US Good Business Lab Foundation

Worker Wellbeing is Good Business

Ann Arbor, MI   |
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US Good Business Lab Foundation

EIN: 82-4402495


Good Business Lab (GBL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income workers around the world. We co-create solutions with low-income workers, partners, & industries to develop the most effective worker well-being programs. We believe that building a business case to support better conditions for workers is the most sustainable way to transform labor markets & enable workers to live dignified lives. Working across the journey of employment, from freeing up rural women to take up paid work, maximizing vocational skills, improving the quality of available jobs for low-income workers, to improving physical & mental health outcomes for workers through workplace health interventions, GBL's mission is to lead businesses to improve the lives of all workers.

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Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Achyuta Adhvaryu

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Anant Nyshadham

Main address

455 E Eisenhower Pkwy Suite 300 PMB1006

Ann Arbor, MI 48108 USA

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Sustainable development

Economic development

Social rights

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Young adults

Women and girls

Immigrants and migrants

Low-income people

Working poor

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Social Science Research Institutes, Services (V20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.



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Good Business Lab - India

GBL India was set up in 2017 to address some of the critical challenges faced by low-income workers in labor intensive industries through research and innovation. We design, test, scale solutions to address workers' unmet needs across four focus areas — unlocking female labor, closing the skill gap, improving work environment, & building holistic health.

In a bid to go beyond the strict confines of evidence-based research, our Ventures unit was set up in 2021 with a vision to scale the impact of proven solutions by bringing design, technology, and business expertise in-house. Our products include innovative, user-focused workplace technologies geared toward addressing the root causes of worker dissatisfaction in labor-intensive manufacturing settings.

Holding transformative potential for change in the workplace and beyond, our solutions have impacted over 1 million blue-collar workers attracting funding from several prominent donors & major multilateral bodies.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Women and girls
Migrant workers
Low-income people
Working poor

In the US, systemic discrimination marginalizes certain demographic groups, limiting their social and economic mobility. This manifests into job search frictions that disproportionately affect the ability of low-income minority workers to find better jobs thus exacerbating racial inequalities. Reducing search barriers and expanding opportunities for minority job-seekers will ensure better employment outcomes.

Can artificial intelligence (AI) constructively address these discrepancies that hinder job search and support job seekers in quickly finding job matches that better serve their pay and flexibility preferences?

With a potential to scale rapidly to aid tens of millions of jobseekers, GBL's AI-engineered assistance platform will enable the private sector to course- correct bias in recruitment to promote equal access to opportunity across race, gender, and migrant status.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Ethnic and racial groups
Working poor

Nearly 50% of women in the Latin American workforce are directly or indirectly employed in the services sector. However, women often occupy frontline positions rather than better-paying managerial roles, indicating gender disparities at the workplace. This negatively impacts women & businesses alike, resulting in low worker well-being, reduced motivation & productivity, whereas research has established that having women in managerial roles motivates frontline workers, improves work environment, boosts overall firm productivity and female participation.

GBL is dedicated to achieving gender equality & improving workplace outcomes; our solutions include a gender-informed managerial training program that promotes productivity, gender diversity, and empowerment. Our project also addresses income disparities & occupational segregation in frontline roles.

Our solutions are currently being evaluated in quick-service restaurant chains & retail stores across the continent.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Low-income people
Working poor
Young adults

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Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Achyuta Adhvaryu

Dr. Adhvaryu is a professor of economics at the University of San Diego and has been appointed as the director of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy India Center. With a PhD in economics from Yale, he holds expertise in organizational and development economics with a regional specialization in India, Southeast Asia, and Africa. He is currently an affiliate at National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Bureau for Research & Economics Analysis of Development (BREAD), International Growth Centre (IGC), Centre for Effective Global Action (CEGA), and JPAL.

Chief Executive Officer

Anant Nyshadham

Dr. Nyshadham is an Associate Professor in the Business Economics and Public Policy Area of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an Affiliate of Bureau for Research & Economics Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Research Affiliate of the International Growth Centre (IGC), a J-PAL affiliated professor, and an affiliate of the Montreal Partnership for Human Resource Management (MPHRM). He received his PhD in 2012 from Yale University. His recent work focuses on enterprise, firm, and worker characteristics and decision-making and the resulting performance dynamics, particularly in developing countries. On these topics, he has both ongoing and recently completed field experiments in Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, and India.

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