Micro-enterprises are the lifeblood of many communities and a critical source of employment and livelihoods. Larger companies rely on the effective operation and growth of micro-enterprises in their value chains, often as suppliers, distributors, retailers and customers. The report was developed as part of the Challenge on Strengthening Micro-Enterprises in Value Chains, with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative and CARE International UK. The Challenge was supported by SABMiller. The Report highlights the need to move towards a more holistic form of collaboration with the aim of strengthening the broader “market system” in which their value chain and micro-enterprises operate.
Empowering Small Businesses in Corporate Value Chains: The Case of SABMiller’s 4e Camino al Progreso Program
A report by Business Fights Poverty and Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative looking at SABMiller’s 4e Camino al Progreso Program – a partnership with the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank and FUNDES to empower the many small-scale retailers that sell their products in their value chain. The report describes the model in detail for those interested in replicating aspects of it in other parts of the world.
A report by Business Fights Poverty and the Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative that explores in depth the approach one company, SABMiller, is taking to support entrepreneurs in its value chain and broader community by strengthening the wider environment or ‘business ecosystems’ in which they are embedded.