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The Human-Centred Business Model (HCBM)



The Human-Centred Business Model (HCBM)

Across the world, regulators, industries and public interest groups are struggling to identify alternative, more sustainable ways of doing business. This quest is supported by a wealth of entrepreneurial practices, initiatives and ‘experiments’. 

The HCBM project supports these efforts in a systemic manner, with practical tools on “how to” transition towards a sustainable business ecosystem. It pays special attention to issues pertaining to micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as to the legal, economic and social specificities of developing countries.

Developed by the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, with the intellectual contribution of experts from over 46 institutions, the project seeks to create an alternative approach to doing business that combines – on an equal level of importance – profit-seeking, ethics and integrity, as well as social and environmental sustainability objectives.

The project, currently co-ordinated by the OECD Development Centre, with intellectual contribution from all project partners, is looking for governments interested in piloting the project at national or subnational level.


Project Brief


Project Proposal



Pillar 1
Guiding Principles

1. Annex A – Case Studies: Unilever, Inditex, Marks & Spencer, Adidas – by Giorgio Buttarelli, 2017
2. Annex B – Case Study: Total – by Flora Erbibou, 2018
3. Annex C – Case Study: Michelin – by Flora Erbibou, 2018
4. Annex D – Case Study: H&M – by Jenny Helena Dangre, 2018

Pillar 2 – Legal Framework and Corporate Governance


Pillar 3 – Financial Mechanisms and Instruments

Pillar 4 – Fiscal Regime


Pillar 5 – Corporate and Public Procurement


Pillar 6 – Stakeholders Relationships

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