In the challenging era of COVID-19, health workers are more critical than ever. They are on the front line of the fight against the pandemic, which is exacerbating funding gaps and pushing health systems, supply chains and the global workforce to their limits. The pandemic is forcing us to look at health worker training — both upskilling and reskilling — with a sense of renewed urgency.
During our flagship digital event, we will shine a spotlight on the challenges health professionals face in low- and middle-income countries while discussing innovative approaches that can reduce the shortage of trained health care workers. Furthermore, our expert speakers and panelists will amplify the calls for increased investment in capacity building and training for the healthcare workforce.
On July 21, 2020, Devex will host a half-day, online event to advocate for change, highlight solutions, and share approaches that help strengthen and empower health workers globally.
GRI is pleased to invite you to the online Policy Dialogue focusing on the role of transparency and corporate sustainability reporting with the aim to discuss the state of play with sustainability reporting policies, disclosure requirements and calls for effective regulation. The event will also serve to discuss findings from the new edition of Carrots & Sticks, based on the latest stock take by GRI and its partners of reporting provisions and ESG disclosure requirements in over 80 countries world-wide.
Objectives of the policy dialogue
• Discuss and reflect on the status of the implementation of SDG 12.6 globally;
• Understand drivers and lessons learned of reporting regulatory trends as highlighted by Carrots & Sticks 2020;
• Exchange views on the approaches taken by policy makers to enable expanded and better quality sustainability reporting;
• Call for concrete actions to support the implementation of SDG 12, mindful of the role of transparent and accountable reporting as economies rebuild.
Time: 2 pm in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
In the face of today’s health, social justice, and economic crises, many workers feel that their voices are devalued. After decades of underinvestment in employee welfare, business leaders are waking up to the interdependency of their organization’s success and the well-being of their workers. How can companies ensure that worker voices are no longer discounted or drowned out, but seen as valuable inputs?
Join our expert panelists:
• Jim Keane, President & CEO at Steelcase
• Carmen Rojas, President & CEO at Marguerite Casey Foundation
Moderated by Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor at Fortune Magazine
We’ll host a timely conversation on how businesses might respond to this moment. What’s The Next Move business leaders should make to meaningfully integrate worker concerns and insights into decision-making processes?
Time: 2 pm ET (US and Canada)
India’s consumers are taking a technological and digital leap. Uneven adoption among India’s businesses has opened a digital gap and there is a need to create an ecosystem for emerging technology. As millions of people come online for the first time, a few entrepreneurs innovating for these markets are stumbling upon an interesting trend where their technologies are as relevant for the next billion as for the global market.
- Do Frontier tech companies have to be global from the get go? What is the path they could take in identifying good ideas?
- Are they solving for the next billion or the global market?
- What challenges can Indian companies expect to face when going global and how can the ecosystem help them.
- How does an Indian startup face the valuation/structuring challenge when going global? (Valued lower cause it is set up India so lower funding but growth expenses denominated in USD)
- How can the VC ecosystem help these startups go global since their tech is world class? What changes do you want to bring about in the ecosystem in your new avatar?
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET / 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM IST
Join TIIP, The Generation Foundation, and MMI on Tuesday, July 21 at 11:00 AM ET for a webinar to learn how you can effectively address and mitigate the various risks brought on by income inequality – through any number of investment actions. Sign up here.
Income inequality is a defining issue of our time. In the United States, the top 1% of families earn nearly 27 times that of the other 99% of families. The richest 1% of families worldwide hold more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Beyond the obvious ethical concerns, income inequality is an extremely problematic issue for investors. Researchers link it to slower economic growth, increased frequency and intensity of economic busts, the rise of nationalistic populism, trade wars, and tendencies toward isolationism – and this was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018, The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) partnered with the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), to produce a report that outlined the why and what of income inequality for investors – why they should care about income inequality and what they can do to address the issue. In partnership with The Generation Foundation, TIIP is extending the analysis to provide investors guidance on how they can effectively address income inequality through any number of actions around: (1) labor relations and workers’ rights, (2) CEO compensation, and (3) corporate and financial services company tax policies and practices.
These efforts are complemented by the recently launched Understanding Systemic Social Risk: A Roadmap for Financial Industry Action, a collaboration between TIIP and the Moving the Market Initiative – a partnership between Humanity United, UBS Optimus Foundation, and The Freedom Fund – that is helping investors better understand and respond to the material risks to their investments that are caused by the deep interconnection between social and financial systems.
Time: 11 am ET