In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want – applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.
The new global goals result from a process that has been more inclusive than ever, with Governments involving business, civil society and citizens from the outset. We are all in agreement on where the world needs to go. Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors in society – and business has to play a very important role in the process.
Join the ICV community and our dynamic speakers for a one-day event during the week of the UN General Assembly to explore concrete mechanisms through which finance can be unlocked to drive meaningful and innovative investment in the Global Goals. More than ever we need business to be purposeful and pro-active in helping to ensure stability and drive social and economic transformation.
Responsible business and investment – rooted in universal principles – will be essential to achieving transformational change through the SDGs. For companies, successful implementation will strengthen the enabling environment for doing business and building markets around the world. Innovators and entrepreneurs of companies that are driving sustainable development will share stories of doing well by doing good.
Hear the stories of leaders of companies that do good and do well, and how they discovered new ways of doing business that are both profitable and progressive. Learn about business innovations that increase economic prosperity, contribute to a healthier environment and improve human well-being.
The Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative; a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. With over 5000 business participants and 2000 other stakeholders from civil society, academia, labour and other sectors, the Global Compact is today the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. By committing to sustainability, business can take shared responsibility for achieving a better world.
A discussion on women’s economic and political empowerment, including access to decent work, and control over economic, and productive resources and active participation in governance and decision-making.
Members of single family offices who are allocating their capital across asset classes; carefully examining the interconnected risks that may disrupt a well-thought-out portfolio designed for future generations; and, improving the wellbeing of humankind through their philanthropy will speak openly on a wide range of topics such as sourcing deal flow, direct investing, allocating to professional managers, and family governance.
Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment approach and industry insights.
Environmental, Social & Governance
Every year, American consumers, businesses, and farms spends $218 billion a year, or 1.3% of GDP, growing, processing, transporting, and disposing food that is never eaten. That’s 52 million tons of food sent to landfill annually, plus another 10 million tons that is discarded or left unharvested on farms. Meanwhile, one in six Americans is food insecure. Learn how we can reduce waste by 50%, and save resources, create jobs, alleviate hunger, conserve water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions — all while stimulating a new multi-billion dollar market opportunity.
In this talk, Bart Weejen shares how he developed detection rats technology together with a team of researchers at Antwerp University in Belgium and Sokoine University in Tanzania, and how this research effort developed into a global humanitarian operation. He provides an overview of the life saving actions of the so-called HeroRATs, how they are trained and what impact they had so far in supporting vulnerable communities affected by humanitarian detection challenges, to tackle these problems more independently. Bart also shares why and how he then got involved in the Wellbeing Project, and shares some significant findings of the Wellbeing Project’s research and what the social change sector can learn from this.
Young people play important roles in our interconnected global society. Leaders who apply innovative approaches to reform systems, educate and create change to decrease suffering in the world discuss how they help children to become productive, independent citizens who will enrich their communities and their future.