Alliance magazine is proud to have been a media partner at the first ever C Summit in Munich, Germany. Over 150 corporate foundations and social investors from 17 countries gathered at the 1st European Corporate Philanthropy and Social Investing Summit to explore strategic alignment between corporate social investors and the related companies.
We’d like to thank the following contributors:
Thelma Harris, Philanthropy Ireland
Paul Streets OBE, Lloyds Bank Foundation
Sophie Hersberger, Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) | University of Basel
Daniel Nowack, Yunus Social Business
Priscilla Boiardi, EVPA
Karoline Heitmann, EVPA
Lonneke Roza, EVPA and Erasmus University
Steven Serneels, EVPA
The two keynotes, Erik Fyrwald, CEO of Syngenta, and Leslie Johnston, Executive Director of the C&A Foundation introduced their strategic alignment from the perspective of a company and a corporate foundation respectively. While Erik Fyrwald shared how they support the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture by giving them access to know-how, infrastructure, and other resources, Leslie Johnston highlighted how corporate foundations act and work independently, but can use their connection with a company to get a seat at the table and promote systemic change.
Coming from Ireland, a country where few corporates have established formal philanthropic foundations, it was refreshing to attend the C-Summit and witness how across Europe corporate philanthropy is developing and exploring how it can work more effectively with the corporate parent via alignment to maximise social impact.
Thelma Harris reports here…
The debate about corporations and their foundations as genuine agents of change is a key one for our times. There are a huge range of Corporate Foundations with a wide diversity in how they work with their corporate partners.
Paul Streets OBE reports here…
I had the honor of being the master of ceremony, and was happy to learn about the potential and pitfalls of strategic alignment and figuring out what the current trends and issues in this area of philanthropy are!
Sophie Hersberger reports here…
As part of DAFNE’s and EVPA’s C-Summit, a breakout session dealt with the evolving role of foundations in the innovation space. The fishbowl session focused on how corporate foundations could inspire innovation.
Daniel Nowack reports here…
As the world is in uproar about social inequality, climate change and trade wars, this summit comes at the perfect time. The world still lacks a staggering $2.5 trillion annually to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. There is simply no way we can tackle that without the contribution of the corporate sector.
Daniel Nowack reports here…
We know the statistics: if we want to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we still have a funding gap of a $ 2.5 trillion yearly. We urgently need to find resources to invest in the SDGs, and ways to scale the impact. Multi-stakeholder partnerships can create synergies and unlock further financial and nonfinancial resources to fill the funding gap.
Priscilla Boiardi, Karoline Heitmann, Lonneke Roza and Steven Serneels report here…
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