Source: Business Fights Poverty
The first flagship report of Business Call to Action (BCtA) reviewing 5 years, shows strong evidence of progress made by BCtA member companies in providing benefits to people at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) while delivering commercial success. It also maps key challenges found in each sector for companies that engage with the low-income populations, examines emerging trends and proposes a set of recommendations to governments, corporations and others working in the field.
The report from Business Call to Action at UNDP, Breaking Through: Inclusive Business and the Business Call to Action Today – Mapping Challenges, Progress and the Way Ahead, draws on rich data provided by BCtA’s membership base of 94 inclusive business initiatives.
The report launched today at BCtA’s 2014 Annual Forum in New York demonstrates that across the entire portfolio, BCtA initiatives have reached over 40 million households, or 200 million people through the provision of a diverse set of goods and services, ranging from emergency medical treatments to clean cook-stoves. Among these beneficiaries, an estimated 200,000 households (or 1 million people) are benefiting from new earning opportunities as suppliers, entrepreneurs, or employees, and boosts their household incomes.