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BOP Regional workshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Promoting inclusive business through global networks

On November 2012, the BoP Network regional meeting took place in Sao Paulo aiming to expand business opportunities from traditional and increasingly competitive markets through the promotion of inclusive business. During two days, the BoP Global Network, ESW, Fundacion Getulio Vargas and CAD, among others, brought real-life BoP initiatives, groundbreaking entrepreneurs and corporate CEOs, together with BoP Global Lab leaders. 

The meeting was structured in two sessions:

• November 4th – internal session with Global Lab representatives discussing how to better design the BoP Global Network (2013 – 2015) and create synergies about viable ways to make it happen.

• November 5th – meeting with corporate partners and potential sponsors presenting the Network’s core activities and proposing an engagement strategy for the coming three years.

Throughout the 4th November meeting, a range of initiatives were presented, including sessions to further define the role and tools of the BoP Global Network, introduction of the IBM collaborative platform for inclusive business, presentation of corporate case studies and feedback on these case studies from the BoP Global Network. 

During the 5th of November, Stuart Hart provided a detailed presentation on the evolution and historical milestones since RIO’92, the role of the private sector and introduced the concept of two levels of sustainability: achieving green leap and incremental inequality & poverty reduction. Andrea Shpak presented the Global BOP network, its history and perspectives and companies such as the Itaú Microcredit and Natura presented their BOP strategies with local communities.

During the session, a collaborative agreement was signed between Natura and the BOP Global Network to support the global network create innovation systems for the BOP during the coming three years. IBM also will provide technical support through this period. 

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November 5nd, Monday – FGV -Rua Itapeva, 432 – Salão Nobre

MORNING  - (Guests only)

8:30AM        Welcome Coffee

9:00AM        Introduction of the agenda of the day (Andrea Shpak)

Greeting from Host Lab (FGV) – Edgard Barki/ Juracy Parente

9:20AM        Stuart Hart: Driving Sustainable Innovation from the BoP

10:30AM      Coffee Break

10:45AM      Introduction to the BoP Global Network

11:00AM      Marcelo Cardoso: Natura’s Leadership Commitment to Sustainability and the Partnership to Development the  BoP Global Network

Alcely Barroso (IBM)- IBM Collaborative platform to empower the BoP Global Network 

11:30AM      The Summit 2013 and Introduction to the BoP Lab Leaders

                        Open for questions

12:00PM      Lunch Networking

                       AFTERNOON (session exclusive for sponsors and lab leaders only)

1:30PM        BoP Lab Members introduction

2:30PM        Sponsors introductions and case’s summary presentations

3:30PM        Coffee Break

3:45PM        Lab’s feedback on sponsor’s cases

4:30PM         Development of a collaborative agenda for the International Summit 2013

5:00PM         Engagement of Sponsors on the BoP Global Network 1st Book Publication

5:30PM         Closing