Geneva, 8 June 2022: A new report by the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI), Tackling Inequality: The Urgent Need for Business Action, underlines mounting inequality as a critical systemic risk and makes the case for business to take urgent action to address it through six key areas.
This introductory report is the first output of the BCTI, a cross-sector, multi-stakeholder coalition of more than 60 organizations and their leaders, convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), with the mission to move inequality up the corporate agenda and mobilize private sector action to generate shared prosperity for all. The report reflects inputs from the BCTI’s commissioners who represent business, civil society, intergovernmental institutions, the labor movement, and the investor community.
The report underlines how wide disparities in income, wealth, and overall wellbeing, underpinned by deep, structural differences in the opportunities people have to achieve those outcomes, is giving rise to a cascade of consequences with dire implications for business and society. It points to mounting evidence that inequality is eroding social cohesion, diminishing trust in key institutions, fueling civil and political conflict, constraining economic growth, and leaving our societies incapable of tackling other pressing challenges, from COVID-19 to the climate emergency.
A clear business rationale is emerging for companies to use their assets and capabilities to level the playing field, create opportunities for all people, and ultimately narrow social and economic divides.