Many inclusive businesses face external and internal constraints, both at the BOP market level and at the company level. Challenges differ in degree and type from those typically encountered by businesses in developing and emerging economies and may also differ depending on the company’s approach to inclusive business. Constraints at both the market and company levels have been identified along four broad dimensions: information, rules and regulations, financial resources, and capacity. Where these can be reduced, inclusive businesses can grow and achieve greater impact.

Ericsson: mLearning: A Platform for Educational Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid

mLearning is the ability to access educational resources, tools and materials at anytime from anywhere, using a mobile device.

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BASF SE: Samruddhi: A Farmer training program for sustainable agriculture in India

The Samruddhi program is an initiative developed for those farmers who want to increase their productivity and their agricultural knowledge while learning good farming practices.

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COMACO and the Lundin Foundation: The COMACO Landscape Management Project Environmentalnd Social Management Plan

Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) is a model for rural development that uses inputs, improved technologies, and markets to help small scale farming communities achieve increased food security and incomes and more effective conservation of the natural resources they live with. The COMACO model works on the premise that households will reduce destructive use of their natural resources if their basic food and income needs are met in ways that remove the need to rely on destructive resource-use practices.

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L'Occitane en Provence: L'Occitane au Burkina Faso: More than just business with shea butter producers

L’Occitane en Provence is a highly successful French multinational cosmetics firm recognized worldwide for its luxury products based on natural ingredients. For decades, one of the firm’s signature ingredients has been shea butter sourced from Burkina Faso. Shea butter is produced from nuts of the shea tree, a tree indigenous to the African Sahel belt.

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UNILEVER: Sustainable Cocoa and Sugar

Sustainable farming practices that address environmental, social and economic issues can help to solve many of the problems associated with cocoa farming.

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