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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.

    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/


    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 Business Partners to CONVINCE, a global communication and education initiative to promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among private sector employers and employees – and would like to invite you to find out more.

    CONVINCE is backed by the USCIB Foundation, and Business Partners for Sustainable Development (BPSD).

    To find out more join us for the Business Fights Poverty ReBuild Better Summit on 21 January 2021. Scott and other global experts will be at the free event - exploring ‘where now?’


    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.

    Daniella wants to invite you to be a part of a self-care movement – so if you want to find out more join us for the Business Fights Poverty ReBuild Better Summit on 21 January 2021. Daniella and other global experts will be at the free event - exploring ‘where now?’


    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

    • 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.

    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
    Rudrani Oza, CottonConnect

    Rudrani Oza, CottonConnect

    Supporting farmers and producers at the base of supply chains in emerging markets can be challenging. With many farmers leaving for cities, the effects of climate change building and the global pandemic – the challenges are deepening. And often the ones that suffer most are women. Listen to this podcast for first hand experiences and ideas that you can take into your companies so that you can better support farmers and in particular women farmers.

    Meet Rudrani Oza. She is senior manager of farm innovations for CottonConnect. Based in India, Rudrani is a gender expert, with over 16 years of experience in the areas of gender, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, water & sanitation, and children’s rights.

    During our conversation, Rudrani shares her first hand insight and the research CottonConnect has been doing with the cotton farmers they work with in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and beyond. You will hear how climate change is already seriously impacting women farmers in particular; how supporting farmers to learn new skills, manage their family planning and better supporting their families is good for busines throughout the value chain. Rudrani shares the practical ways that CottonConnect have been reaching farmers and delivering programmes to help farmers.

    Rudrani believes we must do in order to rebuild better: “We must always listen to the farmers first,” she explains. Listen to hear more.


    CottonConnect: http://cottonconnect.org

    Women in Cotton Report - Listening to women's voices on the effects of climate change: http://cottonconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/cc_women-in-cotton_listening-to-womens-voices-on-the-effects-of-climate-change_report2020.pdf

    Business Fights Poverty - Gender Summit: https://businessfightspoverty.org/articles/gender-summit-2020-schedule/

    • 20 min
    Jessica Espinoza Trujano, Gender Finance

    Jessica Espinoza Trujano, Gender Finance

    Whether you have been working on the topic of gender investing deeply for years or you are new to the idea. Whether you are an investor, entrepreneur, development finance institution or corporate – take a listen to Jessica Espinoza Trujano.

    Jessica has a decade of experience in banking, with a particular focus on emerging and frontier markets. Now she part of the German international development investment team at DEG, she is studying for her PhD in gender lens investing, and she is also the Chair for the 2x Challenge.

    During our conversation Jessica lays out the case for investing with an eye on gender, why it pays and how to do it. Jessica shared her advice on how take embed a gender lens throughout your organisations – whether women on boards, female leaders, promotion of women through the business, gender pay gap and beyond.

    Jessica shines a light on how to get internal buy in and lasting impact, before sharing the new announcement from the 2x Challenge – they are launching a new industry body and everyone is welcome.

    There is an increasing body of evidence, toolkits and data, take a look at the links below to access them for yourself:

    • Business Fights Poverty Gender Summit Learning Resources (scroll half way down the page): https://businessfightspoverty.org/articles/gender-summit-2020/
    • Summary of the ripple effects:
    • IFC Report on the Business Case in Private Equity / Venture Capital:
    • CDC- IFC Fund manager’s guide to gender-smart investing:https://www.cdcgroup.com/en/news-insight/insight/articles/moving-the-dial-on-gender-smart-investing-why-our-new-guide-focusses-on-the-how/ and https://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/topics_ext_content/ifc_external_corporate_site/gender+at+ifc/resources/gender+smart+investing+guide
    • Business Case Data from Financial Institutions:
    • Women Deliver Infographics:

    2X Framework & Impact/Business Case:

    • Recent EDFI Journal Article: https://issuu.com/objectif-developpement/docs/pro-revue_20h-s-finance_20publique-uk

    Gender Smart Investing Journeys:

    • Jen Braswell, CDC : https://www.gendersmartinvesting.com/gendersmart-blog/2020/10/my-gender-smart-investing-journey-jen-braswell-cdc

    • Jessica Espinoza, DEG: https://www.gendersmartinvesting.com/gendersmart-blog/2020/9/29/my-gender-smart-investing-journey-jessica-espinoza-deg

    2X Investment Examples:


    Other resources:
    • COVID-19 and Gender Equality: Six Actions for the Private Sector. This is a new IFC guidance note for the private sector on how to prevent gender gaps from widening during COVID-19.
    • IFC/We-Fi Case Study on Gender-lens investing with Sarmayacar, a VC in Pakistan
    • IFC and FMO’s study on non-financial services to women and the benefits for both the female entrepreneurs as well as the financial institution:
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkfgw6UbyFk&t=4s
    • EIB SheInvest for Africa:
    • EIB 2X Challenge video: https://www.eib.org/en/videos/challenge-invest-in-women-invest-in-the-world

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