The Global Social Business Summit 2017


The 8th Global Social Business Summit 2017 will take place in Paris from November 4th – 9th. This edition represents an important step for the social business community we have fostered over the past years, as we are welcoming new participants with different backgrounds to increase our impact and expand our movement. In this spirit, inclusiveness, impact measurement and sustainability are three commitments we are placing at the centre of the organization of the event as well as the dedication to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG´s) of the United Nations (UN).

The GSBS is the worldwide leading forum for social business, non-loss, non-dividend companies with a social goal. It serves to spread awareness about social business, foster discussion and collaboration between practitioners and stakeholders, as well as present and conceive best practices. 

The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, and gathers experts from the private sector, civil society, governments, and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops. The GSBS is a platform where we can create our own space of inspiration and determination, create new value in the face of generational and structural shifts and leverage far-reaching advances in science and technology for our communities.

The Global Social Business Summit 2017

For the 8th edition of the GSBS, we have designed a program inspired by the 7th principle of social business, “do it with joy!” to provide a breath-taking experience to all participants and to stimulate your creativity through new inspiring platforms for problem-solving. This year we would like to focus on the global challenges plastic pollution, food and its value chain, refugee solidarity, culture, education, and the role of cities as well as the Olympic Games and the role of health.

Once again we are gathering renowned and inspirational speakers from social businesses, the business world, the political scene, as well as entrepreneurs, scientists, and academics to deliver a conference with high quality content.


We had distinguished speakers from Governments, Corporates, Academia, Entrepreneurs and Civil Societies shared their ideas and expertise with us through plenaries and workshops. We were graced by the presence of so many magnificent speakers such as: Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris), Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Hans Reitz (CEO The Grameen Creative Lab), Her Grand Highness the Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg, Lamiya Morshed (Executive Director Yunus Centre), Emmanuel Faber (CEO Danone), Joel Bouzou (Founder and President Peace and Sport/ President World Olympians Association), Jean Bernou (CEO McCain Europe), Peter Schwarzenbauer (Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG), Dr. Lisa Svensson (Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment), Heike Vesper (Director of WWF Germany’s Marine Program), along with many others.  



On October 10, 2016, the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Professor Muhammad Yunus officially launched the “Maison des Canaux” as the Social Business House in Paris. Mayor Hidalgo invited Yunus Centre and the Grameen Creative Lab to create Yunus Centre Paris and locate it in this building to turn Paris into a social business city.

This initiative is a part of the continuing relationship, friendship and cooperation Professor Yunus has developed with the people, corporates, NGOs, universities, media, book publishers, financial institutions, microcredit community, youth, national leaders and local authorities of France over the years. In recent month it took on a new dimension. Professor Yunus became involved with the world of sports and athletics of France.

Therefore he signed a partnership agreement with the Mayor of Paris and the Paris-2024 Olympic Bid Committee to make the Olympics and Para-Olympic Games of 2024 the most inclusive Games in the history of the Olympics. To develop the momentum Yunus Centre and the Grameen Creative Lab decided to hold the next Global Social Business Summit in Paris, on November 6 and 7, 2017.


The Three Commitments:

  1. Sustainability
  • Sustainable set up
  • Paperless agenda
  • Cooperation with local suppliers and producers
  • Reduction of carbon emissions
  • Socio cultural rooms for side events
  1. Inclusiveness
  • Sponsorship for Social Business Entrepreneurs from Less Developed Countries (LDCs)
  • Subsidized tickets
  • Involvement of differently abled people
  • No hierarchy
  1. Impact
  • Platform to share new social business ideas
  • Biggest networking place for social business entrepreneurs globally
  • Media coverage to spread the awareness for social business