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GSK, Nestlé, Coca-Cola & Dabur top up effort to tap rural consumers

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Consumer product makers such as GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Hindustan Unilever, Marico, Godrej and Dabur are rushing to the bottom-of-the-pyramid market with custom-made products six years after management guru CK Prahalad said consumers with incomes less than $2 a day can be a...

The big idea: Creating Shared Value

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How to reinvent capitalism - and unleash a wave of innovation and growth.

Scaling Up Inclusive Business: Advancing the Knowledge and Action Agenda

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This is a report produced for the International Finance Corporation. It is based on 14 IFC client case studies and draws on other research undertaken by IFC and the CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School on inclusive business, including recent research supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates...

Business Models that Make a Difference

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This is a publication produced by IFC (the International Finance Corporation) arguing that inclusive business models are good for business.

Making Private Standards Work for You: A guide to private standards in the garments, footwear and furniture sectors

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Buyers and producers are faced with many overlapping but non-aligned standards. According to some estimates, more than 1,000 codes of conduct and management systems exist. But most companies in developing countries do not have much tangible information. “Making Private Standards Work for You: A...

Opportunities for the Majority: Bank initiative that promotes and finances private sector business models

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The Opportunities for the Majority (OMJ) Initiative promotes and finances market-based, sustainable business models that engage private sector companies, local governments and communities in the development and delivery of quality products and services for the majority of the population of Latin...

The Responsible Investor’s Guide to Commodities: An overview of best practices across commodity-exposed asset classes

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“The responsible investor’s guide to commodities” concludes a multi-year project sponsored by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the UN Global Compact Secretariat. The goal of this work was to improve the understanding of...

A discussion paper on social intrapreneurship

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This paper produced by the Doughty Centre at the Cranfield University examines the potential value of social intrapreneurship, and provisionally defines a social intrapreneur as "a person within a large corporation who takes direct initiative for innovation which addresses social or environmental...

Business UNusual

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Business UNusual, a collaborative publication of the United Nations Global Compact Office and the Global Public Policy Institute, provides an overview of recent partnership activities in the United Nations, as well as the challenges the UN faces in its efforts to engage the private sector and...

Doing Business with the World: The New Role of Corporate Leadership in Global Development

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Doing Business with the World, a publication of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), describes how companies can contribute to global sustainable development through their core businesses in a way that is profitable for the companies and good for development.