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 […]

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. […]

The Business of Care: Primark Interview

The Business of Care. Women from Bangladesh wearing red overall mops floor

The interviews with five Business Fights Poverty Lead Partners, Primark, Unilever, Anglo American, Standard Chartered and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, focussed on two areas. Firstly, how their companies are currently supporting social entrepreneurs and secondly if and how their companies are addressing the care economy through workplace policies.  These lines of questioning led to […]

Business’s Role in Advancing Women, Children, and Adolescents’ Wellbeing

A Sahrawi midwife measures the blood pressure of a woman after giving birth, in a post-partum visit at her haima, in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps. Women Children Wellbeing

Delivering a Healthier Future: Business’s Strategic Role in Advancing Women, Children, and Adolescents’ Wellbeing A clear link exists between economic prosperity and the health of women, children, and adolescents. For business, engaging in global health is not only a moral obligation but also aligns with strategic economic decisions that promote gender equality, enhance economic growth, and […]