Monday, December 05, 2016

The 21st Century Challenge: Forging A New Social Compact



In an age of disruption and turmoil, Pope Francis calls on the “noble vocation” of business to help create a more inclusive and humane economy. Even as free markets have lifted billions out of poverty—with business “stimulating and developing the immense resources of human intelligence”—too many have been left behind. This Forum offers an historic opportunity for Fortune 500 and Time 100 leaders to engage with the Pope to forge a new social compact for the 21st century. The Forum is at capacity, click here to be added to the wait list.

Click here to read recently published coverage Time editorial coverage in connection to the Forum. Select Forum sessions on December 2 will be live streamed on

Inspired by the Pope’s pleas for more and better jobs, broader prosperity, and lasting ways to lift the poor, the Forum will be a solutions-based conversation aimed at encouraging transformative actions and an economic system that both promotes growth and spreads its benefits more broadly.

Forum attendees will engage with subjects including technology and jobs, global health, food and water, commitment to communities, energy and the environment, and financial inclusion—each representing critical elements related to poverty alleviation and in need of urgent attention. By bringing together global business and NGO leaders to address these challenges the Forum will focus on ways the private sector can be a driving force in ending poverty and creating a more sustainable world for all.

Attendance is by invitation only, and subject to approval. The 2016 Global Forum will gather business leaders from the world’s largest companies, members of the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people, and a cross section of leaders from NGOs, non-profits, organized labor and religion.

“If we want security, let us give security. If we want life, let us give life. If we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.”
–Pope Francis to U.S. Congress, September 2015

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