Tools and training to achieve inclusive business innovation

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Companies with an inclusive business (IB) model create value for themselves, for the poor, and for society. Often, their operations contribute to environmental sustainability. At the same time, they are financially sound, competitive, and scalable.

Sounds interesting? If you are an entrepreneur, you will know that this is only part of the picture. Inclusive business companies work in remote areas that are hard to reach, often struggle to successfully approach investors, and need ways to document their impact. They create affordable products for price-sensitive consumers, navigate environmental and societal challenges, and engage with a diversified set of stakeholders.

To realize their societal and economic potential, inclusive business companies constantly need to innovate. We have compiled the resources below to support you in the creation of a successful inclusive business model.

Tools and training for inclusive business companies

Here, you can find a selection of self-learning resources from iBAN and its partners about inclusive business topics. They are based on the latest research and carefully curated to meet your companies’ needs. Learn how to design your theory of change, incorporate social sustainability into your business model, or successfully approach investors!

If you are a beginner on the topic of Inclusive Business, take the hands-on e-learning course “Introduction to Inclusive Business,” developed by the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN). Enrol now for free and learn how to take advantage of a market of 4.5 billion people, create social value, and engage with your stakeholders at the base of the pyramid.

If you are interested in iBAN's training offers in particular, kindly reach out to us.

Where can I find more insights on Inclusive Business?

The resources below are targeted at entrepreneurs striving to improve their inclusive business model. If you are still unsure about the concept of Inclusive Business, get a basic introduction here or be inspired by our global Inclusive Business Impact Stories!

To learn about policy innovation on Inclusive Business, visit our subpage dedicated to the improvement of framework conditions for Inclusive Business. It is designed to give you an overview on how different countries are strengthening the framework conditions for Inclusive Business because they know that they are a key contributor to sustainable economic development.

More research is available in the publication database containing over 2,300 entries to date. Gain access to the latest knowledge on inclusive business model innovation, financial sustainability, and social value creation!

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Online Course

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Developing and Scaling Inclusive Business Models

This course is designed for multiple actors from the inclusive business (IB) ecosystem, especially companies and intermediaries. It explains the Inclusive Business Features, maps the IB ecosystem, and provides a treasure chest of practical tools for intra- and entrepreneurs. All the tools have been developed by established innovators from the IB ecosystem. They can be used to expand and transform companies by integrating the base of the pyramid into their business models.

Target GroupBusiness development service providers, Growth enterprises, Social enterprises, Financial institutions (MFIs, banks etc.), Impact Investors

Online Course

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Introduction to Inclusive Business

This general introductory course imparts basic knowledge on inclusive business, its definition and features. The course also sets the parameters of the IB target groups and how they are involved in the value chain. It outlines the different sectors where the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) is engaged, identifies different inclusive business approaches and illustrates the inclusive business ecosystem. Overall, the intro course makes the case for inclusive business and highlights IB’s positive impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Covid-19 webinar

Training Covid-19 Recovery: webinar insights for Businesses

Covid-19 Recovery: Webinar Insights for Businesses

In this section, we compiled insights from various webinars that were taking place from March to July 2020 as a reaction to the global coronavirus pandemic. This archive of key insights enables you to look back at where the discussion around Covid-19 and its impact on inclusive businesses started and how it evolved.




The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Inclusive Business Maturity Toolkit

Business Call to Action (BCtA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) together with the global consultancy and advisory company Deloitte developed a report on drivers of inclusive business models aligned with the SDGs and accompanying toolkit to assess a company’s business model maturity level and navigate opportunities to leverage the SDGs.




BCtA Impact lab

The BCtA Impact Lab goes through the impact management process over four self-paced modules. It is a step by step process that covers defining your SDG aligned theory of change; designing your own impact framework; collecting data; and managing and communicating your company’s impact.




Inclusive Business Management Practices Tool

The toolkit looks at the constraints within multinational corporations (MNCs) that are preventing the uptake and internalisation of inclusive business models. It considers the internal barriers to scale and the specific management practices that MNCs adopt or develop for their inclusive business.




Inclusive Business and Human Rights

This masterclass and the related toolkits focus on the promotion of human rights. Learn how a solid human rights strategy can positively impact your competitiveness, reputation, and ability to secure and retain investment.



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Grow Asia Digital Learning Series

This inspiring video series explores a range of digital technologies which are being applied in small holder value chains which are brining greater prosperity to small farms in Asia