A large delegation of Catalyst 2030 members represented our growing movement of social entrepreneurs and innovators at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos recently.
More than 50 Catalyst 2030 members participated in the global agenda setting event which took place from 22-26 May 2022.
François Bonnici, Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation at the World Economic Forum reported back on our members’ activities at the event to our general assembly.
Bonnici said the delegation was the largest group of social entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in the global economic meeting. Catalyst members and members of the Secretariat held 58 roles at the event, participating in panel discussions and sessions on topics related to climate change, social justice, supply chains, sustainable fashion, the circular economy, inequality and poverty.
“We also had 18 public/private partnership sessions on social innovation as a topic as to how it contributes to global development and the global economy,” Bonnici said. He added the WEF had also worked closely with C2030 members of a working group called “Unlocking the Social Economy” that included the International Labor Organization, the EU Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The group produced the first WEF report entitled Unlocking the Social Economy 2022 and the event hosted a live stream that focused on the topic.
“Social entrepreneurship is a critical part of our global economic outlook as well as a critical part of addressing some of the threats to democracy, furthering equality and driving social cohesion as well as meeting the needs of communities where they are at,” he said.
Watch the CNBC livestream of the Unlocking the Social Economy session here.