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Come explore SDG 10 with us: reducing inequalities within countries as well as between them.

Why Take Action? The Global Challenge

Inequality within countries rose by 11% in developing countries between 1990 and 2010. Economic growth is not enough to reduce poverty and inequality; growth must be inclusive of all segments of society, and involve the three dimensions of sustainable development. In turn, inequality can harm growth, as well as the quality of political and public life.

Your Business Opportunity:
Fighting inequality can unlock new markets, attract new business, lead to innovation of new products or services, increase employee morale and productivity, and manage risk in communities. The UN Global Compact suggests these steps for business:
  • Create decent jobs, goods and services that help meet basic needs, and more inclusive value chains.
  • Make strategic social investments and promote public policies that support social sustainability.
  • Partner with other businesses, pooling strengths to make a greater positive impact.

Identify Inequality Challenges in your Supply Chain

Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index 
Find out how each country in your supply chain ranks in the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which considers health, education and income levels in the context of their distribution among the country’s population.
GINI Index
For more on income distribution in each country, see the World Bank’s GINI index. Learn more about income inequality across the world and throughout history, from Our World in Data.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Database
This database points to international, regional, and national measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Learn more.
OECD Data 
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) details income inequalitywithin countries as of 2012. It also compares countries by “discriminatory family code,”discrimination against women, and other indicators.

Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 10

“McDonald’s values the contributions of its employees and strives to ensure that their financial and educational needs are met. In the US, McDonald’s is enhancing employee benefits, offering substantial wage increases and paid time-off. Across its company-owned restaurants, 90,000 employees will be eligible to receive these benefits, representing 10 percent of McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. Moreover, McDonald’s education initiative, Archways to Education, will offer free high school completion and college tuition assistance to around 750,000 employees at both company-owned and franchised restaurants. Employees who are not native English speakers also have the opportunity to take free English language classes.” 

Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs and Other Companies

Partnering with NGOs focusing on reducing inequalities can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.

We are a global, independent, non-profit organization that conducts research, advocacy, consulting, trainings, and assessments with a vision that people worldwide work under safe, fair, and legal conditions.

Since our inception in 1995, we have partnered with hundreds of multinational brands, suppliers, and international institutions in more than 70 countries across multiple sectors to improve working conditions and social performance within global supply chains.

Through our independent regional offices, Verité China and Verité Southeast Asia, and long-term network partners such as ASK in India, Sheva Nari O Shishu Kallyan Kendra in Bangladesh, and ENGAGED-PFC in Europe; we gather information globally about labor practices and make this analysis available to brands, suppliers, and investors; as well as governments, NGOs, and trade unions.

To find out more about Verité and their fight against inequality, click here.

SDG 10 Highlight: 2017 3S Award Nominee for Empowerment

Bom Aluno Institute 
In 1993, Programa Bom Aluno was founded intending to contribute for the country’s improvement, looking for the solution of social inequality, developing and enabling good students with limited financial resources, transforming them in examples not only as professionals but also as citizens. In 2000, because of its standardized methodology and results that prove its potential to be widespread, Bom Aluno Institute was created with the intention of expanding the role model all over the country through social franchising Nowadays, it contemplates 446 graduating students and it has graduated 293 in five different cities in Brazil.Learn more.

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Our community of like-minded individuals is growing exponentially every day. Together with our partner organizations, we have upwards of 1M global citizens working together every day to make the world a better place for the next generations to come.

Join our global community and continue to help shape the ideas, discussions, historic events that will change the landscape of how businesses take responsibility for their impact on the communities and environment that they operate in.

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