Launch event for the Collective Impact Coalition for digital inclusion: Advancing ethical and responsible AI

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 – 08:00 EDT / 14:00 CEST/ 15:00 EAT

Tackling challenges of AI: The Collective Impact Coalition (CIC) for Digital Inclusion 

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) launched the Collective Impact Coalitions (CICs) in 2021 to provide a space for Allies and stakeholders to take forward cross-sector, collaborative action based on data and evidence provided by WBA benchmarks.  

These CICs are multi-stakeholder and timebound, bringing together diverse actors from large institutional investors to civil society, academia and business platforms to coordinate and collaborate on actions to drive positive changes on systematically important topics. These CICs are key to ensuring corporate accountability on sustainable development. 

From 2022 to 2023, the Collective Impact Coalition (CIC) for Digital Inclusion will focus on driving measurable progress on corporate commitment to ethical AI principles, especially among the 130 digital technology companies who were found to be lacking such a commitment. In doing so, the Coalition encourages a positive change in industry business practices, enhancing business responsibility for an inclusive and trustworthy digital transformation.   

Investor participants in the Digital CIC have already kicked off a collaborative engagement to drive adoption of ethical AI principles among the companies in their portfolio, see here the Investor Statement on Ethical AI. There will be more CIC actions happening throughout the year, including holding awareness creation events, online campaigns among others. 

The Event: Launch of the Digital CIC 

This roundtable at the side-lines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) aims to launch the Digital CIC and highlight multi-stakeholder approaches to digital inclusion and in particular, addressing ethics in AI development and application by the world’s most influential digital technology companies. 


  • Christine Brueschke, Sustainable Investing Analyst, Fidelity International

Opening Remarks 

  • Lourdes Montenegro, Lead Digital Sector Transformation, WBA

Keynote Speaker

  • Tara Denham, Director General for Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion at Global Affairs Canada

Lead Discussants  

  • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO Women at the Table
  • Louise Piffaut, Head of ESG Equity Integration, Aviva Investors
  • ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative


Register HERE to participate. 


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