SDG Tent at Davos 2020

Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 January 2020

Location: Promenade 139, Davos (next to Hotel Derby, outside of the security zone).

The SDG Tent at Davos 2020 is an impartial and open space where ideas, thought leadership and unhindered dialogue can flourish and progress the global debate around the role of business and its capacity to deliver sustainable and inclusive development.

NOTE: Registration and access to the SDG Tent does not give access to other events at the World Economic Forum. The SDG Tent is located outside of the security zone of the World Economic Forum.

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If you would like more information or are interested in partnering with the SDG Tent, please get in touch with Yvonne Bakken yvonne.bakken@dsm.com.

TUESDAY 21 JANUARY

07:30 – 08:30

The Future of Capitalism is Now: How Stakeholder Capitalism can deliver the SDGs

Hosted by: DSM

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

A multi-stakeholder breakfast conversation about the role of business in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this interactive session participants will explore how capitalism should be redefined for it to truly serve people, planet and profit. How can we through stakeholder capitalism achieve inclusive and sustainable growth so the SDGs can be delivered? Dimensions addressed include the role of purpose for business and the convergence of sustainability metrics to define truly sustainable markets.

RSVP: By invitation only. For enquiries, please contact: herman.betten@dsm.com


09:30 – 11:00

Panel: Sustainable Finance

Hosted by: Lombard & Odier, Pictet, WWF Switzerland 

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Sustainable Finance as the key driver of Sustainable Development Goals: How to conduct business in a more sustainable way? Recently, the notion of sustainability has become increasingly important in investment strategies for both private clients and institutional investors. Ethical governance, environmental concerns and social considerations, just to name a few, are key concerns for the financial services industry today. Beyond financial targets, our core values are increasingly at stake in conducting business. 

  • What are the latest developments in impact investing, both in terms of opportunities and mitigating risks? 
  • What is needed to align finance with sustainability on a global scale, from Europe/US to Asia and the Middle East? 

Moderated by: Thomas Vellacott, CEO, WWF, Switzerland 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


12:00 – 14:00

This is not a drill – Leveraging the TCFD recommendations in response to the global climate emergency

Hosted by: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

This lunch session will look at how companies and investors can enhance and use climate-related financial information in response to the global climate emergency. In particular, participants will be invited to discuss:

  1. Consolidation of learnings from TCFD implementation activity to date
  2. How to accelerate climate-related financial disclosure practice based on past developments in mainstream practice (e.g.: on governance and finance)
  3. Working as a community of practice to leverage all actors and disciplines that contribute to the success of climate-related financial disclosure
  4. Harnessing the power of the fourth industrial revolution in support of the TCFD’s objectives (e.g.: using blockchain to develop the next generation of reporting, assurance and accountability)

For inquiries, please contact events@wbcsd.org.


12:00 – 14:00

Cocktail Lunch: Creative Practices and Positive Impact 

Hosted by: LUMA Foundation 

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Creative practices are deeply embedded in the paradigmatic shifts that define contemporary experience and the world we live in. From its core spaces located in Switzerland and Arles, South of France, Luma generates the production of ecosystems in which artists, cultural practitioners and thinkers continuously experiment with new ideas, materials and processes. Responding to urgent global issues, challenges and potentials, Luma is committed to creating positive impact and new approaches to our future through cross-pollination of disciplines and the work of the most innovative minds. During this session, Maja Hoffmann, Founder and President of Luma, invites leading creative voices to discuss strategies for an inclusive and engaging future. 

With: Maja Hoffmann, Founder, LUMA Foundation, France 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


12:30 – 14:00

Smallholder finance as asset class

Hosted by: IDH, Unilever and Rabobank

Venue: SDG Tent, People’s Café 

Over 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide produce two-thirds of the global food requirements. Current finance to smallholder businesses is around USD 70 billion, leaving a gap of around USD 170 billion.

We are pleased to invite you to this lunch session with the C-suite of companies, banks and other investors to mark the beginning of the next asset class: smallholder finance.

RSVP: By invitation only. For enquiries please contact: stevenson@idhtrade.org


16:00 – 18:00

10 years to 2030: Accelerating action for a sustainable future

Hosted by: Leidar

Venue: SDG Tent, People’s Café 

Join us for an interactive discussion where we will discuss key actions needed to achieve the 2030 Global Agenda. The event will mark the launch of Leidar’s new SDG insights report, co-developed with leading technology firm, Polecat. 

Panelists will examine key findings from the report, an in-depth analysis of the interconnected nature of the 17 SDGs and corporate and civil society engagement around them, to provide practical recommendations for companies and organizations to act immediately.

RSVP: By invitation only. If interested, please contact: davos@leidar.com


20:00 – 22:00

Healthy people & healthy planet: The protein revolution from fork to farm

Hosted by: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

The session aims at mobilizing business action to shift diets, and in particular, diversifying protein production and consumption to transform our food system and deliver healthy people and a healthy planet. Providing insights into the most recent research, the session will launch unique new protein-specific findings and discuss the main levers to accelerate the necessary dietary shifts by 2030.

For inquiries, please contact events@wbcsd.org.


20:00 – 22:00

Circular Economy Dinner

Co-hosted by: Circle Economy, SITRA and WBCSD, and supported by PACE

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

After the success of the inaugural event in 2019, the Circular Economy Dinner will convene leaders from pioneering companies, governments and organizations in the circular economy. Co-hosted by Circle Economy, SITRA and WBCSD and supported by PACE, the Circular Economy Dinner will include networking drinks and dinner, major announcements and short talks by high-level representatives. The event is invitation only as space is limited.

Please contact Brendan at edgerton@wbcsd.org if interested in attending. 


WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY

07:00 – 09:00

Alliance to End Plastic Waste Breakfast

Hosted by: The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW)

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

To help address the challenge of plastic waste, a group of global companies from across the plastics value chain – companies that make, use, sell, process, collect and recycle plastics – formed a new alliance with a clear mission: to help end plastic waste in the environment. Celebrating one year since its launch, The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) will host a briefing breakfast to update the Davos community on activities to date, and what to anticipate as the AEPW begins its second year of existence. Jacob Duer, President and CEO of The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, joined by Member companies will present the first anniversary progress report and share insights into its strategic direction.

For inquiries, please contact events@wbcsd.org.


10:00 – 11:30

Panel: Access to Medicine in Emerging Countries

Hosted by: Roche

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

With: Christoph Franz, Chairman, Roche, Switzerland 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


10:00 – 11:30

Panel: Climate remediation and corporate game-changers for SDGs

Hosted by: University College London (UCL)

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

Climate change is a major disrupter in the achievement of most SDGs. Europe and some pioneering countries are committed to ‘net-zero-emissions’ through renewables, efficiency and afforestation. Yet, this will offset only a year or two of global increase at present (disturbingly stubborn) global emission rates. Exploring a scenario whereby, in 2030, ‘mitigation as usual’ has failed, the panel therefore explores how a new alliance of companies involved in carbon removal, of incumbent companies eager to be part of the solution, and of carbon-aware investors can provide the game-changers that policy-makers can’t unleash. 

  • Is the enthusiasm of the youth and now of much of the European political class failing to lead to global change?
  • Is afforestation up to scale when it comes to ‘negative emissions’ or should not we embrace carbon removal by many other means? 
  • Is climate change a matter of technology or of moral improvement? And what is the role of artists and culture? 

Moderated by: Albert Bressand, Professor, Energy & International Governance, UCL, UK. With: Paul Ekins, Professor, Resources & Environment Policy, UCL, UK; Andris Pielbags, Former EU Commissioner for Energy, Adviser to the President of Latvia, Senior Fellow, Florence School of Regulation, Italy; Alice Sharp, Curator, Founder and Director, Invisible Dust, UK 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


12:00 – 14:00

Financing the transition in the fashion industry

Hosted by: Fashion for Good & Boston Consulting Group

Venue: SDG Tent, People’s Café

The fashion industry needs transformation to become sustainable, requiring new, disruptive solutions and innovations. A strong pipeline of innovators has emerged over recent years to provide such solutions. However, currently there is not enough support and funding available to bring these innovations to scale. Fashion for Good and Boston Consulting Group have joined forces to shape a first-of-a-kind report on this topic.

Join us for an exclusive presentation of the ‘Financing the Transition in Fashion’ report – your chance to hear what it takes to scale innovation and get first-hand insights from fashion and finance executives about current barriers and potential solutions.

Panelists include executives from: adidas, C&A Foundation, Ecovative, Pangaea Ventures, PVH Corp, The Carlyle Group, Welspun.

RSVP: By invitation only. Enquiries to: connect@fashionforgood.com


12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Panel: SDGs & AI for Good SDG Tent, Global Talent in the Age of Artificial Intelligence 

Hosted by: GTCI, INSEAD-Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society (HGIBS) 

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Launch of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020 – a yearly report on what countries and cities are doing to enable, attract, grow and retain talent.

The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2020 focuses on Global Talent in the Age of Artificial Intelligenceand explores how to put talent at the service of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), such as reducing international inequalities, in an AI-disrupted work environment. In partnership with the Adecco Group and Google, INSEAD Professors Felipe Monteiro and Bruno Lanvin will disclose the latest rankings of the 7th edition of the GTCI, and will provide high level of visibility to the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society and the role of business in delivering the SDGs. This session will gather inputs from a variety of thought leaders on how to measure talent for impact as a contribution to the next GTCI.

Moderated by: Katell LeGoulven, Executive Director, INSEAD-Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, France. With: Alain Dehaze, CEO, The Adecco Group, Switzerland; Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices; Executive Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, INSEAD, France; Ilian Mihov, Dean, INSEAD Academic Director, the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, France; Felipe Monteiro, Academic Director, Global Talent Competitiveness Index, Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD, France, Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Switzerland. 

RSVP: Register here.

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


15:00 – 16:30

Towards a better understanding of food system value and risk

Hosted by: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

WBCSD provides guidance to help companies understand and manage the vulnerabilities associated with the transition towards a sustainable food system. This session will examine the role of innovative new systems for understanding key business risks and opportunities with the potential to radically alter our perception of risk and value; triggering the adoption of new practices to protect value and stimulate sustainable food and agriculture outcomes.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Matthew at watkins@wbcsd.org.


16:00 – 18:00

Optimizing for Social and Business Value: Merging sustainability and sustainable competitive advantage 

Hosted by: Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

The ‘20s bring new benchmarks for what constitutes a good company, a good investment, and a good leader. The defining expectation: good companies and investments will deliver competitive financial returns while helping society meet its biggest challenges, and in doing so, will enable sustainable business. Climate change, ever-growing inequality, political uncertainty, and scepticism toward business only intensify this imperative. With representation from leaders across the corporate, investing, and NGO landscapes, this panel discussion will highlight how sustainability and sustainable competitive advantage are mutually reinforcing, and the meaningful ways in which corporates are bringing Total Societal Impact and Purpose to the forefront – using their core businesses to address pressing societal issues to create long-term value, and to serve all stakeholders – employees, customers, communities, and shareholders alike.

RSVP: By invitation only. Enquiries to: biringer.marie@bcg.com.


THURSDAY 23 JANUARY

07:30 – 08:30

Private Breakfast: Global & Philanthropic Partners 

Hosted by: Ellen MacArthur Foundation 

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Participation by invitation only. 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


09:00 – 11:00

The New Plastic Economy

Hosted by: Ellen MacArthur Foundation  

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

This session will focus on raising the ambition level for business led solution innovation, enabling policies and related global efforts keep plastics in the economy and out of the natural environment and ocean. As a global focal point for efforts to develop new systemic approaches based on the principles of a circular economy, that will eliminate plastic pollution, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will highlight progress and common challenges, and gather input from the audience on how to overcome key barriers and collectively raise the ambition level to eliminate plastic pollution at source. 

With: Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder & Chair of Trustees, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK; Andrew Morlet, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK; Igor Ustinov, Co-Founder, Ustinov Hoffmann Construction System (UHCS), Switzerland.

Participation by invitation only. 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


14:30 – 16:00

A Capitals Approach to Decision Making: The Capitals Coalition

Hosted by: Natural Capital Coalition

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

The science is definitive, the natural world is being degraded at the fastest rate in human history, and the effects on society and the economy under a business as usual scenario will be globally destabilising. This realization is growing within businesses, and many are looking for approaches that enable them to achieve positive outcomes for nature and people, alongside benefits to their organizations. A capitals approach is a framework that helps organizations make better decisions by contextualising natural, social, human and financial information, and by helping them to understand how healthy ecosystems, people and societies directly and indirectly underpin their long-term success. 

Moderated by: Mark Gough, CEO, Capitals Coalition 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


15:00 – 16:30

Panel: Business with Purpose 

Hosted by: Givaudan, Said Business School

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

Customers are key drivers of business sustainability as consumers worldwide are increasingly concerned with their health, as well as the environment and ethical impacts they have on the world. The United Nations SDGs and the growing importance of Company Purpose provide a framework for businesses to adapt and meet consumers’ increasing expectations for a world where care and doing good are valued. 

  • How are companies adapting and structuring their activities to respond to this unprecedented sustainability challenge?
  • What are best practices and gaps in developing purpose that drives business while integrating sustainability at large? 

WithMary Johnstone-Louis, Senior Research Fellow and Programme Director, Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK;  Régine Lucas, SVP Global Chief Procurement Officer, L’Oréal, France; Willem Mutsaerts, Head, Global Procurement and Sustainability, Givaudan, Switzerland 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


16:00 – 17:30

Cocktail reception: Audacious Leadership: Ten Critical Transitions for Food and Land Use

Hosted by: Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU)

Venue: SDG Tent, People’s Café 

The world faces a remarkable opportunity to transform food and land use systems over the next ten years. As outlined in the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) Growing Better report, this could reap a societal return more than 15 times the related investment cost, drive new business opportunities worth up to $4.5 trillion a year by 2030 and create more inclusive rural economies. With rising hidden costs and growing risks from current trends, delivering on this reform agenda needs to become an urgent global priority, requiring leadership at all levels. Join the FOLU community of inspirational leaders to share insights on how to accelerate ambitious action across ten critical transitions which collectively create a powerful agenda for food and land use systems transformation. 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


17:15 – 19:00

Panel & Cocktail: Balancing AI Productivity and Responsibility 

Hosted by: INSEAD

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room & People’s Café 

The impact of Artificial Intelligence on the world from a productivity standpoint but also in terms of ethical and social implications.

Considering the impact on productivity and the social implications of AI, we must collectively reflect on how to best develop and regulate AI now. The stakes are high. We risk constraining the transformational potential of this emergent technology, while creating new risks and future liabilities. This panel discussion convened by the INSEAD Hoffmann Institute will bring together decision makers to examine how regulators and businesses should balance the productivity gains and ethical challenges and new risks of AI. Led by INSEAD professor Theodoros Evgeniou, the panel conversation will articulate the multi-disciplinary challenge posed by AI, take stock of ongoing debates on responsible AI across stakeholder groups and present leading business and regulatory perspectives and solutions.

Moderated by: Theodoros Evgeniou, Professor, Decision Sciences and Technology Management, INSEAD; Academic Director, INSEAD eLab, France. With: Bradford L. Smith, President, Microsoft, USA; Murat Sönmez, Managing Director, World Economic Forum; Head, World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, USA 

RSVP: Register here.

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


20:00 – 22:00

Dinner: A New Deal for Nature and People

Hosted by: World Wide Fund

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

This will be second edition of an event organised (with great success) at Davos 2019. Back then, we launched the concept of a New Deal for Nature and People. This year we will focus on discussion the mission, apex and sectorial targets of the New Deal, engaging governments, business representatives of key sectors (agriculture, fisheries, extractives, forestry, infrastructure, investment, etc.) to discuss a concrete advocacy and action agenda in lead up to key milestone events in 2020: Ocean Treaty, UNGA Nature Summit, Convention of Biodiversity Conference of the parties, Climate Convention, etc. to ensure that they will all add up to the level of ambition science in calling for. 

This will be followed by a high-level panel discussion format on the New Deal ambition and targets, followed by table conversations and interventions from the audience. High profile champions will offer concluding remarks and WWF will summarise next steps. 

Moderated by: Becky Anderson, Anchor, CNN, UK

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


FRIDAY 24 JANUARY

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast: Empowering Youth in Africa –  Employment and Entrepreneurship in the Food Sector

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Hosted by: DSM, Yara, Generation Africa, Generation Unlimited

With more than 60% of Africans below the age of 25, and a youth population expected to rise to 830 million by 2050, Africa is rising. Young people across the continent – from the most rural villages to bustling megacities – are recognising untapped opportunities to innovate and create jobs that can deliver nutritious food to Africa’s booming populations. Some of them are driving transformative change, and many others are poised to do so.

What can companies, governments and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships do to create supportive ecosystems for Africa’s next generation, and empower it to seize these opportunities in the food sector? How is the continent’s innovation, energy, talent and potential matched with education, support and investment to accelerate technology-enabled, inclusive growth, job creation and food security?

RSVP: Please join leaders from organisations working on collaborative, forward-thinking approaches to support youth entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in the continent’s food sector.  


09:30 – 11:00

The Circular Future of Business

Hosted by: Impact Hub Switzerland

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

An event featuring visionary and innovative initiatives by Swiss-based actors, with the aim to explore the unique potential of Circular Economy for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This will be achieved by: 

  1. highlighting and showcasing innovative solutions by leading entrepreneurs from Switzerland and globally; 
  2. exploring the #FutureOfBusiness by stimulating reflection and thought-provoking discussions on Circular Economy, and the opportunities and challenges for bringing key entrepreneurs, businesses and collaboration to scale;
  3. positioning Switzerland as a key country where different sectors – Food, Construction and IT- play a pioneering role in accelerating the transition to Circular Economy. 

With Industry Partners: Food: Migros (TBC), Nespresso (TBC);  Construction: Nick Traber, CEO, Holcim Italy & Switzerland; Igor Ustinov, Co-Founder, Ustinov Hoffmann Construction System (UHCS), Switzerland; IT: Swisscom (TBC) 

Launch of the world’s first country-wide “Startup Guide Switzerland”. This guidebook shines a spotlight on SDG-focused startups, programs, investors, schools and senior entrepreneurs in several different Swiss ecosystems. 

With: Isabelle Moret, President of the National Council, Switzerland; Sissel Hansen, Founder & CEO Startup Guide, Denmark 

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


12:30 – 14:00

Managing Inequality Together: Ensuring that Policy Makers and Business Leaders Are Not Talking Past One Another
Working Lunch – by invitation only

Hosted by: INSEAD – Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society (HGIBS) 

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

A working lunch held to define the role INSEAD can play in ensuring both governments and businesses address global inequality.

Business and governments alike agree that growing inequality is an issue facing many countries. However, suggestions on how to best deal with this problem vary considerably and policy makers and business leaders often have different ideas about what needs to be done and by whom. We aim to bridge the gap between business and policy makers through a series of discussions where INSEAD and its Hoffmann Institute, and The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality play the role of convener. This panel will help define how to best play this role. Led by Mark Stabile, INSEAD Professor of Economics, Academic Director of the Stone Centre and Deputy Academic Director, The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society.

Moderated by: Mark Stabile, Professor of Economics, INSEAD; Academic Director, The Stone Centre; Deputy Academic Director, The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, INSEAD, France 

RSVP: By invitation only

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch