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Poverty

How can business tackle the poverty tsunami – the wave of poverty being driven by COVID, conflict and climate change?

What does the cost of living crisis mean for business?

And how should businesses respond to the rising levels of poverty?

Find out the answers to your business and poverty related questions here.

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Explore our issue-based resource kits with downloadable, co-created learning resources. Everything you need to inform your organisation’s social impact strategy and stay ahead of emerging social impact trends.

How Can Businesses Tackle the Poverty Tsunami?

This Resource Kit, supported by Pearson, includes practical tools for businesses to support the lives, livelihoods and access to learning of the most vulnerable people and communities affected by the poverty tsunami.

More Poverty Resources

Discover how social entrepreneurs are driving sustainable development in Africa through the “Roots of Change” report by Ashoka. This insightful analysis highlights strategies for systemic change, addressing key challenges like poverty, youth unemployment, and climate vulnerability.
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This World Children’s Day, the UK hosts the Global Food Security Summit, addressing Zero Hunger and malnutrition. Amid alarming UN projections of over 600 million people facing hunger by 2030, the summit focuses on empowering smallholder farmers and leveraging technology for a sustainable, resilient food system
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What is the business case for paying living wages, and how can businesses implement living wages across their value chains?
Our online written discussion explored the transformative impact of living wages on businesses, emphasizing the profound benefits for employees, value chains, and broader societal welfare. The discussion underscored the necessity for strategic and sustainable approaches to embedding living wages within business practices, enhancing overall productivity, brand reputation, and human dignity. Insights emphasized harnessing businesses’ intrinsic strengths, promoting economic stability, and fortifying supply chains against global challenges. This event was a pivotal component of Business Fights Poverty’s initiative, aligning with global efforts to uplift living standards, affirm human rights commitments, and drive collective progress towards equitable economic practices
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Rising inequalities both between and within countries are fueling polarization and protectionist pressures, hampering social cohesion and political stability. Leading economists are calling for society to combat inequality, demanding better measurement and ambitious targets. Businesses and investors have significant roles to play. The private sector, through various practices, can contribute to inequalities, alleviate inequalities, and also face risks posed by inequalities.
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Despite progress, 828 million face hunger, up by 150 million due to COVID-19. The Ceres2030 study highlights key strategies: empower communities, boost farm productivity, improve food distribution. The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge invites companies to join efforts, pledging financial commitments. Together, we strive to end hunger sustainably by 2030.
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The climate crisis demands urgent emission cuts, but equitable poverty reduction is equally critical. Science-backed metrics for Net Zero and Poverty Zero must align, driven by multilateral development banks. A three-point plan for governments and the private sector can ensure a just transition, safeguarding both the planet and its people.”
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Fairtrade’s recently launched sustainable agriculture policy calls for resilient food systems built on agroecology – that is, the application of environmentally, economically and socially responsible principles to farming. Here are five reasons why our current food and farming policies need a complete reset – and how we can do it.
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