This brings our community to 230 members in 70 countries.
How to reach base-of-the-pyramid consumers? Inclusive businesses provide an answer
Essilor's Chief Mission Officer Jayanth Bhuvaraghan shares his insights on how inclusive business is helping to reach BoP consumers,
and explains the steps Essilor takes to ensure they're directly meeting BoP comsumers' needs with their innovative eye care programmes.
Last call to become an Impact Champion!
Twenty BCtA member companies have committed to taking on a full cycle of SDG lens impact measurement and management
with BCtA as part of our first cohort of Impact Champions.
At the end of the programme, our Impact Champions will have an enhanced capacity to measure and manager their impact on the SDGs, a case study co-authored with BCtA capturing their impact journey with key lessons learned, inputs on writing impact reports, and a chance to share this experience at BCtA’s Annual Forum in New York
in September 2019. BCtA is looking to enrol five additional member companies to the programme. For more details, please get in touch with email@example.com
18-19 Feb 2019: Metrics from the Ground Up, ANDE, Mérida, Mexico
20-21 Feb: Sankalp Africa Summit, Nairobi, Kenya
28 Feb: Positive Innovation Hub, SparkNews, New York, USA
18 Mar: Responsible Business Summit
, Ethical Corporation, New York
21 Mar: What role can Business Play in Addressing Issues around Gender Based Violence in the Workplace
, Business Fights Poverty, online discussion
News from the Guardian Lab – Have you visited our Guardian Lab recently? You can find all the latest articles here: Improving Lives through Business Innovations.
The Voice of our Community
In our latest stories, Paula shares her perspective on the state of inclusive business, reflecting on the findings of our study published in December. Embracing Innovation to Tackle Humanity's Greatest Challenges explores the role that private sector is playing in Pakistan to help solve Islamabad's water crisis. BCtA member WeConnex also explains how it's working with fishermen in Madagascar to tackle climate change while improving livelihoods.
If you’re a BCtA member and you have exciting news to share about your inclusive business initiative, please get in touch with our Comms Lead Aimee on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help share your good news!
Insights from the Field
Harnessing opportunities that lie at the nexus of poverty and the environment
UNDP's private sector advisor Sahba Sobhani shares his views on the market opportunities for the private sector that exist in tackling the dual challenges of poverty and climate change. He believes that the work at the nexus of poverty and the environment, must be connected to the SDGs —and that it goes far beyond permitting mechanisms like carbon credits. Read the full interview in the Inclusive Business Action Network's Clued In 3: Environmental Convergence here.
Blockchain, an emerging technology often associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has tremendous potential to tackle this and other challenges, accelerating development progress that truly leave no one behind. UNDP has created an interactive platform that explores how blockchain can be harnessed for good to contribute to the SDGs. Check it out here
Business with Purpose
The January edition of Business Fights Poverty’s Magazine
focused on business with purpose. Read stories about frontline workers building resilience through refugee-inclusive business models, innovators creating the conditions for social entrepreneurs to thrive and leaders whose partnership work will drive system change across entire sectors.
Other read-worthy reports and stories
If you weren't able to follow all the key events at the World Economic Forum's annual event in Davos, this article provides an overview of the key takeaways from this year
, focusing on data privacy, AI, cybersecurity and more. The Brookings Institute's Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent in 2019
examines the untapped opportunities for business on the continent
, and includes the success story of BCtA member Paga
, a Nigerian mobile money startup that has signed up more than 8 million users in less than a decade.