Alison Maitland draws together the conclusions of the Good Business series showing how companies foster sustainable businesses in developing countries.
The world’s biggest financial group, Citigroup. is helping Mexico’s poor to start businesses - with small loans aimed at budding entrepreneurs, targeted at areas of severe poverty.
As the World Economic Forum calls for action on poverty, disease and the lack of education, some answers are emerging from boardrooms around the globe.
Extraction companies are cleaning up their act by trying to ensure people attracted to the area continue to have livelihoods after mining operations have ceased.
Shell Foundation, the charitable arm of Royal Dutch/Shell, is helping entrepreneurs who have been rejected by banks because they have no collateral.
A UN initiative, Growing Sustainable Business, where companies invest in commercially viable enterprises in developing countries is reaping benefits.
The Dutch chemicals group Akzo Nobel is one of only a handful of manufacturers of a relatively new form of iron that can be added to everyday foods and drinks.