WBCSD Technology Enablers Initiative - Overview


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The Technology Enablers Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) provides a platform for different industry sectors to explore opportunities for leveraging the power of technology, in particular information and communication technologies (ICTs), to enable and scale the business contribution to development. This presentation provides a brief overview on the initiative.

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WBCSD Technology Enablers Initiative - Overview

  1. 1. TechnologyEnablers InitiativeBrief overview – December 2011
  2. 2. Context: major increase in access & connectivity to ICTs… Mobile cellular subscriptions, by level of development * Estimate, source: ITU 2
  3. 3. … potentially leading to new opportunities Benefits for Low-income communities Large (investing) companies Better and easier access to information Faster & improved communication (incl. emergencies)Greater access to products and Increased reach and size of marketsservices, incl. basic onesLower prices & transaction costs Improved productivity (time, cost savings) and efficiency of supply chainsImproved quality of life Improved business environment and investment climate, reduced risksCapacity building Local knowledge and capabilitiesJob creation and new opportunities New markets and offerings, potential transfer of innovations to existing markets 3
  4. 4. Goals of the initiative• Analyze opportunities created by ICTs to enable and scale the business contribution to development• Leverage cross-sector experience to catalyze successful partnerships or collaborative action between member companies and other partners
  5. 5. Timeline of the initiative MONTREUX MUNICHMar May Jul Sep Nov Apr Jun Aug Oct Dec Issue brief Collaboration events Issue brief + Draft for internal Aimed at catalyzing cross-sector key lessons workstream collaboration between member companies For public dissemination 1 - Mobile address services to unlock inclusive business Introducing role of opportunities in slums ICTs to enable & • Led by TNT Express and Vodafone scale business • Develop mobile address service to enable people in informal areas without addresses to send and receive contribution to goods development, sho • 13 “speed dates” between July & September 2011 wcasing best 2 - Role of mobile communications in food and agriculture practice industry cases, and • Led by Vodafone and Accenture highlighting • Looking at how ICT is being leveraged to improve activities catalyzed productivity & quality of agribusiness value chains • Webinar in October 2011 through the Initiative 5
  6. 6. 1. TNT Express & Vodafone: "WeAre" project 6
  7. 7. 2. Vodafone & Accenture: "Connected Agriculture"report Research aimed at quantifying the transformational impact mobile services could have for the industry… …and at prioritizing the most important services to farmers, enterprise customers and governments. Click here to access the report
  8. 8. More opportunities to explore• Ideas: Health Asset efficiency Supply chain management Collaborative market research 8
  9. 9. Filippo Veglioveglio@wbcsd.org+41 22 839 3108www.wbcsd.org