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What Difference Can a Multinational Make? With the Right Management Practices in Place, a Lot.

By Marcos Neto, Director Finance Sector Hub, UNDP
Article

The potential for multinational companies to tackle global issues such as poverty, climate change and gender inequality is immense. With their reach, they have the ability to transform low income markets through innovative business approaches and help lift millions – even billions – out of poverty. Inclusive business is one such model, but numerous internal barriers are preventing multinationals from adopting or scaling this approach.

Bhutan’s Mountain Hazelnuts: A Transformative Model in a Remarkable Part of the World

By Teresa Law, Mountain Hazelnuts Blog by Co-founder and CFO
Blog

Peter Henry, Dean Emeritus of NYU’S Stern School of Business once said, “You can actually make a lot of money and do a lot of good in the world.”  

That’s the motivation behind the business model of Mountain Hazelnuts. To make things even more interesting, we want to create a transformative model in a remarkable part of the world – the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.  

Aligning Business Purpose to the Sustainable Development Goals: Why Companies Should Put Social and Environmental Impact First

By Wilma Rodrigues, Saahas Zero Waste Founder and CEO
Blog

These days I am often introduced as a social entrepreneur. I am not sure this tag enthuses me:  I believe that the original purpose for setting up an industry or business is public good and by that measure all businesses should be social businesses.  

Unfortunately in the last century, shareholder value became the dominant narrative for a successful business. Consequently today the management and employees in companies are driven by profitability above everything else.

How Technology Is Helping to Building a Fairer and More Efficient Fishery Supply Chain in Peru

By Simone Pisu, Sustainable Fisheries Trade CEO
Blog

"I want to free myself from those who control the prices of our products." This is what Paco, an artisanal fisherman, told me one of the first times I spoke with him in the Pisco Cove, in southern Peru.

Every day Paco returns late after a long day at work at sea. But every time he arrives at port, he doesn't know how much he’ll receive for his valuable fish or seafood. Despite his hard work, he is often not paid as he deserves. 

There Is No ‘I' in Team: How Collaboration and Innovation Are Enabling Inclusive Businesses to Achieve Greater Social Impact

By Sahba Sobhani, acting Head of Business Call to Action (BCtA), Aimee Brown, BCtA Communications Lead, and Nazila Vali, Deputy Head of BCtA
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“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” said Sir Isaac Newton in 1675. 

Over three centuries later, his recognition that nothing great is achieved in isolation is more relevant than ever. Would Steve Jobs have been able to transform his ideas into reality without a team around him? What relevance would Google have had without those who invented the internet?

Harnessing the Power of Partnerships to Create Opportunities for Inclusive Business

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Thanks to technological advances, nowadays, the cost of scaling a business can be close to zero. Even the smallest entrepreneur can become what McKinsey[1] calls ‘micro-multinational’ through online platforms. While this means that traditional business models can be disrupted much more easily, it also means competition can come from any corner in terms of geography or even sector. 

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Thanks to technological advances, nowadays, the cost of scaling a business can be close to zero. Even the smallest entrepreneur can become what McKinsey[1] calls ‘micro-multinational’ through online platforms. While this means that traditional business models can be disrupted much more easily, it also means competition can come from any corner in terms of geography or even sector. 

Improving Child Health in Nigeria Through Education, Awareness and Quality Water and Sanitation Products

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Ensuring low income Nigerians, especially women and children, have access to water, sanitation and hygiene regardless of their location using advocacy, grassroots mobilization and technology 

Press Release

Ensuring low income Nigerians, especially women and children, have access to water, sanitation and hygiene regardless of their location using advocacy, grassroots mobilization and technology 

From Farm to Table: Online Company Increasing Incomes of Turkish Small-scale Farmers by Connecting Them Directly to Consumers

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Turkish company Tarlamvar is reviving the small-scale farming industry by promoting organic and sustainable farming, while connecting local farmers to consumer markets 

Press Release

Turkish company Tarlamvar is reviving the small-scale farming industry by promoting organic and sustainable farming, while connecting local farmers to consumer markets 

Turkcell Joins Business Call to Action With Women Developers of the Future Project

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Turkcell is providing mobile application development training and remote working job opportunities to low-income women from all over Turkey.

Press Release

Turkcell is providing mobile application development training and remote working job opportunities to low-income women from all over Turkey.

Pathway to Empowerment: How Inclusive Business Can Help Syrian Refugees Find Economic Opportunity in Turkey

Blog

By  Michelle T. Lee, MA in Global Thought, Columbia University

Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees have found refuge within Turkey’s borders.[i]​ Turkey has implemented some crucial measures to ensure their wellbeing, like free healthcare and education, but there is a need to continue building on these efforts. 

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