The Complexities of Using Business to Combat Poverty: A Ground-Level Perspective

Business at the Base of the Pyramid

Part II – The reality on the ground – Some of the complexities in utilising business to fight poverty in Developing Countries In my last article I outlined some of my conceptual questions around the current status and success levels of businesses targeting the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) and the social business/impact investing space […]

Unintended Consequences of Environmentally Friendly Diets

As the world grapples with the urgent need to protect human health, combat climate change, and protect biodiversity, the foods we eat have come under scrutiny. Unhealthy diets are a major contributor to the global burden of disease. And food systems are a major contributor to climate change and environmental destruction. Deficiencies in essential vitamins […]

How SMEs Can Gain a Competitive Edge by Embracing UN SDGs

SMEs and UN Sustainable Development Goals

SMEs and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Smaller companies can uncover competitive advantages by embracing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  In 2015, the UK Government joined every other country worldwide and committed to transforming our world with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Goals define global priorities […]

Fields of Change: Making Cotton Work Better for Women

Beautiful dressed women working on the cotton fields of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Women Empowerment in cotton production

Whether it is used to make classic blue jeans and a tight white T-shirt, or a high thread-count bedsheet and reusable nappies, cotton comes with a production story. This story starts not in a factory, but in cotton fields and their surrounding communities. At present, it is one in which there are still very few […]

The Global Pursuit of Equity: A New Stanford Social Innovation Review Article Series

Social and environmental inequities exist in every pocket of the world, without exception. They often form across familiar lines, including race, gender, or physical ability, and manifest in familiar ways, including greater or less access to education, employment, technology, security, and a healthy environment. However, the severity, entrenchment, and complexity of these inequities are unique […]

Delivering Healthier Futures for Women, Children and Young People

Delivering Healthier Futures for Women, Children and Young People: community-nurse-talking-happliy-to-teenage-girls-in-an-informal- settlement

The Future  Imagine for a moment a world in which every woman, child and young person enjoyed their right to the highest attainable standard of health, regardless of where in the world they lived. Pregnant women in the poorest communities are cared for by qualified midwives and healthcare professionals, with access via digital apps to […]

Safer Workplaces – How Companies Can Support Survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse

Safer Workplaces Survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse

A few years ago, companies wouldn’t want to talk about domestic violence and abuse. What’s changed, andwhy are companies increasingly looking at this issue? It’s broadly three things. First, companies have more awareness of the workplace impacts of domestic violence and abuse, which increased dramatically during COVID-19. We know that as many as 90% of […]

Empowering Ghanaian Women in Sustainable Shea Trading

Two women from Ghana Sustainable Shea butter

Shea butter, a natural fat from Shea nuts, comes from Shea trees, indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa. Shea trees take 15 years to produce their first nuts. Shea butter is the only natural fat that contains all the nutrients the skin needs and its production is a centuries-old craft practiced by local women for cooking and skincare. […]