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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.

Ethical Apparel Africa Selected for London Stock Exchange Group’s 'Companies to Inspire Africa 2019' Report

Report identifies a new cohort of fast growing and dynamic private businesses across Africa
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January 29, 2019 /3BL Media/ -- Ethical Apparel Africa is a sourcing company working to catalyze a sustainable growth path for the emerging apparel sector in West Africa. As brands look to grow their manufacturing base in Africa, EAA provides end to end production management support: expert technical guidance, independent quality control, sourcing, logistics, and compliance assurance. Our vision is to demonstrate that ethical manufacturing can and should be done at scale, not just associated with luxury or expensive product.

A Message to Entrepreneurs: This Is About Missing Entire Markets, Not Just Marketing Opportunities

Interview with Sahba Sobhani, UNDP by Carolina Zishiri and Patrick Scheffer
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Sahba Sobhani is a Global Programme Advisor-Private Sector in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UN Development Programme (UNDP). He provides programme support and policy advice on private sector development issues and technical oversight for UNDP’s multi-stakeholder initiatives including the Business Call to Action Initiative, the Connecting Business Initiative and the G20 Global Platform on Inclusive Business. Previously, he managed two key UNDP private sector initiatives. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Fletcher School of Diplomacy (USA).

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Sahba Sobhani is a Global Programme Advisor-Private Sector in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UN Development Programme (UNDP). He provides programme support and policy advice on private sector development issues and technical oversight for UNDP’s multi-stakeholder initiatives including the Business Call to Action Initiative, the Connecting Business Initiative and the G20 Global Platform on Inclusive Business. Previously, he managed two key UNDP private sector initiatives. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Fletcher School of Diplomacy (USA).

Empowering West African Women Through Ethical Manufacturing

Sourcing company supports West African manufacturers to compete in international supply chains and introduce safe and supportive workplace practices for women
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ACCRA, January 16, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Sourcing company Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) has joined Business Call to Action with a commitment to create at least 1,500 ethical manufacturing jobs and develop six African-owned apparel factories in Benin and Ghana by improving workplace standards, linking them to international value chains, and investing in staff wellbeing, by 2023.

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