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Erinch Sahan

Head of Private Sector Team (acting)

Erinch Sahan

Erinch currently leads the private sector team at Oxfam Great Britain. Since 2011, Erinch has been working at Oxfam to leverage business to tackle poverty and injustice. His work spans programmes (enterprise development) and campaigns (leading the scoring of food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign). He works directly with companies across sectors to help them understand their poverty impacts and develop new business models.

Erinch's background is in business (Proctor & Gamble), law (Gadens Lawyers) and government (development advisor to Australia's trade negotiation team in Indonesia).He has worked across Asia and Africa, working with development programmes and businesses to to leverage markets to tackle poverty. He regularly lectures on sustainable business at various universities, including Cambridge and.sits on a number of industry-led advisory committees, including the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and the Global Dairy Agenda for Action. Erinch's 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...