November 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


Reaching Deep in Low-Income Markets


Solutions to Strengthen Land Rights in Emerging Markets


BoP Global Network Summit



News from WBCSD and its member companies


Henkel joins Solvay’s Sustainable Guar Initiative

The Sustainable Guar Initiative launched by Solvay in 2015 aims at equipping Indian guar bean farmers with tools and knowledge on good agricultural practices, improve their revenues and empower women. With Henkel joining the partnership, the initiative increases its target to empower 6,500 Indian farmers by 2020.


Water ATMs revolutionize access to water

Pioneering efforts bringing together BASF’s technology and chemistry expertise, and Waterlife’s ‘Water ATM’ concept, make clean drinking water available at affordable rates, showing the potential innovative business models and partnerships have to change the lives of underserved communities and create significant impact.


News from around the world

Solutions to Strengthen Land Rights in Emerging Markets

If you are thinking about how to strengthen land rights of your suppliers or the communities you engage with, make sure to learn how civil society and private sector organizations are working to address these gaps and ensure land rights for people most in need.
The First-Ever Outcome-Based Impact Bond for Poverty Alleviation in Africa

Village Enterprise is partnering with USAID and DFID to prove the potential of outcome-based development impact bonds as solutions to end poverty in Africa.
Replication is the new innovation

This interesting blog emphasizes how, for many social challenges, someone has already developed successful solutions. The trick is to replicate and thereby scale the impact of those best practices, just like Connovo – a Mexican social venture builder – does.

Tools and Reports

Reaching Deep in Low-Income Markets

A research undertaken by the Omidyar Network, Rockefeller Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Deloitte analyses how deeply down the economic pyramid enterprises can reach while still achieving financial sustainability and scale. Finally, it identifies concrete actions to realize the unmet potential of inclusive business solutions.
Six rules to create good partnerships for social impact

A recent conversation among representatives of successful partnering initiatives hosted by Concordia and Palladium at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit yielded six rules to live by, to create successful partnerships for social impact.

Workshop and Trainings

Metrics from the Ground Up (27-28 February 2018, Nairobi, Kenya)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is hosting two days of conversations focused on emerging practices in measurement, practical strategies for adoption, and lessons from peers supporting small and growing businesses in emerging markets.
30 Oct - 3 Nov Financial Inclusion Week 2017, worldwide
7 Dec - 8 Dec 9th Sankalp Global Summit, Mumbai, India
18 Apr - 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