We are taking the launch of the methodology for the Digital Inclusion Benchmark online. On Thursday 16 April from 16:00-18:00 CET we will hold a virtual landmark conversation, bringing together speakers and attendees from across the world.
Upon receipt of your registration, we will send you a placeholder with instructions for joining us online.
Now more than ever
It is important we continue to look out and care for one another. The coronavirus pandemic has underscored more than ever the power and potential of digital technologies for social good. Where it is available, broadband connectivity has helped keep economies afloat in the face of quarantine and social distancing measures, by allowing part of the workforce to continue remotely and students to continue their learning online. In exemplary cases, digital technology is literally saving lives. For us it highlights the need to work together to achieve the challenges addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The aim of this session
Explore how the methodology creates a roadmap for practical, coherent and measurable stakeholder actions towards inclusive digitalisation. We’ll then look to the launch of the benchmark in November 2020 to consider how the data and insights will empower all stakeholders to hold companies accountable as leaders in the digital transformation.
The shape of the session
moderated by Greg Francis – Managing Director at Access Partnership
Launching the Digital Inclusion benchmark methodology by Lourdes O. Montenegro – Lead Digital Inclusion Benchmark at the World Benchmarking Alliance
A roadmap to inclusive digitalisation: Stakeholder perspectives, opportunities and challenges
Interventions by Mette Gonggrijp – Ambassador Gender Equality & Women’s Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands and by Claire Scharwatt –Director of Policy and Advocacy, GSMA
Empowering stakeholders to drive action and impact: benchmark use, implications and outcomes
Aviva is one of the world’s largest insurance and asset management companies, its history tracing back more than 300 years. It has operations in 16 markets around the world, but through its investment portfolio, Aviva’s reach extends to a broader and larger group of consumers. The company is a LEAD member of the Global Compact; a founding member of both the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative. It is also a frontrunner in responsible investments, using its influence to support more sustainable business and ultimately a more sustainable economy and society. Aviva is an active contributor and user of different corporate sustainability benchmarks, including a founding member of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Aviva’s CEO Mark Wilson is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) and is personally committed to driving forward the sustainable development agenda and the creation of the WBA.
The Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy. Its flagship report Better Business, Better World, launched in January 2017, maps the economic prize for companies that align with the SDGs, and shows how to achieve them. The report includes the creation of SDGs benchmarks as one of the key recommendations. The Business Commission aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable and inclusive economy, if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved. In its flagship report, Better Business, Better World, the Commission describes how business can contribute to delivering these goals. Chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, the Commission include 37 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, and international organisations from around the world.p>
Index Initiative is a centre of expertise in benchmarking corporate performance against stakeholder expectations. It seeks to propel the use of benchmarks to engage and bring purpose and clarity on the role of companies in contributing to the SDGs closest to their core business. A non-profit based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Index Initiative’s research and benchmarks are free and accessible to all. Index Initiative will conduct the global consultation on the World Benchmarking Alliance.
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.