Working with the good
Many global corporations are genuinely committed to making a positive difference in developing countries. Oxfam works in partnership with these businesses, using our influence to help them improve their policies and practices.
Such as in Azerbaijan, where, with the support of Unilever's partner "Agrotara", we're helping ensure that smallholder farmers will be able to sell some of their produce on European supermarket shelves. In the long term, smallholder farmers will have better access to local, regional and global markets. This will help up to 20,000 smallholder farmers earn a decent living from their products.
But it doesn't stop there. We're also working at community level, supporting local entrepreneurs, family businesses, producers and workers, helping them to make a success of what they do.
Working in this way - from the multi-national to local level - works. For example, in West Africa we work right across the cotton industry at every level of production - from small farmers to large textile manufacturers and clothing retailers. It's helping to ensure local people's interests are protected. And change lives for the better.
Taking on the bad
When big business puts lives and livelihoods at risk, we take them on. So when Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis launched a legal battle to challenge India's right to produce cheap, generic versions of medicines, half a million people - including 80,000 Oxfam supporters - voiced their opposition. It worked! Novartis dropped their challenge. And millions of people are now receiving the affordable medicines they desperately need.
Innovating for the future
By collaborating with experts, we're pioneering new ways for corporate supporters to fight poverty. Our Enterprise Development Programme, designed in partnership with UK business leaders, aims to provide investment and advice to small, rural enterprises in some of the world's remotest regions. Life-changing stuff.