Agenda

 

8:00 AM -

 9:00 PM


Registration

 
Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:00 AM


Strengthening Market-Based Solutions

Taken in their totality, the institutions that constitute today's global marketplace are arguably humanity's most powerful innovation. Yet, until recently, the majority of the world's population has neither benefited from ever-growing volumes of exchange on global markets, nor had the opportunity to realize its full entrepreneurial and inventive potential. The natural environment has similarly been excluded from the calculus of global exchange. Today, a tremendous opportunity exists to direct the power of markets toward the goal of shared and sustainable development—increasing opportunity for the global majority today while at the same time ensuring that the natural environment is preserved for generations to come. This session will engage exceptional leaders in business and government in a conversation about using markets to source and scale solutions to global challenges.


 
Market-Based Solutions Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM -

 11:30 AM


Advancing Development By Design

Design and technological innovation are two of the core drivers of global development. Over the past decade new and unexpected collaborations have set off an explosion of novel design and social innovation concepts—from footpumps that have increased incomes for millions of small farmers to plans for carbon-neutral construction at the scale of an entire city. In this panel several contributors to the revolution in design for development discuss how to approach the design of new products and services in a way that turns customers into partners and challenges into opportunities.


 

Market-Based Solutions for Protecting the Environment

Earth's natural infrastructure provides truly essential services on which life depends. When human activity degrades ecosystems, human societies must rely on their own imperfect and costly substitutes for essentials such as clean water, breathable air, and healthy food. People in the poorest places are the ones least able to make such substitutions, and thus the most dependent on ecosystem services. Market-oriented pioneers are introducing innovations to ensure the provision of ecosystem services by inducing investment in the environment. This panel will explore the most inventive and effective market-based solutions for protecting the environment.


 

Supply Chains of Opportunity

Large corporations can no longer afford to extract resources and source inputs without concern for the people and places to which they are connected via global supply chains. Risks of unexpected disruptions and adverse publicity are only two of the motivations for this shift. Increasingly, global corporations are also realizing that 21st century competitiveness requires success in strengthening relationships and expanding opportunities along supply chains. This panel will explore how corporations can increase profits and build better products by improving the lives of people and enhancing the sustainability of places along their supply chains.


 
Small Group Discussions

12:00 PM -

 1:30 PM


Action Network: Addressing Violence Against Girls and Women

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

Violence against girls and women is a problem of pandemic proportions. The United Nations estimates that at least one of every three women globally will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. CGI members in this Action Network will be working to address these issues through the following sub-groups: U.S. Focus; Girls & Violence; Mechanisms for Financing; Gaps in Research; Changing the Normative Climate; Engaging Men & Boys; Violence & Linkages to HIV; and Evaluation and Documentation of Best Practices.


 

Action Network: Collaborative Technologies for Social Change

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

The rapid pace of technological innovation has created unprecedented opportunities for people and organizations to connect and collaborate online. Some CGI members have used collaborative technologies to create entirely new projects, while others use these tools to enhance communications and networking around commitments that already exist. This Action Network will explore how members can leverage their technological expertise and the influence of the social web to deepen their social impact and enhance their CGI commitments.


 

Action Network: Pathways to Employee Engagement

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

Today, employees want to work for companies with values that reflect their own. This Action Network, anchored by Edelman and the International Business Leaders Forum, will explore how companies can develop human capital; improve education, economic empowerment, and global health; and provide employees with opportunities to make a difference. The group will develop strategies for building connections between a company and its stakeholders while building employee skills, competencies, morale, and motivation.


 

Capitalizing on the Infrastructure Imperative in the United States

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Blackouts, bridge collapses, and breeched levees have reminded us in recent years that the U.S. will have no choice in coming decades but to invest in a renewal of its physical infrastructure. This infrastructure imperative represents a potential burden to taxpayers. However it also represents an opportunity to drive job creation on a large scale. This panel will focus on strategies to capitalize on the infrastructure imperative in the U.S. and the opportunities for entrepreneurs, corporations, and new employees that this transition will create.


 

Micro-franchises

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Micro-franchising is a powerful and proven way to create opportunities and options for low-income people. By developing a “business in a box” with a low capital requirement, organizations can empower entrepreneurs in the developing world while simultaneously delivering critical goods and services, such as health information or products. This session will outline the principles of micro-franchising and seek to identify specific opportunities where micro-franchising can be used to expand access to goods and services in the health, energy, and other sectors.


 

Seeding Societal Renewal

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

In post-conflict and post-disaster environments, the failure of government to provide basic services, combined with a lack of formal regulatory constraints, can create tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs. Ample evidence exists of entrepreneurial initiatives thriving in failed states or regions beset by anarchy. The session will focus on a few examples that illustrate how entrepreneurship and market-based solutions are not an afterthought to societal renewal, but rather its core driver.


 

Supporting High-Growth Firms

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

In rich countries as in poor, most job growth comes from the most rapidly growing 10 percent of new ventures. The entrepreneurs who create and propel these high-growth firms thus play a critical role in the creation of economic prosperity. This session will address innovative financing mechanisms needed to drive capital to high-growth firms. It will also explore the growing inclusion of social and environmental metrics in investment decisions made by corporations and investment funds.


 

Supporting the Next Generation of Market-Based Innovators

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

A new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators is taking the potential of markets to transform society as a given. The remarkable young innovators who will be spotlighted in this session are prototyping solutions to global challenges that are both market-based and human-centered and thus well-suited to today’s constantly changing, globally connected world. This session will explore the strategies being pursued by this new generation of market-based innovators, and the public/private partnerships that will enable their success.


 
Special Session

12:00 PM -

 1:30 PM


Special Session: Addressing Cancer in the Developing World: Health Equity and an Overlooked Public Health Crisis

Cancer is the top non-communicable killer in the world, claiming eight million lives a year. Currently, over half of new cancer cases and almost two-thirds of cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries. In a time in which health is increasingly appreciated as a human right, access to prevention and treatment for the 28 million people worldwide facing cancer is often not available. This special session will focus on efforts underway to increase access to effective diagnosis and quality treatment for cancer in the developing world. It will also explore the work undertaken as a result of two CGI commitments made in 2008 by Lance Armstrong and Felicia Knaul, with partners including Paul Farmer of Partners In Health and Princess Dina Mired of Jordan.


 
Plenary Session

2:00 PM -

 3:00 PM


Harnessing Human Potential

Economic prosperity and human development in the modern era require more and better employment opportunities as well as a highly-trained workforce that can adequately fill new, more advanced jobs. Yet labor market dysfunction, insufficient investment in human capital, and global health challenges all pose obstacles to increased productivity and employment. This plenary session will explore the range of strategies needed to better harness human potential in societies around the world. Discussion will focus on three major issues: how to create a macro environment that fosters entrepreneurship and job creation across the globe; how to broaden access to knowledge and training in order to build a global workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century economy; and how to link efforts between government, business, civil society and academic institutions in support of these goals.


 
Human Potential Breakout Sessions

3:30 PM -

 4:30 PM


Beyond Microfinance: The Next Stage of Economic Development

Microfinance has proved successful at creating small-scale productive enterprises that raise living standards and reduce poverty. However, in order to "move the needle" of economic prosperity and job creation, it is critical to unleash the capabilities of high-potential entrepreneurs who can scale their ventures into businesses that have a real impact on overall economic growth. Unfortunately, small and medium-sized enterprises often lack the knowledge, access to capital, and management expertise necessary to grow their businesses into economically meaningful enterprises. This panel will discuss the means by which the public and private sectors can nurture high-potential entrepreneurship for maximum economic impact.


 

Democratizing Education: The Key to Global Economic Growth

Access to education is a critical determinant of economic success, yet billions of the world's citizens cannot enjoy the benefits of greater knowledge and skills. Recently, a combination of technological, academic, and business innovations has begun to break down traditional barriers and improve access to education and information. These trends have the potential to create an expanding global workforce with unprecedented access to higher education – a powerful new foundation for sustained global economic growth. The panel will explore how societies can leverage this new open environment to boost economic prosperity while addressing the continued obstacles to global sharing of knowledge.


 

Youth Unemployment: The Next Great Global Challenge

Today, more than one of every six people worldwide is between the ages of 15 and 25 - the largest youth "bulge" in human history. Nearly 90 percent of those roughly 1.2 billion young people live in the developing world and face significant barriers to economic success. Without a focus on entrepreneurship, many societies will face the challenge of dealing with a disgruntled, under-employed younger generation. This panel will explore how entrepreneurship programs, technology, new methods of education, and public-private partnerships can address what is both an unprecedented job creation challenge as well as an historic opportunity to harness human potential.


 
Special Session

3:30 PM -

 4:30 PM


Special Session: Building Partnerships to Empower the World’s Smallholder Farmers

Smallholder farmers are inordinately vulnerable to changes in climate, poor training, market vicissitudes, and lack of access to inputs such as seeds and fertilizers.
Many smallholders, even those with quite modest levels of output, can be at least as efficient as larger farms. But the formalized markets require higher levels of capitalization, supply chain management around product scheduling, higher quality, and closer supply chain collaboration. Helping farms access these opportunities requires early and active participation of buyers. This session will address how corporations can help farmers build better lives for themselves, while strengthening their supply chains, protecting the environment, and promoting the long-term health and prosperity of the communities where they do business.


 
Small Group Discussions

5:00 PM -

 6:30 PM


100% Inclusion: Creating Opportunity for the World’s Biggest Minority

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

According to the UN, approximately 650 million people — close to 10 percent of the world’s population — live with a disability. As such, they constitute the world’s largest minority. Achieving 100 percent inclusion of people with disabilities is not only a moral imperative, it is smart business. The focus of this session will be a discussion of strategies and models for increasing economic opportunities for people with disabilities.


 

Action Network: Helping Haiti Build Back Better

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

This Action Network builds on the momentum sparked by President Clinton’s Call to Action in 2008, after Haiti was devastated by four hurricanes. CGI member organizations responded to the call with over $100 million in commitments, and since that time they have renewed and scaled up their efforts. Meetings are now held monthly and many new commitments have been developed through the Action Network. Focus areas include education, energy, water & shelter, environment, culture, and business development.


 

Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

In recent years, building retrofits have come to the fore as an immediately actionable and cost effective answer to the crisis of global warming. Furthermore, green buildings are a powerful tool for advancing investments in low-income housing, creating good jobs with sustainable wages, and modernizing community infrastructure. This session will look at the promise and challenge of green building retrofits, focusing on issues of financing and overcoming existing market barriers through policy and private sector innovation.


 

Green Jobs: Preparing for the Green Economy

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Concern about climate change has spurred the rapid growth of new industries designed to either improve the workings of existing sectors or to serve as green alternatives to current businesses. As the world turns its focus to sustainable development and green growth, new skills will be needed and new economic opportunities will be created. This session will look at emerging trends in the green economy and discuss how societies can prepare their citizens for the jobs of the future.


 

Investing Internally: How Companies Can Invest in Their Supply Chain for Maximum Social and Business Benefit

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Many multinational companies have come to realize that long-term success means creating value not just for shareholders but for employees, customers, and communities as well. One area that has attracted considerable interest and attention has been a company’s supply chain. Supply chain investment and development can have a significant impact on human prosperity in developing economies. This session will explore successful examples of supply chain investment that have brought both economic and social benefits.


 

Non-Communicable Diseases and Chronic Conditions

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease are currently responsible for 60 percent of deaths worldwide. They are a major cause of poverty and a barrier to economic development, yet their prevalence in the developing world is often overlooked. In this session, members will discuss how best to align efforts to counteract rising trends in NCD mortalities and to build out health systems to support those living with these conditions


 

The STEM of the Pyramid: Investing in the Building Blocks of Productive Capacity

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Scientific and mathematical literacy is an increasing critical skill in today’s economy. Individuals with strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) capabilities will be much better positioned to benefit from globalization than those that lack these skills. This session will focus on how STEM education can be leveraged to improve the economic competitiveness of individuals and societies.


 

Unleashing Employees as a Driver of Development and Innovation

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Businesses have the power and obligation to unleash the power of their enterprises to sustain the people they employ, the societies in which they do business, and the natural environments on which they rely. Smart companies can do this in a way that utilizes their most valuable resource: their human capital. This session will address how progressive organizations are harnessing the energy of their employees in ways that simultaneously improve workforce engagement, create positive change, and deliver business value.


 
Special Session

5:00 PM -

 6:30 PM


Special Session: "Meeting of the Minds" on CNBC

The Future of the Global Economy: Investing in Human Capital

Confronted with some of the world’s most pressing problems, global leaders must act in the interests of both shareholders and society. Today’s global marketplace is one of humanity’s most influential tools to drive society toward sustainable development and increased opportunity. However, corporations and governments must make smart decisions in order to develop a 21st century workforce and lay a foundation for the decades to come. This session, moderated by Maria Bartiromo and taped for broadcast on CNBC, will explore how leaders, corporations, and governments can invest in human capital to rebuild the global economy and create a new paradigm for prosperity.


 
Special Event

8:30 PM -

 10:30 PM


An Evening at MoMA

CGI members come together to celebrate the CGI Annual Meeting. This event is sponsored by Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki.