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