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Navigating the New World of Partnership

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Recent years have seen radical change in the landscape of engagement between the corporate world and others battling issues of global concern. The invaluable role that business can play has increasingly been understood as partnership models have brought together corporations, governments,...

International initiatives to promote responsible business: A navigation guide for business

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Recognition of the fact that companies have a responsibility for their impact is now firmly established but there is still a gap in understanding what the international community expects of business in this area. The number of initiatives and standards relevant to corporate responsibility has...

A business guide to development actors: Introducing company managers to the development community

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This guide aims to introduce the business community to potential partners in the development community. It is a first port of call for managers who are interested in working with a development organization, but unsure of how to begin.

WHO Guidelines for Health Care Equipment Donations

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Many developing countries are increasingly dependent on donor assistance to meet the equipment needs of their health care systems. However, because not all important parameters are taken into consideration, donations sometimes do not achieve their intended objectives, and could even constitute...

Base of the Pyramid Protocol 2nd Edition (2008)

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The most recent version of the BoP Protocol, drawing upon lessons and experiences implementing the BoP Protocol in Nairobi, Kenya as well as in communities in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Parvathagiri in India.

Business Linkages: Enabling Access to Markets at the BoP

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By International Finance Corporation, International Business Leaders Forum, and the CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School

The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid

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Discussions of base of the economic pyramid (BOP) markets have, until now, relied principally on business case studies and rough estimates of market size. The Next 4 Billion uses previously unreleased data to measure market opportunity at the BOP.

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

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Today, more and more companies in developing countries and emerging economies are becoming global producers. The liberalisation of consumer markets provides these companies with opportunities for exporting their products to global markets where they are increasingly required to comply with...

The Labour Principles of the United Nations Global Compact: A Guide for Business

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This Guide includes a brief description of each of the four Global Compact labour principles: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the...

Pro Bono / In-Kind / Donated Services for Mission-Based Organizations When, Why & How?

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There are all sorts of professionals who want to donate their services -- web design, graphic design, human resources expertise, legal advice, editing, research, and so forth -- to mission-based organizations (nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, schools, etc.). And there are all sorts of...