Business Partnerships
as a Force for Good

Join us for a half-day of insight and connection, as we explore the latest thinking on how businesses can partner with government to address global challenges, and support our collective efforts to rebuild better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has not only been a health shock, but also a major disruption to global trade and the economy. International businesses which employ large numbers of vulnerable women and men in developing countries have been hard-hit, but through their supply chain networks and influence, also present a major opportunity for getting immediate support to the world’s poor, as well as putting in place systems that will protect workers into the future.

As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, as the UK prepares to showcase potential solutions for a greener, more prosperous future at the G7 Summit, and as the international community prepares for COP26, our next Rebuild Better Summit focuses on the crucial role that business can play in partnership with government to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Business Partnerships for Global Goals

The Summit is co-hosted with Business Partnerships for Global Goals (BP4GG) – a UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office programme that invests in partnerships with businesses to test and scale shared value initiatives that contribute to the Global Goals.

The programme hosts the Vulnerable Supply Chains Facility, a rapid COVID-19 response facility partnering with 20 UK and international agricultural and garment product retailers, not-for-profit organisations, farms, and factories in eight partnership projects. The programme is providing economic, social, and health benefits to around 1 million vulnerable women and men impacted by COVID-19 in seven countries across Africa and Asia, and is providing useful insights and practical lessons for wider uptake.

As part of BP4GG’s Business Partnerships as a Force for Good Learning Series, this event is being organised in the build up to G7 Summit, with a focus on how partnerships can lead to greener, more responsible trade, improve supply chain transparency, and catalyse digital innovation in the context of the pandemic.

BP4GG is managed by Mott MacDonald, with support from Accenture Development Partnerships and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).


In this event you will learn from a variety of innovative multi-party partnership projects – from flower farms to garment factories – that are supporting vulnerable workers in the face of COVID-19, and making international trade routes greener.

We will explore practical examples of the unique resources that government, businesses and not-for-profit organisations can bring to the table, how together they can create the catalysts for development impact, the key practices that make such partnerships work, and how these models can be taken forward.

Meet some of the amazing speakers and panelists

Lydia Hopton

Global Head of Ethical Trading, M&S

Hannah Bruce

Practice, Evidence and Learning Senior Manager, Ethical Trading Initiative

Kate Copper

Impact Investing and Responsible Business Advisor, UK FCDO


1.00 - 1.30 PM BST /

8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat on Rebuilding Better with:

Cathy Pieters, Senior Director Sustainable Ingredients & Cocoa Life, Mondelez

Katharine Stewart, Group Corporate Responsibility Director,
Associated British Foods plc

Giles Bolton, Responsible sourcing Director,

1.30 - 3.00 PM BST /

8.30 - 10.00 AM EDT



Business Partnerships as a Force for Good: Building Back Better from the Pandemic

Through a variety of multi-party partnership examples from the Business Partnerships for Global Goals programme, we will explore how business has been working to protect the most vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will share perspectives on how partnership - with the UK's FCDO and other industry players - can support our collective efforts to rebuild better from the pandemic.

Join this session to:

  • Hear about most recent practical examples, across a range of sectors, to inspire ideas for new business-government-not for profit partnerships.
  • Access lessons and advice that you can take into your partnerships so that you can increase their impact and effectiveness.

Key themes

Greener, more responsible trade. Improving supply chain transparency. Catalysing digital innovation.

Opening Remarks:

Kate Cooper, Impact Investing and Responsible Business Advisor, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

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


Richard Fox, Director of Sustainability, Flamingo Horticulture Ltd

Hannah Bruce, Practice, Evidence and Learning Senior Manager, Ethical Trading Initiative

Ravikant Sharma, Assistant Manager, Sustainable Operations, South Asia, VF Corporation

Aisha Aswani, Ethical Trading Manager, The Co-operative

Lindsay Block, Head of Partnerships and Capacity Building, Primark

Fiona Sadler, Global Head of Ethical Trading, M&S


Nic Ramsden, Team Leader, Business Partnerships for Global Goals
Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty

3.00 - 3.15 PM BST /

10.00 - 10.15 AM EDT


Yvette Torres-Rahman, Co-Founder, Business Fights Poverty, will host a Fireside Chat on The Power of Multi-Party Partnerships for Supporting Vulnerable People, with:

Lydia Hopton, Global Head of Ethical Trading, M&S

Justin Dell, Partnerships Manager, CARE International UK

Jahirul Azad, Head of Urban Health, CARE Bangladesh

3.15 - 4.30 PM BST /

10.15 AM- 11.30 PM EDT



Business Partnerships as a Force for Good: A Tool for Rapid Collaboration?

Join this live written discussion.

This is a chance for you to engage with BP4GG partners and others leading business-donor partnerships, on what makes their partnerships a success, as well as share your insights and connect with like-minded people.

Together we will be exploring the latest thinking on how businesses can partner with government to address global challenges, and support our collective efforts to rebuild better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In particular, we will explore how such partnerships can support responses to rapid onset challenges.


Jahirul Azad, Head of Urban Health, CARE Bangladesh

Taposh Barua, Programme Coordinator, Ethical Trading Initiative, Bangladesh

Abil Bin Amin, Bangladesh Country Manager, Ethical Trading Initiative

Kathleen Brenninkmeijer, Programmes Manager, Win-Win Strategies, Women Win

Hannah Bruce, Practice, Evidence and Learning Senior Manager, Ethical Trading Initiative

Caroline Downey, Sustainable Sourcing Manager, MM Flowers

Ian Finlayson, Managing Director, PSI Advantage

Elle Harrison, Senior Programme Delivery and Relationship Manager, The Fairtrade Foundation

Nahidul Hasan Nayan, Operations Director, Awaj Foundation

Keith Kibirango, Director of Philanthropy and Private Sector Engagement, Crown Agents

Sarah Moser, Partnership Development Consultant, CARE International UK

Emilie Paradiso, Head of Advisory - Responsible Business, Partner Africa

Linda Patentas, Senior Program Manager, Apparel, GoodWeave International

Sara Petersson, Social Dialogue Programme Manager, Ethical Trading Initiative

Kyawe Phyo Phyo Aye, Ethical Trade Executive, Primark

Mosfequr Rahman, Bangladesh Project Manager, GoodWeave International

Munir Shamim, Ethical Trading Initiative, Bangladesh

Myriam Sidibe, Founder, Brands on a Mission

Naomi Somerville-Large, Senior Technical Adviser, Fairtrade Foundation

Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative

Ikhtiar Uddin, CARE Bangladesh


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