U.S.-India Symposium: Making Economies Work for Women and Youth
April 14, 2017
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The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment
In India, women still face considerable barriers to economic participation. The panel will explore how large companies can create business value as well as social value while empowering women through more inclusive practices. Gender parity in India would have a larger economic impact than in any other region in the world—$700 billion of added GDP in 2025—but comprehensive action is needed.
The New Corporate Citizenship Landscape in India
This session will explore India’s corporate social responsibility law and how companies can take a systems-based approach to their corporate citizenship programs focused on women and youth, while complying with the law.
Models for Success: The Power of Partnerships and Creating Shared Value
Partnerships are critical to addressing the most difficult challenges that face women and youth in India. This panel will provide examples of how companies and foundations are coming together to leverage complementary resources and how inclusive business models are creating shared value.
This panel will explore how companies are promoting women entrepreneurs and enhancing the ecosystem for entrepreneurship in India. By supporting women and youth entrepreneurs, businesses can unleash a wealth of ingenuity and creativity and accelerate growth, both for themselves and for the economy.
Access to Technology and Education
According to data, one woman out of three in India is illiterate and lacks the skills to earn an income to support their family. There is also a youth bulge in India and a need for the private sector to provide skill-building support for youth. Access to technology and skills are critical to achieving higher levels of economic growth. This panel will discuss how the business community can be a partner.
Corporate Citizenship and Economic Empowerment: Looking To the Future
This session will recap the earlier discussions and examine the future trends in corporate social responsibility in India.