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Erinch Sahan

Senior Policy Adviser on Business and Markets for Oxfam Asia

Erinch Sahan

Erinch is currently based in Bangkok as a senior policy adviser on business and markets for Oxfam Asia. Since 2011, Erinch has been a private sector adviser for Oxfam, working across Oxfam's programme and campaigning work. During his time at Oxfam, Erinch has also led Oxfam's policy and campaigning team on food and climate justice.

Erinch specialises in the links between business and poverty, with a focus on agriculture and the rural economy. He advises policy-makers, businesses, campaigners and programme managers on how to leverage business and markets to better tackle poverty. In supporting programmes, Erinch works with Oxfam's Enterprise Development Programme and the Gendered Enterprise and Markets programme to ensure the programmes are helping shape the broader market system. He has lead Oxfam's work on scoring the policies of the world's largest food and beverage companies in the Behind the Brands campaign and continues to work directly with companies across multiple sectors to help them better understand their poverty impacts and develop new business models.

Erinch's research currently focuses on the corporate structures and business models that are best geared to deliver fairer and more sustainable outcomes - with a view to promoting policies that will foster a better private sector. He is also looking into mechanisms for ensuring the prices paid for agricultural commodities allow for responsible and sustainable production.

Before joining Oxfam, Erinch worked for the Australian government (AusAID) on market-based aid programs in Indonesia and was the development advisor on Australia's trade negotiation team in Indonesia. Prior to entering development, Erinch worked as a market strategist at Procter & Gamble and ran a start-up furniture business in Australia. His background includes stints as a trainee solicitor, business consultant and radio host. Erinch has lectured on sustainable business at various universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham and Sheffield. Erinch also sits on a number of advisory committees, including the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and the UN Global Compact's Poverty Footprint Project. His academic background is in Law and Finance.

As well as blogging for Policy & Practice, Erinch also regularly features as a guest blogger on From Poverty to Power. Recent posts include:

All posts by Erinch Sahan

Behind the Brands 3 Years

Big food is improving but a transformation is needed

OPINION:  With the release of the latest Behind the Brands report, Erinch Sahan takes us through how the 'Big 10' food and beverage companies have progressed on their social...

Onion pickers harvest onions in the yellow onion field in Hanareb, Barda, Azerbaijan. Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

What is a human worth? Bold commitments from business needed

Business has a key role to play in tackling inequality, but the evidence suggests this isn't happening. Erinch Sahan, Global Adviser on Business and Markets, proposes corporate targets that would...

Sukitha, a member of a dairy cooperative which Oxfam helped set up in Muruganwr Si Lanka, buying fruit and vegetables at a local shop. Credit: Abir Abdullah/Oxfam

Business and development: fashion, unbridled enthusiasm and cold showers

This week, the UN Private Sector Forum will discuss the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here Erinch Sahan, Private Sector Policy Adviser,...

Tea picking in Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Why companies fail to pay a living wage (at least in their supply chains)

With companies seeking to maximise profits to meet investors' expectations, workers in the supply chain lose out and remain trapped in poverty. Erinch Sahan looks at why workers continue to earn...

Behind the brands campaign poster

Behind the Brands: what progress one year on?

In February 2013 we launched an ambitious campaign using the power of consumers and investors to hold the world's biggest food and drinks companies to account for what happens in their supply...

Small is beautiful on World Food Day

With 'Sustainable Food Systems' the theme of this year's World Food Day, Erinch Sahan reminds both governments and private sector investors of their duty to actively support small-scale...

Kalpana Oli, spraying insecticide on her mustard crop, in Surkhet, Nepal. Kelpana is a member of a Co-operative, which is supported by Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme. Credit: Oxfam / Aubrey Wade

A call to policy makers – support small-scale agriculture

There's an agricultural bonanza happening right now in the developing world. Global partnerships are being struck, key players are being mobilised and grand declarations are being made to change...

Traffic lights showing amber

We give Greening a green light on growth (well, amber, anyway...)

As the UK Secretary of State for International Development outlines plans for tackling poverty through growth, we welcome her focus on addressing land and gender injustices.  ...

Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Six steps to good private investment in agriculture

Private investment can be a potent tool in the fight against poverty, but it needs to be done in the right way. Erinch Sahan outlines what's needed to make private sector investment work for...