Welcome to the Positive Impact Summit! Join our MC, Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Mehta, as she introduces the day and the kind of big-picture, inspired thinking required to really take on the world’s biggest challenges. What can we truly accomplish and why does it matter, both for our own organizations and the ecosystems in which we operate?
There is wide agreement that fully engaging private business and capital is critical to achieving the SDGs and the sustainable growth needed to address poverty, inequality and climate change. While many companies and investors have committed to ambitious goals, most have found it difficult to integrate their CSR and sustainability initiatives into core business strategies, attract investors and capital, and achieve outcomes at scale. Harvard Business School professor and celebrated author Dr. George Serafeim introduces the concept of Inclusive Growth, and discusses how companies can rethink their roles as buyers, suppliers of goods and services, and employers by co-creating strategies that drive both commercial and social impact.
While many development and sustainability projects struggle to survive after their initial funding runs out, some organizations have been trying new approaches. A diverse panel of experts from the private sector, government, and the world of impact investing discuss their unique approaches to identifying, structuring and incubating transformative solutions that create many times greater economic and social value in pursuit of inclusive outcomes.
How can we identify the right opportunities to create the most value and impact? It takes bold thinking and inspired leadership. In this short video followed by Q&A, we take a look at how an under performing business ecosystem was transformed with a new focus on achieving measurable outcomes.
One of the key innovations required for Inclusive Growth at scale involves determining who within an ecosystem needs to be included and how this can be structured for long term mutual benefit. This panel explores the pros and cons of pre-competitive alliances, public private partnerships, special purpose vehicles, incubation of social enterprises, and other organizational models. Panellists weigh in with their unique perspectives on what it takes to engage all key actors in the ecosystem, while also ensuring a structure that can endure beyond initial donor or grant funding.
Investors often overlook ‘bread-and-butter’ businesses in favour of those with technology-enabled high-growth potential. Yet, these more pedestrian businesses form the backbone of provision of everyday products and services, driving job creation as well. How can this market be effectively segmented to provide appropriate financing instruments and distribution mechanisms? This panel will examine the movement toward hybrid finance instruments and discuss appropriate return expectations in this asset class.
Connecting small scale and start-up entrepreneurs to markets, know-how and capital is something with which the technology sector is familiar. We hear from a leader in this space about the lessons that we can apply to our own development and inclusive growth programs.
How can every participant in an inclusive ecosystem be aligned on their objectives and the execution of their inclusive growth strategy? How can all stakeholders feel confident that they are getting the expected results and the information they need to make decisions? This session explores the governance models and tools that can be used to implement ecosystem strategies.
1 in every 4 dollars invested in the United States is in impact-driven solutions. In this interview, we’ll examine approaches to measurement that can allow investors to better compare different investment opportunities as well as corporate performance.
You’ve spent the day listening, networking, and asking questions; now it’s your turn to take the stage. Tell us about a challenge you’re facing when attempting to scale the impact of your projects, and ask your fellow attendees for thoughts, perspectives, and advice. Leverage the collective insights of this room of experts! Participate in a Survey before or during the Summit to learn how your organization is doing with Inclusive Growth at Scale and help you better frame your questions.