INCLUSIVE BUSINESS PLAYBOOK
A PRACTICAL PLAYBOOK FOR BUSINESS LEADERS
While capitalism is credited with lifting billions of people out of poverty, our system is no longer sustainable. A new, more inclusive economy that balances profitability with equity is needed, and business has a critical role to play.
Achieving this vision will require new business models that prioritize low-income and marginalized people, redefine success, and form a new social contract between businesses and the communities in which they operate and live. A new Inclusive Business Playbook from Acumen and EY serves as a toolkit to help businesses navigate this transition.
The Playbook’s practical tools — an inclusive business framework and series of illustrative case studies — are intended to inspire, provide suggestions, and spark action for your own transformation, no matter your starting point. Drawing on our collective global experience — from guiding early-stage social enterprises to expanding inclusion at Fortune 500s — the Playbook shares our learnings to help businesses advance inclusion of low-income and marginalized groups and build a new, more inclusive system of capitalism.
The Inclusive Business Playbook is a collaboration between Acumen and EY
For 20 years, Acumen has invested in entrepreneurs solving the toughest challenges of poverty. These bold innovators not only have the ability to imagine audacious new solutions, they also have the grit and determination to make those solutions a reality.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our community took bold and concrete action. With investees and Fellows in 18 countries around the world, Acumen is took steps to ensure that low-income people continue to get the goods and services they need to weather the crisis.
Eight investment principles serve as Acumen’s commitment to use capital where it is needed most, to unleash those nascent but promising innovations that other investors will not take the risk of supporting.