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Food giants such as General Mills are listening.

Food giants are listening to demands for sustainability

In February 2013 we launched the Behind the Brands campaign with an assessment of the social and environmental policies of the world's ten largest food and beverage companies. The campaign has...

Sukitha has worked at Oxfam's dairy co-op in Muruganwr, Sri Lanka since 2009. Credit: Abir Abdullah/Oxfam

Social investing in Asia - does it need to be more courageous?

There's a growing interest in ethical investment in Asia but funds are still reluctant to risk investing in fledgling rural enterprises. Here Kim Sophastienphong, Enterprise Development Programme...

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Let’s get down to business at the UN Climate Summit

Business has a key role to play in tackling global climate change. In the run-up to the UN climate summit on Tuesday Danielle Smith reviews promising new business initiatives, and introduces...

Anthony Mokowa cycling home, he bought his bicycle with the money made from selling tomatoes, he has a much improved harvest thanks to an Oxfam funded irrigation scheme. Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

People, planet and profit: the three Ps of impact investment

Are we entering a new era of corporate social responsibility and ethical investors? Oskar Haq our financial sector adviser in Asia explains why impact investment is becoming ever more popular. ...

Women from the village of Mecha, Ethiopia, dressed in protective clothing, during a workshop at the Ambrosia beekeeping training centre. Credit: Tom Pietrasik

Taking stock of our Enterprise Development Programme

Our Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) is an innovative business based approach to tackling poverty. Last week Maria Michalopoulou explored how and why Oxfam invests in small businesses....

Razia laying out chilies to dry in the family compound. Char Atra, Bangladesh. Credit: Shehab Uddin / DRIK / Oxfam GB

How and why does Oxfam invest in small businesses?

At Oxfam we know that business has a major role to play in overcoming poverty, so we set up a programme to identify business opportunities in poor communities and support them to become successful...

 Land being cleared and replanted with oil palms at the Butaw plantation in Sinoe County, Liberia (2014). Anna Fawcus/Oxfam America

Food and beverage industry must act on climate change

Climate change is threatening global food production, yet food companies are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. Here Danielle Smith our private sector policy officer...

Global partnership for effective development cooperation

What's needed to improve business's role in development?

This week top business representatives meet in Mexico City to discuss how to make development more effective. The lack of financial transparency among companies involved in development initiatives...

What is a risk-taking wealth creator anyway?

At a time the contribution business can make to help the UK economy recover is in the spotlight, Francis Stuart talks about the language of social justice and environmental sustainability, and how...

UK construction workers

Living wage: what happens when companies put well-being before profits

As Oxfam celebrates becoming a living wage employer, Oxfam GB's ethical trade manager Rachel Wilshaw explains what a living wage means for Oxfam - and why it is so desperately needed by workers...