About One Young World
One Young World is the global forum for young leaders. The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as Dr. Jane Goodall, Paul Polman, and Professor Muhammad Yunus, amongst many other global figures. Delegates participate in four transformative days of speeches, panels, roundtables, networking and workshops. The agenda is shaped by the One Young World Community through the Global Consultation Process, ensuring maximum relevance to the issues affecting young people. At the end of the Summit, Delegates become One Young World Ambassadors. They return to their communities and organisations with the means and motivation to make a difference, accessing the global network of 12,000+ young leaders to accelerate existing initiatives or establish new ventures.
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One Young World Scholarships ensure the annual Summit is accessible to young leaders from every corner of the world. They provide young leaders from marginalised nations with a voice and platform to debate and devise solutions which shape their future. The talent and diversity these Scholars bring to the Summit gives all Delegates an unrivalled international perspective. No youth-led event other than the Olympic Games brings together as many nations as the One Young World Summit. This cannot be done without the availability of scholarships and the Partners that fund them.
Interactive Stage Sponsorship
During the Summit, One Young World curates content for the stages which complement the plenaries. Delegates will be able to participate in intimate Q&A sessions, and watch in-depth discussion-based sessions run by Counsellors, Guest Speakers, Ambassadors, and Delegates during the networking breaks throughout the Summit. Counsellors who appeared on these stages in 2019 included: Bob Dudley, Amanda Stretton, Mary Robinson, Sinéad Burke, Elio Leoni Sceti, Ronan Dunne, Caroline Casey, Angela Darlington, Antonio Zappulla, and Mark Tewksbury, to name a few. One Young World invites Partners to sponsor these stages for the duration of the Summit.
During the Summit, the Exhibition Area enables Delegates to engage with Partners in an interactive way. In previous years, Partners have used the exhibition area to showcase initiatives, products and to provide attendees with an area to incentivise and aid networking.
The first coalition of global businesses working together to accelerate youth led innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals. Formed of the world’s most prestigious corporate brands Lead2030 is an initiative to Find, Fund, and Accelerate. The most impactful youth led solutions for each Global Goal, enabling young innovators to overcome the early stage challenges that impede scalable impact for sustainable development.
In between Summits, the Community Team works year-round to maintain engagement with the 12,000+ Ambassadors across the world. To keep the One Young World momentum alive, the team organises Caucuses to allow Ambassadors and a wider network of young leaders to connect face to face, continuously learn from key experts, and build meaningful partnerships. The Caucuses are organised with the support of One Young World’s Coordinating Ambassadors who act as One Young World’s regional representatives on a volunteer basis. The key outcome is to have an improved insight into current global issues and best practice in a range of topics led by thought leaders, accelerated project growth and development, and enhanced connectivity with the network.
Hackathons are networking events which focus on a concept development process where young leaders work collaboratively to devise tangible solutions to a key issue within a business. To facilitate the hack, One Young World brings together relevant stakeholders to stimulate innovation over one working day through research, communication and mentorship, closing the day with each team pitching their concept to a panel of judges. A Lead Hack Partner is a company seeking a socially impactful solution to a business challenge, and a Knowledge Partner is an organisation that provides expert insight on the chosen topic.
OYWConnects is an Ambassador-led skills exchange that connects One Young World Ambassadors from the private sector with those leading their own social enterprises and initiatives to further develop those actions. This peer-to-peer mentorship programme also matches One Young World Ambassadors running early-stage social enterprises with One Young World Ambassadors from some of the world’s leading businesses.
Finance & Business 2030
Finance & Business 2030 is an initiative created by One Young World and Chartered Accountants Worldwide. It was formed with a vision to unite & mobilise the finance and business community to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Originating in London, the initiative's objectives are to raise awareness and drive advocacy of the SDGs, implement action towards positive change within these industries, lobby for industry wide action, and measure and report on impact.
In April 2019, One Young World, Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the City of London launched the inaugural Finance & Business 2030 event hosted at Mansion House. Supported by the City's Lord Mayor, Rt. Hon. Peter Estlin, it was attended by over 120 young professionals representing more than 70 businesses, focused on identifying the core issues affecting their industries and opportunities to achieve long-term goals. One Young World Co-Founder, Kate Robertson, and Michael Izza, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Worldwide also addressed attendees.
Further Finance & Business 2030 events are being launched throughout 2020, including in Johannesburg in partnership with South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Investec, in Dublin with Chartered Accountants Ireland, and New York City with the International Federation of Accountants.
Luke Davies, Barclays, The Green Deposit
Luke Davies created The Green Deposit at Barclays as a way to deliver environmentally sustainable financial services to the bank's clients. This product allows their clients to deposit funds into a Green Account, assuring them that their balances are being earmarked for Green Projects. The project has gained a lot of interest in the initial stages, with over $36 million being invested in the deposit within the first three weeks of operation. The product is now generating significant revenue but importantly, delivering on sustainable projects worldwide. Luke was inspired to bring his environmental activism into his day job after attending the One Young World Summit. At the Summit he heard One Young World Ambassador Bryant Zebedy of the Marshall Islands speak about the threat that climate change poses to his home country. Understanding that climate action is most effective when major institutions embrace sustainability, Luke is aiming to make Barclays a world leader in green finance.
L’ORÉAL, R.A.W. BIOLAGE
Nour Tayara describes the One Young World 2014 Dublin Summit as a “wake up call” in his career that motivated and inspired him to create change. Dame Ellen MacArthur’s session on the circular economy stuck with Nour, and he used this thinking to develop a brand new product line with sustainable production at its core.
The Biolage R.A.W. line uses ingredients that are nearly 100% of natural origin and upwards of 99% biodegradable. The packaging is 100% Post Recycled Plastic, making the R.A.W. Shampoo and Conditioner range L’Oréal’s first Cradle-to-Cradle certified sustainable product line. The formula was validated platinum, which means it is in line with the circular economy and green chemistry principles.
The #LiveRaw campaign helped to educate professional stylists and customers about sustainable haircare practices that can minimise their environmental impact.
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB, TRANSGENDER INCLUSIVE GUIDELINES
After attending the session on LGBTQ+ rights at the One Young World 2017 Bogotá Summit, Bristol-Myers Squibb Ambassadors wanted to ensure an inclusive workplace for transgender people undergoing transition.
Ambassadors partnered with the Bristol-Myers Squibb LGBTA People & Business Resource Group, Medical and Legal teams to craft a guideline document on how to support gender transition in the workplace. The team also collaborated with Accenture and the NGLCC for feedback. Ultimately, the guideline document was given legal approval for use in the US offices and plans are underway to rollout guidelines elsewhere.
This document led to the formation of a Gender Identity Advisory Board within the company to ensure that all matters related to gender identity are handled appropriately and sensitively.