"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.

 

SIZAKELE MARUTLULLE
CEO AND FOUNDER, MARUTLULLE + CO
HOLLY BRANSON
CHAIR, VIRGIN UNITE AND CO-AUTHOR, "WECONOMY"
ANTONIO ZAPPULLA
COO, THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION
MOHAMED AMERSI
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, AMERSI FOUNDATION
CAROLINE MODIBA
SOPRANO
GIB BULLOCH
AUTHOR, "THE INTRAPRENEUR"
DAVID GRAYSON
CO-AUTHOR, "ALL IN: WHY SUSTAINABILITY IS THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS"
GARANCE WATTEZ-RICHARD
HEAD, AXA EMERGING CUSTOMERS, AXA
HARRIET LAMB
CEO, INTERNATIONAL ALERT
MARIO GONZALEZ LUPERCIO
SHARED VALUE AND INNOVATION LEADER, CEMEX
ARUN GORE
PRESIDENT AND CEO, GRAYGHOST VENTURES
CLARISSA HAUPTMANN
POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER, INCLUSIVE CAPITALISM, SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL 
LAURA KELLY
HEAD, BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT HUB, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CELINE GILART
HEAD, SOCIAL IMPACT, TWININGS
RHIAN-MARI THOMAS 
CHAIR, GREEN BANKING COUNCIL, BARCLAYS
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
"Definitely one of the best, most focused quality conferences out there."
- Alex Lankester, Head of Private Sector Partnerships, Oxfam GB

“High-energy, valuable opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals.”

-Mark Thain, Social Innovation, Barclays

“An enormous amount of energy, passion and ideas.”

-Jane Nelson, Harvard Kennedy School

 "These kinds of dialogues are exactly what is required".

-Phil Thomson, Global Affairs, GSK
“Brings together different views to tackle some pretty pressing challenges.”
-Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact & Sustainability Officer, BT
ELLEN MAYNES
GENDER OPERATIONS OFFICER, IFC
ZAHID TORRES-RAHMAN
FOUNDER & CEO, BUSINESS FIGHTS POVERTY
OLIVIA LANKESTER
SENIOR DIRECTOR, COMPLIANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS, LEGO
CAT BARON
UK CAMPAIGN MANAGER, BEN & JERRY'S
STEFANO GIOLITO
GLOBAL VP, DIRT IS GOOD (OMO/PERSIL), UNILEVER
ANITA HOFFMAN
AUTHOR, "PURPOSE AND IMPACT"
ALEXANDRE COSTER
CEO, BAOBAB+
KATIE HYSON
DIRECTOR, THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BUSINESS FIGHTS POVERTY
LOUGHLIN HICKEY
SENIOR ADVISER, A BLUEPRINT FOR BETTER BUSINESS
LISA CONIBEAR
BUSINESS MANAGER, SHELL FOUNDATION
ALEXANDER BETTS
DIRECTOR, REFUGEES STUDIES CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
ANDY JONES
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, HERMES INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
TAMSIN JONES
CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THEBOARDROOM AFRICA
RUTH MHLANGA
PRIVATE SECTOR POLICY ADVISOR, OXFAM GB
SAMANTHA JOHNSON
GLOBAL CORPORATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND POLICY, GSK
EMMA COLENBRANDER
SENIOR ENERGY MARKETS ADVISOR, PRACTICAL ACTION
EMILE SCHMITZ
DIRECTOR, MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION, BOP INNOVATION CENTRE
MAGGIE DE PREE
CO-FOUNDER, LEAGUE OF INTRAPRENEURS
RACHAEL CLAY
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, ETHICORE
ALGY WILLIAMS 
FOUNDER AND CEO, EVERY1MOBILE
REGISTER NOW!
Places are very limited - more than 800 people applied for 300 places at our 2017 event at Saïd Business School. 
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WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT LAST YEAR'S EVENT


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


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WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT LAST YEAR'S EVENT
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82% said they made a valuable new connection for their work.




WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT LAST YEAR'S EVENT


91% said they learnt something valuable for a current or future collaboration.

 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

EVENT FORMAT
Inspiring Plenaries

The event will include a series of inspiring opening and closing keynotes and plenary panels.

Opening Plenary
Our event will be opening by South African soprano, Caroline Modiba and a keynote by Holly Branson, CEO of Virgin Unite and author of "WEconomy".  We'll then dig deeper into the themes of business, purpose and collaboration with a panel of leading of thinkers and practitioners.

Closing Plenary
We close with inspiring keynotes by leading South African business leader, Sizakele Marutlulle, and the COO of Thomson Reuters Foundation, Antonio Zappulla.





 
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.
 

The Intrapreneur Case Clinic
Explore live examples of corporate social innovation, what is working well and what not so well.  The case clinic will provide attendees with insights from the innovators, mentors and leaders of intrapreneurship and also help your own journey in practical ways, through Q&A, advice breakouts and peer to peer learning.

Building Intrapreneur Systems
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How can companies develop systems that drive commercial innovation with social impact? We will be testing a new diagnostic tool that companies and other organisations can use to assess their own enabling environment for intrapreneurship, and to provide practical guidance on how weaknesses in the ecosystem can be overcome, and strengths optimised.

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 what the next big steps by industry should be to tackle sexual harassment and gender based violence.
 

Creating gender inclusive business models
It feels like the tide is turning, that we are in the moment of history of putting gender equality firmly on the table and creating positive change.  But are we really creating change, behind the hashtags and headlines? Hear from a range of speakers on creating change and what more needs to be done.

How does sexual harassment and gender based violence move beyond a hashtag to deep-rooted change
#metoo has galvanised a conversation in every country in the world.    However sexual harassment and gender-based violence are often a hidden issue downplayed or normalised.  Explore how businesses are tackling gender-based violence in workplaces, their supply chains, and beyond.

Special Lunch Session: 
The power of brands to tackle social norms
​​​​​​​This workshop brings together brand and social teams, alongside brand agencies and NGOs to explore how better to work together, to unlock the potential, avoiding green (social) wash, to create large scale consumer awareness and social action.

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.

BoP marketing and behavioural change
Marketing your value proposition to risk-averse Base of the Pyramid consumers can be a huge and costly endeavour. Learn about BoP marketing, using lively and concrete examples from cases in Africa and Asia.  Explore what this can mean for your own strategy. 


Best practices in last-mile distribution
Test your knowledge on how to build a sustainable last mile distribution businesses for innovative, life- changing products or services, through an interactive quiz on global best practices! Practitioners will then share how they have made it work - and how you could, too.


Special Lunch Session: Refugee-inclusive business models

Exploring refugee inclusive business models. Learning from Turkey research, this session will provide a practical and insightful opportunity to look at different business models and differing locations.

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. 
 

Advocacy partnerships - essential and perilous Business can make a significant contribution to people and planet through advocacy and policy dialogue, in partnership with civil society. The power and potential of advocacy partnerships can be matched by the perils. Learn from high-impact advocacy partnerships and explore how to manage the internal and external tensions.

​​​​​​​Partnerships with impact and innovation
​​​​​​​By bringing together diverse resources and thinking, partnerships generate innovation for economic, social and environmental impact.  Explore the essential steps to curating innovative partnerships, learning from leading examples.

Investing for Impact Zone

Curated with Acumen, the event will include workshops on harnessing investment for social impact and on what impact actually means.

Harnessing different types of capital: a spectrum of risk, impact and reward

The impact investing industry comprises a wide array of investors along a spectrum of risk-return and impact expectations. Given the industry’s diversity, there is opportunity for investors with varying return expectations and risk tolerance to complement each other using different types of capital. Hear perspectives on the types of capital available for entrepreneurs in the impact investing sector.​​​

Putting the impact back into ‘Impact Investing’
A key differentiator of impact investing from other investment strategies is the commitment of the investor to measure and report on the social and/or environmental performance of their investments. The term “impact” is a tricky one though, as it often means different things to different people.  Explore what impact means and the tools and frameworks commonly used.​​​​​​
 

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.
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