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Living wages have never been more critical as the cost-of-living soars globally

As the world faces multiple global crises, soaring levels of inequality are compounded by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, further exposing the cracks in an already broken system and driving up the cost of living everywhere.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation

November 22, 2022

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Raising ambition around an equitable and inclusive net-zero transition

When it comes to the topic of raising ambition, one of the areas of focus that has emerged as a priority for engagement and policy interaction for WBCSD member companies is accelerating an equitable and inclusive net-zero transition (or a just transition).

James Gomme (Director, Equity Action), Ruth Thomas (Director, GAA-Equitable Livelihoods), Markus Klingbeil (Senior Advisor, Energy Pathways)

November 15, 2022

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Creating an inclusive and diverse workplace

There is a general consensus among organizations that those who embrace diverse teams are more creative and innovative and perform better than others. This allows them to solve complex problems and manage risk more effectively, leading to more robust financial performance than peers. But recruiting a diverse workforce is not enough.

Alyssa Auberger, Chief Sustainability Officer & Anna Brown, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Baker McKenzie

November 8, 2022

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Leveling up on living wages to address inequality

The business case for paying a living wage is well-established. Better wages create a committed workforce, lower turnover, value chain resilience and improved reputation. There's a proven roadmap for turning this goal into reality for business leaders ready to level up to at least a living wage.

Daan Wensing, CEO & Chair of the Executive Board, IDH

October 19, 2022

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New report launched by Business for Inclusive Growth on “Operational Recommendations on Ethnic Diversity & Inclusion”

Business for Inclusive Growth publishes its “Operational Recommendations on Ethnic Diversity & Inclusion” report, focusing on how companies can act upon ethnic discrimination and tackle underlying structural issues that persist in the workplace, in value chains and ecosystems.

October 18, 2022

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Time to think and act differently to create a ‘just and regenerative’ future and tackle inequality

As calls to create a ‘just and regenerative’ future get louder, Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive of international sustainability non-profit, Forum for the Future, explores how thinking and acting for a just and regenerative could help address inequality.

Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future

September 21, 2022

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Diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace: a lever for businesses to tackle inequalities

Achieving sustainable progress on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) inside an organization is challenging. Hiring employees from underrepresented groups is a critical first step, but ensuring that they develop, grow and thrive ultimately matters more.

Julie Coffman, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Bain & Company

September 8, 2022

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Measuring impact to foster diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces

Initiatives to cultivate diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace are no longer just nice to have—they’re business critical. Unlocking the potential of every employee sows the seeds of innovation, success and meaningful change that stretches far beyond the four walls of an organization.

Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer, Philip Morris International

August 31, 2022

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A new role for business in the battle against inequality and climate change

There was a time when societal problems were seen as the exclusive responsibility of governments. But that’s no longer the case.

Tom Brown, ESG Special Adviser & Emeritus Global Head of Asset Management, KPMG International

August 24, 2022

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How businesses have a unique opportunity to promote inclusive practices in their supply chains

In today’s context of growing inequalities, an increasing number of companies want to leverage their procurement strategies and programs to support vulnerable groups who do not benefit from job creation or progress towards fair wages to the same extent as others.

Camille Putois, CEO of Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG)

July 27, 2022

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Why we need to close the corporate accountability gap if we want to tackle inequality

While the world’s largest companies are becoming more valuable, powerful and concentrated, the number of people living in extreme poverty could increase to over one billion by 2030.

Gerbrand Haverkamp, Executive Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

July 20, 2022

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Responsible investors can help businesses tackle inequality

Inequality in income, wealth and well-being has been increasing for the past 40 years. But the economic disruption caused by the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the war in Europe, adds new urgency to the challenge.

Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, ShareAction

July 14, 2022

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