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ICC Make Climate Action Everyone’s Business Forum

Join the Washington Institute at the Opening Day of the International Chamber of Commerce Forum Make Climate Action Everyone's Business November 1st, 2021 - 11:00 AM EST
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ICC Make Climate Action Everyone’s Business Forum

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Nov 01, 2021, 11:00 AM
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About the event

The Washington Institute for Business, Government & Society is pleased to invite you to a major business forum hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The ICC is the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. The Forum is being held alongside COP-26 -- the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties -- which aims to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN International Framework Convention on Climate Change. Through our Distinguished Fellow for Corporate Social Responsibility, Dr. Isabella Bunn of the University of Oxford, we have organized a program on Catalytic Convergence? Corporate Purpose and Climate Action. 

The COP-26, hosted by the governments of the UK and Italy, will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November. The ICC Business Forum, held virtually and with complementary registration, will take place from 1 to 13 November -- with over 10,000 participants from more than 120 countries expected to attend. Our program, cohosted by the Washington Institute, the British Academy, and Oxford Analytica, takes place on 1 November at 15:00 UK time. 

In an era of systemic threats, the power of the private sector must be aimed at systemic solutions. The British Academy is in the final phase of a paradigm-shifting research program -- The Future of the Corporation. The central purpose of business is redefined: “to profitably solve the problems of people and planet, and not profit from creating problems.” How can placing purpose and impact at the core of business models serve to inform -- and transform -- action on climate change? 

In this timely conversation, the project’s leader -- Professor Colin Mayer, CBE, FBA, of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford -- presents the findings in the context of the climate agenda. He is joined by renowned public-relations pioneer 12/15 Professor Bill Novelli, an expert in strategic leadership for both social impact and public health. Professor Novelli, based at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, also serves on the Washington Institute's Advisory Council. Chairing the session is Dr. Isabella Bunn, an Oxford-based research fellow in governance and global  ethics at Regent' Park College, who serves in advisory roles with all three of the cohosting organizations. 

We hope you can join us for a dialogue on actionable insights, grounded in the latest interdisciplinary research on corporate frameworks, climate commitments, and impact assessments. The Washington Institute intends to build on such work -- including the quest for Net Zero -- through its international collaborations. 

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