Empowering Small Businesses in Corporate Value Chains: The Case of SABMiller’s 4e Camino al Progreso Program

According to the Internat ional Labour Organization (ILO), micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) make up the vast majority of all enterprises around the world – 90 percent. In developing countries, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and consulting firm McKinsey & Company estimate that there are between 365 and 445 million such enterprises.

Technical definitions of “micro,” “small,” and “medium” vary significantly from country to country; in this report, we will use the term “small business” to refer to this diverse group.
Most are very small indeed: IFC and McKinsey classify between 340 and 415 million businesses, approximately 93 percent, as micro.

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