*Special events are open to all Leaders Summit participants, unless otherwise noted.

Offsite events, 18, 19, 20 SEPTEMBER 2013


Innovation & Action: UNICEF Global Workshop on Children's Rights and Business





This two-day event will be a practical and dynamic workshop of learning and innovation on children's rights and business. Using innovative social design thinking and approaches, participants will work to find solutions for the real challenges facing children around the globe. View agenda.

*By invitation only. Please note that this event will take place on 18-19 September at UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY.

Contact: Subajini Jayasekaran, sjayasekaran@unicef.org


An Evening with James Balog
Earth Vision Trust, Extreme Ice Survey, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP



On the eve of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, James Balog, founder of the Extreme Ice Survey and the man behind the award-winning documentary Chasing Ice, will discuss his adventures across the Arctic as he attempted to film the alarming rate of glacial melting. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice and motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. This evening event will be followed by a book signing and formal reception.

*By invitation only. Please note that this event will take place on 18 September, 18:00 at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 601 Lexington Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY.

Contact: Charlotte McNaughton, charlotte.mcnaughton@freshfields.com


Building a New Global Partnership with Business
Business Action for Africa, Harvard Kennedy School CSRI and The Partnering Initiative



Business Action for Africa, Harvard Kennedy School CSRI and The Partnering Initiative will launch a new report that sets out to answer how best to harness business in the delivery of the ambitious post-2015 development vision and framework set out by the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. A panel of business and development leaders will discuss how to address the challenges of translating global goals into effective and sustained local action and collaboration with business and development partners.

* Please note that this event will take place on 19 September, 8:00-9:30 at 730 Third Avenue, Second Floor, Hudson Hub, New York, NY.

Contact: Natasha Ncube, natasha.ncube@businessactionforafrica.org

Children's Rights Are Everyone's Business
Global compact Network Belgium, UNICEF with support of the Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation


In the presence of Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs Didier Reynders, this session will highlight the respect for and implementation of children’s rights as key components and drivers for sustainable development. This event will gather representatives from business, UN and other international stakeholders including the World Child and Youth Forum and the King Baudouin Foundation to focus on the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

*By invitation only. Please note that this event will take place on 18 September from 18:30 - 20:00 at UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY. The event will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Contact: Iris Van der Veken, Iris.VanderVeken@rosyblue.be


grand hyatt new york, 19 SEPTEMBER 2013

Registration for non-summit participants is now closed.


 9:00 - 11:00

Brazil and the Architecture | Uris Room
Global Compact Network Brazil, Braskem and CPFL Energia

A discussion on contributions to the post-2015 development agenda building on the outcomes of Rio+20 from Global Compact participants in Brazil. View Agenda

Contact: Renata Seabra, renata.seabra@undp.org


Partnerships for Sustainability: Cities, States, Corporations | Julliard Room
Global Compact Cities Programme and Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean


This event will bring together state government and city leaders with corporations to discuss the important role that partnerships and collaboration play in addressing critical urban and regional issues. Participants will review how such collaborations can be leveraged to develop effective, holistic approaches to sustainability. It will draw on a number of initiatives in both developed and developing markets, which include the cross-sectoral efforts of Latin American states and cities, city wide business-led alliances in the United States and the collaborative work of leading Latin American and European corporations. The event aims to incentivize the creation of initiatives that bring city/state and corporate leaders together at the local network level.

Contact: Elizabeth Ryan, elizabethryan@citiesprogramme.org; Diana Chavez, dchavez@centroregionalpmal.org

www.centroregionalpmal.org and www.citiesprogramme.org

Brainstorm: Searching for the Golden Age of the Green Economy | Regency Room
China Business Network (CBN)

China Business Network's best known TV programme. Brainstorm, will invite thought leaders from the UN, Government of the People's Republic of China, and prominent companies from China and the U.S. to brainstorm sustainable solutions for promoting green economies and smart cities. The two-hour event will be televised by CBN.

Contact: Jolin Shang, shangjieling@yicai.com


Empowering Women to Lead the Way to a Low-Emission, High-Resilient Future | Morosco Room
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Global Compact, UN Women, and The Rockefeller Foundation


A transition towards low-emission, high-resilience economic growth requires gender equality. Evidence suggests that empowering women and supporting the rise of women leaders has the potential to drive green growth and sustainable development that is needed to overcome the urgent challenges that we face. In 2012, the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, with the generous financial support of the Rockefeller Foundation, launched Momentum for Change: Women for Results. This initiative aims to recognize the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate change. This event will bring together influential women CEOs with the goal of promoting the role of the private sector in addressing climate change. It will facilitate a discussion on enhancing women's leadership in the green economy and unlocking the potential of women in accelerating climate action.

Contact: Luis Davila, ldavila@unfccc.int


Business for Peace Launch Event | Broadway Room
UN Global Compact



Drawing on over a decade of experience working with the private sector to explore the role of business in contributing to peace, the UN Global Compact is launching Business for Peace (B4P). This leadership platform will expand and deepen private sector action in support of peace in the workplace, marketplace and local communities. To galvanize progress and scale up positive impacts, B4P will mobilize high-level corporate leadership to advance peace through actions at the global and local levels.

This launch event will introduce the new Business for Peace platform; spur support and engagement from Global Compact participants; showcase good practices and examples of corporate and Local Network actions to advance peace; and highlight Public-Private Dialogue (PPD). Register here

Contact: Leimer Tejeda, tejeda@unglobalcompact.org


The Global Environmental Impact of Food Waste | Carnegie Hall & Alvin Room
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

As of 2013, the world is producing enough food to feed its entire population, yet nearly one billion people are still hungry and two billion are malnourished, lacking essential micro-nutrients (FAO, 2012). This session will explore these profound imbalances caused by the loss or waste of a third of global food production, due to both inefficient supply chains and by consumers - in households, markets, restaurants and hotels.

In addition to the human cost, the session will discuss the impact of food waste on the environment, which leaves a large carbon footprint and squanders natural resources that are already at serious risk of degradation and depletion. Apart from significantly improving the overall availability of safe and nutritious food for human consumption, the session will demonstrate that reducing food waste can have a substantial positive impact on the environment.

Contact: Lucita Jasmin, lucita.jasmin@unep.org


Child Labour Platform: An International Labour Organization-Global Compact Initiative | Chrysler Room
ILO and UN Global Compact


According to ILO estimates, 215 million children worldwide remain trapped in child labour. This major human rights challenge requires renewed focus and action by all actors, including business.

The event introduces the ILO-Global Compact Child Labour Platform, a cross-sectoral, membership-based forum for businesses to share learning about tackling child labour in supply chains. With expert ILO support, the CLP will identify obstacles business faces in implementing Global Compact Principle 5 – based on the principles of the ILO Child Labour Conventions – catalyzing practical and, where appropriate, joint solutions.

Panelists will introduce current projects and trends in tackling child labour from a corporate sustainability perspective, followed by a roundtable discussion. Panelists include representatives of The Coca-Cola Company, Mars, Inc., Telefonica, the International Organization of Employers, UNI Global Union, ILO and UNICEF.

Participation is complementary but please register for the side event by contacting Adrien Kirby.

Contact: Adrien Kirby, adrien-kirby@iloguest.org


Corporate Water Stewardship and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda | Booth & Imperial Room
The CEO Water Mandate

This event will advance the CEO Water Mandate's ongoing discussions regarding water and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. It will build on deliberations from the Mandate's multi-stakeholder working conference in Mumbai in March 2013, as well as the calls for a water-related sustainable development goal included in written contributions from the High Level Panel, the UN Global Compact, and UN-Water, among others. The session will further explore and unpack the prospective role of business in advancing policy objectives relating to increased access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services; improved water resources management and governance; efficient water use; and pollution reduction. In particular, it will delve into how business can support achievement of these goals, how the goals can be framed to ensure maximum impact and alignment with emerging water stewardship practices, and how to move from goals to meaningful corporate action on the ground.

Contact: Peter Schulte, pschulte@pacinst.org


Executive Roundtable: Partnerships for Transformation | Room 1401 14th Floor
UN Global Compact, Realdania, European Foundation Centre, Council on Foundations

In May 2013, Flemming Borreskov, former CEO of the Danish foundation Realdania, was appointed as Special Advisor on Foundations to the UN Global Compact. This roundtable will be the starting point for a three-year project funded by Realdania to increase philanthropic awareness and engagement in the sustainable development agenda. The executive roundtable will create a conversation around two sets of issues: the role of philanthropy in the post-2015 development agenda, and creating an environment that catalyzes new forms of partnerships to meet global challenges.

* By invitation only. Please RSVP to Pelle Lind Bournonville (plb@realdania.dk).

Contact: Pelle Lind Bournonville, plb@realdania.dk


11:00 - 13:00

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights & the Post-2015 Development Agenda | Edison & Winter Garden Room
SHIFT and UN Global Compact


This moderated discussion will look at the role of business in the Post-2015 Development Agenda from the perspective of the Guiding Principles on business and human rights, which were unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. Panelists from business and other stakeholder groups will be invited to reflect on the implications of the State Duty to Protect and the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in the sustainable development context. Questions to be addressed will include:

  • How does corporate respect for human rights intersect with the sustainable development agenda?

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven, wynhoven@un.org


Local Networks as Catalysts for Development in the Post-2015 Era | Morosco Room
UN Global Compact

Through Global Compact Local Networks, businesses and other stakeholders are already working to advance and implement sustainability principles at a local level. A growing number of Global Compact Networks have the full capability to convene, organize and implement massive business-led solutions, and facilitate collaboration and collective action to address sustainability challenges.

Using case examples, this session will highlight the current role of Local Networks in catalyzing local solutions, and explore future engagement opportunities between Local Networks and their stakeholders in the post-2015 era.

Contact: Tiina Mylly, mylly@un.org


The What & How of Short-Termism | Julliard Room
Global Compact LEAD

Please note this event is only open to LEAD companies.This session will offer Global Compact LEAD companies an opportunity to discuss the issue of "short-termism" in the markets and its effect on business strategy. A discussion paper produced for this session will act as the cornerstone for this dialogue among LEAD companies, with the objective to create a plan of action to take a new work stream forward. The discussion will focus on three key topics:

This event is open to members of Global Compact LEAD only. To register, please click here: Register

Contact: Danielle Chesebrough, danielle.chesebrough@unpri.org


Consultation: Study on Responsible Corporate Engagement on Climate Change Policy | Uris Room
Caring for Climate, World Resources Institute (WRI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Ceres, and The Climate Group

Ahead of the Caring for Climate Business Forum to be held on 19-20 November 2013 during the 19th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Warsaw, Poland, Caring for Climate is conducting a study on responsible corporate engagement on climate change policy, together with the UNFCCC, UNEP, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Ceres, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and The Climate Group. This study seeks to help companies evaluate, improve and demonstrate responsible engagement, as well as to develop guidance and action items for companies to help advance effective climate change policies. During the side event, preliminary findings of the study will be presented for consultation with participants.

Limited seating available. The event will be open to the business community and civil society on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: Heidi Huusko, huusko@un.org


Collective Action in the Fight Against Corruption in Supply Chains | Broadway Room
UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UN Global Compact, the Basel Institute





Today, businesses often control or participate in third-party relationships involving suppliers, distributors, partners and service providers. These relationships often span several jurisdictions, including some with heightened corruption risks. In this context, confronting corruption requires far-reaching and innovative solutions. One solution is for companies to organize and act collectively in identifying, targeting, resisting and preventing corruption in a cohesive fashion across the entire supply chain.

The UN Global Compact seeks to facilitate this form of collective action. The following side event will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about available collective action tools, hear examples of collective action initiatives across sectors, and determine how collective action can serve to reinforce other principles of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Contact: Olajobi Makinwa, makinwa@un.org or Juliya Arbisman, arbisman@unglobalcompact.org


Corporate Reporting Beyond 2015: Measuring and Managing Companies' Contributions to Sustainable Development | Carnegie Hall & Alvin
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda gave a first indication of where consensus might be found on some of the most pressing sustainable development issues, and provided clues on the expectations of business as a key actor to bring about change. One expectation is that businesses demonstrate accountability and transparency by reporting their sustainability impacts publicly.

GRI provides the most widely used guidelines for sustainability reporting that thousands of companies have applied to varying extents over the last decade. With the latest iteration of its guidelines – the G4 – companies have an even better tool to improve their sustainability performance and report to their stakeholders in a way that enables them to enhance their decision-making; be it in terms of employment, policy, consumption or investment.

This event will make the connection between corporate sustainability reporting and the future framework for sustainable development. Panelists from the private sector will demonstrate their willingness to spearhead the post-2015 development agenda and discuss how this can be done in a way that builds on existing practices.

Contact: Anne Beutling, beutling@globalreporting.org;+31 (0) 20 531 00 17


Corporate Water Stewardship and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda
The CEO Water Mandate


Half-day event (9:00 - 13:00). See details above

Executive Roundtable: Partnerships for Transformation
UN Global Compact, Realdania, European Foundation Centre, Council on Foundations

  Half-day event (9:00 - 13:00). See details above

13:00 - 15:00

Women's Empowerment and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Achieving Equality in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community | Edison & Winter Garden
UN Global Compact, UN Women, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and International Trade Centre (ITC)




This event will highlight why women's empowerment is a key component and driver of sustainable development. It will also feature how the private sector can contribute by advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Register here.

Contact: Dzana Ferhatbegovic, dzana@unglobalcompact.org


Exclusive High-Level Symposium on Corporate Sustainability in the Middle East and North Africa Region
The Pearl Initiative and the UN Global Compact

The Pearl Initiative – the independent, not-for-profit, Private-Sector-led organisation working to improve corporate accountability and transparency in the Arab World – will join forces with the UN Global Compact to embed corporate sustainability in the GCC and MENA region. The partnership will not only promote the UN Global Compact 10 Principles in the region, but also mobilize business action and collaboration in support of regional and global priorities. Followed by the Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UN Global Compact and the Pearl Initiative, business leaders, government officials, and other leading thinkers will engage in an interactive discussion on the role of local/regional sustainability movements in addressing the priorities of the GCC and MENA region.

*By Invitation only. Please note this event will take place from 14:00-15:00

Contact: Alexandra Radulescu, radulescu@un.org


Global Compact LEAD: Innovation through Action | Booth & Imperial
Global Compact LEAD

This session will highlight the innovative and action-oriented approaches that LEAD companies are taking to implement the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership and share insights on how the broader Global Compact community can take these activities forward. Attendees will hear from LEAD participants and issue experts on new ways to advance corporate sustainability efforts. LEAD participants will call on their peers to help address key sustainability challenges and issues including: contributing to the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda; communicating the business value of sustainability to investors; launching a Social Enterprise Action Hub; and engaging Boards of Directors in developing sustainability strategies.

Contact: Michelle Lau, lau@unglobalcompact.org


WIPO Green | Morosco Room
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): A Marketplace to Promote Innovation and DIffusion of Green Technologies

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will hold a side event to highlight WIPO GREEN, a new interactive and collaborative platform where companies and organizations can showcase their innovations related to green growth and green technologies, in particular relating to the developing world. 

WIPO GREEN is the new marketplace to promote innovation and diffusion of green technologies amongst users and providers of these technologies. This two-hour event will feature panelists from WIPO, International Finance Cooperation (IFC), General Electric Company, Honda Motor Co. Ltd, Inovent Innovative Ventures. The panelists will present and discuss topics around the role of intellectual property in transfer of green technologies. Other topics include the role of technology-driven start-ups and the role of WIPO GREEN in green growth and technology transfer. Please contact Konji Sebati or Yesim Baykal to register.

Contact: Konji Sebati, konji.sebati@wipo.int or Yesim Baykal, yesim.baykal@wipo.int


Launch of Global Top-10 of Sustainable Innovation | Broadway Room

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit marks the launch of the 10 sustainable projects nominated for the international sustainability award, Sustainia Award 2013, chaired by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This launch, by the international sustainability institute Sustainia, is a high-level introduction to those 10 nominees selected among over 1000 projects submitted from 79 countries. Representing innovation from different parts of the world, the nominees showcase readily available solutions and technologies capable of transforming business, cities, industries and our everyday life. With this event, Sustainia presents outstanding examples of green innovation in action to provide participants with a deeper understanding of sustainable solutions and opportunities. The event will include presentations, keynotes and interactive elements, where participants will engage in challenges related to the scalability and deployment of readily available innovation.

From the 10 presented projects, the winner of the Sustainia Award will be selected at the Sustainia Award Ceremony in Copenhagen on 7 November 2013. The Award committee is headed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is joined by former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Chair of IPCC Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, and EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.

Contact: Marie Louise Gorvild, mlg@mm.dk 


How Can Corporations Create Social Businesses to Address Pressing Social Problems? | Julliard Room
Yunus Social Business, Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammed Yunus

The business way of doing things – selling something to someone – is tremendously powerful. A “social business” is a company created for social benefit rather than private profit. Like an NGO, it has a social or environmental mission, but like a business, it generates revenue to cover its own costs. Investors may recoup their initial investment, but all further profits are reinvested for growth and innovation, or to seed new social business ventures.

In Bangladesh, many successful social business ventures have been set up by Professor Muhammad Yunus in partnership with multilateral corporations, including Grameen Danone, Grameen Veolia, BASF Grameen and Grameen Intel. YSB has also established partnerships with SAP, Virgin and Brasil Foods. We invite you to discuss how corporations, by leveraging their core competencies, can start social businesses that directly impact pressing social needs.

Contact: Saskia Bruysten, saskia.bruysten@yunussb.com (cc:Teddy Sun, teddy.sun@yunussb.com & Christine Mueller, christine.mueller@yunussb.com)


Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles | Chrysler Room
UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact - together with stakeholders from business, civil society and others in the international community - is facilitating the development of voluntary Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (SABPs). The SABPs are meant to offer a basis for businesses to align with the goals of the UN, as articulated in the Rio+20 outcome document, and provide a framework for principle-based partnerships for sustainable agriculture. As the SABPs are currently in consultation, this session will host a dialogue focused on the role of non-business stakeholders and policymakers in creating an enabling environment for the future uptake of the Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Contact: Alexander Orona, orona@un.org

The Time is Now: Business Engagement for Global Education | Uris Room
Global Business Coalition for Education

In a 2012 survey of UN Global Compact participants, the business community was clear: education is a top priority. This event makes the business case for involvement in global education. A panel will discuss lessons learned from businesses already engaging in education worldwide – featuring Ms. Sarah Brown, Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education; and leaders of multinational corporations. Active participation by the audience will surface new ideas and experiences for business involvement in the education space.

*Please RSVP by September 5 to olayide@gbc-education.org.

Contact: Olayide Tikolo, olayide@gbc-education.org


Exploring Inclusive Business Opportunities with the Business Call to Action | Carnegie Hall & Alvin Room
Business Call to Action

The half-day event will offer an opportunity for businesses to showcase their innovative work, to learn about and create partnerships with the public sector, as well as provide an opportunity to meet leaders in the field of inclusive business. The event will recognize new company commitments to the Business Call to Action (BCtA) and showcase BCtA’s work in strengthening the enabling environment for inclusive business through partnerships with national governments in key countries such as Kenya and the Philippines.

Panel topics will range from inclusive business, to agriculture/nutrition and how the private sector is achieving social impact in business. Looking back at previous years, we expect high-level representatives from Business Call to Action member companies, other leading private sector representatives, multilateral agencies, civil society, investors, academia and the media to be in attendance at the event.

Attendance is free for all current and prospective member companies, and open to the public based on available seating. For more information, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @BCtAInitiative.

Contact: Karen Newman, karen.newman@undp.org


15:00 - 17:00

Business Action Towards Sustainable Energy for All | Chrysler Room
Sustainable Energy for All

The objective of this event is to provide real examples of business action in partnership with the Sustainable Energy for All initiative and to inspire participants to further engage with the initiative through the development of commitments and partnerships on various thematic areas around energy access, energy efficiency, and renewables. The first hour of this session will have representatives from businesses talking about their work and how it fits within the context of the initiative. Actions being undertaken to drive business imperatives forward while simultaneously helping to develop models and platforms for public-private partnerships will be showcased. The second hour will be a moderated discussion to give participants an opportunity to discuss their own efforts and explore opportunities to develop new commitments and partnerships that will help advance development objectives in the post-2015 era.

Contact: Daren Cheatham, cheathamd@un.org


State-Owned Enterprises as Vehicles for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability | Regency Room
Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India; Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); and the UN Global Compact

Department of Public Enterprises


The post-2015 era presents an historic opportunity for the international business community to contribute to global sustainability and development objectives, and Governments are uniquely positioned to guide further action by companies toward sustainable development.

State-owned enterprises, by virtue of their ownership, have responsibilities and opportunities to take action beyond the simple avoidance of harm. Governments can use their ownership to ensure that these companies fulfill their social responsibility - and act as sources of inspiration for other companies.

This event will explore how Governments can develop policies and leverage their ownership to advance the sustainability agenda. Speakers will include Mr. Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises; Mr. O.P. Rawat, Secretary of the Department of Public Enterprises; and Mr. A.K. Pavadia, Joint Secretary of the Department of Public Enterprises; who will share the experiences and perspectives of the Government of India, which has recently established policies on state-owned enterprises. Ms. Jeanette Iren Moen, State Secretary to the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry; and Mr. Erik Thedéen, State Secretary to the Swedish Minister of Finance will share experiences from their respective Governments.

*Due to limited space, please RSVP to Patricia Carvalho (carvalho@globalreporting.org) to guarantee participation.

Contact: Patricia Carvalho, Carvalho@globalreporting.org

CHILD RIGHTS AND BUSINESS: Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development Post-2015 | Booth & Imperial Room
Save the Children International, Save the Children Sweden


This event will open with an introduction to the Children’s Rights and Business Principles by all three sponsoring partners, UNICEF, UN Global Compact and Save the Children. Save the Children will then be joining forces with key global stakeholders to discuss how to drive sustainable change in children's rights and business, linking to the post 2015 development agenda. Participants will discuss practical examples from an action-oriented perspective; assess legal frameworks such as the private sector's responsibility in the light of the General Comment, civil society's role and children as stakeholders; and discuss the private sector's role in emergencies. Speakers include:

  • Per Heggenes - CEO IKEA Foundation
  • Gib Bulloch - Executive Director Accenture Development Partnerships
  • Mark Jones - VP Marketing and Business Development ELEVATE Business Driven Sustainability
  • Alice Tepper Marlin - President and CEO of Social Accountability International (SAI)
  • Elisabeth Dahlin - CEO Save the Children Sweden
  • Sanna Johnsson - Executive Director Center for Child Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility

For further information: Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development Post 2015

Contact: Charlotta Mockrish, Charlotta.Mockrish@rb.se


Green Industry Platform | Edison & Winter Garden Room
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

This event will showcase the Green Industry Platform, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by UNIDO and UNEP to promote a systematic uptake of Green Industry policies and practices by the global manufacturing industry. Presentations and case studies from select private sector leaders on concrete activities and opportunities in the field of Green Industry will be featured. Topics of discussion will include Greening the Supply Chain; Green Chemistry; and Resource Efficiency. Following the presentations, a facilitated discussion will be held amongst notable panelists and audience members, on the steps industry can and must take to improve environmental performance

Contact: Barbara Kreissler, info@greenindustryplatform.org


Launch of PRME Champions | Uris Room
Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

On the occasion of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013, PRME will launch its Champions leadership group. Based on PRME's vision to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally, and comprised of the most involved PRME signatory institutions, the Champions will foster a vibrant learning community that encourages wider and more holistic implementation of responsible management education.

*By invitation onlyContact:
Merrill Csuri, csuri@unglobalcompact.org


Impact Investments in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: New Marketplaces for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Focused Investing | Broadway Room
Gate Global Impact

Growing evidence suggests that factoring ESG into investment decision-making supports the health of national and global markets, while offering investors long-term performance advantages and portfolio diversification. Yet despite strong demand, impact investing has traditionally lacked the standards and electronic market infrastructure necessary to support growth. This session will provide an in-depth look into impact investing, focusing on the technical and financial services innovations, as well as regulatory changes, that are opening the way for wide participation. Industry experts from financial services, technology, Government and regulatory oversight agencies will provide unique perspective on these new marketplaces and how their ideal flow of viable, vetted companies and projects, combined with social focused capital, is at the core of a more sustainable and inclusive global financial system. The session will also address the increasing number of corporate and institutional investors that are embracing corporate sustainability as a management imperative. Speakers will discuss the retooling of their investment strategies and models toward impact assets. A case study of the Travel and Tourism sector will show how structured impact investment and crowdpacting at the base of the pyramid in this field could contribute to the post-2015 development agenda and to poverty alleviation.

*By Invitation only.

Contact: Randy Ramusack rramusack@gateglobalimpact.com and Kate Holmes, kholmes@gatetrip.com


Exploring Inclusive Business Opportunities with the Business Call to Action
Business Call to Action |
Julliard Room

  Half-day event (13:00 - 17:00). See details above.



Child Rights and Business: Investing for a global future - a Swedish story
Save the Children Sweden

Save the Children Sweden invites you to an evening reception at the Scandinavia House. We will discuss how diverse stakeholders can make a difference for children by collaboration on issues linking to the recently launched Children's Rights and Business Principles. This issue will be addressed by key representatives from civil society, government, and global corporate partners, among them Gunilla Carlsson - Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and member of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel, Gib Bulloch - Executive Director, Accenture Development Partnership, Dr. Joanna Rubinstein - Assistant Director of the Earth Institute for International Programs, Columbia University & Special Advisor to Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, among others.

*Please not that this event will take place at 18:30 - 20:30 on 20 September at Scandinavian House, 58 Park Avenue, 38th Street.

For further information: Investing in a Global Future