Investing in women is good business - Monique Villa at the annual OECD Forum

by Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 12:22 GMT
On May 5, Foundation CEO Monique Villa joined current and former heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, civil society leaders, top CEOs and academics to debate the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society at the 2014 OECD Forum in Paris.

On May 5, Foundation CEO Monique Villa joined current and former heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, civil society leaders, top CEOs and academics to debate the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society at the 2014 OECD Forum in Paris.

As a trusted thought-leader on business and human rights, Monique was asked to moderate a high-level panel looking at the challenges and solutions to achieving inclusive growth, or put simply, achieving economic growth while reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.

Panelists debated a range of global issues, from the potential of diversity to directly support innovation and growth, to the importance of an active citizenry and investing in women. Watch the full panel debate here.

In addition to Monique, other experts who brought their knowledge and passion to the debate included Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD; Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice-President of Economic Opportunity and Assets, Ford Foundation; Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International; Jason Furman,Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers, United States; Michel Landel, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, President of Executive Committee, Sodexo; Stefano Scarpetta, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD; and Philip J. Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union.

Panel on YouTube: OECD Forum Inclusive Growth - Inclusive Societies

Additional photos: Forum 2014: Inclusive Societies - a set on Flickr.