Breakout Session | Stage 2

Host: Business Fights Poverty, Business in the Community, One Young World

While in many regions the focus is still on the emergency response to the pandemic, we need to start thinking now about what actions we can take to rebuild better towards 2030. This must include action to tackle the inequities that the pandemic, alongside movements like Black Lives Matter and MeToo, have highlighted. The multiple dimensions of inequity require system-level solutions, social norms change, and broad-based partnerships. This session will bring together leading experts and practitioners to unpack the multiple and inter-related sources of discrimination, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability, that people face and that inhibits progress across multiple SDGs. The speakers will explore the role that business can play, in partnership with others, to drive an equitable future and what more needs to be done – providing practical guidance and space for peer discussion. This will include examples across the business value chain; from inclusive product design and procurement to marketing campaigns tackling stereotypes as well as innovative human resources policies on domestic violence and paternity leave.



Alice Allan
Senior Adviser of Business Fights Poverty
Alice is an experienced collaborator for social change. She has ‘insider’ experience working with multinational companies as a Senior Adviser at Business Fights Poverty, and as a government adviser at the Foreign Office, and ‘outsider’ experience mobilizing people with Amnesty International and CARE International. Alice is an enthusiastic Leader with Board experience of small and large organizations including the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Centenary Action Group for women’s political participation. She is also a trained facilitator to improve the gender equality and diversity of organisations.
Prof David Grayson, CBE
Chair, Carers UK
David has chaired and served on various charities and public sector boards. He currently chairs the national charity Carers UK and The Institute of Business Ethics, an international charity. He is part of the Circle of Advisers for Business Fights Poverty. David is a former Managing-Director of the Responsible Business Coalition: Business in the Community and has worked with many international coalitions, institutions and companies around the world. He is an Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management, UK.

David is the author of seven books and has contributed to a further ten. His most recent book is titled "All In – The Future of Business Leadership," co-authored with Chris Coulter and Mark Lee.

Sandra Kerr, CBE
Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
Sandra works together with business leaders and government policy makers to influence action on equality and diversity in the UK. The Race at Work survey in 2015, with 24,457 responses and in 2018 with 24,310 responses, provided the evidence to establish the Race at Work Charter announced by the Prime Minister, which now has more than 400 employer signatories.
In 2019 Sandra was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for Services to Equality and Diversity. Sandra published the Race at Work Black Voices Report in August 2020.

Zubair Junjunia
Founder, ZNotes and One Young World Ambassador

Zubair is the founder of ZNotes, a community-led learning platform that has reached millions of students globally. He is also the podcast host of The Tomato Timer and a maths graduate from UCL. An outspoken promoter of the UN SDG4, Zubair holds ambassadorial roles for the One Young World and STEM UK, as well as being published in journals and websites such as Nasdaq and the iSDB SDG Digest. A super outdoors person, Zubair is a streak and marathon runner, inline and figure skater and loves wild swimming!

Dr Jane Pillinger
Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Open University and Global Gender Expert
Dr. Jane Pillinger has an academic research and teaching background in social policy and works as an international expert on gender equality and gender-based violence. She has written and spoken extensively about the problem of gender-based violence in the world of work and has worked closely with European and international organisations on the issue, including UN Women and the ILO.
Maria-Noel Vaeza
Regional Director for the Americans and the Caribbean, UN Women

Maria-Noel Vaeza assumed functions as Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean in July 2019. Ms. Vaeza previously worked as Director of the Program Division at the UN Women Headquarters in New York. Ms. Vaeza joined UN Women from the UNOPS Headquarters in Copenhagen, where she served as Director for Global Portfolio Services Office and Partnerships Practice Group and was responsible for the operational results of UNOPS global portfolios and for the establishment of UNOPS strategic partnerships. Ms. Vaeza previously served as the Regional Director of UNOPS for Latin America and the Caribbean, responsible for a regional portfolio of 270 projects in 22 countries with a total budget of $ 2.4 billion for the 2007-2013 period and an annual average delivery of nearly $ 400 million. She spent 8 years at UNDP, where she held various posts including Senior Advisor, Deputy Resident Representative in Paraguay, and Senior Manager for the Recovery, Reconciliation and Reform Programme. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Vaeza held multiple positions in Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Political Counselor at Uruguay’s Embassy to the US and as Delegate of Uruguay to the UN General Assembly. She was also the alternate Representative of Uruguay to the World Bank Board of Directors. Ms. Vaeza is a national of Uruguay. She holds a Doctorate in Law and Social Science from the University of the Republic of Uruguay and a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.

Jodi Harris
Global Vice President, Marketing Culture & Capabilities, AB InBev
Jodi Harris is Global Vice President of Marketing Culture & Capabilities for Anheuser-Busch InBev. She leads a team to drive transformational change within the marketing culture at AB InBev. This is being achieved by igniting a passion for learning and creativity to innovate brand building through capabilities, creative excellence, colleague engagement & industry leadership.

Jodi began her career in Marketing over 15 years ago, starting in Market Research at Harris Interactive and TNS before transitioning client-side in Consumer Planning at Ann Taylor and Diageo USA. She joined AB InBev in 2011 to craft the Global Innovation Insights agenda, and most recently lead Consumer Insights for the United States business unit since 2015.

September 22, 14:30
14:30 — 15:15EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Gender Equality, Health, Inequalities, Leave No One Behind, People

| Host: Business Fights Poverty/ Business in the Community/ One Young World |, Alice Allan (Business Fights Poverty), David Grayson CBE (Carers UK), Jane Pillinger (Open University), Jodi Harris (AB InBev), Maria-Noel Vaeza (UN Women), Sandra Kerr CBE (Business in the Community), Zubair Junjunia (ZNotes / One Young World Ambassador)