Achieving scale for inclusive industries is a challenge as old as the field of social enterprise itself, one whose wide-reaching implications cut to the heart of what it means to make meaningful impact. Any strategy to positively affect the wellbeing of the poor and vulnerable must account for the vastness and pervasiveness of the problems that these populations face. Increasingly, social actors are proposing market-based solutions to reach that critical goal.
Market-based solutions, which have been known by multiple other names—including inclusive businesses and impact enterprises—are businesses that, with the help of funders, investors, foundations and other providers of capital, look to generate both financial returns and social impact at a large scale.
Monitor Deloitte conducted this study to explore cases of inclusive industries’ facilitation and growth, specifically in Asia and Africa.