Useful Resources

Inclusive business - An update from the WBCSD in May 2014

“Meeting basic needs and respecting human rights” has been identified as one of nine key priority areas within the Action2020 platform of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In this context, the role of inclusive business models as sustainable solutions which contribute to achieving the above mentioned priority has been endorsed by our member companies and partners...

Launching the 2014 Inclusive Business eLab

The Inclusive Business eLab is an executive online course to help company managers working on building business in base of the pyramid (BoP) markets. The basic course package includes modules providing essential management know-how specific to inclusive business through a programme of weekly, one-hour live, private webinars over 6 weeks. The full package includes an additional 6 sessions of...

WBCSD and Inclusive Business - Overview presentation - January 2014

Many companies are engaging with low-income communities (the so-called base of the pyramid) in the developing world as a way to meet the company’s needs for growth and profitability, while addressing societal needs. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) coined the concept of 'inclusive business' in 2005 to describe profitable business ventures that are also good for...

From Islands of Success to Seas of Change - a Report on Scaling Inclusive Agri-food Markets

‘Inclusive business’ and the role of the private sector in overcoming poverty and inequality has received much attention in recent years. Business leaders are increasingly committing and aligning their companies to sustainably feeding the world. The multitude of emerging examples illustrate it is ‘good business’. However, to have significant impact on poverty and food security requires a...

The 4Ps of inclusive business: How perseverance, partnerships, pilots and passion can lead to success

Success in inclusive business depends on getting the business model right. But so far there is little known about which business models work, how long success takes and what success looks like in practice. This report helps fill that gap, drawing on findings from the portfolio of projects supported by the Business Innovation Facility (BIF), during its pilot phase in Bangladesh, India, Malawi,...

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