2-3 December 2016: Rome and Vatican City

2016 Agenda

Friday, December 2, 2016

9:00 AM Welcome Remarks

Rich Battista, President and CEO, Time Inc.

9:05 AM The Moral Imperative of Modern Leadership

Pope Francis has called on the “noble vocation” of business to help create a more inclusive and humane economy. Crafting a new “social contract” requires bold and courageous action at a time when the global economic system is at a crossroads. It also requires new approaches to leadership.

Opening Interview:
Dov Seidman, Founder and CEO, LRN Corp.
Discussion Leader: Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
Moderator: 
Alan Murray, Editor-in-Chief, Fortune and Chief Content Officer, Time Inc.

9:45 AM A Call to Action

From decreasing levels of extreme poverty to a growing middle class and new and emerging technologies, the global economy is changing rapidly. While free markets have delivered economic freedom and prosperity to billions, millions of others have been left behind. The man who crafted Laudato Si and who oversees the Vatican’s humanitarian and development efforts shares his views on poverty alleviation along with an inspirational call to action for all delegates.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Interviewer: Charlie Rose, Anchor and Executive Editor, Charlie Rose and Charlie Rose: The Week and Co-anchor, CBS This Morning  

10:00 AM Promoting Decent Work for All

Decent work can lift whole communities out of poverty and forms the bedrock of a secure, peaceful, and sustainable economic system. How can the private sector work to ensure an equitable, vibrant, and growing global workforce?

A conversation with:
Guy RyderDirector General, International Labor Organization
Interviewer: Nancy Gibbs, Editorial Director, Time Inc. News Group; Editor-in-Chief, Time

10:15 AM An Innovator: Bringing the Rural Poor into the Digital Economy

Leila Janah, Co-founder and CEO, LXMI and Founder and CEO, Samasource
Interviewer: Adam Lashinsky, Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune

10:30 AM Break

10:50 AM Harnessing the Economic Power of Women and Girls

Research shows that educating girls and employing women leads to healthier and more prosperous communities. Passionate advocates will share their views on ways the private sector can help foster a more equitable workforce and provide more opportunity for this critical population.
Panelists:
Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Bineta Diop, Special Envoy for Women, Peace, and Security, African Union; Executive Director, Femmes Africa Solidarité
Moderator: Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, New York Times

11:15 AM Achieving Inclusive Capitalism: The Data and the Divide

The number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped dramatically in the past two decades. Despite impressive gains inhealth, education, and welfare, both developed and developing nations still face rising inequality and a world where billions remain excluded from the benefits of free-market progress. Three influential global economic leaders will explore the impact of inequality and discuss the private sector’s role in building a more sustainable world.
Panelists:
Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair, Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization; Former Finance Minister, Nigeria
Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University; Former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Moderator: Alan Murray, Editor-in-Chief, Fortune and Chief Content Officer, Time Inc.

11:50 AM–12:00 PM A Visionary: Healthcare for Everyone, Everywhere

Raj Panjabi, Co-founder and CEO, Last Mile Health
Interviewer: Clifton Leaf, Deputy Editor, Fortune

12:00 PM–12:15 PM A Pioneer: Lessons From Four Decades Serving the Poor

Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
Interviewer: Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor, Time

12:15 PM–12:20 PM Reflections

Msgr. Hilary C. Franco, Advisor, Permanent Observer Mission of the
Holy See to the United Nations

12:20 PM–12:30 PM Switch Break

12:30 PM Lunch and Program

Refugees: A Moral and Economic Imperative
History will record the mass migration of people as a central crisis of our time, creating a rolling, global epicenter of poverty and human suffering. Pope Francis has asked the international community to “confront the reality of those who have been displaced by force.” This luncheon session will be devoted to a high-level discussion on the scope and nature of the refugee crisis, and what the private sector can do to rescue the futures of those men, women, and children permanently displaced by violence.

A Conversation With:
Father Mussie Zerai, Chairman, Habeshia Agency Cooperation for Development
Interviewer: Jorge RamosSenior News Anchor and Journalist, Univision

Panel Discussion:
David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Former Prime Minister, Denmark; CEO, Save the Children International
Moderator: Nina Easton, Co-chair, Fortune/Time Global Forum and Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International

2:00 PM Break

2:15 PM Working Group Sessions 1

(Participants choose 1 of 4 concurrent sessions) 
Working Group 1   
Financial Inclusion: Market Access
Hosted by Teneo
Topics covered: Banking the poor, market access, micro-credit(including lending to women), digital finance and mobile payments,supporting workforce/employee financial education

“It is increasingly intolerable that financial markets are shaping the destiny of people rather than serving their needs,” says Pope Francis. More than 2 billion adults in emerging economies do not have access to basic checking or savings accounts, with women, the rural poor, and informal micro businesses more financially excluded than others. Refugees fleeing violence cannot begin to rebuild their lives without access to banking. Digital financial technology (“fintech”) and the spread of mobilephones have been transformative in expanding financial services access to hard-to-reach populations and micro enterprises. Still,there remain obstacles to achieving the World Bank’s goal of Universal Financial Access (UFA) by 2020. Among these are the ongoing challenges of servicing hard-to-reach populations, a lack of financial literacy to foster an understanding of products and services, a shortage of accessible tools to authenticate identity, and specific obstacles for women.

What bold action can business leaders take to bring marginalized, “unbanked” communities online and into the global economy, thereby enabling billions to share in the world’s prosperity? How can the private sector encourage the widespread production of mobile and digital infrastructures that will enable individuals to bank online and connect to virtual economies? What can companies do to promote financial literacy and access among employees and within the communities in which they operate?

Subject Expert:
Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School
Co-chairs:
Roger Ferguson, President and CEO, TIAA
Jes Staley, Group CEO, Barclays
Moderator:
Alan Murray, Editor-in-Chief, Fortune; Chief Content Officer, Time Inc.

Working Group 2
Energy Innovation and Environmental Protection
Hosted by Siemens
Topics covered: Climate, clean energy, sustainability, and environmental disaster relief

While urbanization and economic development have lifted billions out of poverty, they have also depleted resources and polluted our air and water. Climates are changing and entire ecosystems are evolving. The burdens of environmental degradation—and the imperiling effects of climate change—are borne disproportionately by the poor.

Pope Francis has called for “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet” and conscientious global business leaders have shifted their own operations to reduce their impact on the earth and its climate. Nevertheless, a growing global population—including an expanding middle class—demands more access to energy, especially carbon-based fuels. In addition, more than 1 billion people around the world—primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and rural parts of Asia—remain without access to electricity,while nearly 3 billion continue to rely on the use of biomass forcooking, leading to dangerous environmental and personal health impacts.

How can the private sector help populations vulnerable to the effects of climate change? How can technology be deployed to accelerate efforts to reduce emissions—and to turn more of the earth’s waste into usable resources? How can supply chains and employees be more effectively engaged to support environmental protection? What more should companies do to be accountable for their own impact on the environment?
Subject Expert:
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
Co-chairs:
Joe Kaeser, President and CEO, Siemens
Ben van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell
Moderator:
Brian O’Keefe, International Editor, Fortune

Working Group 3  
Jobs: Technology, Innovation, and Inclusive Growth
Topics covered: Artificial intelligence, job creation, digital divide, digital entrepreneurship, deploying technology to improve lives

Pope Francis has said that “when technology disregards the great ethical principles, it ends up considering any practice whatsoever as licit.” At the same time, he has also encouraged science to be used in the service of others.

Over the last decade, the rapid spread of digital technology has both advanced and disrupted the global economy, with profound implications for the social, political, and economic development of communities. While technology has solved key challenges, the resulting disruption raises an important question: Who are we leaving behind and at what cost? In many instances, digital technologies have led to increased efficiency and more opportunity, yet some would argue their impact has fallen short, creating uneven dividends.

What can be done to address the fallout of jobs lost and wages lowered as the global economy deploys more automation and artificial intelligence? How can training and education counter these forces of change and how can innovation encourage and impact the quality of these efforts? How can refugees being integrated into local communities be quickly assessed and employed, especially in areas where low-skill labor is vital and needed? How can technology be used inside refugee camps to help families better their lives?

More than 4 billion people, mostly in developing countries, still lack basic Internet access and thus have no ability to access the benefits that come with connectivity. How can technology be used to help communication, not hinder it? How can the private sector bridge the digital divide to ensure the gains from technology and globalization are shared more broadly?
Subject Expert:
James Manyika, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Director, McKinsey Global Institute
Co-chairs:
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
Mike McNamara, CEO, Flex
Martin Sorrell, Group Chief Executive, WPP
Moderator: 
Adam Lashinsky, Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune

Working Group 4
Global Health: Fighting Disease, Providing Access
Topics covered: Infectious disease treatment and prevention, disaster health care, access to medical services, drug costs, maternal and child health

“Access to health care for all” is key, says Pope Francis. Science and technology have already demonstrated the ability to save tens of millions of lives. But there is more to do—from providing greater access to care to lowering the price of life-saving drugs and preventing the spread of infectious disease.

Around the world, 400 million people still lack access to basic health services. While maternal deaths worldwide have dropped by 45% in the past quarter-century, some 800 women a day still die in pregnancy and childbirth. Nearly all these women live in poverty and lack basic, effective health care that could prevent complications related to childbirth. How can the private sector help scale the number of community-based health care workers in rural and remote areas? How can companies ensure that basic health and nutritional needs—especially for women and children in hard-to-reach areas—are met in the communities in which they live, work, and conduct business? How can companies help with funding for children’s vaccinations that will prevent disease?

In times of conflict and disaster, how can the private sector most effectively support aid workers and medical teams? When disease epidemics (such as Ebola) emerge, is the private sector sufficiently equipped to help global health organizations intervene quickly and effectively? How can the business community contribute to efforts to fight the rise of drug-resistant infections (AMR), which are likely to batter the GDP of low-income countries and cause another 28 million people to fall into poverty by 2050? As inequality expands, growing numbers of citizens are unable to afford life-saving medications. How can drug companies be encouraged to reduce prescription drug costs and give the poor better access to life-saving medicines? What more can businesses do to foster better health within their own global workforces?
Subject Expert:
Dr. Gary Gottlieb, CEO, Partners In Health
Co-chairs:
Joseph Jimenez, CEO, Novartis
Moderator:    
Clifton Leaf, Deputy Editor, Fortune

3:45 PM Break

4:00 PM Working Group Sessions 2

(Participants choose 1 of 4 concurrent sessions) 

Working Group 5
Jobs for All: Putting the Global Economy to Work for Everyone
Topics covered: Fair wage, supporting education and skills training, internal and external workforce development, youth and refugee  unemployment

“Work,” says Pope Francis, “is fundamental to the dignity of the  person.” Yet global unemployment is rising, especially in emerging markets. In 2015, total global unemployment, at 197.1 million, was 27 million higher than the pre-crisis level of 2007. Of particular concern is a rise in global youth unemployment—now at over 70 million. Meanwhile, tens of millions of refugees are jobless, with those in camps spending an average of 17 years living in a state of limbo.

As a critical driver of economic growth, the private sector is responsible for 90% of employment in the developing world—including both formal and informal jobs. Even amidst an economic slowdown, the private sector continues to invest in developing countries, creating better lives with opportunities for jobs. But a more inclusive economy means fostering good jobs at living wages, which in turn requires investing in education and skills training.

How can the private sector use its financial muscle to stem the generations of young people now being lost to unemployment? Is there a greater role for business to play in facilitating education and training?

Women especially have been shut out of the formal economy, despite evidence that employing women improves the health and well-being of communities—and boosts overall economic growth.How can global businesses expand current efforts in supply chains to bring more women into the workforce? How can the private sector better promote a “fair” and “equitable” wage both in practice and in influence? How can we better leverage supply chain relationships to ensure wage standards are met?
Subject Expert:
Damon Silvers, Director of Policy and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO
Co-chairs:
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Koos Bekker, Chairman, Naspers
Andrew Liveris, Chairman, President, and CEO, Dow Chemical
Moderator:
Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor, Time

Working Group 6  
Food and Water: Ending Scarcity, Promoting Sustainability
Hosted by Monsanto
Topics covered: Sustainable food systems, improving nutritional value for the poor, investing in farmers, crop productivity/resilience,food prices, clean water and water shortages, international aid crisis (extreme hunger), providing food and water to refugee camps

Pope Francis declares it “scandalous” that, despite sufficient levels of production, there is still hunger and malnutrition in the world—a sentiment echoed by business leaders. We are moving toward a world with 9 billion men, women, and children who deserve adequate nutrition. Food insecurity is inextricably linked to violence, unrest, and civil war.

Any strategy seeking to harness the potential of youth must address food security. Today, 45% of all child deaths are attributable to malnutrition—nearly 3 million preventable deaths each year. One in three children in developing countries is stunted, undermining not only community health but also economic growth. How can the private sector contribute to current efforts to fight desperate malnutrition?

Agriculture is the primary source of employment and income for 70% of the world’s rural poor. Innovative uses of technology have helped food production; but farming faces new stresses from global climate change. In light of this, what are new and innovative ways to invest in farmers, ensure better crop productivity, and improve distribution those in need? How can the private sector bring more women into farming? What can be done to prevent price shocks that lead to misery and nation-destroying popular unrest in urban areas?

In the developing world, nearly a billion people still do not have access to clean, safe, drinking water—and many scientists cite impending water shortages as the crisis of our times. The OECD estimates that by 2050 the world’s demand for water will grow by 55%. How can global companies contribute to efforts to conserve and more efficiently use water supplies?
Subject Expert:
Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation
Co-chairs:
Hugh Grant, Chairman and CEO, Monsanto
Denise Morrison, President and CEO, Campbell Soup Co.
Moderator:
Nina Easton,
Co-chair, Fortune/Time Global Forum; Chair, Most Powerful Women International, Fortune

Working Group 7
Education for All: Developing the Workforce of the Future
Topics covered: Equity in education, literacy, educating girls, technology for learning, bringing education to refugees 

Pope Francis believes education should enrich rather than impoverish and should be inclusive rather than elitist. Forward-looking business leaders understand that a sustainable future must be built on a broadly educated workforce; investments in education today will yield huge returns for tomorrow’s global economy. Educated children go on to build prosperous lives and more stable communities that are less prone to war and violence.

Already, companies are investing in education, often deploying innovative new technologies; but so much more needs to be done. Globally, more than 124 million children and teens—especially girls—are not in school, missing out on vital basic skills, such as literacy, that they need to find jobs in a modern economy. If current trends continue, more than 1.5 billion adults will have no education beyond primary school in 2030. Some 40% of employers globally find it difficult to recruit people with the skills they need, and the UN reports a growing skills void so serious that it will “stunt economic growth around the world, [threatening] to have far-reaching social and political repercussions.”

How can the private sector help accelerate progress in delivering quality education for all of the world’s children and youth? How can companies broaden Internet access beyond the 10% of schools now connected? How can technologies, such as big data, be deployed to expand and improve education? The return on investments in educating girls has been well documented. How can we expand these efforts? How can the private sector contribute to educating the millions of refugee children so an entire generation is not lost to poverty and conflict?
Subject Expert:
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
Co-Chairs:
Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman, President and CEO, Dassault Systèms
John Fallon, Chief Executive Officer, Pearson
Moderator:
Nancy Gibbs, Editorial Director, Time Inc. News Group; Editor-in-Chief, Time

Working Group 8
Financial Inclusion: Platforms for Entrepreneurship and Impact Investment
Topics covered: Funding SME’s and social enterprise, impact investment, investing in entrepreneurs

Pope Francis showcased his personal dedication to the value of entrepreneurism when he announced the creation of a Vatican accelerator for innovative startups that leverage technology to improve education. We know that entrepreneurs drive economies and create jobs and that they find creative solutions to social and economic needs. We also know that ownership, like work,contributes to human dignity.

Yet, access to credit and funding remains an obstacle for entrepreneurs, especially for small and midsize enterprises in emerging economies. It is especially difficult for women to launch and scale their businesses. How can companies deploy their own supply chains to encourage entrepreneurship? How can companies target their investments to support the growth of the entrepreneurs who serve the 4 billion people at the bottom of the world’s economic pyramid?

A growing number of investors are committed to the concept of “doing well by doing good” with strategies that reward positivesocial environmental outcomes while promising healthy financial returns. Impact investors go even further, targeting their funding to enterprises with the potential to make transformative change for the good.

What bold action can the private sector take to foster and encourage outside-the-box thinking around entrepreneurship—especially among startups that are tackling issues directly related to poverty and that intersect with their own business interests? Is there an opportunity for the private sector to collaborate on incubators that reward innovation and critical thinking on poverty issues?
Subject Expert:
Jean Case, Chairman, National Geographic Society; Chief Executive Officer, The Case Foundation
Co-chairs:
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, CEO, E.L. Rothschild
Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet
Moderator:
Geoff Colvin, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune  

6:00 PM Transport From Forum Hotels to Vatican Museums

For delegates and spouses

6:30 PM–8:00 PM Guided Private Tour of Vatican Museums

For delegates and spouses

8:00 PM–8:30 PM Transport from Vatican Museum to Reception and Dinner

For delegates and spouses

8:30 PM–10:30 PM Reception and Dinner

Hosted by Teneo
For delegates and spouses
Dinner program to include reports and highlights from the working group sessions.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

7:00 AM–7:30 AM Transport from Forum Hotels to Vatican

For delegates and spouses

8:00 AM–10:45 AM Private Tour of Sistine Chapel and Guided Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica

For delegates and spouses

12:00 PM–2:00 PM Audience with His Holiness Pope Francis

For delegates and spouses

2:00 PM–2:30 PM Transportation from Vatican to Reception and Closing Luncheon

For delegates and spouses

2:30 PM–4:00 PM Reception and Closing Luncheon

For delegates and spouses

4:00 PM–4:30 PM Transportation from Closing Luncheon to Forum Hotels

For delegates and spouses