EVPA Conference in Warsaw, 29. - 30.11.2018
If we want to reach the Sustainable Development Goals we need more social innovation at scale and corporates should and can play an important part in driving this type of innovation. At the EVPA Conference in Warsaw, we demonstrated, together with Erik Childerhouse from Avanti Communications (UK), Manuela Pastore from Böhringer Ingelheim (Germany) and Wim Verbesselt from Colruyt (Belgium) how companies do exactly that by utilizing their core business expertise to develop services tailored to the needs of marginalized people in close partnership with NGOs.
The potential is huge – there are estimates that achieving the SDGs would open-up US$12 trillion of market opportunities in sectors such as food and agriculture, energy or health and well-being, according to the Business & Sustainable Development Commission.
Yet, it is easier said than done. We at Beyond Philanthropy, have been working with corporate clients who sought support to strengthen their corporate citizenship and social innovation capacity. There are several principles we identified as being critical if you want to be successful in that regard: