Inclusive Business Sweden is proud to present the Inclusive Business Agenda, a strategic research, innovation and action agenda for engaging Swedish organisations with the needs and opportunities of the BoP. After a year of development involving stakeholders right across Sweden, the Agenda has set the vision of co-creating inclusive business models for mutual benefit. Moreover, it envisions Swedish business playing a leading role in meeting global challenges of poverty, through enhancing agricultural productivity, enabling access to energy, water, sanitation, healthcare and communications, and improving environmental sustainability – while creating jobs both here in Sweden and abroad. This is all being done profitably.
To achieve this, the Agenda also proposes a comprehensive delivery approach incorporating knowledge management, collaborative innovation, networking, and financing and support. The scaffolding will enable Swedish industry to achieve the following aspirational ambitions by 2030:
- Energy – Enable green energy access through inclusive business models for 300 million people
- Healthcare – 30% of Swedish healthcare companies address at least 10 significant healthcare challenges in developing countries
- Agriculture and Forestry – Collaborate to improve the efficiency and income of 10 million smallholders while enabling associated processing and supply chains
- Water and Sanitation – Partner to provide access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to 100 million people at the BoP
- ICT – Co-creating a comprehensive set of ICT solutions in 30 developing countries benefiting and empowering 100 million people
- Textiles and Clothing – 20% of global sales volume for the Swedish textiles and clothing sector involve inclusive business models in the value chain
The Inclusive Business Agenda provides the foundation for the upcoming programme – the Inclusive Business Co-creation Accelerator (IBCA). A collaboration between Inclusive Business Sweden, SP Technical Research Institute and LU Open Innovation Center, and funded by Vinnova. The IBCA is beginning in January 2015 and will run for 3 years. The three-year approach to implementation sets out a clear path for the co-creation and scaling of inclusive business models:
• 2015 will focus on building the 6 sector-based alliances locally as well as engaging with strategic partners in developing countries, and building an ecosystem for inclusive business
• 2016 will focus on enabling deep co-creation between Swedish partners and international counterparts in developing countries
• 2017 will focus on supporting business building and scaling initiatives
We look forward to embarking on this exciting and ambitious journey together!