Business to the Rescue: Addressing Social Inequality on a Global Scale

24 May , 11:00–12:15
The Global Economy in an Era of Change
Panel Session
Pavilion G, Conference Hall G7
In partnership with PwC

Growing social inequality has long been identified as one of the greatest challenges of modern society, yet no simple solution is at hand. How much does globalization contribute to the deepening of social inequality, which is increasingly manifested on a national rather than interstate level? Are modern businesses acting in ways capable of addressing the long-term needs of society? What financial, taxation, and other reforms can be applied on a global scale to address these concerns? Are new technologies serving as a catalyst for deeper inequality, or can they offer ways of bridging income gaps over the long term? What threat does equality pose if it is unfair?

Kirill Kleymenov, Deputy General Director - Director of Information Programs Directorate, Channel One

Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations; Executive Secretary, The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Arash Derambarsh, City Councillor for Courbevoie
Andrey Klepach, Deputy Chairman (Chief Economist), Member of the Board, State Corporation "Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)"
Juvencio Maeztu Herrera, Chief Financial Officer, IKEA
Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC
Cyril Muller, Vice-President, Europe and Central Asia, The World Bank Group
Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, Director, Agency for Social Information; Leading Expert, Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Non-profit Sector, National Research University Higher School of Economics