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Erinch Sahan

Erinch Sahan

Erinch leads Oxfam's Future of Business Initiative. Erinch’s current work spans both Oxfam’s enterprise development work and campaigns. Most recently, Erinch led Oxfam’s private sector team, working on collaborative partnerships and campaigns to bring about solutions to the most challenging social issues linked to global business. He also led Oxfam’s work scoring the food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign and subsequently Oxfam GBs Food and Climate Campaigns and Policy Team. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2011, Erinch worked in business, including as a market strategy manager at Procter & Gamble and in government, as a development advisor to Australia’s trade negotiation team in Indonesia. He holds both law and business degrees and has worked across Asia and Africa. Erinch is also an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes and regularly lectures on sustainable business at various universities, including Cambridge and Exeter.

Reward work, not wealth: How can we solve the inequality crisis?

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In this podcast, we speak to the authors and advisers of a new Oxfam report Reward work, not wealth, and discuss the links between inequality and poverty, as well as the solutions that governments and the private sector should adopt. Last year saw the biggest increase in billionaires in history, one more every two days. This huge increase could have …

A scorecard from Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign. Credit: Oxfam

Using scorecards to influence business: the Behind the Brands experience

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In the run up to Oxfam’s Evidence for Influencing conference on Oct 23 – 24, Erinch Sahan shares how Oxfam has used scorecards to influence business. Companies compete, that’s just what they do. As a company’s performance is assessed against competitors’ decision-makers in companies are incentivised to ‘win’. The desire to ‘win’ shapes corporate culture and this is a dynamic …

Valerie Mukangerero (53 yrs) walks to her pinapple farm in Rwamurema village, Eastern Rwanda, Kirehe District. Valerie is a member of Tuzamurane cooperative."When I joined the cooperative, we were trained, we learned and I felt relieved that I would have a good life one day.” Credit: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville / Oxfam

The missing piece of the puzzle is the fourth sector

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What kind of business can help take the world to a fairer and more sustainable future? Today Oxfam is launching the Future of Business Initiative at the UN General Assembly in New York. Here Erinch Sahan explains why we’re calling for investment in the ‘fourth sector’. The 21st century brings us challenges at a scale we haven’t encountered before. Poverty, …

Nato Lomjaria, is photographed outside the cold storage room at Tianeti Snobati Cooperative in the Mtskheta Tianeti region of Georgia. The cooperative, which sources and dries wild berries, fruits and herbs, was created in 2015 as part of a nationwide project led by Oxfam that so far has facilitated the formation of 48 cooperatives in 13 municipalities, employing around 10,000 people. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Reimagining business to tackle inequality

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Erinch Sahan explains why the current reality of mainstream business isn’t cutting the mustard when it comes to tackling inequality. Inequality is spiralling to absurd levels. Our economies are generating vast wealth but it is channelled to a tiny minority of people. Since the turn of the century, the poorest half of the world’s population has received just one percent of …