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 Katharina Banz, Coordinator for Capacity Development and Monitoring.

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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Inclusive Business Toolkit

The aim of the inclusive business toolkit is to support both small and medium-sized enterprises and local business development consultants in their efforts to strengthen inclusive business activities in Base of the Pyramid markets.

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Gender Equality Mainstreaming (GEM) Framework

The GEM self-assessment measures a company’s performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) components. Designed for companies to complete themselves, the self-assessment builds upon the ESG investment standard by mainstreaming gender across a range of ESG criteria. The self-assessment is made up of three surveys, with each survey asking gender-specific questions about one of the ESG components. The GEM self-assessment assists businesses to identify these types of value creation opportunities that can improve a company’s standing among its competitors.

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Access to Impact Investing for Social Enterprises

VIVA Idea and the Social Finance Academy co-created this “How To”-course based on practical experiences and proven concepts from the field. It is wrapped around a signature framework that explains – step by step – how the process of obtaining financing will typically unfold in real life, from getting investment-ready via signing a financing contract, to establishing good investor relations, avoiding mission drift and approaching the next financing (or responsible exit).

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Webinar

What works for smallholders and agribusiness?

What works for smallholders and agribusiness?

This webinar presents findings on the progress of agribusinesses that engage smallholders.

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Webinar

Webinar with Ted London

Webinar: A Conversation with Ted London

"Probably the big takeaway from today is this one: This is our time! For those of us that have been in this space of Inclusive Business or Base of the Pyramid Enterprise for a while, this is really our time to shine. But we have to do better! We're not where we need to be and we need to therefore keep getting better and better [...] but we also need to be a little bit more thoughtful about how we move forward and that is [...] where we can mix rigorous thinking about what works together with practical application and how to bring that to the field."

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Webinar

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How to viably market and distribute beneficial products to the Base of the Pyramid

In this three-part webinar series, Hystra, in partnership with the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business, tackles strategies for marketing and selling beneficial goods to consumers at the Base of the Pyramid.

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Webinar

Advisory Support for Inclusive Business

The webinar presents key learnings from the report “More than Money: Mapping the landscape of advisory support for inclusive business (2017)” as well as opens the discussion with innovators and specialists involved in the report, on what they have learned and where these insights are leading them.

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Webinar

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Reaching Scale in Access to Energy

In this two-part webinar series, Hystra, in partnership with the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), drew on learnings from over 26 pioneering practitioners to explore how to overcome the two critical challenges to the replication of off-grid solar energy companies: distributing in frontier markets, and scaling up financing.

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