The theme is “Sustainable Entrepreneurship from the Bottom Up”. The conference program (available here) has been designed to first provoke, then discuss, and finally, act. Accordingly, each segment starts with the “plenary provocation” to challenge and stimulate creative thinking, followed by breakout sessions geared toward building networks, action agendas and new initiatives.
The event will bring together over 1,500 high level business executives, government officials, investors, international organizations, public sector representatives, NGOs, and academia who are leaders in the pioneering field of creating market-based business models that connect private sector resources with the unmet needs of the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) in Latin America and the Caribbean.
As we wrap up a busy year here in our Geneva office, allow me to share some information on what we have been up to over the past few months at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in the inclusive business space.
Furthermore, in view of facilitating the exchange of information and knowledge, you can also find below some blurbs and links referring to some interesting activities and outputs produced by colleagues in other organizations active in this space.
We look forward to 2015, where our focus will continue to lie on being a catalyst for scaling up action, awareness, and skills across the business community, in line with our Action2020 strategy.
Launched at the United Nations in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) challenges companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for development impact along with commercial success. In more than 50 countries, 100 companies have responded to the BCtA by making commitments to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions of people through commercially viable business ventures that engage low-income people as consumers, producers, distributors, and suppliers of goods and services.
On September 24, the BCtA will hold its Fifth Annual Forum in New York City. The forum will take place in conjunction with the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and the Secretary-General’s United Nations Climate Summit.