Our theme this year is “Meet the Moment. Build the Future.” As we come together for three days of substantive and actionable discussions, we are all dealing with the urgent need to address the profound transformation of the business climate, the unprecedented economic and public health challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the tragic reminder of the systemic barriers and racial injustice that still plague society.
BSR20 will build on the growing momentum our members and partners have achieved together over the last decade, while delving deep into the considerable work ahead of us.
Business has taken many encouraging steps to bolster public health, to enable immediate relief for people who have lost jobs since the pandemic hit, and to address the need for truly diverse and inclusive workplaces and equitable economic opportunity. Our agenda will highlight how companies have shifted into high gear, and what we must do to ensure these efforts are strengthened and taken to scale.
Even as the monumental events of 2020 focus our attention on the here and now, the world continues to face profound changes, with new models reshaping business, the urgent need—and opportunity—to address climate change, efforts to ensure that innovative technologies and business models are aligned with social expectations, and the need to redesign the social contract to advance long-term value creation for all stakeholders. While 2020 has revealed immense and immediate challenges, we are also keeping our eyes on the need to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This first year of the decisive decade has been epically challenging; we hope that it can also be a springboard to the galvanized action needed to deliver the SDGs.