July 2017
World Business Council
for Sustainable Development

Enjoy our Inclusive Business News & Updates in a new design and visit our new blog – Inclusive Business Insights!


Featured stories


Access to energy: how far has the market come?


Investing in women along agribusiness value chains


Co-creating a fortune with the base of the pyramid


News from WBCSD and its member companies


Novartis Access expands to Uganda

Earlier this month, Novartis reached an agreement with the Government of Uganda to supply medicines that address the rapid rise of chronic diseases in the country. Novartis Access - launched in 2015 - provides the public sector with a portfolio of high-quality medicines targeting noncommunicable disease at the cost of USD 1 dollar per treatment per month (ex-factory price). Uganda becomes the fifth country to launch the Novartis Access program.


Advancing the production of sustainable coconut oil

BASF, Cargill, P&G and GIZ collaborate to establish a sustainable certified and transparent supply chain of coconut oil in the Philippines and Indonesia. The partnership provides training to smallholder farmers, increases their productivity, creates new opportunities to increase their incomes and advances the supply of sustainable coconut oil in the world.


News from around the world

Access to energy: how far has the market come?

This month, the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business and Hystra look at the main drivers and challenges that propel and restrain access to clean and affordable energy: What are the differences in selling solar lanterns, cook stoves or micro grids? Which are the determining factors in the Indian and African market? How can companies reach markets in rural and remote areas and impact their lives?
More than money: mapping the landscape of advisory support for inclusive business

The right advice at the right point in time can make an enterprise literally leapfrog common mistakes, avoiding hard-earned experiences, and hence speed up progress. This blog covers some of the key findings from a forthcoming USAID landscape survey on acceleration and technical assistance for inclusive business.
New business models and technology disrupt public health supply chains

Six forces will impact global health supply chains in the coming decades: economic growth; shifting disease burden; urbanization; increased patient-centric care; proliferation of data; and, the rapid pace of innovation. A new report by the William Davidson Institute (WDI) proposes a series of initiatives that governments, global development agencies, and the private sector should undertake immediately to anticipate the increasing demands on health systems. Download Designing Global Health Supply Chains for the Future.

Tools and Reports

Investing in women along agribusiness value chains

Evidence shows that gender-smart solutions in agribusiness can increase productivity and profitability, and create stronger value chains. This report by IFC highlights the business case for gender at each of the four stages of agribusiness value chains – (1) input provision and use; (2) production; (3) post-harvest processing and storage; and (4) transportation, marketing, and sales - identifies best practices and presents solutions to seize business opportunities.
Development Investments: Perspectives 2017/2018

responsAbility Investments AG is a leading asset manager in the field of investments in inclusive business models. Their yearly magazine takes you on a tour around the fascinating world of development investments, looking at relevant trends, examples of successful inclusive business models in rice production, access to energy, financing for small businesses and many more insights from responsAbility’s experience.
Inclusive Innovation Business Models

The Innovation Policy Platform has recently published a series on Inclusive Innovation Business Models. Nine innovative models from agricultural insurance, education, health & nutrition, and water & sanitation are presented in 2-page summaries, providing insights on the business model, its effectiveness and how it delivers value to low-income populations based on the 4A-model: Awareness, Acceptance, Accessibility, Affordability.

Workshop and Trainings

Executive education: Co-creating a fortune with the base of the pyramid, (2-6 October, Ann Arbor, US)

Ted London and Stuart Hart are unquestionably two of the world’s top authorities in the inclusive business space. In a new, ground-breaking executive education program, they aim to share their knowledge from decades of research and professional experience helping companies building sustainable, scalable inclusive businesses. Aspiring enterprise leaders will come away ready to succeed in the unique, opportunity-rich base of the pyramid markets. The five-day program includes live simulations, case studies, team exercises, development of personalized action plans, cross-industry and cross-functional networking, social events and much more. Find out more information and register.
Executive Education: (3-6 October, Calais, France)

The HEC Business School, Hystra and Ashoka, offer an Executive Education Program on inclusive business and value creation that prepares corporate executives in charge of designing, launching or scaling inclusive business projects. Its format is based on experiential learning and immersion, cutting-edge academic content, insights from pioneers in the field and peer-to-peer learning, condensed into an intensive 4-6-day session. It is designed for corporate executives, but also welcomes social entrepreneurs, executives from large NGOs, international aid agencies and impact investors.
Building Effective Partnerships for Development (23 – 25 October 2017, Oxford, UK)

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.
6 Sep ASEAN Business Awards 2017 & Inclusive Business Summit, Manila, Philippines
10-13 Oct SOCAP17, San Francisco, US
18-19 Oct ii2030: Innovating for a more inclusive 2030, Berlin, Germany
More events

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

Davide Fiedler
Manager, Social Impact, WBCSD
World Business Council for Sustainable Development