Applying a Sustainable Business Model Lens to Mutual Value Creation With Base of the Pyramid Suppliers
AuthorDembek, K; York, J
Source TitleBusiness and Society
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsDembek, K. & York, J. (2021). Applying a Sustainable Business Model Lens to Mutual Value Creation With Base of the Pyramid Suppliers. Business and Society, Forthcoming, https://doi.org/10.1177/0007650320973450.
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Base of the pyramid (BoP) ventures seek to create “mutual value” for themselves and poor communities, but often use business models unadapted for the BoP context, and have been less successful than hoped. Sustainable business models’ (SBMs) multi-stakeholder lens offers a promising alternative path to mutual value, but BoP-based SBM studies are scarce. This single case study explores whether and how SBM characteristics manifest in the business model and value outcomes of Habi, a Manila footwear company successfully creating mutual value with BoP suppliers. We find SBM characteristics underpin Habi’s dual-structure business model (value chain/shop) and success in four ways: viewing profits as a tool for community development resulted in designing both product and business model around community strengths; understanding communities as systems helped Habi address the complexities of poverty; balancing short-term business needs with a long-term, slow-growth approach led to their choice of investors; and implementing community value capture mechanisms ensured enduring community benefit.
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