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Tackling economic inequality

What insights can we glean from inclusive business?

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A visual summary of the most important insights on inclusive business and economic inequality. Learn more about these aspects by reading this thirteenth edition of the online magazine on inclusive business! The visual was developed by illustrator Lena Jukna. Through the use of visual storytelling methods she empowers individuals and organizations to “see” what they mean.

Inclusive Business Action Network
The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) is a global initiative supporting the scaling and replication of inclusive business models. Through its strategic pillars iBAN blue and iBAN weave, iBAN manages an innovative online knowledge platform on inclusive business (inclusivebusiness.net) and offers a focused Capacity Development Programme for selected companies and policymakers in developing and emerging countries. iBAN creates a space where evidence-based knowledge transforms into learning and new partnerships. With its focus on promoting the scale-up of inclusive business models, thereby improving the lives of the poor, iBAN is actively contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. iBAN is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

editorial

Is inclusive business falling short on inequality?

Inclusive business is all about reaching people at the ‘base of the pyramid’ (BOP). Surely then it’s the best kind of business for reaching those who bear the brunt of inequality? And for demonstrating leadership to close the gap?

Caroline Ashley

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graphic summary

GRAPHIC SUMMARY

A visual summary of the most important insights on inclusive business and economic inequality. Learn more about these aspects by reading this thirteenth edition of the online magazine on inclusive business! The visual was developed by…

Inclusive Business Action Network

editorial

Is inclusive business falling short on inequality?

Does inclusive business reach those who bear the brunt of inequality? Some of the best pioneers have already turned conventional business models on their head, argues Caroline Ashley, head of the Editorial Committee, but we need to see greater ambition.

Caroline Ashley

featured story

Tackling economic inequality: What insights can we glean from inclusive business?

With economic inequality on the rise, what insights about equity and inclusion can we glean from inclusive business? In this issue of CLUED-iN, we feature a range of perspectives from academics and entrepreneurs on equitable practices and policies and what it will take to expand their impact on inequality.

Alexandra Harris

The transformative power of sustainable and inclusive business models

Inclusive business models can reduce inequalities, support women’s empowerment and promote a green transition, argues Lonne Poissonnier, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator at CONCORD Europe. How can the EU and its member states help them thrive?

Empathy ends inequality

Golden Sunland levels the playing field by empowering smallholder farmers in Myanmar. Consumers, too, need to play their part, argue Phoebe Swinn Yap and co-founder David Chen: Inclusive businesses need to tell stories that cultivate long-term empathy instead of short-term sympathy.

Advancing gender equality through inclusive business

Black Mamba Foods partners with smallholder farmers in Eswatini to produce speciality foods. Claudia Castellanos, co-founder and Managing Director of the company, explains how her business advances gender equality.

P.ACT: Leveling the field for equitable partnerships

Collaborating with large partners can help inclusive businesses scale their innovations. How can such hybrid partnerships succeed? MIT D-Lab Program Director Saida Benhayoune introduces a new toolkit.

Inclusive business, conventional companies and economic inequality

While inclusive businesses make equality part of their DNA, conventional companies often lack incentives to act. Nicolas Simiyu, co-founder of FarmGRO Africa, explains what policymakers can do.