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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 OSMEP Thailand, 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 will celebrate advances in building enabling policy environments and promoting inclusive business in the ASEAN Member States and for the ASEAN community. It will be an opportunity to discuss public and private activities promoting inclusive business and to envision the future of IB promotion in ASEAN, which will be reflected in the outcome document of the Second ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit.

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


In the high-level public-private dialogue, government representatives will share their experience in promoting policies for inclusive businesses with CEOs of inclusive businesses seeking to scale up their growth and social impact. 

Throughout the event, IB models that are inspiring and enabling SMEs to thrive while generating substantive social and environmental benefits will be highlighted. Inclusive business leaders with a track record in doing well while doing good will share their experience in promoting innovative value chains that broaden the business prospects of small suppliers, provide new commercial opportunities for entrepreneurs, and deliver goods and services for those at the base of the economic pyramid.

The event will explore some of the more common challenges that inclusive businesses face and how governments can promote an enabling environment for inclusive businesses to prosper. Governments will share the advances of inclusive business policy developments in their countries and highlight opportunities for closer public-private collaboration.

The event will draw on the results of various activities during the last two years, including:

  • ASEAN Inclusive Business Policy Maker Engagement in collaboration with ACCMSME
  • iBAN/ESCAP National inclusive business landscape studies and policy advisories
  • ESCAP programme on policies for building impact investment ecosystems
  • ESCAP work on assessing the state of social enterprises and providing policy advice
  • ASEAN Business Advisory Council “the Code for Responsible and Inclusive Business”
  • iBAN/AVPN Inclusive Business and Impact Investment Programme
  • iBAN/Grow Asia Digital Capability Building and IB Design in Agriculture Programme

The Summit will be attended by representatives from the inclusive business ecosystem in ASEAN including:

  • CEOs from companies with inclusive business models
  • Government officials developing and implementing IB policies
  • Financial institutions and multilateral development banks investing in inclusive business
  • Intermediaries supporting inclusive business development
  • Development partners supporting public and private sector IB initiatives
  • NGOs working with communities in IB value chains
  • International organizations promoting IB through their programmes

Expected number of participants: 100-150.

Expected outcome

The first ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit recognized exemplary IB models in ASEAN, identified the emerging interest from the public sector and finance sector to grow IB models, and proposed the integration of IB in ASEAN’s Strategic Action Plan for Small and Medium Enterprise Development.

The second edition will celebrate advances made in inclusive business policies and promotion activities in ASEAN Member States and at the ASEAN level, and identify next steps to further support enabling environments for inclusive business, in particular through public-private collaboration on IB promotion.

The event will offer insights into the ways in which inclusive business can inspire and enable SMEs and entrepreneurs to thrive while generating social and environmental benefits.



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