There are several definitions of what is inclusive business, the most cited is The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which advises:

“An inclusive business is a sustainable business that benefits low-income communities. It is a business initiative that, keeping its for-profit nature, contributes to poverty reduction through the inclusion of low-income communities in its value chain. In simple words, inclusive business is all about including the poor in the business process be it as producers, entrepreneurs or consumers.”

Fundamental to inclusive business is the belief that commercial drivers, including expanding markets for products and services and maximising profit, can be aligned with development outcomes. Learn more about the business case for inclusive business.