How Inclusive is Inclusive Business for Women?
While many inclusive businesses support the concept of gender-inclusivity, much more needs to be done to ensure that women’s economic empowerment is promoted in the workplace.
Inclusive business models operate with the dual purpose of generating a reasonable profit and creating a tangible effect on low-income people’s welfare. As such, they have vast potential to help women in developing countries bring about economic change for themselves. But a recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) study, How Inclusive Is Inclusive Business for Women? Examples from Asia and Latin America, found that only 13 out of 104 inclusive businesses surveyed had set specific targets to promote the economic empowerment of women in the workplace.
Gender, Social development and protection
Last updated: November 2016
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