Business resilience and sustainable development have taken on new meaning, and new urgency, in the wake of COVID-19. On top of the dire health and human cost of the global pandemic, projections indicate that most countries around the world will be plunged into recession, with low-income markets at risk of longer-term damage (World Bank). COVID-19 could push over 71 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, representing the first increase in global extreme poverty since 1998, effectively wiping out progress made since 2017 (UN).
BCtA’s 10th Annual Forum, “Reimagining Resilience through Inclusive Business,” seeks to inform new paths to resilience and inspire a renewed commitment to sustainable development through inclusive business. The event will tap into BCtA’s member network of inclusive business trailblazers to highlight real-world examples of business models that address both immediate pandemic-related concerns and contribute to longer-term sustainable development. It will also convene government and UN representatives for strategic discussions on charting the new frontier of business and sustainable development.