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This database contains a diverse range of more than 2,000 publications about inclusive business and relating topics, such as impact investing, microfinance and market systems approaches. You will find not only reports but also market intelligence, case studies, tools and videos that touch upon of several sectors and regions.

The diverse range of publications in this database all relate to inclusive business - meaning business models that engage base of the pyramid (BoP) consumers, suppliers, entrepreneurs and/or employees in low income and/or emerging markets.

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InTaCt - Inclusive Textiles and Clothing
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In 2015, the ADB engaged Inclusive Business Sweden to prepare this sector study on IB models in the value chain of the textile and clothing industry in Asia, focusing on Bangladesh and Myanmar. The study focussed on mapping opportunities for developing inclusive business models across supply chains in Asia as possible new and innovative investment opportunities for leading Swedish and other international and local companies in the sector. 11 broad opportunities were identified in Bangladesh and 8 in Myanmar. Within each of the two countries, two opportunities were prioritised which were considered to be commercially viable and scalable with a great potential for positive impact. 

Publisher
Publish Date
AuthorM. Debelak
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Bangladesh, Myanmar
SectorRetail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
No
Insurance and economic development: Growth, stabilization and distribution
2

Insurance is a largely invisible yet ubiquitous part of our economies. Our health, movements, purchases, homes, and even lives are usually covered by insurance. Without insurance, the unpredictability of the future would be too great and it would be difficult to take risks and innovate. In other words, insurance typically allows people to break the psychological and financial barriers which normally prevent them from engaging in potentially riskier activities thus forgoing greater reward and innovation. Insurance has contributed to macroeconomic development through economic growth, stabilization, distribution, and innovation.

PublisherThe ILO's Impact Insurance Facility
Publish Date
AuthorA. de Montchalin, C. Thimann, D. Kessler
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: BoP as customer
SectorFinancial Services
No
Valuing the SDG prize in cities: Unlocking business opportunities to accelerate sustainable and inclusive growth
49

Companies could unlock US$3.7 trillion a year in cities with an annual investment of US$2.5 trillion in sustainable business models by 2030. The opportunities are broken down across 16 areas, including affordable housing, energy efficiency in buildings, improved mobility systems, building resilient cities, smart metering, modular and timber buildings, water infrastructure and cultural tourism. Researchers estimate a range of value for each opportunity.

PublisherBusiness and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC), AlphaBeta
Publish Date
AuthorN/A
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics:
Sector
No
Bittersweet Vanilla
22

This report analyses the value chain of the vanilla industry and highlights the challenges and proposed solutions to increase farmer incomes. These include the recommendations at the local, national, supply chain and consumer levels.

Publisher
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/Country
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
OECD-FAO Guidance for responsible agricultural supply chains
88

OECD and FAO have developed this Guidance to help enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct and undertake due diligence along agricultural supply chains in order to ensure that their operations contribute to sustainable development. The Guidance comprises:

  • A model enterprise policy outlining the standards that enterprises should observe to build responsible agricultural supply chains;
  • A framework for risk-based due diligence describing the five steps that enterprises should follow to identify, assess, mitigate and account for how they address the adverse impacts of their activities;
  • A description of the major risks faced by enterprises and the measures to mitigate these risks;
  • Guidance for engaging with indigenous peoples.

 

Publisher
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
Helping farmers understand index insurance: Guidelines for consumer education interventions
2

Index-based insurance is an innovative financial service that can help smallholder farmers manage some of the risks related to weather conditions. On one hand, the increasing availability of this financial service offers a big opportunity to both farmers and providers. On the other hand, the complexity of this risk management tool can lead to poorly-understood index insurance products that may do more harm than good. This Briefing Note has been produced as part of the Global Action Network to advance agriculture insurance, a partnership between the Facility, USAID and the BASIS Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab/I4 Index Insurance Innovation Initiative at the University of California Davis.

PublisherThe ILO's Impact Insurance Facility
Publish Date
AuthorC. Fonseca
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: BoP as customer
SectorEducation, Financial Services
No
Breakthrough business models: Exponentially more social, lean, integrated and circular
39

The paper highlights critical pathways for developing a radical mind set that aligns sustainability with profit and transforms business and markets. It is a practical guide for those who recognise that the challenge is no longer how to build the business case for action, but how to evolve and deploy the business models needed to create new forms of financial and extra-financial value.

PublisherBusiness and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC), Volans
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Elkington, J. Lim, L. Smith
LanguageEnglish
No
Advancing financial inclusion through access to insurance: the role of postal networks
2

With 1.5 billion people worldwide getting access to financial services through a post office, postal networks are powerful tools to advance financial inclusion. Posts possess or can develop characteristics such as client understanding, product diversification, national outreach, rural advantage, and trust with clients that have the potential to transform postal networks into well-suited providers of insurance. Insurance is a relatively easy way for posts to diversify their sources of revenue.

PublisherThe ILO's Impact Insurance Facility
Publish Date
AuthorG. Suedekum
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorFinancial Services
No
Helping farmers understand index insurance: Guidelines for consumer education interventions
28

Index-based insurance is an innovative financial service that can help smallholder farmers manage some of the risks related to weather conditions. Considering the lessons and insights gathered from index insurance and financial education projects, as well as from the field of behavioural economics, the Global Action Network to advance agriculture insurance (GAN), coordinated by the International Labour Organisation’s Impact Insurance Facility and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has worked to put together guidelines for index insurance education to support the industry to deal with this task.

PublisherThe ILO's Impact Insurance Facility
Publish Date
AuthorC. Fonseca
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorEducation, Financial Services
No
Advancing financial inclusion through access to insurance: the role of postal networks
32

This study by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) delves into the transformative potential of postal networks into well-suited providers of insurance. The report concludes by presenting three types of business models in which postal insurance can help advancing financial inclusion through insurance access.

PublisherThe ILO's Impact Insurance Facility
Publish Date
AuthorG. Suedekum
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorFinancial Services
No