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Green Growth

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We're re-imagining India’s green job revolution by investing in companies serving the millions of informal workers in the waste management system.

  • Program
  • Workforce
  • India

Over five years, our goal is to change how work is performed in waste management and circularity.

will be invested in companies improving the lives of waste workers
innovative companies will be supported in their journeys

Investing in the future of India’s green economy

Workers in India’s informal waste supply chain, including an estimated 4 million collectors, struggle to make a living while facing safety and health hazards. We’re supporting early-stage enterprises creating dignified jobs and driving innovations for better waste management.

Driving innovation in waste collection, logistics, recovery, and recycling while improving incomes, unlocking social security, and improving working conditions for workers and vulnerable stakeholders in the value chain

Leveraging technology to incentivize efficiency, create access to credit, increase formalization and improve traceability in the waste value chain, reduce drudgery, and build the resilience of waste workers and other vulnerable stakeholders

Upcycling waste to create greener products that increase incomes for upstream workers, and improve health and safety outcomes for workers and stakeholders in the value chain

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Woman is preparing to weave fabric in a Indian factory
Two men hold up bricks made from recycled materials

Our Partners

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Green Growth Accelerator

Green Growth is built upon learnings and insights from the Green Growth Accelerator. The 2022 Accelerator identified and supported early-stage enterprises focused on waste management and circularity in both textile and construction value chains.

Our track record in workforce development

We’ve invested in groundbreaking companies that create dignified, climate-focused employment for millions of workers.