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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,

B4IG Incubator: Setting a new standard in vocational training with Henkel

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Recognizing the talents of youth through a new standard in vocational training: Henkel is a partner of the program Equality in Vocational Training which, with more than 100 German companies, is addressing the mismatch between unemployed youth and vacant apprenticeship positions. In Germany, each year around 50,000 students leave school without a school-leaving qualification, while about the same number of apprenticeship openings cannot be filled due to a lack of suitable applicants. The program is reshaping vocational training around three pillars:

B4IG Incubator: Finding a way back to a stable job with LemonAide’s inclusive recycling

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Lemon Aide is an inclusive recycling enterprise that operates waste recycling via social inclusion and back-to-work programs. The company develops a network of recyclable waste collection in urban areas where unemployment rates are high and recycling performance is poor. Unemployed people are hired and join an eight-month-long socio-professional integration program. They acquire recycling industry-related skills and benefit from social support, training, and mentoring. The project started in 2016 and has, to date, created 30 jobs, empowered 63 people, and

B4IG Incubator: Equal opportunities for the youth thanks to a “Passport for Inclusive Success”

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France counts more than two million young people living in underprivileged neighbourhoods called “QPV”. For them, financial barriers have come with social and educational obstacles. Together with L'Ascenseur, a group of non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurs for equal opportunities, BNP Paribas is working on the challenge of making the bank’s products and services more accessible and affordable for the most disadvantaged youngsters, especially to allow them to continue their studies and follow their career path. Through the participation in the B4IG accelerator

B4IG Incubator: Clean Energy Entrepreneurs Network to reduce energy poverty

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Schneider Electric trains unemployed rural youth to become clean energy entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs provide energy solutions, such as solar lighting, in remote areas where they reduce energy poverty. At the same time, the program allows the entrepreneurs to earn a livelihood in their villages and to create jobs for additional people who deliver products & services. Schneider Electric has piloted the program in India and created a network of 300 clean energy entrepreneurs. During the participation in the B4IG accelerator program,

B4IG Incubator: Building Resilience of Coffe Farmer Businesses

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The Partnership for Sustainable Coffee strengthens underserved smallholder coffee farmer businesses in six countries. Its innovative “credit plus capacity” model fills financing gaps and provides specialized training to build management capacity to serve both international buyers and over 300,000 smallholder coffee farming families.     Through their participation in the B4IG accelerator program, the partners, Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. and Root Capital, aim to strengthen the case for cross sector investment.

B4IG Incubator: Enhancing smallholder farmers’ risk resilience with L’Oréal & Axa

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L'Oréal and AXA teamed up to enhance smallholder farmer resilience to risk. L’Oréal’s sourcing ecosystems for natural raw material involve 56,000 smallholders. Smallholders are often exposed to climate hazards and health risks and are excluded from financial and insurance services. This lack of security net puts them at risk of falling back into poverty. The project Insurance Net for Smallholders (INES) will consist in providing climate and health insurance to smallholders, as part of the L’Oréal Solidarity Sourcing program. AXA provides its expertise

B4IG Incubator : Improving employability with The Industry Academy Program

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For 4 years now L'Oréal and Adecco have been united to help improve the employability of people in the North of France through The Industry Academy Program. This initiative aims at onboarding long term unemployed people on a 1-year training program at L’Oréal, as automated production line operator, and delivering a certified diploma to facilitate their access to the labor market. At B4IG we are now working on scaling up this initiative by onboarding other companies in France and replicating in other

The B4IG Incubator launches its first cohort

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The Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) Incubator is proud to launch the acceleration of its first cohort of 12 projects! On July 1st and 2nd 2020, the B4IG coalition members and their non-profit partners gathered around the projects accelerated in the B4IG Incubator for a very productive Digital Launch Event. In front of the whole B4IG coalition, the 12 accelerated projects had a chance to present their vision for success and their acceleration roadmap to solve a specific challenge. Moreover,

The B4IG coalition celebrates one year since launch

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One year ago, on August 23, 2019, the Business for Inclusive Growth coalition was launched in connection with the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. On August 25, 2019, Angel Gurría and Emmanuel Faber presented the coalition to the leaders of the G7 Summit. Powered by the OECD, B4IG is a first-of-a-kind coalition of 40 global firms and organisations committed to tackle inequality.