Davos ‘Dates’: The Power of Partnership for Global Health

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Davos ‘Dates’: The Power of Partnership for Global Health

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While at Davos, PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra K. Nooyi reiterated this philosophy, stating, “short term profits and long term sustainability are not mutually exclusive.” Dialogue and collaboration between companies like Unilever and Pepsi and organizations like PSI defined the spirit of this year’s World Economic Forum.

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 5:00pm

The 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland has concluded.  Today, I returned to Washington, put away my snow boots, and began the process of sorting through hundreds of business cards.  It was an exhausting week, but I landed at Dulles energized by the collaborative ideas and commitments generated at this year’s Forum – particularly with regards to global health. 

Davos is a bit like corporate speed dating. As a representative for my global health nonprofit, PSI, I sat down for numerous 30 minute “dates” with corporate leaders from around the world. Like any first date, each was an opportunity to evaluate if/how a partnership would work – Do we have similar or complementary interests? Are our values the same? We both came to the table interested in increasing our bottom lines.  For organizations like PSI, that line is measured by health impact and lives saved.  For corporations, the bottom line is opening new markets, developing a new consumer base, and being a good global neighbor.

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