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Bellagio Initiative Summit

The Bellagio Initiative aims to contribute to the development of a new framework for philanthropic and international development collaboration in pursuit of human wellbeing in the 21st century. Following a summit held in Italy, the Initiative published an aide memoire capturing the three key...

Guide to Fair Trade

The Fair Trade system ensures that people along every step of the supply chain receive fair wages, that workers and communities are treated with dignity, and that artisans and producers take steps to preserve the environment. Fair Trade builds real and lasting relationships between producers in...

Good practice in community based disaster risk management

This document presents good practices from the GOI-UNDP Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Programme, which envisages accelerating capacity development for disaster reduction at the national level and in some of the most-vulnerable regions in the country through community-based and gender sensitive...

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

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.

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

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...

A discussion paper on social intrapreneurship

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...

Equator Principles

The Equator Principles (EPs) are a credit risk management framework for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in project finance transactions. Project finance is often used to fund the development and construction of major infrastructure and industrial projects.The EPs...

New guidelines to help investors measure success of microfinance institutions

According to this news article, socially responsible investors are choosing to invest in microfinance to help alleviate poverty. By means of often very small loans, financial services, and technology, microfinance helps the poor, often women, to start self-sustaining businesses in order to escape...

People at the heart of sustainable business - the IBLF Annual Review 2008-9

The IBLF annual review examines the way in which the Forum has been contributing to the development of sustainable business, arguing that the members of the Forum are leaders in this field, and that IBLF has a particular understanding of the way in which business solutions can contribute to...

Micro Enterprise success in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Krishi Bank was established in 1973 with the objective of strengthening the rural economy by extending credit support to the agricultural and agro-based sectors. In consideration of the importance of Micro-Credit and with the objective of generating employment as well as encouraging...

UNICEF Corporate Partnerships - Examples

UNICEF Corporate Partnerships - Examples, a series of web pages, details UNICEF's corporate partnerships with a range of companies.

International Initiatives To Promote Responsible Business: A Navigation Guide for Business

International Initiatives To Promote Responsible Business: A Navigation Guide for Business provides a user-friendly and impartial guide to help businesses to navigate their way through this maze. It seeks to articulate the key aspects of three cross-industry initiatives: The OECD Guidelines for...

Conference on global poverty: business solutions and approaches

Business Solutions and Approaches, a Harvard Business School conference on global poverty, explored ways in which serving the poor can be both a profitable business proposition and help improve the lives of the world's impoverished men and women. The conference focused on successful business...

Towards Global Partnerships

Towards Global Partnerships, a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, encourages partnerships between the UN and the private sector, outlines the principles that should govern such partnerships, and stresses the important role that the private sector can play in encouraging development and...

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement is a road map for voluntary organisations of any size, that proposes strategies to effectively involve volunteers. In many organisations, support of volunteers through volunteer programs exists only at the periphery of the organisation. The Code proposes ways...

United Nations Assistance Misssion for Iraq (UNAMI)

The United Nations Assistance Misssion for Iraq (UNAMI) hosts a web portal for UN agencies and NGOs working in Iraq.

LDC Poverty Alleviation and the Doha Development Agenda: Is Tourism being Neglected?

LDC Poverty Alleviation and the Doha Development Agenda: Is Tourism being Neglected?, a WTO Staff Working Paper, does not deny the importance of agriculture or other LDC and developing country trade issues, but rather enquires; should the poverty alleviation potential of tourism now become a...

InterAction's Private Voluntary Organization Standards

InterAction's Private Voluntary Organization Standards is a code of best practice for InterAction's members. The standards relate to the activity of non-profit organisations in areas of governance, volunteer involvement, support from the private sector, fundraising, service and programme...

Fighting Poverty: A Business Opportunity - Report on the 10th International Business Forum

Fighting Poverty: A Business Opportunity - Report on the 10th International Business Forum, a conference report, provides a summary of the Forum's proceedings in respect to how business is addressing the Millennium Development Goals.

Doing business with the poor - a field guide

The Guide explores the way in which several leading companies, including Shell, Coca Cola and Procter and Gamble, are developing inclusive business models designed to assist them to create new revenue streams while serving the needs of the poor through sound commercial operations. The companies are...