chains?

Hosted with Meta

Speakers:

Edward Palmieri, Director, Global Sustainability, Meta
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FIRESIDE CHAT

11.00 AM ET / 4.00 PM BST

How can we support new voices for climate justice?

Hosted with Meta

Interviewees:

Amanda Gardiner, Head, Sustainability Innovation & Engagement, Meta
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WEBINAR

11.30 AM ET / 4.30 PM BST

How can we accelerate access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene?

Hosted with Reckitt

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WED 21 SEP
EQUITY
Addressing the inequities that underpin poverty.
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PANEL-LED WORKSHOP

9:00 AM ET / 2:00 PM BST

How can innovations in workforce development programmes address racial equity issues?

Hosted with Barclays

Speakers:

Catherine Casey Nanda, Director, Acumen America

Hamoon Ekhtiari, CEO, Future Fit AI 

Pareen Kolhaas, COO, COOP Careers

Abe Mendez, Managing Director, Per Scholas

Daniel Adeyanju, Director of Programs, The Knowledge House
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FIRESIDE CHAT

11.00 AM ET / 4.00 PM BST

How can business help drive a more equitable society?

Hosted with Barclays

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WEBINAR

11.30 AM ET / 4.30 PM BST

How can we think globally and act locally in order to build effective diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies?

Hosted with the IFC

Speakers:

Rani Pooran, Program Lead, DEI, IFC, World Bank Group

Richard Stallings, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager, Novozymes North America

Beatriz Tumoine, Global Social Impact Director, CEMEX

Deepika Omprakash Yadav, Project Manager and Gender Equality Lead, DEI, IFC, World Bank Group (Moderator)
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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.

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