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Unusual Talks

Unusual Talks

By Unusual Pioneers by Yunus Social Business

"I believe it all starts with purpose – and it IS a competitive advantage" – Em Faber, former CEO Danone

The world is facing unprecedented social and environmental challenges. It is becoming clear that we need to move past business as usual. The Unusual Talks feature insights into the emerging space of social intrapreneurship and highlights agents of change. We spotlight the voices of corporate social intrapreneurs and their executives.

Unusual Talks is brought to you by Yunus Social Business, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Porticus and 15+ sector organizations.
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FinTech for Good: Mastercard and financial innovation for inclusion
FinTech for Good: Mastercard and financial innovation for inclusion
Access to finance as a tool for poverty alleviation? Salah Goss talks about her mission to bring financial services to the African continent - and drive change and positive outcomes at Mastercard. She is a financial inclusion expert specializing in digital solutions. She is Senior Vice President for Social Impact at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. She was also Head of the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion in Nairobi where she oversaw technology innovation and product development focused on developing markets. Salah has contributed to multiple patents, representing her contribution to the development of innovative digital solutions. You can learn more about her work at Mastercard here. Gabriela Gandel is an experienced leader of innovative global organisations, organisational and personal development consultant and experiential learning designer. She spent her last 10 years working as a manager or consultant with a mix of not for profit and for profit global organisations spanning over 50 countries around the world. She has worked with HSBC, KPMG, BP, TATE Britain and 10 key art galleries in England, ProVita Romania, RoPot, Human Invest. Learn more about her work here. You got caught up in the topic of intrapreneurship? Get more information on the topic here.
38:26
October 22, 2021
Impact through Insurance: AXA and its Emerging Customers Division
Impact through Insurance: AXA and its Emerging Customers Division
Garance Wattez-Richard is leading AXA‘s Emerging Customers division, tackling social issues amongst BOP customers through insurance solutions with a sustainable business model. In this episode, Garance outlines how the unit is positioned at the insurance giant. You’ll also hear from Maggie de Pree, CEO and Founder of the League of Intrapreneurs. She highlights the role of intrapreneurship in achieving climate and social goals. Links Curious about AXA‘s Emerging Customers division? Check out their website. You can find out more about The League of Intrapreneurs here.
43:43
October 15, 2021
Putting Theory Into Practice – Intrapreneurship Experiences from INSEAD & EY
Putting Theory Into Practice – Intrapreneurship Experiences from INSEAD & EY
How can we drive social value in a large company? Which role do incentive structures play in supporting social innovation? And is ESG helpful in driving positive impact? Listen to Jasjit Singh, Professor of Strategy at INSEAD and Jessie Coats, EY Global Impact Entrepreneurship Leader. The conversation is moderated by Katell Le Goulven, Executive Director at the Hofmann Institute for Society at INSEAD. Learn more about Jasjit’s Work here. Check out the many interesting perspectives that Jessie published through EY here. And learn more about the work of the Hofmann Global Institute for Business & Society at INSEAD here.
52:51
October 08, 2021
Danone's Journey towards Purpose – And the Ousting of Emmanuel Faber
Danone's Journey towards Purpose – And the Ousting of Emmanuel Faber
"Let us conduct our businesses with both the heart and the head" – Antoine Riboud, Danone CEO 1972 Antoine Riboud's speech in Marseille came just two years after Milton Friedman's "Shareholder Value Doctrine" article. Riboud's words were in stark contrast to Milton's focus on shareholder value maximization and asked companies, Danone first and foremost, to serve all its stakeholders. Especially in the twenty years from 2001 to 2021, Danone has shown an incredible trajectory towards a purpose-driven company, culminating in the B Corp certification and becoming France' first "Enterprise á Mission".  But in 2021, its CEO, Emmanuel Faber, was pushed out of office by activist investor Bluebell Capital. In this episode, he speaks about this journey and the campaign against him. 
55:22
October 03, 2021
Transforming Your Company into a Force for Good with the former Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Professor Yunus - Unusual Talks
Transforming Your Company into a Force for Good with the former Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Professor Yunus - Unusual Talks
On this episode, you will listen to the Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Yunus and the former CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman, talking about climate change and the ability of every person to change something by founding a social business themselves or leaving positive impact via intrapreneurship from within existing companies. A big thank you to the Schwab Foundation and our partners Porticus for making this podcast series possible. And thanks also to the 15 plus sector organizations who are helping to implement the Unusual Pioneers program. Further reading: Upcoming Book “Net Positive” by Paul Polman Book “A World of Three Zeroes” by Muhammad Yunus Unusual Pioneers Program (applications open)
52:50
September 24, 2021
Social Intrapreneurs who are Changing Companies from Within – Launch Episode
Social Intrapreneurs who are Changing Companies from Within – Launch Episode
You will hear from Gib Bulloch and his business DEcelerator for intrapreneurs, from Florencia Estrade who has created the “I’m in” campaign at the League of Intrapreneurs, from Yasmina Zaidman, who has built numerous partnerships with companies at Acumen and Heiko Spitzeck, author of the intrapreneurship book “All that Jazz” and professor for corporate social innovation. Asa Skogstrom Feldt will talk about IKEA’s ambition to integrate Social Entrepreneurs into its business. Jayanth Bhuvaraghan will talk about his journey from a social intrapreneur to Chief Mission Officer at Essilor. Corinne Bazina will highlight how Danone is financing and supporting social businesses around the world. And Aaron Hurst will share his thoughts about c-suite buy-in, based on his book The Purpose Economy but also from his background as the Founder of the Taproot Foundation and CEO of the leadership development platform Imperative. Further reading: Aaron Hurst: Imperative Executive Coaching, The Purpose Economy Book  IKEA Social Entrepreneurship Danone Communities Essilor Eye Mitra  Craigberoch Decelerator by Gib Bulloch and his book. League of Intrapreneurs Acumen Fundacao Dom Cabral and Heiko’ Spitzecks book: Social Intrapreneurism - All That Jazz  More case studies and research on Social Intrapreneurship here
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September 24, 2021
An Unusual Trailer
An Unusual Trailer
Today, we are launching our Unusual Pioneers’ podcast. It features the highlights of our Unusual Talks brought to you by Yunus Social Business, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Porticus and 15+ sector organizations. We spotlight the voices of corporate social intrapreneurs and their executives. These “Unusual Pioneers” are at the forefront of transforming companies into net positive contributors to people, the planet, and society. They talk about their dreams and ideas, their successes and failures, their challenges and opportunities, and why there is hope if we act.
03:41
September 24, 2021