Business Call to Action

Gender Equality: Closing the Gap in the Private Sector Around the World

By Nazila Vali, Knowledge and Partnership Lead, and Sahba Sobhani, Head of the Business Call to Action (a.i.)
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Investing in women has several business benefits – from financial performance to innovation. And companies have made a significant progress on equality in recent years. But are we doing enough to empower women while building business value globally? 

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Investing in women has several business benefits – from financial performance to innovation. And companies have made a significant progress on equality in recent years. But are we doing enough to empower women while building business value globally? 

Empowering Women in Conflict-Affected Communities in India

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A social enterprise aims to create sustainable employment and high wages for conflict-affected areas in Northeast India 

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A social enterprise aims to create sustainable employment and high wages for conflict-affected areas in Northeast India 

Inclusive Business Action Network and Business Call to Action Partner to Scale up Inclusive Business

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 ISTANBUL and BONN, Germany, April 5, 2019 /3BL Media/ - The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) and Business Call to Action (BCtA) announced a strategic knowledge partnership today to support the growth of inclusive business worldwide through capacity building and knowledge sharing.

Announcing the 2019 Oslo Business for Peace Award Recipients

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The 2019 Business for Peace Honourees who are delivering opportunities for women, minorities and diverse and disadvantaged groups

The Oslo Business for Peace Award is given to inspiring business leaders around the globe who have accomplished extraordinary things. The award honours ambassadors of businessworthy values, who are shaping society for the better.

Providing Financial Solutions for Uganda’s Unbanked Communities

Ugandan fintech social enterprise Innovate More is empowering savings and credit cooperatives with digital information management systems to provide financial services tailored to the needs of unbanked communities.
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KAMPALA, Uganda, March 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Fintech social enterprise Innovate More Uganda has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide access to digital financial management services to 168,000 low income Ugandans, along with complementary digital finance and mobile banking training, by 2023.  

Japanese Bag Manufacturer Empowering Women in the Philippines by Teaching New Skills and Providing Fair Wages

Building on a local palm-leaf weaving tradition, bag maker Sulci employs Filipino women to crochet their high-quality goods, providing reliable incomes while teaching new skills
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TOKYO, March 12, 2019 – Japanese raffia bag manufacturer Sulci joins Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide new skills and reliable incomes to working mothers in the Philippines by teaching crocheting and providing 100 jobs to women living in Carcar City, Cebu Island, by 2020.

Bringing Medical Treatment to Neonatal Patients Across Africa

Medical Technology Transfer and Services to bring low-cost access to neonatal treatment to 10 African countries
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HANOI, Vietnam, March 6, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Medical devices designer and manufacturer Medical Technology Transfer and Services (MTTS) has answered the Business Call to Action (BCtA), as the social enterprise commits to delivering access to neonatal treatment for 495,000 low income patients in 10 African countries through the delivery of devices to 200 hospitals. MTTS aims to meet their goal by 2022.

Gap Inc. Joins Business Call to Action Through Commitment to Provide Life Skills and Technical Training to One Million Women and Adolescent Girls

Global retailer’s decade-long programme is empowering women in the workplace and at home by building their technical, social and financial management skills
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SAN FRANCISCO, January 31, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Global retailer Gap Inc. joins Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to improve the lives of one million women and adolescent girls through its life skills and technical training programme. Launched in 2007, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) programme was initially created to support women working in the global apparel industry and has expanded training to new locations such as schools, universities, and other manufacturing communities. The company currently operates P.A.C.E.

Better Business for All: Six Ways Companies Can Integrate Human Rights

Companies across industries are improving human rights in the workplace, with benefits for workers, businesses and communities. New research offers insight for SMEs about to embark on the process
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Over the past decade, we have seen a remarkable rise in the value placed on human rights in the private sector – from a scenario where the ambitions of the business community and human rights advocates seemed irreconcilable, to one in which stakeholders have begun to approach a shared understanding of the risks, challenges, and opportunities involved.

Embracing Innovation to Tackle Humanity’s Greatest Challenges

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As the global population increases in a climate-stressed world, we face mounting challenges. On the one hand, cities consume close to 65% of the world’s energy and generate more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But on the other, they drive economic growth and account for 80% of global GDP. They are home to over half of the world’s population.

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