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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, inclusive supply chain practices, robust stakeholder and community engagement, and transparent reporting into business practices.

Our approach is twofold: increasing our members’ and partners’ understanding of and collaboration around key issues impacting inclusion in the global economy and integrating new inclusive-economy tools and strategies into our core sustainability services.



Business Benefits


We believe that businesses should consider inclusion explicitly within their operational and sustainability strategies, including human rights policies, shared-value programs, or supply chain strategies.

Exclusion carries 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, inclusion drives innovation and expands market opportunity, mitigates risks, improves operating environments, and promotes long-term growth and a strong middle class.



Our Focus


We work with organizations to support the following objectives:

  • Create good jobs that enable strong livelihoods
  • Provide access to critical products and services
  • Engage communities and governments to enable inclusive economic growth
  • Understand the implications of automation, the sharing economy, the future of work, and other disruptions to the global economy 

Our Insights on Inclusive Economy

The Urgency of a New Social Contract

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The Urgency of a New Social Contract

Last year, BSR launched an effort calling for a modernized social contract for the 21st century. We’re now inviting all our member companies and partners interested in seizing this moment to modernize the social contract to get in touch and co-create a plan of action.

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The Shift to Digital Wages: Making Sure It Works for Women and Business

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The Shift to Digital Wages: Making Sure It Works for Women and Business

In the HERfinance Digital Wages program in Bangladesh, designed to support garment factories making the transition from cash to digital payrolls, we found a tangible connection between tailoring programs to women’s needs and an increase in women’s financial inclusion and empowerment.

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The Decisive Decade

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The Decisive Decade

The 2020s will be the decisive decade in terms of meeting the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shifting the economy to achieve the aspirations of the Paris Agreement, and achieving a fair economy that works for everyone. For companies, this decade will be about creating resilient business strategies, moving beyond integration of sustainability to truly redefine business and the role of the company in society.

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Davos 2020: Progress in a Time of Turmoil?

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Davos 2020: Progress in a Time of Turmoil?

Entering Davos Week 2020, there is clearly a new climate for business.

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Our Top Sustainability Insights of 2019

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Our Top Sustainability Insights of 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we are taking a moment to look back at the news and initiatives that shaped the year. Our six most popular blog posts and reports exemplify the diversity of topics BSR works on, from gender equality to stakeholder engagement.

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How Companies Can Tackle Poverty Through Inclusive Employment Strategies

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How Companies Can Tackle Poverty Through Inclusive Employment Strategies

BSR and the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition (GISC) are pleased to launch the Reducing Poverty through Employment Toolkit, a guide for companies on how to get started or how to enhance existing efforts to employ, empower, and improve the advancement prospects of those living in poverty as a part of their direct and indirect workforces.

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Reducing Poverty through Employment Toolkit

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Reducing Poverty through Employment Toolkit

BSR and the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition (GISC) have developed the Reducing Poverty through Employment Toolkit, which provides a range of good practices, case examples, and resources to guide companies on how to get started or how to enhance existing efforts to employ, empower, and improve the advancement prospects of those living in poverty.

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Can We Create a ‘Future of Work’ that Works for Women?

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Can We Create a ‘Future of Work’ that Works for Women?

How can businesses navigate the broader changes taking place in the world of work in a way that accelerates women’s workplace participation? BSR sets out to answer this question in its latest report, How Business Can Build a ‘Future of Work’ that Works for Women, published today in partnership with Women Deliver.

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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.

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Healthcare Working Group

Healthcare Working Group

Improving health globally through a sustainable and resilient healthcare sector

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Healthy Business Coalition

Healthy Business Coalition

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

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HERproject™

HERproject™

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

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Meet the Team

Katie Abbott

Katie Abbott

Manager, Inclusive Economy

New York


Sara Enright

Sara Enright

Associate Director

New York


John Hodges

John Hodges

Vice President

New York


Olivia Li

Olivia Li

Associate

Shanghai


Aditi Mohapatra

Aditi Mohapatra

Managing Director

New York



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Contact the Inclusive Economy team with any questions.