October 27, 2016

Iglu stands for inclusion

Iglu stands for inclusion

 

It is with excitement that we introduce Impact Iglu’s new lead Ville Luukkanen. Ville is a senior expert on inclusive business and takes up Iglu’s overall leadership after working as a strategy consultant for African Management Services Company in Johannesburg.

Twenty years ago very few businesses took sustainability seriously. Some were outright hostile, many just plain indifferent to the ”green stuff” – the business of radical politicians and activists, not executives. Today things are very different. Every serious enterprise pays careful attention to minimizing the environmental burden of their operations and maximizing the environmental benefits.

Inclusion will be the next big thing in global development. Environmental and social sustainability will be integrated. Today most businesses, especially in industrialized countries, tend to think of extreme poverty and inequality as something for governments and charities to deal with. They will have to think again. Inclusion will present companies with a major global risk as well as an opportunity they will have to deal with strategically.

Inclusion will be the next big thing in global development.

Encouraging examples of inclusive business are already out there. A leading African retail chain prefers employing disabled staff. A Zambian startup provides farming equipment on an innovative leasing plan to poor rural communities. A Finnish multinational implements award-winning in-house staff training programmes in South Africa. A 5-star resort in Ghana orders their fresh produce from local farmers and train up their work force from among the local youth.

For us to achieve UN’s sustainable development goals by 2030, inclusive business must grow big in reach and deep on inclusion. The ultimate benefit to the enterprises who rise up to the challenge is significant competitive edge over competition. In developing solutions to complex inclusion challenge they will have built up better management systems, deployed better production technologies and rolled out more effective distribution and marketing systems than more complacent competitors.

Most businesses tend to think of extreme poverty and inequality as something for governments and charities to deal with. They will have to think again.

Impact Iglu continues to position itself as a leading partner for effective solutions to growing inclusive business. You do your business, we help you maximize the impact. We aim to lead the turning of Aalto’s impressive resources into innovative inclusive business solutions. We will continue to expand our tool box and networks for best methods and people in the industry. In 20 years inclusion will be the bread and butter stuff of every business in Finland, and they will look upon Impact Iglu as the main driver who made it happen.

We warmly invite you to be part of the journey: tell us how you want to do your part for inclusive business and we’ll work out the ways and means for you to deliver it over our platform. We look forward to doing pioneering work with you!

Ville Luukkanen
Chief Impact Officer

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