PwC: The big reset debate in trade, climate and skills
The opportunity for a big reset in trade, climate and skills post COVID-19, will be the focus of PricewaterhouseCoopers 12th International Development Conference to be held virtually this month (November).
The big reset: A new ambition for development will bring together leading figures in the development community to explore new ways of working following the pandemic and will be held as a series of three online events from November 24-26.
The three focus points of #TheBigReset will be:
The big climate reset: securing a climate resilient future – Tuesday, November 24, 12-1.30pm.
The big skills reset: education and skills for growth and prosperity – Wednesday November 25, 9-10.30am
The big trade reset: new priorities for the UK’s aid and trade agenda – Thursday November 26, 10.30am-12pm.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified challenges in development, but it has also ignited new ways of working, new ideas and new possibilities. The opportunity for a Big Reset is real and it is time to redefine the ambition for development,” commented PwC.
The keynote speaker for the big trade reset will be Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade.
The session will explore how the UK can reset its trade relationships amid the disruptions of Brexit and COVID-19, by rejuvenating its partnerships with emerging economies across Africa and Asia. It will also look at how it can deliver a more integrated aid and trade agenda.
Also taking part in the session will be Emma Wade-Smith, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, Nevin Bradford, Chief Executive, CiplaQIL, the Ugandan pharmaceuticals company and Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing for Tesco.
The session on climate change will hear from government, development finance institutions and climate experts on how we can achieve green development. “Climate change is arguably the biggest strategic challenge facing our world today, with multi-nation commitment and access to climate finance being critical,” comment PwC.
Among the speakers will be Professor Denise Bower OBE, Executive Board member, Mott MacDonald and Sir Nicholas Kay KCMG, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Africa.
The big skills re-set will be led with an address by Baroness Sugg, Minister for Foreign and Development Affairs and UK Special Envoy for Girls’ Education.
The session will look at the interlock between education, skills and employment for the poorest people in the world, with a particular focus on girls and women.
How can today’s disrupted education and training systems prepare the next generation for jobs and prosperity in a rapidly evolving economic context? Will be the question being discussed.
If you would like to attend any of these sessions click on the link below or if you have any questions, contact Naana Appiateng ([email protected]).
Four CPG giants to fund sustainable accelerator programme
Breakthrough ideas can come from anywhere and anyone. That’s the premise behind the coming together of The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive in the funding and support of world-leading brewer AB InBev’s 100+ Accelerator program.
These four consumer packaged goods multinationals will leverage both their size and resources to fast-track a shift toward sustainable solutions by mobilising some of the world’s sharpest thinkers to solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.
The aim of this collaboration is to “supercharge adoption of sustainable solutions by funding the accelerating fantastic innovations that will change the world by making all of our businesses more sustainable”, says Tony Milkin, chief procurement, sustainability and circular ventures officer at AB InBev.
“Sustainable business is smart business, and we are working to solve huge problems that no one company can handle alone. With our combined global reach, we can accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future.”
What is the 100+ Accelerator program?
Originally launched in 2018, 100+ Accelerator is a global incubator program that aims to solve key supply chain challenges across water stewardship, circular economy, sustainable agriculture and climate action.
It offers size and scale to passionate entrepreneurs to help bring their solutions to market faster, and the program’s first two cohorts have already piloted 36 innovations in 16 countries, with participating startups raising more than US$200m to help them scale globally.
Among the established innovators are those already creating huge impact on sustainability, with projects including the first solar thermal plant in Africa, recycled electric vehicle batteries that store renewable electricity in China, and upcycling saved grains from the brewing process to produce nutritious foods in the US.
- The implementation of green cleaning solutions to reduce water and energy use in brewing operations in Colombia
- Solutions delivering traceability and insurance for smallholder farmers in Africa and South America
- The collection of more than 1,000 tons of glass waste in Brazil
- Piloting returnable packaging in the United States
- Recycled electric vehicle batteries that store renewable electricity in China
- The ability to upcycle saved grains from the brewing process to produce nutritious foods in the United States
- The first solar thermal system to be installed at an AB InBev plant
How will the new program work?
So, how does it work? Applications are invited from entrepreneurs or small businesses (deadline for cohort 3 is May 31 2021) and the partners will choose 20-25 ideas which are then provided with funding.
Project aligned with goals of the CPG multinationals
The participation by all three consumer packaged goods giants is in line with each of their own sustainability goals, with each passionate about transforming global supply chains towards a greener future, and knowledgeable that “we can achieve our purpose faster and more effectively with equally committed partners”, says Patricia Verduin, CTO of Colgate.
Since launching its World Without Waste sustainable packaging platform, Coca-Cola has actively engaged the startup community for inspiration and innovation and is an inaugural investor in Circulate Capital, a fund launched in 2019 focused on ventures, infrastructure and innovations preventing the flow of plastic into oceans.
The program’s social inequality component is also aligned with Unilever’s values. “This year, we made commitments to ensure that everyone who directly provides us with goods and services receives a living wage by 2030,” says Marc Engel, chief supply chain officer of Unilever. But that’s not all. “We’re increasing our spend with suppliers from underrepresented groups and committed to train 10 million young people.”