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Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs – your local support for the development and establishment of responsible and inclusive businesses

You have not yet heard of the Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs (RIBH)? Then it is now the time to do so! The Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs (RIBHs) provide interested companies with knowledge, networks and support in sustainable development to pilot both profitable and sustainable business models. With that, partners discover ways to integrate low-income communities into their value chain and to affiliate CSR activities close to their core business. Current locations are…


Added by Maite Deuchert on July 7, 2015 at 16:40 — No Comments

The power of connection

The world of business is changing, where once profits were a sufficient measure of success, now innovative businesses are seeking methods to create greater impact. At the same time, organizations and communities are seeking financially sustainable solutions to social and environmental needs. Minka-Dev transforms these needs and market inefficiencies into opportunities by linking them with market tendencies to create inclusive business models. This process…


Added by Alexandra Alden on July 6, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Quenching the thirst- similarities between coffee growers & garment manufacturing

It’s now been four months, not including the small relapse, in early February, since I have been off coffee- see blog of 22nd February 2015. That smell which drags you into the coffee shop first thing in the morning. The caffeine that your body just can’t wake up without. Those extra spoons of sugar, in my case, which makes it just that sweet with that special taste of coffee to gulp down and feel invigorated to start the day.

No more for me. None of that. I took…


Added by Maher Anjum on July 6, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

WEBINAR RECORDING: What does it take for large companies to succeed in Inclusive Business?

What approach should large companies take when setting up and implementing inclusive business initiatives? What are the successful companies doing right and what do others need to do better? These were just some of the questions addressed in a live online webinar on Friday 26th June hosted by The Practitioner Hub and Business Call to Action. The discussion was frank and engaging, and packed with plenty of learnings from the first hand experience of panellists that have long been…


Added by Practitioner Hub on July 6, 2015 at 10:13 — No Comments

Biomass Briquetting- The Best Project To Earn Revenue From Waste

Biomass briquetting investment is a best project to generate revenue from agro forestry waste and to produce green energy to protect the global environment .the awareness of using eco-friendly & non- convention bio-coal/ bio-fuel is increasing day to day due to the increasing of the conventional fuel…


Added by Deepi Makwana on July 3, 2015 at 13:16 — No Comments

PagPop Mobile Payments: helping micro entrepreneurs move up the Pyramid

PagPop is a mobile payment company that allows anyone who sells a product or a service to accept credit and debit cards using their own device in our omni-channel platform. We are helping micro entrepreneurs to sell more using better technology and allowing then to access better and lower cost financial services.

We have more than 120,000 clients, 30% of which use the service every month. Brazil has at least 20 million people that are still only accepting cash and checks and so there…


Added by Marcio Campos on July 1, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Baladini – Slow Food for Everyone

Food is one of the fundamentals human beings need to survive. So what about people who do not have access to enough food? What about those who don’t know what constitutes a healthy diet?

These are the challenging questions Egyptian society faces every day. Obesity and under-nutrition are major problems in Egypt and numbers are on the rise from one year to the next, especially for women. The misallocation of available food supplies caused by socio-economic differences is only one of…


Added by Maite Deuchert on July 1, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Join the ICCO Agri-Business Innovation Challenge and co-create business solutions that improve the profitability of smallholder farmers in Uganda

Last week ICCO cooperation launched the online Agri-Business Innovation Challenge platform. Entrepreneurs, startups, experts and professionals from around…

Added by Emiel Eigenraam on June 29, 2015 at 14:27 — No Comments

Bootcamp on pitching your Inclusive Business

Want to convince investors to fund your Inclusive Business?

Pitching is an essential skill for entrepreneurs. You need to have a solid pitch to convince partners, clients and most importantly, investors. How do you build your story? How do you explain your business ideas? And how do you convince investors that there is a market opportunity?



Added by Rachid Belkhir on June 24, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Four Strategies for Responding to Sustainability-Oriented Competitors

Sustainability-focused startups are entering established companies’ market space, bringing both new threats and new opportunities.

Employees want to work for them, customers are willing to pay more for their products and investors are eager to become shareholders. “Hybrid social ventures” like Whole Foods, Patagonia, and Honest Tea that combine commerce with sustainability missions are leading the movement for sustainability-oriented innovation in…


Added by Matthew Lee on June 22, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

The Summit for IT Firms and Entrepreneurs - insight and ideas for business in social sector.

Administrative Staff College of  India (ASCI) in partnership with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and T-Hub Foundation is hosting a partnership summit titled “Scaling up Social Innovations through Partnerships: Government, Innovators & Investors” on 25th and 26thJune, 2015 at Hyderabad.  Knowledge partners- UNDP, Ashoka, Unitus Capital.  REGISTER NOW:

The Information…


Added by Dr. Y. Malini Reddy on June 20, 2015 at 10:54 — No Comments

What role for eco-entrepreneurship in the Post-2015 agenda?

Authors: Helen Marquard, Executive Director SEED & Anais Mangin, Project Manager SEED

The Millennium Development Goals have shaped development cooperation in the last 15 years, and there has been progress towards eliminating poverty worldwide. Nevertheless, much remains to be done. The post-2015 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals will set ambitious targets not only to end poverty, but also to promote…


Added by Anais Mangin on June 19, 2015 at 11:32 — No Comments

ICT as a catalyst for Inclusive Development - Summit on 25 & 26 June, 2015

ONE OF THE KEY DISCUSSION POINTS IN THE SUMMIT: The social sector in India, particularly municipal services, water, sanitation, health, education etc  are yet to make effective use of information communication technology to further service delivery. Participate in this unique summit and explore new business opportunities in social sector.

Register for the Summit on “Scaling up Social Innovations through Partnerships: Government, Innovators & Investors” by ASCI and Ministry of…


Added by Dr. Y. Malini Reddy on June 17, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Webinar with Erik Simanis: What is the role of corporates in Inclusive Business?

Large companies are increasingly recognizing the value of developing new products and services for low-income consumers in underserved communities and are adapting their business models to be more inclusive. While some corporates have been able to do this successfully, many have made little progress.

As part of a month long theme on Corporates in Inclusive…


Added by Practitioner Hub on June 17, 2015 at 5:30 — No Comments

Competitive Strategy at the Bottom of the Pyramid – Inclusive Business and Commercial Drivers.

The 108 businesses who constitute members of the Business Call to Action at UNDP, are all profit-seeking companies who have started a core business initiative to include those who earn less than $8 a day. Their experience shows that in some cases revenue can outpace profitability, but still, returns on investment can be low and/or slow. In other cases, even breaking even takes time. So why does it make business sense to include the poor?

A review of BCtA’s portfolio in 2014 (Breaking…


Added by Suba Sivakumaran on June 17, 2015 at 2:30 — No Comments

Inclusive Business and Large Corporates: Insights from the Business Call to Action Members

Incorporating inclusive business practices at the corporate level often involves overcoming an array of internal and external barriers. Because incorporating the BoP as suppliers, producers or customers is a new aspect of business, there can be internal challenges, such as getting buy-in from different parts of the organization, as well as the external challenges, such as an unsatisfactory regulatory environment or lack of local skills and infrastructure. Despite the difficulties, companies…


Added by Tatiana Bessarabova on June 16, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

1 Fruit. 10 Million Livelihoods for Rural Africa.


Known as the tree of life, The baobab is an icon of the African savannah; a symbol of life & positivity in a landscape…


Added by Andrew Hunt on June 15, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Itaú Unibanco: banking the unbanked in Brazil and the value of understanding people’s stories

By Eduardo Ferreira, Head of Inclusive Business at Itaú

Edilene owns a grocery store in Nova Iguaçu, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, which employs four young women from the community and serves hundreds of clients every day. She is empowered to handle life’s challenges and grasp every…


Added by Tatiana Bessarabova on June 15, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Corporates in Inclusive Business - Publication Highlights

This month we are exploring the role of Corporates in Inclusive Business, a theme that has certainly gained traction over the last few years. There are many aspects to this topic, and depending on what most interests you, you can also find numerous resources that provide information on for instance, how large corporate companies are adapting their business practices; or what the challenges and…


Added by Beatrice Othol on June 12, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Early Lessons and Strategic Questions from a Small Business Development Program on the Road to Scale

In 2012, multinational brewer SABMiller took stock of all of the corporate social investment programs in its portfolio in the six Latin American countries in which it is the market leader: Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Honduras, and El Salvador. What they found—42 separate, often small-scale initiatives—was perhaps not surprising, given that SABMiller’s subsidiaries in those countries are all local companies with independent operating…


Added by Beth Jenkins on June 9, 2015 at 23:00 — No Comments

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