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The Impact of Multinationals on Development

20 October 2009 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Chatham House, London


Chair: Martin Cooke, Chairman, Procurement for Development Forum, Convened by DFID and Chatham House
Marijn van Tiggelen, Unilever Country Chairman, Vietnam
Pham Hoand Hai, Manager, Office for Business Sustainable Development, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dr René Kim, Tripe Value Strategic Consulting
Edward Millard, Senior Manager Sustainable Landscapes, Rainforest Alliance
Christine Shields, Head of Country Risk Research, Global Research, Standard Chartered



Multinational companies play an important role in developing countries, not only through their direct activities, but all along their supply and distribution chains. The extent and impact of their activities on development outcomes is less well known.

Some multinationals have carried out impact assessment exercises, and learned valuable lessons from them in terms of their social and commercial impacts, critical success factors, and areas for future action.

  • What lessons can be learned by companies involved in trying to measure their 'total economic' impact on the countries in which they work? Should companies being doing more of this?
  • What role should multinational companies play in the countries in which they operate? How far should they be working towards development outcomes?
  • What effect do their relationships with local stakeholders - employees, customers, suppliers, governments - have on development outcomes?
  • What are the positive and negative impacts of the presence of multinational FDI on the competitive environments in the local economies?

This event is strictly by invitation only.

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.