No Poverty

End Poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Eradicating poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice and the key to unlocking an enormous human potential. Still, nearly half of the world’s population lives in poverty, and lack of food and clean water is killing thousands every single day of the year. Together, we can feed the hungry, wipe out disease and give everyone in the world a chance to prosper and live a productive and rich life.

Business Avenger: Mars

"Eradicating poverty remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While extreme poverty dropped by more than half over the past twenty years, there are still more than 700 million people around the world living on less than $1.90 per day. As many as 122 million of these people may be linked to global food systems.

Poverty is the elephant in the room for sustainable development. If the world is to become truly sustainable then we must work together to end it.

Poverty is not just bad for farmers, it’s also bad for business and bad for the global food system. And it worsens many of the human rights challenges people face around the world.

Addressing poverty in our supply chains is a critical business issue and it’s a moral issue too. At Mars, we believe everyone working within our extended supply chains should earn a sufficient income to maintain a decent standard of living.

A smallholder farmer with a successful business is far more likely to grow the high-quality agricultural materials we want to buy. And, looking to the future, if we want to maintain our access to these materials, we must play a role in shaping a path for the next generation of farmers. The children of today’s smallholder farmers need to see farming as a viable future. We are at very real risk if today’s and tomorrow’s farmers choose to leave farming behind and pursue other jobs that pay more and offer better opportunities.

Rather than crowd others out through exclusive, branded programs, we seek to crowd actors in by embracing pre-competitive collaboration. We’re advocating for shared accountability and shared investment to catalyze the impact on SDG1 that none of us can achieve alone."

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Case Studies

ARM

Arm: Bringing the World Closer

In Partnership with Arm, Amplio’s technology helps partners such as UNICEF amplify their impact.

Amplio’s solution is the Talking Book—a rugged, battery-powered audio device designed for people with low literacy skills in places where there’s no network. NGOs use Talking Books to share critical information in local languages. Users select and play messages on demand and access knowledge to improve their lives.

Because Amplio’s technology collects usage data and user feedback, partners can monitor their programs, identify barriers to change, and update content for greater impact.

Arm not only provides the device processor— they also supported Amplio in delivering the service to thousands, empowering them to grow more food and keep their children healthy. Currently reaching 500,000 people, Arm and Amplio are developing a pipeline to impact 10 million people by 2024.

Find out more here.

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Whole Foods Market and The Whole Planet Foundation

Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market and dedicated to poverty alleviation.

They aim to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit in places where Whole Foods Market sources products. They support tenacious, innovative, and hardworking entrepreneurs all around the globe. Most of the entrepreneurs who receive microloans are women, who traditionally have fewer resources and less access to financial services. Whole Planet Foundation identifies and partners with microfinance organizations (MFIs) who provide and administer responsible financial services to their members.

Find out more here.

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