Business Call to Action

Empowering Women Through Design

Ethical fashion brand Raven + Lily joins the Business Call to Action with a pledge to improve women’s lives through ethical and eco-friendly fashion.
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Austin, Texas, January 19, 2017 /3BL Media/ – US-based social enterprise Raven + Lily has joined the Business Call to Action (BctA) with a commitment to provide market access and sustainable livelihoods to over 2,000 women from impoverished communities.

Empowering a New Generation of Farmers

Fruandes Frutos de los Andes SAS joins the Business Call to Action, pledging to improve the lives of rural Colombians through fair trade organic farming
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Bogotá, Columbia, January17, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Colombia-based organic snack producer Fruandes Frutos de los Andes SAS has joined the Business Call to Action (BctA) with a commitment to train and support 500 smallholder farmers in organic farming practices, and increase the incomes of 1,500 people working in agriculture by the end of 2020.

Business Call to Action: Our Year in Highlights

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In 2016, the Business Call to Action welcomed 45 new inclusive business commitments, adding to the total of 182 member companies working in 66 countries across a diverse range of sectors, from renewable energy to affordable eye care and from sustainable agriculture to microinsurance. Only one year since its launch, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to end poverty and hunger, and actively address issues of inequality, is already influencing the way the private sector works – and who benefits.

Shining a Light on Off-Grid Communities

Little Sun joins the Business Call to Action with a pledge to bring solar light to remote areas off the electricity grid
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BERLIN, December 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Germany-based solar energy provider Little Sun has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) by committing to provide clean and affordable solar lighting to 5 million people in Africa while bringing livelihood opportunities and training to at least 4,000 local micro-entrepreneur distributors until 2020.

Powering Sustainable Development

Nizam Energy joins the Business Call to Action with a commitment to bring clean, reliable and affordable energy to Pakistan’s off-grid communities
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Karachi, Pakistan, December 12, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Solar energy provider Nizam Bijli has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to reach 1 million off-grid rural beneficiaries in Pakistan with affordable solar energy solutions, access to financial services and health insurance by 2020. In addition, the company commits to support 25,000 micro-entrepreneur distributors (including 2,500 women), and train 500 technical support staff.

Connecting an Untapped Market

BuffaloGrid uses solar energy provide affordable mobile power and Internet service to off-grid Asian and African communities
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LONDON, December 1, 2016 /3BL Media/ -- With operations in Asia, Solar energy provider BuffaloGrid has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) by committing to reach 27 million people with solar energy and reduce global CO2 emissions by 11,771 tons while creating jobs for 74,000 local entrepreneurs – all by 2020.

Creating Big Impacts with Small Farmers

Vietnam-based Ecofarm joins the Business Call to Action with a pledge to improve the incomes of small-scale chili farmers
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Hanoi, Vietnam, November 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Ecology Farming Corporation (Ecofarm) has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) by pledging to transfer organic farming methodology to 5,000 Vietnamese chili farmers through the establishment of 100 demonstration farms by 2020 – helping them to improve their yields by 50 percent in just five years.

Achieving Nutritional Autonomy for All

Nutriset joins the Business Call to Action with a pledge to establish local value chains for tackling malnutrition
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Malaunay, France, October 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Nutriset, the world leader in research and manufacturing of products for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, has joined the Business Call to Action (BctA) with a commitment to reach 79 million malnourished children by 2026. To achieve this, it will empower local partners in its PlumpyField® network to procure 6,900 tons of raw materials for nutrition products each year.

Going Beyond Organic

Hilltribe Organics joins the Business Call to Action with a commitment to integrate Thailand’s indigenous farming families into its value chain.
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BANGKOK/NEW YORK, August 22, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The BCtA is a global initiative that aims to support private sector efforts to fight poverty through its core business. It is supported by several international organizations and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Enhancing Economic Power Through “Traditional” Women’s Work

Northern Ghana Shea joins the Business Call to Action with a commitment to diversify markets and increase production of smallholder women producers
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NEW YORK, April 20, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Northern Ghana Shea (NGS), a social enterprise operating in the Upper West region of Ghana, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to expand market access for 4,000 rural women who pick shea nuts and produce shea butter, and to diversify their customer base by securing at least two international buyers by 2018. As part of its commitment, by 2017 the company will increase the volume of these small-scale farmers’ production by 60 percent. 

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