Evolution or Revolution: The role of corporate social innovation in stakeholder capitalism

  September 24, 2020     14:00 -  14:45  

We started into 2020 with a heavy focus on reshaping our economy – away from shareholder capitalism towards stakeholder capitalism. As the COVID crisis struck, it became even more apparent, which company has “systemic relevance” and which ones lack a purpose in this time of need. How does social innovation and social intrapreneurship help companies to (re-)discover that relevance and turn it into action? Will the COVID crisis accelerate our push towards stakeholder capitalism? Or will it trigger a return to business as usual?

We will bring together business and impact leaders to discuss the role of companies and their shareholders in reshaping our economy. We will deep-dive on:

  1. Trends in capital allocation in financial markets
  2. The role of executives in shaping long-term corporate agendas
  3. Bottoms-up versus Top-down transformation
  4. The role of social innovation and intrapreneurship in corporate transformation
  5. Purpose-washing and accountability


  • Adaire Fox-Martin, Member of the Executive Board, SAP (verbal confirmation, final confirmation pending)
  • Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, Chief Mission Officer, Essilor
  • Joachim Drees, Former CEO MAN Truck & Bus
  • Mercedes Gutierrez Alvarez, Head of Communities Engagement, Ingka Group (IKEA)
  • Andreas Bluethner, Director Nutrition, Gates Foundation, Former Director Food-Fortification & Partnerships, BASF
  • Paul Allard, CEO & Co-Founder, Impak Finance
  • Daniel Nowack, Managing Director, Yunus Social Business

Session format: Workshop



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Meet the speakers

Daniel Nowack

Managing Director, Yunus Social Business

Jayanth Bhuvaraghan

Chief Mission Officer, Essilor

Joachim Drees

Former CEO MAN Truck & Bus

Shannon Klinger

Chief Legal & Ethics Officer, Novartis

Paul Allard

CEO & Co-Founder, Impak Finance

Andreas Bluethner

Director Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mercedes Gutierrez

Head of Communities Engagement, Ingka Group (IKEA)