Now also available in Spanish: WBCSD brief identifying solutions to overcome internal barriers to scale up inclusive business

In a recent issue brief, titled Scaling up Inclusive Business – Solutions to overcome internal barriers, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) identified a series of solutions aimed at helping companies scale up commercially viable business solutions that expand access to goods, services, and livelihoods opportunities for low-income communities—something the WBCSD calls inclusive business.

Published: Tue, Feb 25, 2014
Author: Filippo Veglio
Type: Insight

The publication is now also available in Spanish, thanks to the work done by BCSD Argentina (CEADS), a long-standing partner of the WBCSD’s Regional Network.

The objective of the brief, originally published in November 2013, is to better understand the internal barriers companies face when trying to scale up inclusive business, and identify solutions for overcoming those barriers.

The brief organizes the range of possible internal organizational barriers to scale up inclusive business into three main categories: opportunity cost of investment; strategic and operational misalignment; and capability gaps. For each of these three categories of barriers, the brief describes a range of solutions (a dozen in total) illustrated by company examples – from obtaining the support of senior leadership and establishing centers of excellence, to bringing core capabilities in-house, adjusting performance targets and quantifying the total value created by inclusive business ventures.

WBCSD members featured in the issue brief include CEMEX, Grundfos, ITC, Lafarge, Masisa, Nestlé, Novartis, Novozymes, SABMiller, Schneider Electric, The Coca-Cola Company, and Vodafone.

More information:

  • Download “Scaling up Inclusive Business – Solutions to overcome internal barriers” in English
  • "Llevar los negocios inclusivos a escala – Soluciones para superar las barreras internas" – in Spanish

Click through this slide show for a brief overview on our findings, and please feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions or comments.