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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 disruptions, 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


  • Creating good jobs that enable strong livelihoods
  • Providing access to critical products and services
  • Engaging communities and governments to enable inclusive economic growth
  • Understanding the implications of automation, the sharing economy, the future of work, and other disruptions to the global economy 

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Collaborative Initiatives on Inclusive Economy

Healthcare Working Group

Healthcare Working Group

Improving the industry’s understanding and practice in corporate responsibility, with a focus on access to healthcare

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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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Human Rights Working Group

Human Rights Working Group

Working to implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across all industries

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Women in Factories China Program

Women in Factories China Program

Women make up a majority of China’s manufacturing sector, and businesses that invest in women’s skills, capacity, and empowerment will be better equipped to succeed.

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Meet the Team for Inclusive Economy

New York


New York


John Hodges

John Hodges

Managing Director

New York


New York


Olivia Li

Olivia Li

Associate

Shanghai


New York


Copenhagen


Susan Winterberg

Susan Winterberg

Associate Director, Inclusive Economy

New York



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Contact the Inclusive Economy team with any questions.

Our Insights on Inclusive Economy

Next Steps for the (Former) Members of the Business Advisory Councils

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Next Steps for the (Former) Members of the Business Advisory Councils

In the wake of yesterday’s collapse of the advisory councils assembled by Donald Trump, here are five key principles for the business leaders who were on the councils to help define and promote a thriving economy.

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Now Is the Time to Examine (and Re-Examine) Your Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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Now Is the Time to Examine (and Re-Examine) Your Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a leaked internal memo at Google remind us of the importance of corporate action on diversity and inclusion.

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The State of Sustainable Business in 2017: Results from the Ninth Annual BSR/GlobeScan Survey

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The State of Sustainable Business in 2017: Results from the Ninth Annual BSR/GlobeScan Survey

The results of this year's BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey remind us of the need for business to redefine the sustainability agenda and lead in today's dynamic environment.

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Inclusive Growth: How Business Leads

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Inclusive Growth: How Business Leads

Companies are taking action on promoting inclusive growth through three main mechanisms: creating good jobs, expanding access to products, and engaging with society.

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