The B4IG Incubator’s 2021 Graduation Event


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The B4IG Incubator's Graduation Event that took place on December 9th, marked the end of the 2021 Acceleration programme for the second cohort of projects. At the heart of the event were the project teams who shared their acceleration experience with over 60 participants. We were pleased to welcome two guest speakers Eliane Ubalijoro and Pierre-Andre Terisse, who shared insightful lessons to scale up social innovation. Overall, the event provided a platform for a final exchange of insights and connections. Moving

Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) Annual Board Meeting


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The coalition held its annual Board Meeting on December 2. It was co-chaired by Ulrik Knudsen, OECD Deputy Secretary General, and Emmanuel Faber, Astanor Partner, along with the participation of member companies’ CEOs and partners. Three topics were on the agenda of the Board Meeting: Governance (appointment of the co-chairperson elected by member companies’ CEOs), Managing and funding inclusive transitions, and Building inclusive workplaces and ecosystems. Governance: re-election of Emmanuel Faber as co-chair of the coalition. Emmanuel Faber, Astanor Partner,

B4IG calls to put people at the heart of climate action


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Paris – November 8, 2021 – As governments, businesses, experts, and non-governmental organisations are gathering in Glasgow for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the B4IG coalition calls to put people at the heart of climate action. Climate change and climate strategies and policies have the potential to cause major social repercussions which need to be addressed in a systematic manner to ensure that no one is left behind. The coalition has adopted a statement on

B4IG Incubator- The Inclusive Site : Strengthening workers’ rights on construction sites


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Companies in the construction sector often employ workers from vulnerable backgrounds, like migrant workers. They frequently work in complex construction projects where their rights are not sufficiently respected and enforced. The consequences are, for example, poor working conditions and a high number of work-related injuries To address this problem, Ylva's project The Inclusive Site wants to create an inclusive culture on construction sites and actively dismantle potential barriers to fair treatment of workers. This includes different aspects like the creation

B4IG Incubator – 2020 Cohort Touchpoint


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  The 2020 cohort of the Incubator's acceleration program has made successful progress.  6 months after the end of their acceleration, the project leaders came together to exchange on their projects’ development and challenges. We are very pleased to share that all teams have advanced their roadmap that was designed during the acceleration program. Some projects are under replication already! Project leaders have leveraged learnings and connections from the acceleration and have formed a strong community that will continue to

B4IG – Financing Forum


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The IGFF held its first financing workshop last month, gathering B4IG members and partners around the question « How can corporates and investors partner to fund inclusive growth? In which priority areas? ». The objective was to provide a collaborative space for corporates and investors to share, brainstorm and prioritize inclusive areas and programs. 7 priority inclusive growth themes were collectively identified: Elimination of Forced Labour and Child Labour: Partnerships between corporates and suppliers, agency workers and service providers to eliminate forced labour

B4IG Incubator – Cocagne Network


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The Cocagne Network - Professional inclusion through organic gardening. People who have been socially and professionally excluded often struggle to reintegrate into the demanding job market. The therapeutic benefits of working in nature can help to slowly reconnect. The Cocagne Network, which partners with Caisse des Dépôts as part of their territory development, comprises over 100 back-to-work gardens and promotes the return to employment of women and men in precarious situations. It allows them to (re)build a professional and personal

B4IG Incubator – Vulnerability Index in Action


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Due to the social complexities of Brazil - a country with a high index of poverty and informal jobs, and at the same time one of the fastest growing economies in the world - classifying vulnerability at the individual level without stigmatizing individuals is challenging. To address this problem, L'Oréal, together with social research experts, developed a multi-criteria evaluation tool to define and sort vulnerability levels in their partners' workforce. During their participation in the acceleration program, the project wants

The B4IG Coalition pushes forward Living Wage as a Corporate Priority


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Co-chaired by Mathias Cormann, Secretary General of the OECD, and Emmanuel Faber, the coalition held its Board meeting on June 21. The members of the Board held several working sessions on key topics to promote inclusive growth and fight against inequalities. The meeting culminated with a major decision that confirms B4IG's leadership on the social dimension of sustainability, the adoption of a statement calling to action on living wage. The B4IG coalition welcomes the Call to Action on Living Wage

B4IG Incubator – La Collecte


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Valorizing second hand digital equipment to reduce digital exclusion and electronic waste. Due to the COVID crisis, being digitally connected has become more important than ever. While many companies are updating their digital equipment and don’t know what to do with their old devices, there are still many people who are digitally excluded because digital devices are too expensive. To address these discrepancies, the project La Collecte valorizes companies' second-hand digital equipment donations by transforming them into low-cost digital solutions