How Inclusive is Inclusive Business for Women? Examples from Asia and Latin America | Asian Development Bank

How Inclusive is Inclusive Business for Women? Examples from Asia and Latin America

Publication | May 2016
How Inclusive is Inclusive Business for Women? Examples from Asia and Latin America

Inclusive businesses are bringing positive change to women’s lives. However, companies need to understand and address systemic issues of gender inequality to maximize financial return and social impact.

Inclusive businesses are commercially viable business models that provide in-scale innovative and systemic solutions to problems relevant to the lives of low-income people. Inclusive business companies often involve women in their value chain and provide specific services that help low-income women. This report assesses the extent to which inclusive business models promote women's economic empowerment. Examples come from the inclusive business portfolios of the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Executive summary
  • Inclusive business can promote women’s economic empowerment
  • Growing evidence of positive impact
  • Recognizing gender-based constraints benefits inclusive business
  • Action from all stakeholder groups is necessary to make inclusive business work for women
  • Literature
  • Websites
  • Annexes