Socially Responsible Investment

Action on poverty can benefit business performance, as well as building a better world in which to operate. Even in hard times, it can make commercial sense for companies to develop markets that include poor people, and business models that address poverty.

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Action on poverty can benefit business performance, as well as building a better world in which to operate. Even in hard times, it can make commercial sense for companies to develop markets that include poor people, and business models that address poverty.

Gender equality: It's your business

Gender equality gives businesses the opportunity to hire from a wider pool of talent, gain greater insights into consumers’ needs, and improve the security and quality of supply. This report asks: Is your business taking it seriously? Enlightened businesses are realising that enabling women’s full potential delivers returns. For business, equal treatment of women and men means access to the most talented pool of workers, a more balanced and talented board, greater appeal to the consumer base, an enhanced corporate reputation, and even a more stable supply of basic commodities.

Better returns in a better world: Responsible investment

Some investors have played a leading and progressive role in the climate change debate, and have made valuable contributions in areas such as labour standards, access to essential medicines and bribery and corruption. However, many other issues related to poverty reduction and sustainable development have received little attention, or have been undermined by the actions of other investors. Oxfam launched the Better Returns in a Better World project (BRBW) in November 2008 to understand the barriers to greater investor engagement with this agenda, and to identify how these may be addressed or overcome.

Better jobs in better supply chains

Business plays a key role in poverty reduction by creating jobs that give people in developing countries the opportunity to work themselves out of poverty. Oxfam believes that better labour standards also benefit business by boosting sales, staff recruitment and retention, and supply chain productivity.

Oxfam poverty footprint: Understanding business contribution to development

Oxfam is well aware of the extraordinary potential of business to positively influence the lives of poor people. Economic and social development provides vibrant markets that support business growth. Businesses need to be part of this development, actively creating new opportunities and bringing benefits to all levels of the economies in which they thrive.

Now or never - climate change: time to get down to business

Why is Oxfam talking about business and climate change? Because we believe that companies can help to determine whether the world wins or loses the fight against climate change. The consequences could not be more important – not only for millions of poor people around the world but also for the health and stability of the global economy.

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A business case for fighting poverty

Companies often underestimate their impact on people living in poverty. Developing a deeper understanding of the issues benefits businesses themselves and helps them to make a bigger contribution to reducing poverty. Forward-thinking businesses with operations in emerging markets know that global challenges such as extreme poverty, resource scarcity, and climate change require new thinking. Business models need to be based on a deep understanding of realities in the developing world.

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