Women smallholder farmers often face complex social and economic barriers that prevent them from exercising agency and securing decent livelihoods. This Discussion Summary Paper draws from an online discussion co-hosted by Business Fights Poverty, Unilever and Oxfam, on how companies and their partners can recognise, value, and enhance the contributions of the hidden women on whom our global food supply systems depend. Read it to learn about the key levers of change, case studies and lessons learned, and how to collaborate for transformational change.
Social entrepreneurs are behind some of the greatest solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, yet social entrepreneur leaders of colour in the U.S. are struggling to find sufficient investment to build businesses that serve their communities. Why? Download the paper to learn more.
Climate change is affecting us all, but the most severe impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable people. This new framework explores what climate justice means in practice and the actions that business can take. Use this guide to inform business action to put people at the centre of climate action.
COVID-19 presented a major threat to Kenya’s economy and the health of its people. The urgency and context in Kenya required a rapid and innovative collective response and within days of the WHO declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, the National Business Compact on Coronavirus (NBCC) was launched. Through analysis of NBCC materials and its work over the past year, a survey of those involved, together with first-hand interviews with key leaders, this report identifies ten key elements that were integral to its success, and that provide insights on the way organisations could work together to tackle future crises and challenges.
Welcome to the Business Fights Poverty Magazine. Learn more about how, over 2020, we brought together the community to inspire one another, share insights, forge valuable relationships, and ultimately help unlock new opportunities for business and social impact. The ways in which business can and should be addressing social issues are many and complex. This magazine helps you to navigate the challenges and learn more about some of the leading edge thinking on topics across the space. Download the latest issue and past issues here.
This Insights report with life sciences company Bayer, explores how wider uptake of ‘self-care’ approaches can reduce pressure on strained health systems, improve vulnerable people’s health outcomes and empower individuals and communities in the process. Self-care innovations currently include self-testing HIV kits in Kenya to telemedicine campaigns being led by US pharmacies and much more in between. The report calls for digital first approaches, elevating the role of pharmacists, improving whole of government strategies and building a multi-stakeholder movement of actors to advance self-care.
This guide is designed to compliment the Business Fights Poverty COVID-19 Response Framework and the Rebuild Better Framework. The Guide forms part of the Business Fights Poverty - Business & COVID-19 Response Centre. Where the Frameworks support organisations in their decision-making, this Guide helps plan out what to do, how, where and when. Though this Guide can be applied in a number of different planning scenarios, it is specifically tailored to assist with navigating planning during crisis; when traditional corporate planning processes may take too long or require too many certainties.
This guide, published by Business Fights Poverty, with support from the The Lab Project at the International Labour Organization, aims to stimulate thinking and exchange within companies and external partners about what business models for more decent jobs should look like and how to mainstream these into business practice. It includes examples from leading companies including Hermes, Anglo American, Unilever, and others. The guide demonstrates how fundamental changes can be made to improve job security, equality, health and wellbeing without impacting business competitiveness, growth and profitability. It provides practical case studies and a framework for both evaluating the quality of jobs and also enhancing them
The Building Forward Better Framework presented in this paper was developed as a collaboration between the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Business Fights Poverty (BFP) and The Partnering Initiative (TPI), in consultation with the Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School. It is based on an original framework developed by Business Fights Poverty and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative. This Document seeks to explore the collective leadership of the mining and metals industry in rebuilding better in the wake of COVID-19. It seeks to connect the immediate crisis response to the long-term sustainable development challenges of communities and nations, focusing on practical action, and opening up new collaborative opportunities within and beyond mining.
While efforts are rightly focused on the immediate impacts, we need to start thinking about how to recover and rebuild, because action taken now will have long-lasting effects on people's wellbeing and resilience. This Rebuild Better Framework builds on the Response Framework to highlight ways in which business can play a role, individually and in partnership. Use this guide to inform business action to support people's longer-term wellbeing and resilience.