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B4IG leads the way on the European framework on mandatory Human Rights due diligence

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The B4IG companies are standing up for human rights and leading the way for an inclusive recovery, as the coalition welcomes the European Commission’s forthcoming legislative proposal on mandatory human rights due diligence and proposes a set of considerations for the EU-wide legislation. During the annual B4IG Board meeting, co-chaired by Angel Gurrìa, Secretary General of the OECD, and Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of Danone, the members of the B4IG coalition adopted a statement on a European framework on

The Incubator’s first cohort graduated from the acceleration program

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December 1st marked the official end of the acceleration with the digital graduation event. At the heart of the event were the project teams who shared their acceleration experience with the 60 participants. Furthermore, a number of speakers provided information about the future of B4IG, and advice for connecting with impact investors. A clear highlight were the inspirational words of Jean-Paul Agon, CEO of L’Oréal, whose speech you can watch below. Overall, the event provided a platform for a final exchange

“Inclusive Business Report: What it is and why it matters” released by the HEC Paris Society and Organizations Institute

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The year 2019 was a turning point in the adoption of an “inclusive economy.” In August of that year, 34 global firms pledged more than $USD 1 billion to combat inequality in the OECD-sponsored G7 Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) coalition. But what prompted this shift? What spurred business leaders to put an inclusive economy at the top of their agendas? A critical evaluation of past, present, and future income inequalities may explain this impetus. Awareness of the past: Recent

Building an Inclusive Recovery : the B4IG coalition’s roadmap

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This position paper clarifies the ambitions of the B4IG coalition through a roadmap built in collaboration with the member companies to advance Inclusive Growth. It covers key areas of action on which members are willing to work to implement the B4IG Pledge that is anchored in three objectives that are fundamental to inclusive business: advancing human rights in direct operations and supply chains; building inclusive workplaces; and promoting inclusion in company value chains and business ecosystems. Read the full pdf

The B4IG Incubator program – a unique experience!

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The first cohort of the B4IG Incubator has brought together a group of diverse projects from different countries and industries. What they have in common is that they are all aiming at overcoming a challenge to make their businesses more inclusive and to provide underprivileged people with access to financing & technical support, goods & services or training & employment. For the past months, the Incubator has been working with them to achieve their goals. To give an insight into

To Recovery & Beyond: Building an Equitable and Inclusive Future of Work

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This position paper clarifies the ambitions of the B4IG coalition through a roadmap built in collaboration with the member companies to advance Inclusive Growth. It has been prepared by the Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) coalition of companies, in collaboration with the OECD. Specifically, the paper has been written by the B4IG Working Group on Inclusive Workplaces, chaired by Accenture. Below is the executive summary : read the full paper here. A Moment of Awakening The global economy stands at a

The coalition held its annual board meeting.

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The coalition held its annual Board meeting on November 12 and adopted a strong roadmap calling businesses and governments to coordinate their efforts to define a common approach to tackle inequalities in the wake of the current economic and social crisis. Hosted by Camille Putois, CEO of B4IG, it was co-chaired by Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the OECD, and Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of Danone, with the participation of the CEOs and chairpersons member of the Board including

IGFF Marketplace: Fastroad, an inclusive transport project

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Manuel Bonnet is the Managing Director for Fastroad. Last week, he presented his project to the investors of the Inclusive Growth Financing Forum Marketplace. We asked him a few questions on Fastroad, and how the Marketplace could help the project.  You are the representative of Fastroad. What is Fastroad about? We are transport specialists from the Social Economy: our offers include transport for people with reduced mobility, and we have created jobs for people with disabilities. Since 2016, we have

B4IG launches the Inclusive Growth Financing Forum’s Marketplace

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A year ago, at the Paris Peace Forum, President Emmanuel Macron and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria launched the Inclusive Growth Financing Forum, a locus for interaction between member companies of Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) and the financial sector, to better understand how inclusive growth could be financed going forward. In a short year, the IGFF has become a venue where impact investors focusing on inclusive growth investments can interact with B4IG corporates and provide feedback on financing and non-financing

B4IG Incubator: Drones for Smallholder Farmers

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BASF’s B4IG project Drones for Smallholder Farmers aims to build an inclusive business model facilitating access of smallholders to drones for spraying crop protection products under an affordable farm service scheme, in countries that allow the use of drones for agriculture. By doing this, smallholder farmers could benefit from higher efficiency in crop inputs, reduced working time and minimized potential exposure to agrochemicals, as compared to the application with backpack sprayers. Drone solutions enable high-speed spraying and precision,