BSR logo

Areas of Expertise

Inclusive Economy

We work with companies and partners to build an economy in which all individuals and communities participate in, benefit from, and contribute to global and local economies.

Inclusive Economy Overview


Our Approach


Our inclusive economy strategy builds on two decades of work with our member companies and partners to integrate human rights, responsible workplace practices (such as living wages), robust stakeholder and community engagement, and transparent reporting into business practices.

BSR supports business leadership through research into key inclusive economy issues and through engagement with our member companies to integrate policies and activities, collaborate, and set advocacy agendas that support a more inclusive economy.



Business Benefits


Business can lead in building an economy that provides good jobs, offers access to critical products and services, supports community well-being, and contributes to an ecosystem of inclusive economic growth. Business also has a key role to play in modernizing the social contract—with governments, people, workers, and civil society—that underwrites our collective opportunity for a thriving economy.

Inequality and economic exclusion carry significant risks to operational efficiency, social license to operate, supply chain continuity, social and political stability, and the overall health of the economy. By contrast, corporate action to support a more inclusive economy ensures a stable operating environment, responds to stakeholder concerns, expands market opportunity, and mitigates regulatory risk and uncertainty.



Our Focus


We work with companies and partners to build an economy in which all individuals and communities participate in, benefit from, and contribute to global and local economies, by supporting the following objectives:

  • Understand the implications of automation, the sharing economy, the future of work, and other disruptions to the global economy
  • Create good jobs that enable strong livelihoods
  • Modernize the social contract that underwrites our collective opportunity for a thriving economy
  • Provide access to critical products and services
  • Engage communities and governments to enable inclusive economic growth

Our Insights on Inclusive Economy

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Reports

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

The time is now for an overhaul of the social contract to address 21st-century realities and needs. A new social contract can deliver long-term value creation that enables economic security and mobility, is genuinely inclusive, and addresses challenges such as the transition to clean energy and the emergence of a digital world.

Read More 


The Sustainable Business Agenda in a Biden-Harris Administration

Blog

The Sustainable Business Agenda in a Biden-Harris Administration

Following the 2020 U.S. elections, BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer lays out an agenda for business to call on the Biden administration to adopt in order to advance a more just and sustainable world.

Read More 


Scaling the Impact of Digital Financial Services: The Opportunity and Imperative during COVID-19

Blog

Scaling the Impact of Digital Financial Services: The Opportunity and Imperative during COVID-19

In a new report, HERproject and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth share lessons and insights from Digital Wages programs that can help companies, governments, and financial service providers scale up digital payments for low-income workers after COVID-19.

Read More 


Meeting the Moment for a New Social Contract: Q&A with Sharan Burrow of the ITUC

Blog

Meeting the Moment for a New Social Contract: Q&A with Sharan Burrow of the ITUC

BSR is pleased to welcome Sharan Burrow, an outspoken champion for workers and climate, as a plenary speaker at our 2020 Conference. In this article, we discuss her point of view on what a 21st-century social contract should look like.

Read More 


Digitizing for Inclusion: Insights from Wage Digitization in the Garment Sector

Reports

Digitizing for Inclusion: Insights from Wage Digitization in the Garment Sector

BSR's HERproject and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth share five insights on inclusive wage digitization in the garment sector.

Read More 


Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: A Call For Action to Build Resilience Post-COVID

Blog

Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: A Call For Action to Build Resilience Post-COVID

On the commemoration of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), we recognize that there is still much to be done to prevent, mitigate, and remedy the current and forthcoming adverse impacts of climate change to which Indigenous Peoples are particularly vulnerable.

Read More 


Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Blog

Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Through our work addressing modern slavery across supply chains, we have observed an alarming uptick in business actions during the COVID-19 pandemic that may lead to more individuals being forced into conditions of modern slavery, or on the brink thereof.

Read More 


The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Blog

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

2020 has demonstrated powerfully the importance of a fully functioning social safety net, public health systems, and global collaboration. Reforms to the social contract are clearly needed to protect public health, economic security, and the right of all people to participate fully in society.

Read More 



See All Insights

Collaborative Initiatives on Inclusive Economy

Global Impact Sourcing Coalition

Global Impact Sourcing Coalition

A forum of the world's leading companies committed to incorporate and scale impact sourcing as a business strategy—ending poverty through procurement.

Read More 


Healthcare Working Group

Healthcare Working Group

Improving health globally through a sustainable and resilient healthcare sector

Read More 


Healthy Business Coalition

Healthy Business Coalition

Convening cross-industry leaders to expand health and well-being across entire value chains

Read More 


HERproject™

HERproject™

Unlocking the full potential of women working in global supply chains through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion, and gender equality

Read More 



See all Collaborative Initiatives

Meet the Team

Katie Abbott

Katie Abbott

Manager, Inclusive Economy

New York


Jessica Custer

Jessica Custer

Manager, Inclusive Economy

San Francisco


New York


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


San Francisco



Talk to Us  
Contact the Inclusive Economy team with any questions.