Business Call to Action

Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by recognizing innovative inclusive business models that engage people at the base of the economic pyramid as consumers, producers, suppliers, distributors of goods and services, and employees.

Over 280 companies operating in over 80 countries have responded to the BCtA by committing to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions in developing countries through innovative business solutions. These BCtA member companies are market leaders that provide examples of successful, profitable, and scalable models for reaching poor communities and contributing to global development.

Commitment to Youth Empowerment 

BCtA supports inclusive business models that improve the lives and livelihoods of people at the base of the economic pyramid as consumers, producers, suppliers, distributors of goods and services, and employees. Many BCtA member companies offer innovative business solutions that directly respond to particular challenges that young people face, such as lack of quality education and job opportunities. Some of the member companies that are a part of BCtA’s network are led by young founders.

Target Countries/region:

Global

Collaboration with Youth Co:lab

Youth Co:Lab works closely with BCtA as a knowledge partner to draw on BCtA’s expertise, tools and technical assistance in supporting companies to measure and manage their inclusive business impacts and their contributions to the SDGs:

1. Building the capacity of Youth Co:Lab social enterprises to measure and manage their impact: To date, 24 Youth Co:Lab social enterprises have built their capacities on impact measurement and management (IMM) through Impact Workshops delivered by BCtA using BCtA’s online Impact Lab.

2. Building capacity of the Youth Co:Lab team in IMM: BCtA has delivered Train the Trainers workshops to build the capacity of Youth Co:Lab focal points from across Asia-Pacific to support the young social entrepreneurs and ecosystem partners that they work with on IMM.

3. Supporting Youth Co:Lab startups to become BCtA member companies: To date, three Youth Co:Lab social enterprises - iFarmer, DeafTawk, and Daastan - have been selected to join BCtA as members and thereby access visibility, networks and technical assistance to expand their impact.

Learn more about the Youth Co:Lab startups selected as BCtA member companies below.

➤ Link to Startups

Focusing primarily on SDG:

 Youth empowerment 

 alliance 

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