Join us for a live written discussion with a panel of experts to explore how can international government donors help businesses scale their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals?
Thursday 7th November 2019 15:00 – 16:00 GMT / 10:00 – 11:00 EST. ADD TO CALENDAR
It is now generally acknowledged that the additional $2.5 trillion annual investment in developing countries needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be delivered without the active engagement of the private sector. All sectors with a stake in the SDGs, including governments, development organisations, business and civil society are therefore increasingly focused on working together and to unlocking the potential of business to tackle big global challenges like poverty, inequality and climate change.
International development partners, like DFID for example, are employing new tools and instruments to partner with large companies, individually and collectively, to help them be more proactive agents in achieving the SDGs by scaling their positive impacts, and by taking responsibility for minimising their negative impacts.
Examples of innovative business–donor partnerships are growing, but what is less clear is which models work and which do not, which have the most impact, where gaps in business engagement persist and what are the greatest areas of business need and opportunity, which donors can help to support and scale. To help answer these questions, DFID is working with Business Fights Poverty to better understand how international donors can help catalyse action by large companies to scale their contribution to the SDGs.
Tomas Zaborowski, Head of Sustainability Excellence, Bayer
Mario Gonzalez, Community Development Corporate Leader, CEMEX
Eva Halper, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Credit Suisse
Nina Schuler, Private Sector Adviser, DFID
Christina Tewes-Gradl, Managing Director, Endeva
Peter McAllister, Executive Director, Ethical Trading Initiative
Robin Bonsey, Project Manager, Hystra
Michelle Battat Scheinmann, Public Affairs Manager, Mars
Paul Ellingstad Interim Director, Social Innovation, Pearson
Caroline Rees, President and CEO, SHIFT
Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative
Sashi Jayatileke, Team Lead of Development Finance, Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship, USAID
Moderator: Richard Gilbert, Challenge Director, Business Fights Poverty
Where are we currently seeing the most impactful and replicable results from responsible and inclusive business partnerships between government donors and large companies and industries/sectors, and what are some good examples?
What are we learning about what holds companies back when seeking to scale inclusive business models or responsible business practices, and how can government donors help to remove these barriers?
What sustainable development issues (eg: climate change, human rights, deforestation, corruption) should be prioritised for collaboration by government donors and large companies and industries/sectors?
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