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Second ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit


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Building enabling policy environments and promoting inclusive business in  ASEAN: celebrating advances and envisioning the future

A public-private dialogue

Side event of the ASEAN Leaders Summit and the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit

Bangkok, 1 November 2019

Organised by United Nations ESCAP, and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) in collaboration with the ASEAN BAC




Inclusive businesses provide goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis, to people living at the base of the pyramid making them part of the value chain of companies as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers.  

Since ASEAN leaders in 2017 called for “greater emphasis on creating an enabling environment for Inclusive Businesses in ASEAN Member States” governments have started developing policies to encourage more inclusive businesses (IB) to emerge and scale-up. At the same time business leaders, the finance community and other key stakeholders have stepped up to the task of developing and scaling IB models for economic growth and social impact at scale. The time is now ripe to take stock of the progress made and map public-private collaborations that can further support IB in ASEAN.


The 2nd ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit celebrated advances in building enabling policy environments and promoting inclusive business in the ASEAN Member States and for the ASEAN community. It offered an opportunity to discuss public and private activities promoting inclusive business and to envision the future of IB promotion in ASEAN, which was reflected in the outcome document of the Second ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit.

High-level government officials, business leaders and other key stakeholders came together and commit to advance inclusive business together.


ASEAN Policy Progress Report



Advancing Enabling Policy Environments for Inclusive Businesses in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)


The report highlights actions to advance enabling policy environments for inclusive business in ASEAN and expand innovative strategies across Asia and the Pacific region.


Governments can encourage the emergence, expansion and scale-up of inclusive business models by:

  • establishing conducive rules to spur an enabling business environment,
  • providing relevant information and raising awareness,
  • building the capacities of those at the base of the economic pyramid and inclusive business, and
  • enhancing access to finance.



Other Documents:

Concept note - Second ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit, 01 November 2019

Presentation - High-Level Panel - Inclusive Business, Second ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit, 01 November 2019

Presentation - Social Venture Valuation for Inclusive Growth, Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC)

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