Business Call to Action

The Business Call to Action challenges companies to develop innovative business models that achieve commercial success and development outcomes.

Business Call to Action

Launched at the United Nations in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact.

The Business Call to Action is a unique multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme — which hosts the secretariat — in collaboration with leading global institutions, such as the United Nations Global Compact, Inter-American Development Bank’s Opportunities for the Majority Initiative, and the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation.

Worldwide, 108 companies have responded to the BCtA by making commitments to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions through commercially-viable business ventures that engage low-income people as consumers, producers, suppliers, and distributors of goods and services. Participating companies benefit from the BCtA’s ability to provide:

  • A global leadership platform and opportunities to share expertise, knowledge, and best practices for market-based approaches to development;
  • Initiative development advice and assistance; and
  • Linkages with companies, donors, and other key stakeholders.

Partners

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) - The Netherlands

    Funding Agencies
    Netherlands | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes the interests of the Kingdom abroad. The Ministry coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy at its headquarters in The Hague and through its...

  • Department for International Development (DFID)

    Funding Agencies
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of time including poverty and disease, mass...

  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (FORMIN)

    Government
    Finland | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry for Foreign Affairs promotes the security and welfare of Finland and the Finns, and works for a secure and fair world.

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on...

  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

    Funding Agencies
    Sweden | Staff size: 501-1000

    Swedish development cooperation is part of a global cooperation in which Sweden is one of many participants. In order to carry out its work, Sida cooperates with Swedish government agencies,...

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