"Cooperation is merely proof of a common goal"
Nelson Mandela


Accelerating progress towards the world envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals, and defending progress already made, means we must collaborate more deeply, more effectively and more urgently than ever. 

Join us for an inspiring day of deep learning and connection, focused on collaborating to scale the social impact of business.

The event coincides with the Nelson Mandela Centenary and will celebrate Mandela’s legacy of rethinking collaboration to drive profound change, and the Mandela Day theme of #ActionAgainstPoverty.



91% of participants surveyed said they would recommend our Oxford event to a colleague.



82% said they made a valuable new connection for their work.


91% said they learnt something valuable for a current or future collaboration.
Places are very limited - more than 800 people applied for 300 places at our 2017 event at Saïd Business School. 
Secure your place now by registering below.
Watch the video of Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2017!
Learn more about the mission of Business Fights Poverty, hear from some of our supporters and get a flavour of how, through our Challenge process, we are building deep connections among those committed to collaborating around pressing global issues.  This video was taken at Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2017 at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.  The event was supported by Mars Inc, as well as a number of other partners incuding Diageo and the International Finance Corporation.

 This one-day experience will bring together 300 innovators and thinkers from across business, civil society, academia and government.

With inspiring keynotes in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium, deep-dive knowledge zones across the business school and a central connection zone, this event will give you a chance to learn and share insights important for your work, build quality peer connections and celebrate Mandela's legacy of rethinking collaboration to drive profound change.

The event will be preceded by an evening welcome dinner on 17 July at the beautiful St John's College.

This is a cause-led event.  With participants and partners, we will identify pressing real-world issues that we can work collaboratively on at the event.  As a participant, you will have an opportunity to shape these Challenges and share your expertise to help find a solution - both at the event and as part of our follow-up engagement.

#BFPOxford #ActionAgainstPoverty #MandelaDay

Inspiring Plenaries

The event will include a series of inspiring opening and closing keynotes and plenary panels.
Corporate Social Innovation Zone

Curated with The League of Intrapreneurs, the event will include workshops on intrapreneurship and systems for spurring and sustaining commercial innovations with social impact.
Women's Empowerment Zone

Curated with Care International, the event will include workshops on how to operationalise gender equality through the value chain, and on how to harness the power of brands for social impact.
Inclusive Distribution Zone

Curated with BoP Inc, Hystra and Practical Action, the event will include workshops on service delivery and business model innovation to reach the base of the pyramid.
Partnerships Zone

Curated with The Partnering Initiative and Ethicore, the event will include workshops on how to build effective partnerships for social impact, including on delivery and advocacy. 
Investing for Impact Zone

Curated with Acumen, the event will include workshops on blended finance models for social impact and on getting social impact investment ready.
Interested in being a sponsor?

We offer a number of sponsorship options with a range of benefits, including speaking opportunities and complimentary tickets.  Get in touch to discuss what might work for you.
Interested in being a content partner?

Help us create what will be an amazing experience for our participants.  Share your expertise on a panel or in a workshop.  Get in touch to explore some ideas.
How will the revenue from ticket sales be invested?
Business Fights Poverty drives an innovative approach to collaboration around specific, fast-pased "Challenges" - each focused on a specific pressing global issue.  This event will be funded by sponsorship.  Revenue from ticket sales will be used to help identify and develop ideas for new Challenges in 2018/19.  The knowledge and engagement activities around each Challenge will then be funded by a mix of corporate and other supporters.  Help us scale the positive impact of business on people and planet!