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09/22/2022 10:35

What is the role and responsibility of the business community in alleviating poverty?

Andreea Preluca Misum Stakeholder Engagement Manager Email: Kommunikationsavdelningen / Communications Department
Schwedischer Forschungsrat - The Swedish Research Council

    With recent reductions in international aid contributions, eradicating poverty is becoming increasingly challenging. Ending poverty requires cross-sectoral partnerships and engagement from all parts of society, not least the private sector. On October 5, Misum Forum 2022 is hosting prominent Swedish industry leaders and internationally renowned academics to discuss the role business and industry can, and possibly should, play in reducing poverty globally.

    Following the pandemic, we have seen unprecedented reversals in poverty reduction. Furthermore, several governments have announced reductions in foreign aid in 2022, including Sweden. Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere, the first Sustainable Development Goal of the UN 2030 Agenda, requires engagement from all parts of society.

    Businesses today possess expansive networks and resources that can substantially contribute to poverty alleviation. To what extent they already contribute to this important sustainability goal, and how they can take an increased role towards reaching the goal by 2030, are the questions in focus at the Misum Forum 2022. The forum will feature influential speakers from industry and academia.

    The role and responsibility of business and industry in poverty alleviation

    Date: October 5
    Time: 9:00–17:00 CEST (Registration starts at 8:30)
    Location: Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskolan i Stockholm)

    In the morning we will be joined by:
    HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden
    Carl Bennet
    Marcus Wallenberg
    Prof. Abhijit Banerjee from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), recipient of the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
    Sustainability directors from Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Sweco, Swedfund, and Saab.
    Together, they will discuss research findings and business practices, as well as possible ways forward, for the corporate world to contribute to reducing poverty, especially where it is most severe.

    In the afternoon we will be joined by high-level international academics presenting research on topics at the intersection of business and poverty reduction:

    Prof. Adnan Khan from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
    Prof. Oriana Bandiera from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
    Prof. Minna Halme from Aalto University, and
    Prof. Frank Schilbach from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
    For a more detailed program, please visit our homepage.

    Contact for scientific information:

    For more information, to book interviews or arrange a media pass, please contact:

    Andreea Preluca
    Misum Stakeholder Engagement Manager
    Tel: 0722 98 59 82

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