"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.

 





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.
SIZAKELE MARUTLULLE
CEO AND FOUNDER, MARUTLULLE + CO
CAROLINE MODIBA
SOPRANO
GIB BULLOCH
AUTHOR, "THE INTRAPRENEUR"
DAVID GRAYSON
CO-AUTHOR, "ALL IN: WHY SUSTAINABILITY IS THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS"
STEFANO GIOLITO
GLOBAL VP, DIRT IS GOOD (OMO/PERSIL), UNILEVER
ZAHID TORRES-RAHMAN
FOUNDER AND CEO, BUSINESS FIGHTS POVERTY
ANITA HOFFMAN
AUTHOR, "PURPOSE AND IMPACT"
KATIE HYSON
DIRECTOR, THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BUSINESS FIGHTS POVERTY
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
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
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
REGISTER NOW!
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.
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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

EVENT FORMAT
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 what the next big steps by industry should be to tackle sexual harassment and gender based violence.
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.
PARTNER WITH US!
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!
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