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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.

Waste Not, Want Not: Rubbish Processing Company Creates Jobs While Transforming Waste Into Fuel, Compost and Recycled Goods

Saahas Zero Waste champions innovative waste reduction solutions in India, which protect environment while providing reliable work for informal sector workers.
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BENGALURU, India, January 14, 2019 /3BL Media/– Recognising the substantial environmental impact urban waste has in India, waste processing company Saahas Zero Waste has joined Business Call to Action with a pledge to dramatically reduce the amount of waste destined for landfill by converting 122 tonnes per day into gas, compost and recycled products, while providing work for approximately 800 low income earners, including women, by 2021.

Educating 5 Million Rural Bangladeshi Children on Health, Hygiene and Safe Drinking Water

Unilever Bangladesh is improving the health, hygiene and livelihoods of millions of Bangladeshis through child-focused mass education campaigns alongside the sale of their products
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DHAKA, Bangladesh, January 7, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Consumer goods giant Unilever Bangladesh has joined Business Call to Action with a commitment to educate an additional 5 million rural children on handwashing and tooth-brushing, ensure access to safe drinking water for over 1 million people, and ensure above minimum wage employment for thousands by 2021.

The State of Inclusive Business: Four Things We Know

By Paula Pelaez, Head of Business Call to Action
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For the cost of a New York take-out sandwich or less, most of the world’s population - seven out of 10 people – have to make ends meet every day. Inclusive business is helping them to break this cycle of poverty by creating jobs, affordable goods and services, education and skills training and more.

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For the cost of a New York take-out sandwich or less, most of the world’s population - seven out of 10 people – have to make ends meet every day. Inclusive business is helping them to break this cycle of poverty by creating jobs, affordable goods and services, education and skills training and more.

Thriving to Succeed – Microfinance Company Empowers Zimbabwean Women to Achieve Financial Independence

Thrive Microfinance tailors finance products to low income women in Zimbabwe which helps them open and grow businesses, afford safe housing and build their economic independence
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HARARE, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Thrive, a microfinance business based in Harare, Zimbabwe believes in lending that leads to economic growth for women and girls who would ordinarily fail to access financial services from the mainstream financial sector.  Thrive joins Business Call to Action with a commitment that will provide microenterprise loans and borrowing and business management training for 16,500 economically active low-income women and girls.

Soft Skills: The Key to Future-proofing Jobs in India

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As the Indian economy rapidly embraces new tech, skills such as management and creativity become essential. We need to ensure low-income earners get necessary training, says Ivan Lukas.

BCtA News Bite November 2018

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Only one month remains of 2018, but we are feeling invigorated after an eventful three months since our last News Bite and looking forward to the year ahead!

East-West Seed Leads Seed Industry On Increasing Smallholder Farmer Productivity in South and Southeast Asia

First ever Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asia evaluated 24 leading seed companies in the region on support for Sustainable Development Goals
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Manila, The Philippines, November 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Thailand-based East-West Seed outperformed global giants Bayer and Syngenta in the first-ever Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asia, which evaluated the efforts of 24 leading seed companies in the region to support growth in the productivity of smallholder farmers, one of the main targets of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How Companies Can Use Data to Maximise Impact

It is possible for businesses to improve lives and be commercially successful – but harnessing the power of data management is crucial
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From developing an efficient clinical system in rural Kenya to providing a shareable source of clean energy in Rwanda, emerging inclusive businesses – those that engage people with less than $10 (£8) per day in purchasing power – are gathering steam. While these innovative ventures focus on providing positive impact to local communities, they also seek commercial success. Inclusive businesses can make significant improvements in the communities where they work, while pursuing the highest level of return.

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