Tsitsi R Choruma: Senior Advisor on Gender, Fairtrade International
Penny Fowler: Head of Private Sector Team, Campaigns, Policy and Influencing, Oxfam GB
Alison Ward: Executive Director, Cotton Connect
John Morrison: Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
Quintin Lake: Director, Fifty Eight
Francis West: Head of Private Sector Policy and Advocacy, Unicef
Stuart Coupe: M&E Manager, Hand in Hand International
Businesses, by harnessing their value chains, can be powerful drivers of social, economic and environmental progress and, consequently, can play a critical role in achieving many of the draft SDGs, most notably: Goal 1: ending poverty, Goal 2 ending hunger, Goal 5: achieving women economic empowerment and gender equality, Goal 8: promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, Goal 12: ensuring sustainable production and consumption patterns, Goal 13: taking urgent actions to combat climate change and its impacts, and Goal 15: protecting terrestrial ecosystems.
A growing number of companies are actively integrating social, environmental and economic improvements in to core business operations and their value chains, working with certification schemes like Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance, and through sector and issue specific focused platforms and initiatives.
As the world starts to gear up to adopt and deliver the SDGs, this online discussion will draw on the perspectives of leading businesses, civil society organisations and development agencies, to take stock of where progress is being made to harness value chains for social, environmental and economic impact. Contributors will consider how to build on progress to deepen impact and increase scale, and identify key enablers and barriers for business including governance and regulatory environments, and how to strengthen them.
Key questions to be addressed are:
- Where has the most progress been made in harnessing value chains for social and environmental impact, and where do the challenges remain for companies looking to translate principles in to practice?
- What are we learning about the key enablers for business seeking to improve their ESG performance, including the role of good governance and regulatory environments?
- How can businesses and development partners collaborate more effectively to take ESG performance to the next level of scale and impact, including the reporting of impact?
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