By: Meghan Ennes | Manager, Digital Communications at Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship | September 27th, 2016

Global development is top-of-mind this month as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meets for their 71st Annual Debate in New York. Each year in September, leaders from across sectors and industries gather to establish the global agenda – in conversations both inside and outside the walls of the UN. The Shared Value Initiative team was in the thick of the side events, in which private sector involvement in refugees, education, and the environment were among key issues.

Here are our top shared value takeaways from the week:

“It was my first time to NYC for UNGA week and wow, the energy! Both at the Business Fights Poverty Roundtable and at the Shared Value Initiative Partner Breakfast, it was both inspiring and humbling to be surrounded by people who are so committed to tackling the world’s problems. I spoke with companies that are just beginning their shared value journey and those that are further down the road – the common thread in all of these conversations is the desire to learn from others, explore new partnerships and push their thinking to build programs that create maximum impact across the globe.”  Alicia Dunn, Communications Manager

"We held a great working session with our International NGO working group that engaged nearly the same number of companies as nonprofits in the room. Specifically, we saw shared value partnership play out in real time as one company pitched a project to working group members." Justin Bakule, Executive Director

"Among the more impressive takeaways from the UNGA week activities was the ever-more sophisticated level of engagement among the global finance community in recognizing the power of shared value in delivering attractive returns to investors. Asset managers, asset owners, alternative investors and others are increasingly wielding their influence to help inspire companies to address huge social and environmental challenges while improving their economic performance. As the debate around methodology continues, partnership and collaboration among all parties are top of mind." Georgina Hurst, Program Coordinator

"I was so impressed at the Mashable Social Good Summit to see a number of companies doing real, meaningful work in social impact—especially led by internal changemakers from diverse backgrounds. It was clear that these are the cross-sector leaders of the future; people who can see the whole picture and effect systems change on these thorny global issues. Favorite quote of the week was Lisa P. Jackson, Apple's head of social initiatives and formerly of the EPA: 'You can do public service at a private corporation.'" Meghan Ennes, Community Coordinator

And of course, many of you from the broader shared value community were in attendance last week Below are some of your reflections on the role of the private sector in the refugee crisis, healthcare access, and global development in general:

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