How Change Happens in the Private Sector

Oxfam International 'From Poverty to Power' Case Study

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Kate Raworth

Oxfam GB

Liam Wren-Lewis

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Oxfam believes that private sector actors can change their strategies, policies and behaviour to have a more positive impact on poverty reduction, and to do less harm to poor people. There are clear cases where companies have changed in these ways. How and why did those changes happen?

In order to answer this question, we chose two examples of major companies that changed for the better. We got as close as possible to the source of that change to understand the factors that led to it.

At the end of each case study, we summarise the five main factors that we think brought about change, and consider the implications of these for civil society organisations that want to generate more pro-poor change of this kind in the private sector.

Suggested Citation

Raworth, Kate and Wren-Lewis, Liam, How Change Happens in the Private Sector (2006). Oxfam International 'From Poverty to Power' Case Study. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2659221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2659221

Kate Raworth

Oxfam GB ( email )

274 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 7DZ
United Kingdom

Liam Wren-Lewis (Contact Author)

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France

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