The Global Social Business Summit 2013 landed in Asia. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia was the place to be for the global social business movement where 580 participants came together amongst them also Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak who stressed the commitment of his government to support social business entrepreneurs by announcing a social business fund and incubation center. Discussions spanned over the state of the art of social business, collaboration success stories like with crowd funding organization Kiva.org., corporate motivation, the question of social impact measurement and the role of culture & arts.
Prior to the summit the first academic Research Conference on Social Business took place. During the first four summits, we have progressed from having a meeting of academics through to specific pre-conference Academia Meetings in 2011 and 2012, to a two-day Research Conference. The conference is aimed to all researchers working on social business or related areas, the main aim being to stimulate an inter-disciplinary and international research community around this area of growing international significance and to enhance capacity, quality and recognition of research in social business.
ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE DURING THE GLOBAL SOCIAL BUSINESS SUMMIT 2013
- Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Veracruz and Yunus Social Business to set up a social business fund of USD 4.5 million in Veracruz
- Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Fifco and Yunus Social Business to set up a social business called Nutrivita in Costa Rica
- Announcement of the partnership between myclimate and Yunus Social Business to set up a social business fund for climate related issues
- Announcement of the partnership between The Grameen Creative Lab and the City of Berlin
- Announcement of the partnership between Fairwind and the social business fund Nepal supported by Chaudhary Group
- Launch of The Boston Consulting Group study "The Power of Social Business: Lessons from Corporate Engagements with Grameen" (https://www.bcgperspectives.com/content/articles/.../)
- Announcement of a RM20 million social business fund in Malaysia by Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Razak
- Announcement of Mexico City to host the Global Social Business Summit 2014