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

07:00 – 09:00

LGBTI Rights and the Role of the Private Sector

Hosted by: Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

This session will feature two spotlight conversations and a panel discussion with leaders from the private sector; civil society organizations and UN Human Rights who will share their insights and examples of how leading private sector companies are leveraging their individual and collective advocacy to accelerate LGBTI equality and inclusion in the workplace and in the broader communities in which they operate. 

While significant progress has been made, the private sector faces challenges from various stakeholders – including governments that criminalize homosexuality and religious and cultural organizations that use social media to pressure companies in the marketplace. The discussion will highlight work being done by private sector companies, civil society organizations and UN Human Rights to advance and operationalize the UN Standards of Conduct for Business as a framework for accelerating equality, social and economic inclusion for LGBTI people globally and reducing the global cost of LGBTI discrimination. 

For inquiries, please contact: dbross.ic@bsr.org

Watch the livestream here.

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

Watch the livestream here.

09:30 – 11:00

Panel: Sustainable Finance as the Key Driver of Sustainable Development Goals How To Conduct Business In a More Sustainable Way

Hosted by: InTent

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. For the first time in history, humanity has a shared set of objectives, with an agreed timeline to 2030. However, the UN estimates that the gap in financing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals amounts to $2.5 trillion per year in developing countries alone. If world leaders are serious about reaching the SDGs, the overall economic and financial system needs to refocus in a very short time period, with little time for incremental change.

The private finance sector has an essential role to play in closing this gap, thereby contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. At the same time, both private clients and institutional investors are increasingly seeking sustainable investment solutions for. As a consequence, the market share of sustainable investments has been growing in key markets across the globe. But is this enough? Is the financial sector playing the transformative role required to tackle the challenge of the SDGs?

We will explore these questions by discussing where sustainable finance stands on its road from niche to mainstream:

1. Role: What is the role of the financial sector in realizing the SDGs?
2. Status: Where does sustainable finance stand today compared to 10 years ago? What progress have we made? Is the financial sector on track to shifting investments in line with the SDGs?
3. Outlook: What is still needed for sustainable finance to become fully mainstreamed in line with the road to achieving the SDGs?

Moderated by: Thomas Vellacott, CEO, WWF, Switzerland. With: Patrick Andersson, Managing Partner, Brunswick Real Estate, UK; Philipp Hildebrand, Vice-Chairman, BlackRock, UK; Patrick Odier, Chairman, Board of Directors, Bank Lombard Odier & Co., Switzerland; Urs Rohner, Chairman, Board of Directors, Credit Suisse Group, Switzerland; and Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Geneva (UNOG), 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, Ocean 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 
Thinking a World in Permanent Transition

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. 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 and President, LUMA Foundation, Switzerland 

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

Watch the livestream here.

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 – 22:30

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 – 08:30

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.


7:00 – 9:00

The Future of Business Breakfast

Hosted by: Edge

Venue: SDG Tent, People’s Café

Yunus Social Business and the Schwab Foundation, with kind support of Porticus and Edge, are hosting the Future of Business Breakfast to create pathways to overcome the “business as usual” mindset. Discover how companies can transform themselves into a force for good through corporate social business. Join the conversation with leading CEOs, Corporate Social Intrapreneurs and corporate changemakers.

You will get early access to our landmark study on corporate social intrapreneurship, concluding a year of research with 200 corporate initiatives, experiments and sector mapping.

RSVP: Please contact eliane.knobbe@yunussb.com


10:00 – 11:30

Panel: Access at the Heart of Healthcare Innovation

Hosted by: Roche

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Working together to deliver positive outcomes for people, communities and business.

The health SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) sets the challenge of tackling health inequalities and promoting access to quality medicines to achieve the best health outcomes for patients and communities.

Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2020 requires a step change to deliver on the promise of leaving no one behind. Health systems are under growing pressure to cope with the increasing global burden of chronic diseases including cancer.

This panel discussion will bring together key players, who are on the front line in finding solutions to tackling the inequalities in access to medicine, exploring what worked so far in delivering on SDG 3, including the role of private sector and understanding the very real challenges of providing access to innovative medicines for example for cancer care from international organisations, industry, and civil society.

Panellists and participants will be invited to identify the barriers and opportunities to achieving the health SDGs in 2030 and what the private sector needs to do to accelerate access to innovation; and deliver “health for all”.

Opening remarks by: Christoph Franz, Chairman, Roche, Switzerland. Moderated by: Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times, UK. With: Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times, UK; Alan Donnelly, Executive Chairman Sovereign Sustainability and Development & Convener of the G20 Health and Development Partnership; Andrea Feigl, Founder & Executive Director, Health Finance Institute (HFI), USA; Edward Ndopu, Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, United Nations, New York; and Monika Puri, Head, Institutional Relations, Roche, Switzerland.

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


10:00 – 11:30

Panel: Climate Remediation and Corporate Game-Changers for SDGs

Hosted by: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and University College London (UCL)

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

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 impact 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 other means such as Direct Air Capture and soil carbon sequestration?

– 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 and Alice Sharp, Curator, Founder and Director, Invisible Dust, UK

With: Raimund Bleischwitz, Professor & Director, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL, UK; Dame Elizabeth Corley, Chair, Impact Investing Institute, UK; Aldyen Donnelly, Co-Founder & Chief Carbon Economist, Nori, USA; Paul Ekins, Professor, Resources & Environment Policy, UCL, UK; Michel Frédeau, Senior Partner & Global Head, Climate Action Center, BCG, France; and Andris Pielbags, Former EU Commissioner for Energy; Adviser to the President of Latvia; Senior Fellow, Florence School of Regulation, Italy; Jan Wurzbacher, Director & Co-Founder, Climeworks, Switzerland.

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


12:00 – 14:00

Accelerating Global Reforestation Action

Hosted by: Salesforce

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

Preserving and regenerating the world’s forests is a key component in achieving global climate, biodiversity and sustainable development goals. Despite its many benefits, we are lacking the necessary action for at-scale reforestation and forest preservation. Hosted in partnership by Salesforce, Dr. Jane Goodall and the World Economic Forum, this lunch will lead a conversation about the need to galvanize unprecedented action to restore and protect the world’s forests through systems change, mass mobilization and engagement from all sectors of society.

RSVP: Please register here


12:30 – 14:00

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

Hosted by: GTCI, INSEAD

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2020 focuses on Global Talent in the Age ofArtificial Intelligence and 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; Annette Kroeber-Riel, Head, Government Affairs and Public Policy for Europe, Google, Germany; 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; Frida Polli, CEO and Co-Founder, pymetrics, USA and 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.


17:00 – 18:30

Digital Tech & AI to reach Universal Health Care: Galvanizing Solutions Around Emerging Challenges

Hosted by: GESDA & Botnar Foundation

Venue: SDG Tent, People’s Café

Ambassador Amandeep Gill, former Executive Director of the UNSG’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, will lead a multi-stakeholder discussion on the future of the International Digital Health & Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR). I-DAIR was created in response to the Panel’s first recommendation calling for incorporation of digital health into existing approaches to digital connectivity. It is envisioned as a “CERN for AI in health” in that it federates multi-sectoral key partners around common challenges in digital health to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and provides significant resources to reach its ambition.  

I-DAIR is supported by Fondation Botnar and accompanied by Geneva Science & Diplomacy Anticipator Foundation (GESDA).  

RSVP: If you are interested in attending, please contact rsvp@gesda.global. For enquiries, please contact daria.robinson@gesda.global.


20:00 – 22:00

Agriculture is How

Hosted by: Cargill

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

Those of us who work in food and agriculture get to see the positive impact our industry makes every day. It’s a simple fact that agriculture – and the farmers, ranchers and growers who are at the heart of it – feeds the world. We also know our industry isn’t perfect, and sometimes, it is misunderstood. We have critical work ahead of us to make food and ag increasingly safe and sustainable. And, we need to come together to address challenges within the complex supply chains that move food from farms to our forks. But with challenges, come opportunities. And at Cargill, that’s how we look at agriculture – as an opportunity. Because we know agriculture is how we’ll ensure a safe, responsible and sustainable food system; a food system that cultivates a better future for all of us. Visit www.cargill.com


20:00 – 22:00

Action for Nature

Hosted by: Swarovski

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Join us for an interactive panel discussion and dinner exploring the measures we can all undertake to create positive impact for the planet.

Speakers include Suzy Amis Cameron, Founder and CEO, OMD and MUSE Global; Professor Jonathan Baillie, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist, National Geographic Society; and Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF.

For inquiries, please contact swarovskidavos@leidar.com


19:30 – 21:00

Driving Inclusive Investments in Africa’s Food Systems

Hosted by: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Venue: SDG Tent, People’s Cafe

Africa’s agribusiness sector has the potential to drive economic growth and create wealth for smallholder famers, as well as deliver food security and nutrition for 1 billion Africans. As the 2019 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) showed, a “Hidden Middle” of small and medium enterprises are already rapidly expanding and driving growth and a quiet revolution in Africa’s agricultural economy. 

Still, achieving our vision of economic growth and the SDGs by 2030 will require significant new investments, a sustainable approach, as well as the collaboration of strong public and private champions.

RSVP: By invitation only. For enquiries please contact: BOtieno@agra.org


THURSDAY 23 JANUARY

07:00 – 08:30

How can an open exchange of data transform our global food system?

Hosted by: IBM and Yara

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

Yara and IBM invite farmers, companies, governments, development partners and NGOs to discuss the collaborative development of a Global Open Data Exchange for Farm and Field Data. The ambition is to create a secure, simplified, and unified platform that connects farm and field data with food system players at every scale to feed the world more efficiently and sustainably. Today’s food system is not prepared to meet the challenges of the future. Unsustainable land use practices threaten food production and quality, while security concerns and fragmentation of field and farm data cannot deliver the greatest value to farmers, consumers, governments and companies. Finding solutions to these challenges is a bigger task than any single industry player or institution can accomplish on its own.

Creating a more sustainable global food system requires a transformation in digital technologies for more informed, data-driven solutions, and the time to act is now. The session will explore:

  • What a win-win solution means for farmers, academia, governments, and industry
  • The scope of a truly open, trusted and collaborative data platform
  • Governance models, possible use cases and pilots currently in development

Please join us for a co-creation discussion to ignite a collaborative movement and advance the transformation of our global food and agriculture systems.

Speakers include: Dave Behrends, Founder and President, Farmer Connect; Alan Donald, Chief Technology Officer, Mercy Corps; Stefan Fürsinn, Senior Vice President, Digital Farming, Yara International; Berry Marttin, Member of the Executive Board, Rabobank; and Ishmael Sunga, Chief Executive Officer, The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions.

RSVP: Please contact Anu Paasiaro.


07:30 – 09:00

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


09:30 – 11:00

The New Plastic Economy
Radical New Approaches to Meet The Scale of The Opportunity

Hosted by: Ellen MacArthur Foundation  

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Sea The Future
Announced in September 2019 by the Minderoo Foundation, Sea The Future has launched an initiative to co-develop a reliable, industry-supported mechanism to help reduce and eventually stop plastic leakage into the environment, while rewarding circular business practices. This CEO panel will provide an update on the momentum building behind this initiative, and discuss next steps.

Scaling Delivery
The past 12 months have seen unprecedented levels of commitment from industry behind a common vision. Yet scaling delivery and realising the opportunity remains a key challenge. This CEO panel will explore new and bold ideas, and collaborative actions designed to meet our goals for 2025.

Refining Policy Goals
Policymakers around the world are shaping regulations and incentives to support a shift to a circular economy and the debate is moving on, from simple bans to systemic strategies that will enable new solutions. This intergovernmental panel will reflect on industry reaction to their respective initiatives and their plans for the future.

Introduced by and with: Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder & Chair of Trustees, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK.

With: Shardul Agrawala, Head, Environment and Economic Integration Division, OECD, France; Andrew Forrest, Chairman, Minderoo Foundation, Australia; Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever, UK; Ramon Laguarta, CEO, PepsiCo, USA; Annette Lendal, Senior Research Analyst, New Plastics Economy, UK; Judith McKenna, President & CEO, Walmart International, USA; Brune Poirson, Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France; Mark Schneider, CEO, Nestlé, Switzerland; Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, New York and Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister, Environment and Housing, the Netherlands.

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, Ocean 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, Natural Capital Coalition, UK.

With: Jonny Hughes, CEO, UN World Conservation Monitoring Centre, UK; Michael Izza, CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), UK; Richard Mattison, CEO, Trucost, S&P Global, UK Eliane Ubalijoro, Deputy Executive Director, GODAN; Professor, Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships, McGill University, Canada.

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch


15:00 – 16:30

Panel: Business with Purpose 

Hosted by: InTent

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth 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? 

Introduced by: André Hoffmann, Vice-Chairman, Roche, Switzerland; Moderated by: Nik Gowing, Founder and Director, Think Unthinkable, UK.

With: Virginie Helias, Chief Sustainability Officer, Procter&Gamble, Switzerland; Mary 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 System Transformation

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 Reception: Balancing AI Productivity and Responsibility 

Hosted by: INSEAD

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

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 discussion, convened by the INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, will bring together decision makers to examine how regulators and businesses should balance the productivity gains and ethical challenges and new risks of AI.

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.

Introduced by: Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation, INSEAD, France.

With: Theodoros Evgeniou, Professor, Decision Sciences and Technology Management, INSEAD; Academic Director, INSEAD eLab, France; Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures, People’s Republic of China; Brad Smith, President, Microsoft, USA; and 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 – 21:30

The Race to Zero: Eliminating Auto Industry Emissions Across the Value Chain

Hosted by: Leaseplan, We Mean Business, WBCSD and WEF

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

A confluence of factors is catalyzing the greatest techno-economic shift in the automotive sector since the rise of Ford’s assembly line or even Nikolaus Otto’s four-stroke engine.  Today’s industry must keep pace with concomitant revolutions in automation, artificial intelligence, digitalisation, connectivity and electrification; escalating regulatory burdens aimed at improving both the environmental and safety performance of cars; and newcomers unencumbered by legacy workforce and capital. 

WBCSD,  WEF, Systemiq and EIT Climate KIC are launching the Circular Cars Initiative (CCI), a private/public sector collaboration focused on leveraging new technologies and business models to align the automotive industry with regulatory drivers for sustainability in the EU and globally. Through an integrated systems approach, CCI will provide a platform for actors in the value chain to eliminate gaps between economic incentives and social outcomes. A core goal of CCI is to leverage sectoral knowledge, partnerships, funding and creativity to help community members develop technologies and business models that correspond to a 1,5°C climate scenario.

The CCI launch dinner will gather 40 forward thinking executives from across the automotive value chain as well as thought leaders from public sector, non-governmental organisations and academia to highlight CCI’s vision and mission, and call on participants to collaborate to make circular cars a reality within a decade.

RSVP: By invitation only. For inquiries, please contact events@wbcsd.org


20:00 – 22:00

Dinner: A New Deal for Nature and People

Hosted by: World Wide Fund (WWF)

Venue: SDG Tent, Earth Room

Following up on the successful Nature dinner hosted in 2019, we are pleased to once again bring together the community of leaders committed to an ambitious action agenda for nature.

The extreme weather events of the past year experienced, such as forest-fires in California and Australia, floods in India and heat-waves in Europe, are a clear signal that we are in the middle of a climate and nature emergency.

Nature is the lifeline for people, providing countless goods and services that underpin the health of our society and economy. Yet our economic activities have put immense pressure on natural ecosystems as evident in pollution rise, species decline, and land degradation. Over the past year, there has been an unprecedented awareness of the need to bend the curve of nature loss, to address what scientists now call a true planetary emergency. We are also finally developing an integrated picture of the issues and solutions: e.g. the links between nature loss, climate change, and food production have never been clearer.

2020 provides an unmissable opportunity when political and business leaders will take a series of global decisions that will set the direction of our planet and society’s future for generations to come. Decisions on development, nature, and climate which must live up to the ambition set by science and result in the action and transformation needed.

There is an ever-greater need for leadership that can integrate our development, climate, and nature agendas, and that is committed to a sustainable society and a healthy planet. We hope you will join us in bridging your personal commitment with a shared narrative and action agenda.

This high-level interactive dinner will bring together business, government, international organizations, and civil society leaders to discuss the mission, apex and sectoral targets for “New Deal for Nature & People” in 2020.

The session is OPEN to the (reporting) media.

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: Royal DSM and Yara International, together with Generation Africa and 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. Whilst young people are migrating to bustling megacities, the agri-food sector could provide much-needed opportunities to innovate, create value, and increase production of affordable and aspirational nutritious foods. Young people are recognizing such untapped opportunities, some 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? 

Join working on collaborative, forward-thinking approaches to support young people across Africa to turn energy into ideas, into viable businesses, into scale, enabling impact and breakthrough solutions.

With: Adegboyega Asanpaola, Co-Founder, Tunyise Ltd, Nigeria, WEF Global Shaper; Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF; Ishmael Sunga, CEO of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU); and Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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07:00 – 9:00

The Japan Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G) – National Actions on Food, Health and Prosperity for all

Hosted by: The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

The Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G), hosted by the Government of Japan in December 2020, is a mobilising point for commitments to help shape healthier diets to 2030. The imperative is to transform food systems to achieve SDG2 targets and to avoid undermining health systems (bankrupting them through escalating NCDs), exacerbating greenhouse gas emissions (generating 30% of them), and protecting livelihoods and natural resource use.

While the vision is global, actions need to be local and national. How can we develop the tools, resources and actions to help governments and businesses to implement practical reforms now?

This session will look at practical proposals to advance the 9 food and nutrition commitment areas set out in the N4G Food system commitment framework and ask in particular, how business and other stakeholders can help governments better deliver solutions faster. The areas mapped out by the N4G Summit working group led by DFID and FAO focus on transforming food systems to support people and planetary health now. The action areas to be crystallised in commitments by December 2020 include whole of government food system national action plans, and new actions by business around investment criteria, workforce nutrition, finance, and a Responsible Food Business Pledge.

If you wish to RSVP, please contact Candela Fito at cfito@gainhealth.org

Watch the livestream here

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. 

Moderated by: Amanda Byrde and Christoph Birkholz, Co-Presidents, Impact Hub Switzerland.

With Industry Partners: Food: Eva Richterich, Executive VP, Innovation and Sustainability; Member, Group Management, Ricola, Switzerland; and Naomi MacKenzie, Co-Founder, Kitro, Switzerland. Construction: Nick Traber, CEO, Holcim Italy & Switzerland; and Igor Ustinov, Co-Founder, Ustinov Hoffmann Construction System (UHCS), Switzerland. Finance: Léon Wijnands, Global Head of Sustainability, ING, The Netherlands; and Tillmann Lang, Co-Founder & CEO, Yova, Switzerland.

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
Lunch Panel

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

Venue: SDG Tent, Ocean Room

Businesses 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, in collaboration with 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.

Introduced 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 

Moderated by: Ilan Mihov, Dean, INSEAD Academic Director, the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, France

With: Amitabh Behar, CEO, Oxfam India, India; Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland; Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, USA; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Co-Founder, IMAGINE, UK; and Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland.

RSVP: By invitation only

For inquiries, please contact davos@massellaz.ch