The Role of Business Series

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The Role of Business series looks at the "who, what, where, when and why" about businesses and the key issues they are addressing. BCLC aims to capture and understand the many different ways that companies add value – through their products and services, supply chains, operations, and human, financial, and technical resources.

Five subjects will be tackled in BCLC's "Role of Business" series:

  • Disaster Response
  • Environmental Innovation
  • The City of Tomorrow
  • Emerging Markets
  • Health and Wellness Innovation

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THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN DISASTER RESPONSE

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Businesses have a vested interest in promoting disaster resilience and accelerating disaster recovery. They are reinventing levee and dam construction, developing temporary housing solutions for displaced people, and creating new information systems to help schools, courts, and hospitals maintain their records.


THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION

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Businesses are developing solutions to mitigate air pollution, improve land use, manage water resources more effectively, and improve the environmental profile of housing, buildings, hotels, and commercial infrastructure.


THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN SHAPING THE CITY OF TOMORROW

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More than 50% of the world's seven billion people now live in cities. Businesses are doing amazing things in terms of mobility solutions, smart grids, energy and water infrastructure, building design, regional integration, and innovative financing solutions for capital investment.


THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN EMERGING MARKETS

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If companies were a country, they would rank as the seventh largest provider of overseas development assistance in the world, ahead of Sweden. Businesses are helping less developed countries gain access to new technologies, microfinance and capital investment, develop their workforce, improve customs automation, improve operating standards, and develop new economic clusters and adjacent markets.


THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS INNOVATION

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Medical equipment companies are creating limbs that are ever-more lifelike. Imaging companies provide insights at much earlier stages of detection. Innovation is happening so fast, it is vital for stakeholders to re-evaluate what they think they know about the field.