Delivering Solutions at Scale: Inclusive Businesses in South-East Asia, Innovations and Policy Actions
15:30-17:00 (Bangkok time, GMT+7), 1 June 2021
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Organised by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
Inclusive businesses provide relevant goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis, to people living at the base of the pyramid making them part of the value chain of companies as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers. Inclusive business provide, at scale, relevant solutions to low-income people, and will play a critical role in building back better. ASEAN governments, recognising the opportunities that these businesses offer, have been encouraging more inclusive businesses to emerge, replicate and scale up. They are introducing national strategies and programme to promote inclusive businesses. They are also introducing initiatives at the ASEAN level. In 2020, ASEAN Economic Ministers endorsed the Guidelines for the Promotion of Inclusive Business in ASEAN. This is the first region in the world to endorse such a set of guidelines.
The session will be a panel discussion among different stakeholders including business leaders that have developed an inclusive business model, government officials promoting inclusive business models and other stakeholders supporting inclusive businesses in ASEAN and beyond.
Throughout the discussion business leaders will highlight what makes their business inclusive and how are helping low-income and marginalize populations to recover from the economic crisis. Public officials will share how they are promoting inclusive businesses at the national level and as part of the ASEAN community.
This session will:
Showcase how inclusive businesses are helping build back better;
Share how governments in South-East Asia are promoting inclusive businesses;
Discuss how governments, business associations and other actors can boost inclusive businesses.
Panelists will reflect on the following questions:
How is your company supporting helping low-income and marginalize populations to recover from the economic crisis? What type of innovations have you introduced to be able to be profitable while working with low income markets?
Why should governments pay attention to inclusive businesses? How is your government boosting inclusive businesses?
How have ASEAN Member States supported the promotion of inclusive businesses? What valuable lessons could be relevant for other governments seeking to promote inclusive businesses?