The Business Agenda on Equity with Jane Nelson, Harvard Kennedy School

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How has the business agenda on equity evolved over the past 20 years? Meet Social Impact Pioneer and Business Fights Poverty Institute Founding Fellow – Jane Nelson.

Jane is the Founding Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and is the academic partner of the godfather of the Framework on Business and Human Rights – John Ruggie.

Jane talks candidly about her incredible career to date and the shifting dynamics within corporate strategies towards integrating equity more fundamentally into business practices that have run in parallel. Jane has been at the table during many of the world’s pivotal conversations on societal impact in the past 20 years. She shares her insider highlights with us during this podcast conversation.

Together with Business Fights Poverty Co-Founder and CEO, Zahid Torres-Rahman – they explore the evolution of the business and equity agenda. Jane looks back at the big trends over the past two decades and sheds light on how we navigate today’s complex challenges and transformative opportunities. Listen in to access deep insights and a dose of inspiration to guide you on your own journey, as this conversation underscores the increasing recognition of businesses’ role in fostering a more equitable economy.


Business Commission to Tackle Inequality. Tackling Inequality: An Agenda for Business Action

Business Fights Poverty: Generative AI and Social Impact – Role of Business

Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Living Wage Foundation

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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