Business + Markets

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF)

10/16/12 (All day) - 10/18/12 (All day)

SEWF2012 is focused on social enterprise and on building global awareness of the effectiveness of social enterprise in solving critical social problems. The overall theme of SEWF2012 is the growing field of impact investing, and will focus on attracting new investment capital for social enterprise. (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


10/01/12 (All day) - 10/04/12 (All day)

Impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, civic leaders, and innovators will gather at SOCAP12 to connect impact investors with investable entrepreneurs; bring reports from the field, highlighting trends and new research; and enable connections that create a market where meaning has a place at the table. (San Francisco, California)

Sustainability Applied 2012

10/17/12 (All day) - 10/18/12 (All day)

Leaders, decision-makers and doers from around the world will attend Sustainability Applied 2012, to discover the business value of sustainability, and to learn how to integrate it within their organizations to improve resource efficiency and create long-term economic, environmental and social benefit. This two-day event will feature hands-on workshops, keynote presentations, plenary sessions and interactive discussions to share knowledge, inspire change, create new business relationships and opportunities, and celebrate outstanding accomplishments in sustainability. (Toronto, Canada)

The New Metrics of Sustainable Business

09/27/12 (All day) - 09/28/12 (All day)

This 2-day, in-depth discussion, The New Metrics of Sustainable Business, organized by Sustainable Brands and hosted by the Wharton School on the University of Pennsylvania campus, examines leading-edge work being done to expand the way business creates, quantifies, manages and communicates the value it delivers through the metrics it adopts. (Philadelphia, PA)

The Necessary Transition 2012

09/26/12 (All day) - 09/28/12 (All day)

The Necessary Transition 2012 will discuss the many transitions taking place: from high to low carbon economies, from gross inequality to egalitarianism, from massive human rights abuses to socially just societies, and from high corruption to societies with high social cohesion and integrity. (Brisbane, Australia)

Private Foundations, Business and Developing a Post-2015 Framework

Global debates about what might replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their 2015 deadline are currently underway. Philanthropic foundations and businesses need to be integrated into these discussions alongside civil society, national governments and multilateral organizations.

Advancing Evaluation Practices in Philanthropy

A special supplement to the summer 2012 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The special supplement features an introduction by Jane Wales and articles by five Aspen Philanthropy Group authors describing the monitoring and evaluation philosophies of the foundations they lead.

Creating a Global Finance System for the 21st Century: An Action Strategy - A Report of the Global Finance Initiative

The report from the Global Finance Initiative on the global finance public policy system. March 2009.

Global Impact Economy Forum

04/26/12 (All day) - 04/27/12 (All day)

The US Secretary of State‘s Global Impact Economy Forum will gather 250 high-level investors, business executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics, and policymakers to discuss how to create greater coordination, collaboration, and efficiency in the emerging industry of the Impact Economy. The action-oriented Forum will include two days of interactive panels, workshops, keynotes, networking breaks, and announcements of public and private sector deliverables. (Washington, D.C.)

Ceres Conference 2012

04/25/12 (All day) - 04/26/12 (All day)

At the Ceres Conference, attendees will engage in an interactive program that will examine some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges, create a forum for sharing best practices, and present solutions for a more sustainable economy. (Boston, MA)