Knowledge Partners

iBAN blue collaborates with a core set of pioneering organizations that are committed to thought leadership and knowledge exchange in the inclusive business space. Our knowledge partners help us identify and share practical information and insights from inclusive business implementation. 

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  - The Business Call to Action challenges companies to develop innovative business models that achieve commercial success and development outcomes. It is a multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme — which hosts the secretariat.

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Corporate Venturing is a strategic approach by which companies can engage with entrepreneurs to bring new ideas and energy into the business. These partnerships provide a pathway to invest in innovation and deepen long-term strategies that deliver profit and purpose. As the ‘purpose’ aspect of these ventures takes on greater attention and importance – increasingly driven by the SDGs - more stakeholders from other sectors, i.e. policy makers, impact investors, social entrepreneurs/inclusive businesses, and leaders from non-profit organisations, are seeking to engage and collaborate with corporate venturing practitioners. This heightened interest in cross-sector engagement holds significant potential—both in a traditional investment and innovation sense, as well as in terms of societal impact and outcomes. The need is to develop a dedicated repository of information on corporate venturing that includes: objectives, roles, and ways of interacting with numerous stakeholders from diverse disciplines to enhance learning and understanding and to foster greater adoption.

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SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. Founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative locally driven enterprises around the globe which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model.