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