WHAT IS THE BUSINESS CASE FOR INCLUSIVE BUSINESS?

Why should a business with a principal duty to its own commercial outcomes, invest in something like inclusive business? Firstly, there is an opportunity to achieve shared economic advancement. Inclusive business is not about charitable donations, it is about the exploration of viable commercial...


WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS?

Peter is a 70-year-old farmer in Kwale, Kenya. He is incredibly active for a man of his age. What drives him? His family. Peter takes significant pride and responsibility for his family. He wants everyone – from son to great grandchild – to have the opportunity to be happy....


THE NEXUS BETWEEN MINING & AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA

Why Australian Extractive Companies and Sustainable Development Outcomes? Australia’s investment in the extractives industry in Africa is significant. Australia is one of the lead investors in mining exploration in Africa with over 200 ASX-listed companies carrying out more than 600 projects[i]...


A Tale of Two Summits

It is funny what a difference a year makes. It was only in September 2016, when ironically China was holding the G20, the world seemed a little more open towards trade, more inclusive and optimistic. With this year’s G20 summit in Germany fast approaching, clearly mass migration, terrorism,...


Outside the mine gate: Empowering women through inclusive business

Research has shown that mining investments can catalyse economic growth and reduce poverty in developing countries.  Resource company’s local economic contribution can be enhanced through direct, indirect and induced employment in host communities. It is indirect employment through community...


What is the LINC model?

There are around 450 million smallholder farmers on earth who are currently close to the point of general subsistence. They live on less than US$2 per day and farm on about 1-1.5 hectares of land where they generate enough income and food to meet their basic needs. With this land, they typically...


Knowledge is Power. The Inclusive Business Practitioners Hub.

Knowledge is a powerful factor that enables people and organisations to achieve great results. It is key to unlocking complex chaotic issues, such as international development, where we face compounding environmental economic, political and social forces which make it nearly impossible to solve....


Investing in female smallholder farmers is smart economics. The Guardian.

As the sole breadwinner for her family, and a female smallholder farmer in Kenya, life is tough for Charity. She survives by harvesting crops to sell in the local market, making about $500 (£400) per annum. That is enough, just, to feed her three children and get them to school. If a disaster such...


The power of purpose for FMCG. The Inclusive Business Practitioners Hub.

As a Marketing Communications Manager, I have worked in FMCG communications for several years. In early 2000, the trend was to focus was on “the single-minded proposition”. Drummed into my head was, what is the one thing that is going to get the average supermarket shopper to buy this product....


Business leaders need to stop navel gazing and act responsibly. The Guardian.

I was excited when this year’s major theme for Davos was announced as Responsive and Responsible Leadership. I expected to see many sessions focused on how the world’s business leaders could take ownership of solving the myriad of global challenges within their power. Reading (and now reviewing)...