The Future of Work – Employment in the Age of Automation, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence – In recent years, there has been considerable debate about how accelerating technological change will transform the workplace. With automation, robotics, and AI likely to reduce the number of available jobs, particularly for low-skilled workers, how could this exacerbate economic and social inequality? What steps can we take to prepare for the new workplace and ensure economic well-being for everyone?
Aligning Business with Climate Reality – Planning for a Different Earth – How can business anticipate and react to climate change? How can the business – as well as other stakeholders – assess the risk posed by climate change, perform scenario analysis, and create a climate-resilient strategy? What steps should businesses be taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the effort against climate change?
A Sustainable Economy – The Circular and Responsible Economies – There is an increasing awareness that humanity’s use of natural resources is unsustainable, particularly as growth drives consumption. As a response, some of have proposed the creation of a ‘Circular Econony’, in which almost everything is designed to be reused and recycled. One step farther is Patagonia’s argument for a ‘Responsible Economy’ that seeks to not only redesign products, but also curb consumption overall. What are the implications and challenges for these models?
Finding Purpose in Any Industry – The Rise of the Purpose Economy – The notion of ‘purpose-driven’ business is often perceived as only applying to certain industries and business. Can any company place a clear, authentic, meaningful (human-centered) purpose at the heart of what they do? How can this purpose be unearthed and used to drive high performance, particularly within executive teams? What is the relationship between a clearly-articulated purpose and performance?
Transforming Supply Chains through Transparency – Combating Modern Slavery, Deforestation, and Environmental Degradation – In supply chains composed of dozens of parts, consumers are rarely aware of where their products are sourced. Yet a variety of major corporations have been linked to scandals involving slavery and indentured servitude, child labor, horrible working conditions, and deforestation and environmental degradation. How can business make their supply chains transparent while still maintaining competitiveness?
Reimagining Responsible Business – New Structures for Creating Change – As our understanding of the role of business in society evolves, new organizational models are arising that evaluate their success not just on profit, but on social and environmental impact. The term “hybrid organization” has emerged to describe business that combine the logic of both for-profits and non-profits. This panel would examine will examine the opportunities and challenges for this type of organization, from recruiting the right talent to mission drift to scalability.
Feeding 10 Billion – Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition in an Age of Scarcity – The world’s population is expected to grow to 10 billion by 2050. Simultaneously, the effects of climate change threaten the global food and fresh water supply. What innovative steps are businesses taking to address this issue? What new technologies in agriculture and production can help alleviate these issues? What new food sources will be used?
Social Innovation – A Toolkit for Change – How can businesses, institutions, and governments innovate radical new solutions to pressing social needs? What methodologies and frameworks can be applied by changemakers – be they social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, policymakers, or corporate innovators – to unearth novel solutions? What should be done to create an environment that fosters social innovation?