The Inclusive Business Forum in Stockholm held by Inclusive Business Sweden and Sida last week attracted over 120 participants from business, civil society, government, academia and international institutions. The afternoon provided inspiration for participants, and set the groundwork for a national approach to inclusive business as part of the “Inclusive Business Agenda”.

Inclusive Business Forum, Inclusive Business Sweden, Sergio Cordonyer, Sida Forum

After an introduction to “inclusive business” from Inclusive Business Sweden and Sida, a representative from the United Nations Environment Programme presented on the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative. Sergio Codonyer from Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company then presented on their initiative to enable 5 million women entrepreneurs in their 5by20 commitment. Social businesses Peepoople and Emerging Cooking Solutions showcased their latest innovations in the fight against poverty, before all speakers joined for an interactive panel.

Inclusive Business Forum, Inclusive Business Sweden, Participation, Sida Forum

Inclusive Business Forum, Inclusive Business Sweden, Discussions, Sida Forum

The presentations were followed by 3 parallel collaborative workshops for research, innovation and action focussed on defining the vision and ambitions for the “Inclusive Business Agenda”. Participants had the opportunity to network and discuss while providing some excellent input into the programme, which is currently being processed by the Inclusive Business Sweden team.

But this is just the beginning! The forum will be followed by a second workshop in Stockholm on March 27th  to further collaborate and define the strategy in more detail. Details and invites to come in due course, but feel free to register early here.

Photos by Albert Codonyer