15 May 2023

10:00 - 10:30

Pre-event registration 🇮🇹

10:30 - 13:30

Corporate Philanthropy Camp 🇮🇹

A meeting point for Italian corporate impact leaders, in partnership with Assifero. [in Italian]

13:30 - 14:30

Registration & Welcome Lunch

14:30 - 14:50

The Journey Is the Destination

In today's polycrisis context, accelerating the corporate journey to purpose matters more than ever. Companies that actively drive and transform their business with positive social and environmental impact in mind are likely to prove more successful and resilient in the long run. We'll kick-off Business of Impact with few shining examples from Italy that can serve as guiding lights for the journey.

14:50 - 15:25

When Business Meets Impact

Transforming business models from shareholder value maximisation to purpose and stakeholder engagement: it’s a journey with many roads. And a journey within and worldwide - transforming individuals, organisations, industries and societies. We’ll explore the established and emerging avenues for corporate impact, and how these roads cross and merge in an impact superhighway. We’ll talk to corporate impact players who have traveled these roads and learned something along the way, from small steps to systems change.

15:25 - 16:00

Impact Ready: How to influence corporate impact journey?

Only corporate readiness can make the pioneering ideas of  corporate impact actors reality. The big question is whether corporate decision-makers are sufficiently aware of this effect. We'll hear from leaders creating more coherence between impact and business agendas to serve their purpose, and empowering their sustainability and ESG teams, corporate foundations and impact funds to deliver on their goals for positive social change.

16:00 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:20

Impact Highway: What's on the road to purpose-led corporate transformation?

Examine the culture shift of embedding impact into long term core strategy and planning of business. Let’s discuss the role of impact considerations across all major functions of the company (procurement, finance, HR, M&A, R&D); how to develop a deep understanding of stakeholders’ needs/expectations, willingness to invest patient capital, the ability to challenge choices contradictory to purpose/sustainability ambitions. Look at how board support to CEO & C-suite creates a management system more empowered and incentivized to make decisions for the long-term benefit of the company and society.

17:20 - 17:40

Corporate Social Innovation Lessons from India

Sattva Consulting is launching its Corporate Social Innovation in India report in collaboration with EVPA, giving practical insights into how the top 100 European companies operating in India are using innovative approaches to creating corporate social impact. We’ll get perspectives on what European corporates can learn from the study. How are corporates in India tying social impact to business value? How are they collaborating with other corporates, social enterprises and organisations, and government entities to create impact at scale?

17:40 - 18:15

On Top of Impact: What's inside the CEO's mind?

What’s on the minds of today’s impact-driven CEOs? We'll get unique insights into their motivations to embark on the sustainable and inclusive business transformation journey – and, more importantly, what’s holding back acceleration. Outside of the C-suite, corporate social investors (CSIs) that want to influence their related company need the buy-in of the CEO, and therefore need to understand what’s necessary to create a convincing business case. Join the conversation for a deep dive on sustainable business transformation, driven by senior leaders’ perspectives.

18:15 - 19:00

A World of Potential

Suitable for visitors of all ages and focused on personal awareness, The Human Safety Net's A World of Potential exhibition offers visitors a fun and playful experience to understand and connect with their character strengths while also enabling them to see the best qualities in the people around them.

20:00 - 23:00

Business of Impact Dinner

16 May 2023

09:30 - 10:45

Come Together for Youth

There are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years across the globe - 16% of the global population. Youth development, in particular through education and employment, is one of the pressing challenges – and opportunities – of our times. Empowering young people is crucial to achieve just, green and inclusive societies. And youth employment and skills development isn’t just socially important – it’s also crucial for building a stellar talent pool for the impactful companies of the future. EVPA, in partnership with Schneider Electric Foundation, launched a new Youth Initiative to gather a community of practice that can work together to identify innovative and long-term solutions, catalyse collaboration and effective mobilisation of resources. The initiative is an opportunity to connect and engage the impact community for youth empowerment, with the end goal of launching collective and systemic actions.

09:30 - 10:45

Putting S in ESG

This session explores how corporate social investors contribute to the S of their related company’s ESG strategy. You will hear from practitioners who were able to create links with the company's ESG strategy, increasing the impact of the CSI. Join us to learn how to create such links, what conditions need to be fulfilled, which challenges you will face on the way and what opportunities this approach has to offer.

09:30 - 10:45

Corporate Impact Investing

Speakers will explore how a corporate impact investing strategy may complement the philanthropic approach and contribute to the purpose of their company. The discussion will also highlight different models of deploying capital and discuss opportunities and challenges and opportunities for each. A diversity of speakers will showcase how they put corporate impact investing into practice.

09:30 - 10:45

Corporate Impact Measurement and Management

This workshop offers a look at how an established practice for impact – impact measurement and management (IMM) – can have applications for influencing the corporate impact journey, especially when strategic alignment between CSIs and corporate purpose is close. Can IMM provide CSIs with a blueprint for influence? Can employee engagement play a role? Let’s discuss!

09:30 - 10:45

Scaling Social Innovation

Companies are looking to improve their social and environmental performance. In order to achieve this goal, they require social innovations with the potential to transform their way of doing business. While corporate foundations with their patient and catalytic capital are often successful in providing a proof of concept for social innovations, the scaling part turns out to be too complex to fit the requirements of global companies. Why is it so hard to find successful examples of scaling social innovation even though so many are trying to make it happen? During this session, we will talk about the elephant in the room at discuss challenges and limitations of scaling social innovations, but also share some key learnings of successful examples.

09:30 - 10:45

A World of Potential

Suitable for visitors of all ages and focused on personal awareness, The Human Safety Net's A World of Potential exhibition offers visitors a fun and playful experience to understand and connect with their character strengths while also enabling them to see the best qualities in the people around them.

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:30

Come Together for Climate, Food & Energy

Unlocking capital for regenerative agriculture: Our food system is both a cause and a casualty of climate change. We urgently need to build sustainable, resilient food systems in order to feed our growing global population. Managed in the right way, the food sector can have a positive impact on the environment, and provide many of the solutions we need on our path to net zero. One of those solutions is Regenerative Agriculture which, through improved soil health and enhanced carbon capture, has the potential to reduce Scope 3 emissions. The benefits of Regenerative Agriculture are wide ranging, but what are the financial barriers to transition and how can we as a community unlock capital to ensure we speed up and scale up adoption? In this special workshop, we will hear about the challenges from both farmers and industry actors, then by working together we will explore investment solutions for impact. The outputs and insights from this session will be captured and used in the development of innovative funding mechanisms for Regenerative Agriculture.

11:15 - 12:30

Building the Business Case for Impact

Influencing business models: To make a company more inclusive and sustainable, start with the value chain – specifically supply chain and product and service development. This workshop will discuss successful solutions for using these entry points to drive more impact. We’ll also hear from CSIs on how they can implement these actions in their context. It all adds up to a more robust business case for impact and a more significant positive influence on business models.

11:15 - 12:30

Employee Engagement

This workshop shows how CSIs and corporate employees can find synergies for more impact. CSIs have a unique opportunity to mobilise corporate resources. Employees are a key asset because of their skills, expertise and knowledge, and because they can provide valuable support to CSIs’ portfolio organisations. But what are the most effective strategies for mobilisation? Which employee skills are frequently leveraged and which remain untapped? We’ll answer these questions and more, with a look at how employee engagement can drive more impact.

11:15 - 12:30


Millions of refugees have arrived in Europe in recent years, many of whom have the skills, the passion and the resilience to be successful entrepreneurs. Even when refugees are granted official status, they face special challenges when they want to launch a new business. Many find themselves confronted with complex regulations, an unfamiliar work culture, language barriers and difficulties obtaining accreditation. How can CSIs increase the access for this group to the labour market? Can they leverage their connection to a company?

11:15 - 12:30

A World of Potential

Suitable for visitors of all ages and focused on personal awareness, The Human Safety Net's A World of Potential exhibition offers visitors a fun and playful experience to understand and connect with their character strengths while also enabling them to see the best qualities in the people around them.

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:15

Business Transformation

How can business leaders authentically and holistically transform their companies towards impact? What are the concrete actions they can take? And where do they begin? 

In this workshop, we co-create strategies to initiate, scale and embed impact across corporate functions. We build on learnings and experiences from SAP’s pioneering work and apply Yunus Social Business’ Transformation Framework for Leaders. In this recently released paper, YSB outlines three key elements of a changed perspective in the ongoing evolution from a shareholder to a stakeholder economy. 

We present an overview on how to integrate these elements into the complex web of corporate functions. In small groups, participants discuss concrete actions they can take within their own work environment. 

14:00 - 15:15

Come Together for Health

Join us for a unique workshop showcasing the power of collaboration and breaking down silos to create impactful change! The panellists will present a community of practice in the health sector that has been highly successful in pooling resources and complementary competencies to support organisations that deliver health interventions to disadvantaged communities.  

Participants will explore how they can apply the learnings from this community of practice to their own context, irrespective of their sector. An interactive format means we’ll share experiences, insights, and challenges while offering practical strategies to improve collaboration. If you’re looking to harness the power of collaboration for impact, this workshop is not to be missed! 

14:00 - 15:15

Industry Transformation

Among the most ambitious CSIs are the ones who are aspiring to transform a whole industry. Such an effort can of course not be done by one actor alone. Hear from pioneering CSIs how they engage with unusual stakeholders among which sometimes even competitors to improve the standards within their related company’s industry.

14:00 - 15:15

Yes She Can!

Empowering women is essential to the health and social development of families, communities and countries. When women are living safe, fulfilled and productive lives, they can reach their full potential, contributing their skills to the workforce and can raise happier and healthier children. They are also able to help fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

14:00 - 15:15

A World of Potential

Suitable for visitors of all ages and focused on personal awareness, The Human Safety Net's A World of Potential exhibition offers visitors a fun and playful experience to understand and connect with their character strengths while also enabling them to see the best qualities in the people around them.

14:00 - 15:15

Accelerate Impact

Driving financial health for Dutch households: The economic climate in Europe has been challenging in recent years. The lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing conflict in the region, and rising living costs are putting pressure on Europeans’ financial-wellbeing. Financial health is critical for individuals and families to be resilient in tiding over negative financial impact of this downturn. Yet, many Europeans are still challenged in successfully managing day-to-day finances, building resilience, and work towards long-term financial goals.   

Over the last decade, ING and NN Group have been working on advancing financial health for Dutch households through various programmes. However, it became clear that the complexity of an issue like financial health requires a systems approach and collaboration. This led to the launch of the National Coalition for Financial Health; a coalition of over 40 private- and public sector parties who collaborate on national goals for financial health. The goals are to work towards reducing households living in poverty by 50%, decrease the number of households who cope with problematic debt by 50%, and grow the number of households with sufficient savings to face unexpected financial expenses. 

During this session we would like to have a discussion on the do’s and don'ts of cross-sectoral collaboration, tracking impact while working on big national goals and exchange learnings on how to address financial health within different organizations, markets and countries.  

15:15 - 15:45


15:45 - 16:30
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