October 2017
World Business Council
for Sustainable Development

Here is a brief collection of inclusive business related news, updates and insights. Feel free to send us your news anytime!


Featured stories


System leadership in action


Reaching Scale in Access to Energy


Fintech for nonliterate people   


News from WBCSD and its member companies


Novartis Access reaches another milestone

Novartis reaches an agreement with Cameroon to supply medicines against chronic diseases for the poorest segments of the population. This agreement increases to six the number of countries where Novartis Access improves access to healthcare through a portfolio of high-quality medicines targeting four key noncommunicable disease areas: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and breast cancer.


News from around the world

Solar dryers, cold storage and improved housing – Covestro’s inclusive business portfolio

Covestro - a leading producer of high-tech polymer materials – is developing affordable solutions to benefit low-income populations in Asia. Their solar dryers and cold storage units reduce agricultural post-harvest losses and provide new opportunities to process fruits and vegetables, while affordable housing applications help in rebuilding the lives of communities and victims of disaster-prone areas.
European Investment Fund and UNDP partnership to boost inclusive business

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) launched a cooperation to boost sustainable and inclusive business models of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). The cooperation involves market research and studies, social impact and blended finance investments, and the provision of advisory services to incentivize capital market investments in the SDGs.

Tools and Reports

Fintech for nonliterate people

If you have been interacting with the BoP, you have probably come across the fact, that about 1 billion adults worldwide can’t read or write. A report by MicroSave and My Oral Village analyzes how nonliterate people manage and interact with financial information and provides guidance on developing a mobile-based user interface.
System leadership to improve coffee farmers’ income

From 2008-2015, TechnoServe’s East Africa Coffee Initiative reached more than 250,000 farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, increasing their coffee incomes by more than 25%. A new report published by the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School describes what lay behind these numbers. It confirms that training and access to inputs, finance, and markets are essential. But it also calls for cultivating a shared vision for change, empowering widespread innovation and action, and enabling mutual learning and accountability for progress.

Workshop and Trainings

Reaching Scale in Access to Energy

If you missed the two-part webinar series on Reaching Scale in Access to Energy, you can now access the recordings and presentations online. The webinars – organized by Hystra, in partnership with the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business and the Inclusive Business Action Network - drew on learnings from over 26 pioneering practitioners to explore how to overcome the two critical challenges to the replication of off-grid solar energy companies: distributing in frontier markets and scaling up financing.
Building Effective Partnerships for Development (31 January – 2 February, New York)

The Partnering Initiative’s 3 day training program, Building Effective Partnerships for Development, focuses on skills, understanding and knowledge for effective cross-sector partnering, optionally leading to a Certificate in Partnering Practice. The course balances core knowledge with highly interactive, experiential learning through role play, ‘serious games’ and peer-to-peer exchange.
31 Oct - 1 Nov 2017 2nd Africa Impact Investing Leaders Forum, Berlin, Germany
23 Nov 2017 Inclusive Business Forum, Göteborg, Sweden
18-20 Apr 2018 BoP Global Network Summit, New Delhi, India
More events

Thank you for your ongoing interest and participation in our work.

Davide Fiedler
Manager, Social Impact, WBCSD