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Turkish Restaurant Chain Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Female Farmers

BigChefs is providing livelihood and mentorship opportunities for low income women producers in Turkey by engaging them as suppliers for its restaurant chain.
Press Release

Istanbul, Turkey, 4 July 2019 /3BL Media/ – Turkish hospitality company BigChefs, which endeavours to source its food and other products locally in Turkey, has joined Business Call to Action with a commitment to increase the number of its low income women agricultural producers to 80, and provide them with mentorship on issues like logistics, packaging and alike by 2021.  

'With a Better Environment, We’ll Have a Better Crop': How Fargreen Is Closing the Loop in Vietnam’s Rice Production

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Vietnam’s landscape is layered with green and golden rice fields. One of the largest exporters of rice in the world, the country produces more than 20m tonnes each year.

More than 80% of the country’s arable land is cultivated for rice production, and at least 15 million smallhold farmers rely on rice production for their livelihoods.

How a Digital Platform Is Paving the Way for Health-tech in Pakistan

Blog

By Nida Shehzad, lead for digital and innovation at Sehat Kahani

Pakistan produces thousands of, mainly female, doctors, every year, yet 42% of the population have no connection with healthcare. A dynamic medical duo has come up with a hi-tech solution

BCtA Partner Perspectives on Emerging Trends and Top Priorities in the World of Inclusive Business

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How the power of the private sector can be harnessed to solve global challenges such as poverty and climate change – and how it’s reflected in Sweden’s strategic development policies. Carin Jamtin, director general at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, explains

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How the power of the private sector can be harnessed to solve global challenges such as poverty and climate change – and how it’s reflected in Sweden’s strategic development policies. Carin Jamtin, director general at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, explains

Empowering Peruvian Artisanal Fishing Communities to Earn a Fair and Sustainable Income

Sustainable Fishery Trade to ensure fair pay and promote sustainable fishery practices for 5,000 artisanal fishers in Perú and Chile by 2021
Press Release

LIMA, Perú, July 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Social enterprise Sustainable Fishery Trade (SFT) has committed to empowering 5,000 fishers in Perú and Chile by improving practices to protect the sustainability of fishing, and connecting artisanal fishers directly to buyers to provide fair and dependable sources of income.  SFT made the declaration as the organisation officially joins the Business Call to Action (BCtA), with the aim of meeting their goals by 2021.

‘Drinkable, Pure, Safe’: The Business Bringing Affordable Clean Water to Bangladesh

Watersprint purifies contaminated water using technology based on blue LEDs, a development that won the Nobel prize in 2014. A collaboration with local entrepreneurs is bringing the tech to Bangladesh
Article

Across Bangladesh, water is readily available to 97% of the population, but it is not always fit for human consumption. As such, 4 million people do not have access to safe drinking water.

Investment With a Conscience: The Rise of Pension Fund-Based Impact Investing

The democratisation of impact investment and the link to inclusive business
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For pension funds, impact investing is not only investment with a conscience, it’s a stable financial choice that shows steady returns and weathers wider market fluctuations. And it’s what pension holders are increasingly asking for, says Tim Macready, CIO of Brightlight, an Australian impact investing company that has already invested A$150m (£80m) in pension funds in more than 200 companies in emerging markets.

BCtA Member GiftedMom Wins Oslo Business for Peace Award

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OSLO, Norway, June 3, 2019 /3BL Media/ -  Dr. Agbor  Ashumanyi  Ako, one of the co-founders of  Business Call to Action member GiftedMom, a digital health platform based in Cameroon that gives pregnant women and mothers across Africa access to vital health information and care, has been awarded the Oslo Business for Peace Award 2019.

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? 

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