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What is the Business Partnerships Platform?

The Business Partnerships Platform supports partnerships between the Australian Government and inclusive businesses to create lasting social impact

About the Business Partnerships Platform

The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) supports partnerships between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and inclusive businesses to create both development impacts and sustainable commercial returns through their core business operations.

With BPP support, businesses are creating sustainable change by:

  • creating and adapting products and services that improve lives,
  • helping to create more inclusive and productive value chains; and
  • expanding inclusive business practices.

As Australia helps partners respond to and recover from COVID-19, the BPP’s work, and the role of inclusive business has never been more important.

Successful BPP partnerships are driven by mutual priorities, open communication, accountability, shared risks and benefits, and the ability to recognise and respond to each other’s strengths and add value.

By working in partnership, we can better understand and meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BPP champions gender equality and social inclusion. The BPP works with partners to strengthen their approach to women’s economic empowerment and lift barriers for women to succeed as leaders, employees and as suppliers in the value chain.

Would you like to partner with the BPP? We are currently looking for partners to support COVID-19 recovery in the Indo-Pacific. If you have a commercial idea that could make a lasting social impact please we want to hear from you!

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Responding to COVID-19

The COVID-19 global health pandemic has resulted in widespread impact for countries and economies across the Indo-Pacific. People are losing their livelihoods and businesses have been disrupted.

The BPP will assist Australian and overseas organisations to invest in new business opportunities that support economic recovery and deliver on social and commercial outcomes.

BPP can provide partners with access to DFAT’s resources, including:

  • Convening, brokering, networks and influence in partner countries.
  • Deep knowledge of development as well as the business, political and regulatory environment in partner countries.
  • Expertise in development program management, safeguards, and gender and disability inclusion.
  • Support in creating a more attractive business operating environment through its broader policy reform and governance programs.
  • Catalytic funding to encourage and support businesses and other organisations looking to increase commercial and social returns in line with the Australian development program’s strategic priorities.

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Gender and social inclusion

The BPP champions gender equality and social inclusion. The BPP works with partners to strengthen their approach to women’s economic empowerment and lift barriers for women to succeed as leaders, employees and as suppliers in the value chain. Engaging the private sector as champions for gender equality and social inclusion is a critical step on the path towards equal economic opportunity and participation for all. While governments have a role to play in creating policies which encourage inclusive economies, in most countries, private businesses are the largest employers and provide a wide variety of goods and services to communities.

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Creating sustainable impact

Creating or adapting products and services to improve lives

Creating or adapting products and services to improve lives

Improving the productivity, inclusivity, or sustainability of value chains

Improving the productivity, inclusivity, or sustainability of value chains

Supporting the expansion of inclusive business practices

Supporting the expansion of inclusive business practices

How We Partner

The partnership model is the key defining feature of the BPP.

BPP partnerships require partners to invest resources and capital alongside DFAT in pursuit of the BPP and partnership goals.

Partnerships are driven by shared priorities, open communication, accountability, sharing of risks and benefits, and recognising and responding to each other’s strengths to add value in their collaboration.

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Our Partners

Where we partner

The Business Partnerships Platform is supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Palladium.

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