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23 November 2021
Inclusive Business Forum 2021 | Virtual

Welcome to the

Inclusive Business Forum 2021   

Future-Proofing Value Chains



At this year’s Forum we invite you to explore how to build inclusive and sustainable global value chains. 

Unsustainable business practices, the climate crisis and the global pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the deep systemic fragilities in global value chains. These frailties have impacted not only supply chains, but also the millions of people who rely on these value chains for their livelihoods. Companies that do not adequately address the social and environmental impacts of their activities are likely to remain at risk to future shocks and challenges.

Re-building resilient and future-proof value chains is key for securing long-term business success and making real progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The Inclusive Business Forum will challenge participants to collaborate on transforming value chains towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

Join us to learn more from this amazing Speaker line-up, participate in online Call to Action workshops with inspiring inclusive business leaders and participate in one-to-one Matchmaking meetings with actors from business, civil society, academia and government from around the globe!


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Headline Speakers

Prof. Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 
Father of Microfinance and Founder of Grameen Bank
Chairman and Co-founder of Yunus Social Business

Yunus Social Business believes in the power of business to end poverty. Yunus Social Business tackles poverty from the bottom up with Philanthropic Venture Funds and from the top down with Corporate Innovation. 

Preeti Sinha 

Executive Secretary at United Nations Capital Development Fund 

The United Nations Capital Development Fund works with finance models that unlock public and private resources for the 46 least developed countries.

Vanessa Erogbogbo

Chief of Sustainable & Inclusive Value Chains at International Trade Centre 

The International Trade Centre is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC's mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable economic development and is dedicated to supporting the internationalization of SMEs. 

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and believes in doing business the right way. In 2020, Unilever's turnover was €51 billion with 58% in emerging markets.

Maria Munther

Sustainability Manager at Icebug

Icebug is the world's first climate-positive manufacturer of outdoor footwear. Icebug is raising the bar for sustainability in the industry and making it easier to get outdoors.


The event is moderated by Mike Debelak, Executive Director at Inclusive Business Sweden.


An action-based event

Calls to Action

Participate in online workshops focused on specific Calls to Actions to accelerate inclusive and sustainable value chains and business initiatives.


Connect with and schedule one-to-one online meetings with participating investors, entrepreneurs and partners from around the globe. 

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Let your network, colleagues and partners know about the Forum so they can join as well.

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Organisers and Funders

The Forum is brought to you by Inclusive Business Sweden with the support of the Inclusive Ventures and Innovations Against Poverty programmes.

Inclusive Ventures accelerates West Swedish SMEs to fast-growing developing markets with the ambition to make West Sweden a national hub for inclusive business. It is led by Inclusive Business Sweden with the support of our great partners and funders RISEJohanneberg Science ParkEU European Regional Development Fund and Västra Götalandsregionen

Innovations Against Poverty challenges the private sector to develop products, services and business models that contribute to the fight against poverty and climate change. Innovations Against Poverty is managed by SNV in collaboration with Inclusive Business Sweden and Bopinc with the funding support of Sida.

EWA-förening collaborates and supports in the Forum to bring a perspective on gender-equality and women-empowerment. 

Closed since 23 November 2021
Organised by
Australia 2
Bangladesh 6
Belgium 6
Cambodia 7
Cameroon 1
Canada 2
Colombia 1
Croatia 1
Czech Republic 1
Denmark 15
Ecuador 1
Egypt 1
Ethiopia 8
Finland 3
France 4
Germany 3
Ghana 18
China (Hong Kong) 2
India 2
Israel 1
Italy 2
Jordan 3
Kenya 13
Malaysia 1
Mexico 1
Netherlands 5
New Zealand 1
Nigeria 5
Norway 1
Pakistan 1
Peru 2
Philippines 1
Rwanda 3
Senegal 2
Sierra Leone 1
South Africa 2
Spain 3
Sweden 80
Switzerland 4
Tanzania, United Republic Of 4
Thailand 1
Togo 1
Tunisia 1
Uganda 21
Ukraine 1
United Arab Emirates 1
United Kingdom 1
United States 7
Zambia 10
Total 264