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Thursday, March 31, 2011

How Publicly Traded Companies Drive Large Scale Change

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Session Description

The topic of scaling to achieve massive social change is a recurrent one for social entrepreneurs. Increasingly, however, more enlightened mainstream companies face the same question, and are finding innovative ways to rethink their supply and distribution chains to address responsible corporate practice imperatives. How does this re-engineering affect their bottom line in the short, medium and long term?


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, March 31

Session leaders

  • Dorje Mundle Speaker
    Director, Business for Social Responsibility
    I've spent 20 years working at the nexus between private sector innovation, sustainable markets and social development. I'm passionate about enabling entrepreneurial innovation within corporations in collaboration with civil society, development and impact investing partners. I've had the pleasure of driving and supporting the development of inclusive business models for low income communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. I believe social entrepreneurship and impact investing are exciting fields, yet are not reaching scale and financial sustainability nearly quickly enough. Likewise, progressive corporations are driving exciting innovations in inclusive business and governments are reconceiving the role of entrepreneurial innovation in aid, but progress is too much slow. Breaking down the barriers and fostering new forms of partnership between these groups holds the key to more rapidly scalable, sustainable models that can make markets work for all. That's my mission, and day job - I'm interested in meeting people who also want to make that happen! Other focus topics and areas of expertise include healthcare, agriculture, food & nutrition, innovative financing, climate change, human rights, supply chains, business ethics, CSR and leadership development.
  • Deputy General Manager danone.communities, DANONE
    Emmanuel Marchant is in charge of danone.communities projects in Bangladesh, Senegal, Cambodia, and India, and danone.communities mutual funds (a French SICAV.) A French citizen, he started his career at OC&C Strategy Consultants where he worked mainly on issues related to FMCGs and Modern Trade. He joined Groupe Danone in 1998 as Director of Strategic Planning. Prior to his current position he spent five years in Mexico in Finance and General Management in the water division.
  • Kathy Mulvany Speaker
    Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
    Kathy Mulvany leads several functions within Corporate Affairs at Cisco, including public benefit investment, sustainable business practices and marketing communications. She is responsible for Cisco’s corporate and foundation grant making, managing its CSR reporting and stakeholder engagement, and driving awareness of its social impact programmes in education, healthcare, economic development, and critical human needs. She also leads Cisco’s strategic partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum.
  • Mark Kramer Speaker
    Co-Founder and Managing Director, FSG
    Mark Kramer is the founder of FSG, a global nonprofit social impact consulting and research organization. He is a co-author of seminal publications on creating shared value, collective impact, catalytic philanthropy, and emergent strategy in the Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He received a BA from Brandeis University, an MBA from The Wharton School, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.