Inclusive Business – Serving the Poor, profitably and sustainably

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Inclusive Business is the name that identifies international investments aiming at including, within development process, people usually marginalized due to their low income level and poor purchasing power.

Inclusive Business refers to initiatives promoted by business actors and aimed at boosting development and growth together with positive impacts on social and environmental performances.

Inclusive Business is often associated to the idea of a “Base of the Pyramid”, because the base of the income pyramid identifies the beneficiaries of such type of investments. Independently from the country, Inclusive Business projects involve poor people, namely those living with less that 2$ per day.1

Globally, there are about 4 billion people so far excluded from any kind of investment aiming at solving, profitably and sustainably, social and environmental needs.

In order to address such an issue, it is crucial to conceive a new business model which, at international level, fruitfully address such a neglected income segment equally prioritizing social, environmental and economic returns.

We offer our services to private companies, foundations and any other subject interested in advisory, project design and training on the topic of Inclusive Business. Particularly, our focus is on : agribusiness, ICT/inclusive communication, design, textile/clothingwaste management, energy.

De-LAB collaborates with the Global BoP Network (, within which we represent the Italian focal point.


1 C.K. Prahalad, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Wharton School Publishing, 2006.

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