Can business and government work together for development? – live chat

By Hannah Gould

Join experts on Wednesday 25 May, 2-3pm BST to explore how businesses can work with government to ensure on the ground work leads to genuine change

An increasing number of companies are setting up on the ground projects designed to improve conditions for workers in their supply chains and alleviate poverty – a trend reinforced by the UN sustainable development goals. But without the support of government, it’s hard for businesses to make significant breakthroughs and long term change.

Businesses have been working for years in the Dominican Republic, for example, to improve the pay and conditions of banana workers – many of whom are Haitian immigrants living in makeshift slums. They made progress through signing up to certification schemes and their own projects, but it took the government agreeing to allow Haitian banana workers to apply for legal status – giving them access to health insurance and bank accounts – to start to tackle one of the biggest issues.

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Read more here:: The Guardian – Global Development