On the 16th and 17th of November, the Enterprise 2020 Summit took place at the BOZAR in Brussels. CSR Europe organised this major networking event to celebrate and promote corporate social responsibility commitments. Together with The Shift and all other National Partner Organisations, they hosted conferences with high-level speakers and conducted workshops about the challenges faced by companies and society.
During two days, some 500 EU leaders, CEOs and social entrepreneurs gathered at the BOZAR in Brussels to focus on initiatives addressing the biggest challenges for CSR in the coming years. Via this E2020 summit, they had ample opportunities to participate at lively discussions and to connect with peers through networking activities.
The plenary discussions featured company CEOs and EU leaders like the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for Employment Marianne Thyssen. His majesty the King of the Belgians was also present to launch the European Pact for Youth. With more and more young Europeans lacking the right skills to access the labour market, this program aims to improve partnerships between businesses and education institutions. The pact will both foster new initiatives and boost existing local initiatives on youth employment and entrepreneurship, like Discover Your Talent or Alliance 4 Youth.
On the second day of the Summit, The Shift co-organised a workshop about entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship can be an empowering experience that has impacts beyond economic development. During this session, we facilitated a panel discussion titled "Leverage impact through collaboration between companies and civil society". Together with the audience, Jean-Marie Postiaux (Solvay), Barbara Toorens (WorldLoop - Close the Gap) and Frisia Donders (SMart) debated the role of governments, organisations and business in stimulating the current entrepreneurial culture in Europe.