Itaú Unibanco: Banking the unbanked in Brazil
Itaú Unibanco joined the Business Call to Action in 2012 with the Itaú Microcrédito initiative, offering microfinancing and increasing the financial literacy of low-income people in Brazil. Itaú Unibanco’s objectives for its Itaú Microcrédito initiative include reaching 100,000 active clients with microcredit products in Brazil by 2016.
Taze Kuru: Smallholder Sourcing for Dried Foods
In December 2013, Taze Kuru Gida Inc. joined the Business Call to Action with a commitment to source from 100 smallholder farmers in Turkey in order to produce high quality, healthy dried foods using environmentally friendly geothermal energy.
Juhudi Kilimo: Providing financing for Kenyan smallholder farmers
Juhudi Kilimo provides asset financing and technical assistance to smallholder farmers throughout Kenya. The company joined the Business Call to Action in 2011. Juhudi’s initiative goals include expanding asset financing and technical assistance to rural farmers in order to reach 100,000 farmers by 2015, of whom over 50 per cent will be women, benefiting 500,000 rural Kenyans in all; and increasing the incomes of the farmers Juhudi supports by 50 per cent.
SAMBAZON: Providing sustainable forest management to Açaí fruit growers in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest
In November 2011, the US-based food company SAMBAZON (Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon) joined the Business Call to Action with a commitment to train indigenous communities in the Amazon Estuary region on sustainable harvesting of the Açaí berry.
TTNET: Bridging the Digital Divide in Turkey
In 2013 TTNET, Turkey’s leading Internet service provider (ISP), joined the Business Call to Action with a commitment to increase access to the Internet and education in Turkey.
Waste Capital Partners: Transforming Waste into Wealth
In 2012, Waste Capital Partners joined the Business Call to Action with a commitment to employ 10,000 formerly independent waste pickers as collectors, composters and recyclers, tripling their income and offsetting 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide by 2017.
CEMEX PiAC: Enhancing low-income families’ capacities for affordable housing
In January 2014, CEMEX joined the Business Call to Action with its Assisted Self-Construction Integrated Program (Programa Integral de Autoconstrucción Asistida or PiAC) – demonstrating a commitment to enhancing low-income families’ capacities for attaining safe and affordable housing.
CEMEX Patrimonio Hoy: Providing integral housing solutions for low-income families
In January 2014, Patrimonio Hoy, a subsidiary of the multinational Mexican cement manufacturer CEMEX, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with the objective of strengthening its inclusive business model through this strategic partnership.
ITOCHU Corporation and kurkku: Supporting Transition to Organic Cotton Production in India
In August 2012, one of Japan’s leading general trading companies, ITOCHU Corporation, and the sustainable lifestyle company kurkku joined the Business Call to Action with a commitment to improve the incomes and health of Indian cotton farmers through the Pre-Organic Cotton (POC) Program.
Ajinomoto Co.: Better Nutrition, Brighter Future in Ghana
In September 2013, the Japanese food giant Ajinomoto Co. joined the Business Call to Action with a commitment to employ its expertise in food technology and amino acid nutrition for improving nutrition in Ghana. The company aims to expand its pilot nutritional supplement programme in order to reach an estimated 200,000 weaning infants by 2017.