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DGDW 2019

Shaping Tomorrow Today: Responsible Business in an Era of Radical Change

How can businesses develop responsible, sustainable business models while adapting to rapid change? What opportunities exist for innovation and new ways of doing business? How can companies re-imagine what it means to do good and do well by embedding social and environmental consciousness into their strategy and business practices? From automation to data privacy, political polarization to climate change, DGDW 2019 will look at how business intersects with the most urgent issues of our age.

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The Future of Work - Employment in the Age of Automation, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence - This panel will examine the debate around how technology will shape future employment (i.e. positive changes due to increased production, but also risk of exacerbating inequality, etc.)

Aligning Business with Climate Reality - Planning for a Different Earth - How can business anticipate and react to climate change? How can the business - as well as other stakeholders - assess the risk posed by climate change, perform scenario analysis, and create a climate-resilient strategy? How are business taking proactive steps to avert the worst consequences of climate change.

The Circular Economy - Towards a No Waste Future - How can businesses move beyond the “take, make and dispose” model of the linear economy to embrace an economic system where almost everything is designed to be reused and recycled. As resources becoming increasingly finite and consumers become more conscious, what potential opportunities exist for companies creating durable, reusable goods? And is this an effective, realistic method to preserve resources?

Finding Purpose in Any Industry - The Rise of the Purpose Economy - The notion of ‘purpose-driven’ business is often perceived as only applying to certain industries and business. Can any company place a clear, authentic, meaningful (human-centered) purpose at the heart of what they do? How can this purpose be unearthed and used to drive high performance, particularly within executive teams? What is the relationship between a clearly-articulated purpose and performance?

Transforming Supply Chains through Transparency - Combating Modern Slavery, Deforestation, and Environmental Degradation - In supply chains composed of dozens of parts, consumers are rarely aware of where their products are sourced. Yet many corporations have been linked to scandals involving slavery and indentured servitude, child labor, horrible working conditions, and deforestation and environmental degradation. How can business make their supply chains transparent while still maintaining competitiveness?

Reimagining Organizational Models - New Structures for Creating Change - As our understanding of the role of business in society evolves, new organizational models are arising that evaluate their success not just on profit, but on social and environmental impact. The term “hybrid organization” has emerged to describe business that combine the logic of both for-profits and non-profits. This panel would examine will examine the opportunities and challenges for this type of organization, from recruiting the right talent to mission drift to scalability.

Feeding 10 Billion - Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition in an Age of Scarcity - The world's population is expected to grow to 10 billion by 2050. Simultaneously, the effects of climate change threaten the global food and fresh water supply. What innovative steps are businesses taking to address this issue? What new technologies in agriculture and production can help alleviate these issues? What new food sources will be used?