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Masterclass on Women in Supply Chains by Business Call to Action and Oxfam – May 14 at 8am ET

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What are the barriers faced by low-income women as workers and producers? This session will explore why this human rights issue is a problem for business and why there needs to be stronger worker voices and transparency in supply chains. The masterclass will look at the business case for addressing these issues and what action companies can take.

When: May 14, 2020 at 8am EST (12:00pm UTC)

Masterclass on Business and Gender Equality by Business Call to Action and Oxfam – May 12 at 8am EST (12:00 UTC)

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A look at gender equality and why it matters to companies. The session aims to build a common understanding among participants, cover the implications of gender inequality for companies and workers, and look at the business case for addressing them. The masterclass will focus on the importance of working with partners along with recommendations for business on how to make progress on gender equality.

When: May 12, 2020 at 8am EST (12:00pm UTC)

Building a Sustainable Mung Bean Farming System in Bangladesh

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Grameen euglena provides farmers in Bangladesh with opportunities for increased income and contributes to increased food security of Rohingya people through a mung bean distribution initiative in collaboration with the World Food Programme.

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Grameen euglena provides farmers in Bangladesh with opportunities for increased income and contributes to increased food security of Rohingya people through a mung bean distribution initiative in collaboration with the World Food Programme.

Mobile Technology Connects Smallholder Farmers With Global Producers, Enabling Fair Pay and Accountability ​

The SAP Rural Sourcing Management mobile solution provides transparency, accountability and access to financial services to smallholder farmer organizations in Africa and Southeast Asia
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ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ – SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an aim to cater to the needs of different market segments, including small and mid-sized organizations, to accelerate and scale impact on smallholder farmers.

BCtA Companies at the Forefront of Response to COVID-19

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COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), with over 250,000 infected across the globe. UNDP will support countries to set up a multisectoral whole-of-society approach to face the challenges beyond the health sector, to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to mitigate the potentially devastating impact it may have on vulnerable populations and economies. 

How UNDP’s BCtA Private Sector Is Helping Fight COVID-19

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The Business Call to Action (BCtA) continues to work with its member companies by providing guidelines on how to cope with the pandemic. We are working to better understand the bottlenecks companies are facing, their priorities during this crisis and its impact on people at the base of the economic pyramid through surveys with our members. Here are some of the first BCtA companies to respond to COVID-19:
 
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Public Eye: Emerging Trends and Top Priorities in Inclusive Business

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The BCtA’s Q&A series, Public Eye, examines partner priorities around issues at the heart of inclusive business, such as SDGs, climate change, women’s empowerment, refugees and more. Ulrika Modéer, director of the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy.

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The BCtA’s Q&A series, Public Eye, examines partner priorities around issues at the heart of inclusive business, such as SDGs, climate change, women’s empowerment, refugees and more. Ulrika Modéer, director of the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy.

Colombian Restaurant Supports Local Talent by Hiring and Buying Locally

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BOGOTA, Colombia, January 31, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Colombian restaurant Wok has joined Business Call to Action with a commitment to provide job opportunities to unexperienced low-income earners, helping to break a cycle of unemployment and poverty.

Creating Livable Urban Communities for Low Income Colombian Families by Providing Affordable Housing and Green Living Spaces

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BOGOTA, Colombia, January 29, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Construction company Constructora Bolívar has joined Business Call to Action with a commitment to improve the quality of life of more than 190,000 low-income families – or around 600,000 people – through the construction of affordable and decent housing, while also improving their standard of living by connecting them to public services, shared recreational areas and roads, by 2022.

Enabling Higher Standards of Living by Connecting Underserved Communities to Affordable Internet

BLUETOWN provides low-cost internet solutions to connect the unconnected and bridges digital divides.
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, January 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Internet service provider BLUETOWN has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an aim to reach 230 million people in underserved communities globally with affordable internet access by 2024.

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