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Interviews with pioneers in business and social impact. Each week, these interviews provide you with insight from a different perspective of the Business Fights Poverty network, giving you a first-hand understanding of how businesses and others are working on some of the world’s biggest social challenges.

Listen to hear about: sustainability, the SDGs, innovation, business and inclusive growth.

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Interviews with pioneers in business and social impact. Each week, these interviews provide you with insight from a different perspective of the Business Fights Poverty network, giving you a first-hand understanding of how businesses and others are working on some of the world’s biggest social challenges.

Listen to hear about: sustainability, the SDGs, innovation, business and inclusive growth.

    Andrew Dunnett, Vodafone

    Andrew Dunnett, Vodafone

    What does it take to scale and grow social innovations? And how does a mobile phone company come to be leading the way business can tackle gender-based violence.

    Andrew Dunnett, the Group Director of SDGs and Sustainable Business at Vodafone and the Director of their Vodafone Foundation explains all.

    Vodafone is the largest mobile and network operator in Europe, and the world’s largest Internet of Things connectivity provider. Operating and partnering in 48 countries.

    It is still rare for a social innovation to be successfully incubated, scaled and then embedded into core business activities. Vodafone has a clutch of them. During our conversation Andrew shares his vision of scaling impact for lasting good and how to make it happen. From partnering and incubating through to stakeholder engagement and influencing.

    Our conversation also focuses on the leading work Vodafone has been doing to tackle domestic violence. Why this issue is so important, and practical advice on how to activate other businesses to take positive action.

    Links:
    TecSOS-enabled mobile phone device: https://publicsector.vodafone.co.uk/services/Vodafone-tecsos/
    Learnings from Vodafone’s Global Policy on Domestic Violence and Abuse: https://www.vodafone.com/news/vodafone-foundation/learnings-vodafones-global-policy-domestic-violence-and-abuse

    How the Bright Sky app from the Vodafone Foundation and Hestia can help people suffering from domestic abuse: https://newscentre.vodafone.co.uk/features/bright-sky-blog/

    Connected Living, Improving the lives of people needing care using technology: https://www.vodafone.com/business/why-vodafone/vodafone-business-ventures/connected-living

    Vodafone’s DreamLab: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/dreamlab

    Korn Ferry, The rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer: https://infokf.kornferry.com/the-rise-of-the-CSO.html?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_content=whitepaper&utm_campaign=2021-02-global-riseofcso

    • 31 min
    Lisa Manley, Mars

    Lisa Manley, Mars

    Listen to this podcast to hear from Lisa Manley, Global Vice President of Sustainability at Mars as she shares her insights and ideas on key trends spanning the business social impact space.

    If you’re working on delivering social impact within any organisation, you need two things over and above anything else. A deep understanding of the trends and a good plan. Lisa gives us a masterclass in both of these. Lisa then zooms in on her really practical implementation advice about how to deliver and create impact.

    During our conversation Lisa provides us with insights into the work she and colleagues at Mars are focused on: human rights, supply chain collaboration and next generation sourcing; farmer incomes, including insight into their Farmer Income Lab, their platform for action on addressing poverty in global agriculture supply chains; and the opportunities for women, through their Full Potential Mar Platform on Gender.

    Interestingly Lisa shines a light on the pressing emerging trends she is getting super focused on – get your pens and paper ready to take notes as she covers topics including: Climate justice; elevating the S in ESG and the role of business in addressing economic inequity.

    “Poverty is the elephant in the room in addressing sustainable development.” Explains Lisa.

    Lise then rounds off this podcast by sharing the secret sauce of how to deliver impact. Ranging from how to build resilience and why her sustainability team is now sitting in procurement.

    Listen to hear more.

    Links:

    Farmer Income Lab: https://www.farmerincomelab.com

    Full Potential Mars Platform on Gender - https://www.mars.com/sustainability-plan/thriving-people/unlocking-opportunities-for-women

    • 23 min
    Cat Tully, School of International Futures

    Cat Tully, School of International Futures

    How do you predict, plan for and make the future you want become reality? Ask Cat Tully.

    Cat is the founder of the School of International Futures. During our podcast Cat explores with us what the future will be and how we can get there, providing practical guidance so that we can all get ready for the future we want.

    Cat’s day job is to quite literally to get governments, civil society and businesses ready for the future. Her CV includes: Strategy Project Director at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. She is a member of United Nations Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda and has worked in strategy and international relations with organisations ranging from Christian Aid, to Procter and Gamble, the EU Commission, United Nations (UN) and the World Bank.

    During our conversation Cat shares with us her thoughts on the future, the things she thinks we should all be preparing for. Get ready to hear about issues ranging from: the energy, dynamism and confidence with the African continent; intergenerational fairness; and movement towards a post carbon economy.

    In addition Cat shares how we can better understand the future and challenge the official view on the future. She provides practical steps to help individuals and organisations better plan and prepare for the future.

    To further explore ‘what now?’ join us for the Business Fights Poverty ReBuild Summit on 21st January 2021: https://businessfightspoverty.org/articles/where-now-2021/


    Links:

    School of International Futures (SOIF): https://soif.org.uk

    Get in touch with Cat directly: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catarinatully/

    • 21 min
    Heidi Larson and Scott Ratzan, CONVINCE

    Heidi Larson and Scott Ratzan, CONVINCE

    If you are wondering why risk getting the COVID-19 vaccine; how to decipher the fake news on the immunizations; or curious why businesses should be thinking about COVID-19 vaccines…this podcast is for you.

    Prof Scott Ratzan and Prof Heidi Larson are two of the most experienced thinkers on the topic of vaccines that the world has. Their entire careers have arguably been leading up to this point.

    Scott has dedicated his work to the communication of health issues – he is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. His CV includes organisations ranging from Johnson & Johnson to co-chairing the UN Secretary General’s Innovation Working Group for Every Woman Every Child and Harvard Kennedy School. He is on the Board of Global Health for the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

    While Heidi has focused much of her career on global health, human rights, and social mobilization, she is currently Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is the Clinical Professor of Health Metrics Sciences, University of Washington. She has headed Global Immunisation Communication at UNICEF and served on the World Health Organisation’s SAGE Working Group on vaccine hesitancy.

    Scott and Heidi are on a mission to try to share the realities and truths on the vaccines and bring organisations together to ensure as many people as possible globally have access to the vaccines.

    Together they are spearheading CONVINCE (COVID-19 New Vaccine Information, Communication, and Education), a global communication and education campaign to advance vaccine literacy. Scott also leads Business Partners to CONVINCE (BP2C), an initiative of The USCIB Foundation. BP2C aims to support the global CONVINCE initiative through private sector engagement.

    To find out more take a listen to Scott during our recent the Business Fights Poverty ReBuild Better Summit which took place on 21 January 2021. Full recordings and summarised insight papers are available through the Digital Pass. Link below.

    Links:
    https://www.vaccineconfidence.org/convince

    Business Fights Poverty ReBuild Better Summit – Where Now?: https://businessfightspoverty.org/articles/where-now-2021/

    • 29 min
    Daniella Foster, Bayer

    Daniella Foster, Bayer

    During our conversation, Daniella Foster, VP & Global Head of Public Affairs, science and sustainability, at Bayer’s Consumer Health organisation, examines how self-care can do so much more than just make us feel a little better.

    This podcast will help you understand better what self-care for your own personal benefit is and why creating self-care systems for public and private sectors is vital in our attempts to rebuild better from the global pandemic.

    “Self-care can potentially break the cycle of poverty,” explains Daniella.
    Daniella and her team, in partnership with Business Fights Poverty have recently undertaken research to develop a toolkit exploring how self-care can help health systems rebuild better during COVID-19. During this podcast Daniella shares the insights from the research and provides practical ways we can make self-care work for everyone.

    COVID-19 has placed huge pressures on an already faltering global health system. This is leaving many millions of people vulnerable to illness and further impeding their abilities to lead fulfilling and prosperous lives.

    “In the wake of COVID it has become apparent that access to self-care needs to be a key solution when we think about health care and the health care continuum,” Daniella says. Before examining why virtual tele-health solutions, health ownership and better pharmaceutical services are vital trends we need to see more of, if we want to be healthier, and alleviate pressures on our health care systems.

    To find out more take a listen to Daniella during our recent the Business Fights Poverty ReBuild Better Summit which took place on 21 January 2021. Full recordings and summarised insight papers are available through the Digital Pass. Link below.

    Links:

    Business Fights Poverty ReBuild Better Summit – Where Now?: https://businessfightspoverty.org/articles/where-now-2021/

    Bayer Self-Care programme: https://www.bayer.com/en/consumer-health/consumer-health-division

    How Can Self-Care Help Health Systems Rebuild Better During COVID-19? - report download: https://businessfightspoverty.org/how-can-self-care-help-heath-systems-rebuild-better-during-covid-19/

    • 22 min
    Hanneke Faber, Unilever

    Hanneke Faber, Unilever

    Unilever have been named number one sustainability company worldwide for eight years straight. They manage to balance being one of the globe’s largest consumer goods companies, with products sold in around 190 counties, alongside being regularly called leader and pioneer.



    So what is the secret sauce that makes this really work and keep working?



    Meet Hanneke Faber – Unilever’s President of Foods & Refreshment and part of their Executive team – as she reveals all.



    During our conversation Hanneke shares her personal journey with Unilever and why they have chosen to launch their ‘Future of Foods’ commitments now.



    Grounded in the hard truth that food systems are broken, Hanneke and her teams are on a mission. Their aim is to:



    • Deliver €1 billion for annual plant-based meat and dairy alternative sales

    • Halve food waste in their direct global operations

    • Double the number of products that deliver positive nutrition globally

    • Whilst continuing to lower calorie, salt and sugar levels across all products.



    Of the commitments Hanneke says: “They are a little bit scary; I am not sure how we will get there, but we will figure it out.”



    Listen to find out more.


    Links:
    Unilever Future Foods’ commitments: https://www.unilever.com/news/press-releases/2020/unilever-sets-bold-new-future-foods-ambition.html).

    Sustainability Leaders Report: https://www.unilever.com/Images/globescan-sustainability-leaders-survey-2019-report_tcm244-540644_en.pdf

    • 16 min

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