WBCSD inclusive business news & updates - October 2016

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WBCSD inclusive business news & updates - October 2016

Here is a brief collection of inclusive business related news & insights from around the world, collected over the last weeks.

Inclusive Business Perspectives - Blog by Filippo Veglio is the Director of the Social Impact cluster at the WBCSD, Oct 27, 2016
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Warmest thanks to our colleague Davide Fiedler, who compiled these monthly updates over the past year, including this last one. Davide was seconded from GIZ for the past year to WBCSD. He has brought very valuable contributions toward advancing the inclusive business agenda with WBCSD member companies and partner organizations across the world. Best wishes for the road ahead, Davide!

News from WBCSD:

WBCSD issue brief on inclusive business now available in Portuguese
In March 2016, the WBCSD published an issue brief on “Delivering on the SDGs: The Inclusive Business Approach”. To reach as many companies as possible, and advocate for the optimal match between inclusive business and the SDGs, we partnered with our Global Network partners in Latin America. After the first translation targeted the Spanish-speaking countries, the issue brief is now also available in Portuguese, thanks to the work of BCSD Brazil (CEBDS).

Small is beautiful, but big is needed

On 27 September, the WBCSD and the Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN) hosted the second part of a webinar series with Ted London, one of the leading researchers in this field, sharing three main messages:
- Substantial impact for the 4.5 billion people living at the BoP can only be generated if inclusive businesses succeed to reach scale. Scale is a business and development imperative.
- Scaling up will not work without giving appropriate attention to designing and piloting an inclusive business model. On the other hand, scale should be set as the goal from the beginning, in order to provide focus for the design and pilot stages.
- Partnerships are key factors for success and businesses should think about them right from the start and throughout all three stages of design – pilot – scale.

News from around the world

Multinationals bet on Africa’s appetite for dairy:
The Financial Times explores how multinationals like Danone and Arla are grabbing the opportunity of a growing mass market for dairy in Africa, adapting products and distribution network to local needs.

IB Forum in Stockholm:
On 20 October, Inclusive Business Sweden hosted its 4th IB Forum in Stockholm. The conference was a call to collaborative action towards all participants – about 170 representatives of business, entrepreneurs and inclusive business related organizations. Throughout the day, they worked on concrete solutions and partnerships to address six SDGs (i.e. 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, and 12) with inclusive business solutions.

West African Affordable Housing Hub launched at Habitat III:
A network for affordable housing practitioners in West Africa was launched on occasion of the recent UN-Habitat III Conference in Quito. The goal of this network is to promote affordable housing at all levels of government, business and society and to generate activities that lower the costs of housing development for low-income communities.

Number of companies committed to inclusive business on the rise:
In the past year, Business Call to Action member companies have made significant commitments to the 17 SDGs. At its seventh annual forum, last September, BCtA announced 42 new commitments put forth by 38 new companies, including the optics company Essilor, women-focused social enterprise Northern Ghana Shea and Bhutan’s first foreign private investment initiative, Mountain Hazelnuts.

Upcoming workshops & training programs

Achieving Nutritional Behaviour Change at the BoP (20 November – 23 December, online):
Nutrition must be believed and can be contradictory to traditional cooking and eating behaviours: changing those behaviors is a serious challenge. This bootcamp by the Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA) and the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM) is an exciting way to get a practical understanding of key concepts, testimonials of innovative approaches, and access useful tools which will help you to develop an effective behavioral change strategy and campaign.

Web discussion on scale, with Ted London & Olivier Kayser (28 November, online):
Wouldn't it be great if we could crack the question of how to scale inclusive business? Well, with 50 years of experience between them, two leading experts have recently shared their wisdom in two new books. So, drawing on Ted London's framework and Olivier Kayser's pathway, do we have the answers we need? The webinar is hosted by The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business, sponsored by DFID.

Tools & studies

Uncharted Waters: Blending value and values for social impact through the SDGs:
UNDP, Business Call to Action and Deloitte recently published a paper and accompanying toolkit for business to understand why and how they can embrace a journey towards the SDGs, and why inclusive businesses –can accelerate both business growth and social impact. The key themes are: Why the SDGs should matter to business; How the pursuit of the SDGs through inclusive business can increase growth and competitiveness; The degree to which your business might be ready to develop into an inclusive business, and; How to start, develop, refine and optimize your inclusive business.

Creating an enabling environment for inclusive business:
How can agencies help create an enabling environment for inclusive business? And how, if at all, does this differ from regulatory and policy reform to facilitate private investment in general? To help answer these questions, this paper summarizes a very large body of emerging evidence, structuring it into key debates for further exploration.

Inclusive Business Perspectives - Blog by Filippo Veglio is the Director of the Social Impact cluster at the WBCSD, Oct 27, 2016
To see the full article go to

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