Sustainable business as
catalyst for change.

The flagship B Lab AfriCAN 2022 Summit is scheduled to take place on Thursday 28 July 2022.

The hybrid Summit dubbed: Sustainable Business as a Catalyst for Change will bring together organizations that support sustainability, B Corp certified companies, accelerators, and stakeholders looking for new markets and financing from impact investors, venture capitalists, and development finance institutions in Africa, with the aim of engaging to create more radical shifts and innovations in how we conduct business, to power the shift to sustainability in Africa.

The event will also celebrate top-performing B Corps who have been recognized as Best for the World™ 2022. These are businesses creating the greatest positive and sustainable impact across the world, and have been verified to achieve the highest scores globally in the five impact areas evaluated on the B Impact Assessment (BIA)— community, customers, workers, environment and governance.

The future of business is only realized if it is done sustainably. Businesses need to be driven by a deeper purpose. It means looking at Africa’s high levels of poverty and its unfulfilled demands, and not seeing barriers to business, but human issues you feel responsible for solving. This is how B Corp certified businesses are leading the conversation.


Who Should Attend:

  1. Businesses and individuals that support sustainability
  2. Stakeholders looking for new markets and financing
  3. Impact investors & Venture capitalists
  4. Development finance organizations
  5. Capacity building organizations & Accelerators
  6. Research & Academic institutions
  7. B Corp certified businesses
Why You Should Attend:
  1. Position your company as a driving force for sustainability in Africa.
  2. Expand your business into regional markets, and discover trade and business opportunities.
  3. Networking opportunities to connect with various stakeholders from across the globe, and generate international exposure for your brand.
  4. Strengthen existing relationships or build new ones with stakeholders in the various industries/sectors creating a strong ecosystem for sustainable businesses.
  5. Hear from industry experts and acquire market knowledge, insights, and a chance to discuss latest trade policies and opportunities through our panel discussions and breakout sessions
  6. Access a pool of businesses and entrepreneurs from across the continent that have embraced our theory of sustainable change.

What to Expect:

  • Plenary Sessions: Hear from an exceptional line up of thought leaders and experts around aligning your business with sustainability.
  • Networking: Acquire new business leads, business partners and connect with potential investors.
  • B2B Engagement: Build and reinforce strategic relationships in your network, connect with new business contacts and partners, with virtual and in-person B2B meetings.
  • Round Table Discussions: Connect with high level decision makers and sustainability experts in the private sector.
  • Breakout Sessions: Connect with sector-specific industry experts and thought leaders and advocate your business interests.
  • Best for the World 2022 Award Ceremony: Spotlight on top-performing businesses creating the greatest social and environmental impact in Africa.
  • Cocktail & Networking Happy Hour: Hold one-on-one chats to discuss your business needs, explore opportunities and deepen relationships.

Program Structure

8:30 am – 9:00 am
( 30 min )

Arrival and Registration of Guests

Main plenary Room

9:00 am – 10:00 am
( 1 hour )

Networking and CEO Forum

Main plenary Room

10:00 am – 10:30 am
( 30 min )

Orientation & Welcome Remarks

Main plenary Room

10:30 am – 10:45 am
( 15 min )

BMW Foundation Presentation

Main plenary Room

10:45 am – 11:30 am
( 45 min )

Panel Discussion: Sustainable Business
as a Catalyst for Change in Africa

Main plenary Room

11:30 am – 11:50 am
( 15 min )

Sustainability Case Studies

Main plenary Room

11:50 am – 12:30 pm
( 40 min )

Panel Discussion: Creating an Enabling
Environment for Sustainable Business
in Africa (Policy & Legislation)

Main plenary Room

12:30 am – 1:00 pm
( 30 min )

Keynote Address

Main plenary Room

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm
( 1 hr )

B Corp Video Showcase

Main plenary Room

2:20 pm – 3:30 pm
( 1hr 10 min )

Break Out: Cross Cutting Issues in
Building Sustainable Businesses
1. Finance & Investments
2. Impact Measurement & Reporting
3. Climate Action

Breakout rooms

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
( 1hr )

Break Out: Cross Cutting Issues in
Building Sustainable Businesses
1. Diversity & Inclusion
2. Responsible Leadership
3. AI & Tech

Breakout rooms

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
( 1hr )

Exhibitions & Networking

Outdoor Arena

6:00 pm – 6:10 pm
( 10 min )

Best for the World™ 2022 Remarks

Main plenary room

6:10 pm – 7:00 pm
( 50 min )

Best for the World™
Gala & Award Ceremony

Main plenary room

7:00 pm – 7:15 pm
( 15 min )

Plenary and Closing Remarks

Main plenary room

7:15 pm 

Cocktail & Happy Hour

Cocktail Area

Nairobi: The Place of Cool Waters

Now one of Africa’s most influential cities, Nairobi is a vital commercial and financial hub, and home to the regional headquarters of various major international companies and organizations. 

Nairobi has long been the safari capital of the African continent and its National Park plays a major part in the structure of the city. Measuring about 134 square kilometers, it’s home to more than 400 species of birds as well as a plethora of animals, including buffaloes, leopards, lions and rhinos and has a rather unusual backdrop of city skyscrapers and landing planes.

As Nairobi continues to make advancements, the one thing that remains constant is its limitless energy. This place is so full of life.

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Our mission is to accelerate a shift in how business is done in Africa. To redefine business success as not just for profit but also for a purpose. To encourage businesses to work for a positive impact for all stakeholders: workers, customers, community and the environment