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Localized bednet production in Africa is providing thousands with jobs and an improved way of life. Photo Credit: William Daniels, Panos Pictures


Launched at the United Nations in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a unique multilateral alliance that challenges companies to advance core business activities that are inclusive of poor populations and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Worldwide, more than 158 companies have responded to BCtA by making commitments to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions through commercially-viable business ventures that engage low-income people as consumers, producers, suppliers, and distributors of goods and services. BCtA member initiatives include pledges to provide access to financial services for more than 59 million people, promote improved health outcomes for 63 million people, and enhance access to energy for 90 million low-income households.

BCtA members are market leaders and innovators who recognize that inclusive business

  • drives innovation
  • builds markets
  • strengthens supply chains
  • enhances competitiveness
  • uncovers new sources of profitability

while improving productivity, sustainable earnings and empowerment among the poor.

The Business Call to Action is a unique multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)UK Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme — which hosts the secretariat — in collaboration with leading global institutions, such as the United Nations Global Compact.

Membership in the Business Call to Action does not constitute a partnership with UNDP, BCtA donors and collaborating institutions or any UN agency.

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