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Environmental convergence
Integrating environmental and social challenges in inclusive business

GRAPHIC SUMMARY

A visual summary of the key challenges entrepreneurs need to consider when it comes to integrating environmental and social challenges at the base of the pyramid. Learn more about these aspects by reading this third edition of the newly developed online magazine on inclusive business! The illustration was developed by Christopher Malapitan, a visual practitioner and trainer based in Brussels. Through the use of visual storytelling methods he empowers individuals and organizations to “see” what they mean.

editorial

THE RECKONING: THE TIME IS NOW TO TAKE THE "GREEN LEAP"

In 1987, the Brundtland Commission published the path-breaking book Our Common Future, which first introduced the term “sustainable development” into the global lexicon. Now, more than three decades into this journey, I write with some…

Stuart Hart

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graphic summary

GRAPHIC SUMMARY

A visual summary of the key challenges entrepreneurs need to consider when it comes to integrating environmental and social challenges at the base of the pyramid. Learn more about these aspects by reading this third edition of the newly developed…

editorial

THE RECKONING: THE TIME IS NOW TO TAKE THE "GREEN LEAP"

In 1987, the Brundtland Commission published the path-breaking book Our Common Future, which first introduced the term “sustainable development” into the global lexicon. Now, more than three decades into this journey, I write with some…

Stuart Hart

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A dangerous disconnect: Inclusive Business without environmental sustainability at its core

This issue of the Inclusive Business Online Magazine CLUED-iN brings us from Liberia and Zimbabwe to Thailand, Korea, India, and Brazil—to focus on one of the fundamental, yet sometimes forgotten underpinnings of inclusive business: the environment. The edition features contributors who are calling for a greater focus on the environment and entrepreneurs who are answering that call.

Dana Gulley

A message to entrepreneurs: this is about missing entire markets, not just marketing opportunities

Sahba Sobhani believes that the work at the “nexus of poverty and the environment,” must be connected to the Sustainable Development Goals—and that it goes far beyond permitting mechanisms like carbon credits.

Green growth: necessary, affordable, and teeming with jobs

Frank Rijsberman of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) believes there is reason to be optimistic about the future. Working with some sixty governments worldwide, he sees plenty of examples of those that are creating enabling environments for green, inclusive businesses to thrive.

Supporting nature is key to improving the "GDP of the Poor"

Gomera takes us to his childhood village in Zimbabwe—once bountiful—where poverty has led to extreme environmental degradation and now, “entrenched poverty.” He uses Mhondoro to tell a cautionary tale and to make an argument in support of “GDP of the poor,” a new accounting method that takes into account biodiversity and ecosystem services.

What impact? Without a focus on climate resilience, decades of social investment could be undone

Robertshaw makes the argument that social entrepreneurs must consider climate risk in their business planning and develop businesses to combat climate change. She also calls on impact investors to step up.

Korea-based company works to develop nascent ecosystem of "environmental-lens impact investing"

MYSC has taken notice of the growing environmental public and politically sentiment in Korea. As an impact investor and sustainable business, MYSC is committed to reflecting and expanding this sentiment in the private sector.

Food production systems that work, are inherently inclusive and sustainable

JUST is reimagining food systems, and Emerging Markets Director, Taylor Quinn, shares the four principles of a food system that works. As he explains, when you build a system from scratch, you must account for the environment as a cost of operation, “at the core of what you are doing.”

Inclusive circular businesses have a critical role to play in combating plastic pollution

Using an inclusive and circular approach, Full Circle Filament is dedicated to not only reducing plastic pollution and improving the wages for the trash pickers, but also to innovating new 3-D printed products at the base of the pyramid.

Environmental sustainability and youth employment must be integrated to address rural housing crisis in India

A scaled version of Drishtee’s Gharaunda pilot initiative will create jobs in sustainable construction with the use of locally-sourced building materials. With high levels of youth unemployment, a scaled version of the programme will create jobs in sustainable construction with the use of locally-sourced building materials.

Give a "nudge" and they go a mile: how so+ma is encouraging environmentally-friendly consumer behaviour in Brazil, and offering life-changing opportunities in return

So+ma is tackling the SDGs by changing consumer behaviour. By partnering with companies to offer valuable opportunities to low-income programme participants in Brazil, families have diverted 91,000 kg of waste to recycling and trash pickers have been able to improve their efficiency by 30 per cent.

Six transitions for entrepreneurs to take the "Green Leap" to an inclusive economy

Echoing the sentiment found in Professor Stuart Hart’s editorial, Casado provides the critical “how to guide” for entrepreneurs to take the ‘green leap’. Casado argues that for an economy to be green, it must also be socially inclusive.

Ask Jack

In this insightful podcast series, Jack Sim answers questions from readers of the Inclusive Business Online Magazine CLUED-iN. This month, he voices his thoughts around the topic of environmental innovation for the base of the pyramid.