Vitalwave Is Live-Blogging From The Global Business Coalition – Day 2

8:05am: Yesterday, the GBC special session meetings were hosted by Thompson Reuters in their building on Times Square. Today, the GBC Health Conference will be held at Cipriani Wall Street – an impressive venue in the heart of the financial district.

8:40am: John Tedstrom, CEO of the GBC announces that the Global Business Coalition on HIV, Malaria and TB will change its name to GBC Health and expand its scope to global health.

What does this mean and why would GBC expand its scope in the current economic climate when there is still so much to be done in HIV?  I think this is because HIV is not a disease that exists in isolation. Very few HIV+ people have HIV as their only health issue. GBC Health will now address the issues of HIV, malaria and TB in an appropriate  context. There are 33 million people living with HIV worldwide. There  are 90 million people in China living with diabetes. There are lots of big issues on the global health stage.  The lessons learned and progress made by GBC over the last ten yrs place GBC in a unique position to lead businesses in an effort to address issues in global health in a bigger and broader way. It is a challenging time for GBC, but based on their past successes, it will be exciting to see what impact they will have in the coming future.

9:55am: Today is a day of recognition for GBC. They will be presenting several “business action on health” awards.  Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American plc , presents the first award given to Gold Fields Ghana for their well being program for HIV, TB and malaria prevention and treatment.

10:10am: Sarah Jessica Parker announces UNICEF’s new innovation fund that will distribute $5 million annually for innovations that will produce an HIV free generation (i.e. Innovations in maternal health, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV)

11:25am: The next session is entitled “The public imperative on health: engaging consumers to drive real social change”. The shoe designer Kenneth Cole introduces the session (he is also the chairman on amFAR – foundation for AIDS research).  The discussion will consider how major brands can be used to engage consumers to produce social change)

Redkin has a program called “Hairdressers Against AIDS.”  With 900,000 hairdressers in the US that’s a huge program!

SC Johnson (think Windex, Raid, Off) is setting up sustainable private businesses in resource scarce African countries!

Coca-Cola’s Odwalla business group launched a product called “Hatti Hope Mango-Lime” drink and gave 100% of product profits to a Hatian Hope fund!

Unilever Personal Care Division (Dove, Q-Tip, etc.) launched the “Campign for Real Beauty” to improve young women’s image and self esteem after research  showed that only 2% of young women consider themselves beautiful!

11:55am: GBC presents the Application of Core Competence award to Hewlett Packard for their effort in shorting the HIV infant diagnostic test time allowing more infants to receive life saving medication.

12:40pm: The Partnership/Collective Action award has been given to Becton Dickinson for their partnership with the CDC and PEPFAR to train health care workers in Sub-Saharan Africa to safely draw blood. More than 1,300 health care workers have been trained in the last two years.

12:45pm: Gordon Brown, former PM of England, is the key note speaker at lunch. There are a lot of heavy hitters here who are passionate about eliminating HIV, malaria and TB!

3:05pm: Entrepreneurship in the Social Context. Wow! Young entrepreneurs are building sustainable businesses in Africa. Tel Dehtiar, Founder and CEO of Oliberte Footwear makes shoes from African materials and only hires local Africans to make sell and export product. His business philosophy is to build an industry in Africa that can be sustained. Tel believes the trillions of dollars in aid that have gone into Africa have never pulled any African country out of poverty. AIDS only creates dependency.

3:35pm: Waiting for the last discussion for today – Visionaries who see a return on their health investments featuring Sir Richard Branson and Ted Turner.

4:00pm: Richard and Ted take the stage.   Ted says if each one of us will commit to the smarter, righter things rather than the stupid, wrong things, we would be much better off.

4:15pm: Ted Turner has a campaign to get people to give away half of their net worth. According to Ted, after giving away half his net worth, he thinks two billion should be enough to live on for anyone.  Consistent with the big issue at this conference – women and maternal equality – both Richard and Ted are passionate about lifting women up. Only half the women in the world have equal rights as men; half have less or no rights as men.  Richard wants half his board to be made up of women.

4:30pm: This ends the panel discussion portion of the conference. The awards gala begins at 7:00.

7:20pm: Whoopi Goldberg opens the gala awards night.

8:15pm: This is an awards night. First, the award “Front Line Heroes” was given to two health care workers at Bhubazi health care facility in South Africa.

8:40pm: The Vision & Impact Award was given to Gordon and Sarah Brown. Both outstanding individuals in their own rights. Actress Kim Cattrall presents the award.

9:00pm: African musicians entertain the crowd between awards.

9:30pm: GBC gives a special tribute to the late Richard Holbrook, the GBC founder and a true visionary. GBC announces the Richard C Holbrook Award. John Tedstrom and Kati Marton make the announcement.

9:43pm: William Roedy, CEO of MTV presents Ted Turner with the Business Leadership Award.

9:50pm: Sigourney Weaver presents the Business Leadership Award  to George Soros.

George Soros gives acolades and encourages everyone to support the Global Fund and the work it does during his acceptance speech.

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