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Looking beyond the profits, corporations with a social conscience wonder how to measure success

Social businesses trying to solve a diverse range of problems, from homelessness to gender inequality, the refugee crisis to plastic pollution, often share the same conundrum — how to measure success. In an era of greater transparency, consumers and investors increasingly expect companies to look beyond profits and report their environmental and social impact. For

Balancing Act: One Entrepreneur’s Journey with Social Enterprise

In the entrepreneurial space, Mpho Sekwele is a force to be reckoned with. The daughter of parents who created their own small businesses in South Africa, Sekwele built on that firsthand knowledge by working in retail for 10 years before launching her own ventures. Bantu Hikers is her nonprofit mentoring organization, and SintuOnline is her

How One Church Tackled Their Community’s Affordable Housing Crisis

What kind of relationship should a congregation develop with a surrounding neighborhood that lacks affordable housing? Could a church, itself, be broken as a gift for others? Arlington Presbyterian Church saw these questions as an opportunity to re-envision its commitment to serving people in south Arlington, Va. Like many worship spaces in the U.S., attendance

Size doesn’t matter: Why community enterprises can solve the world’s largest problems

Whether it’s a community-owned pub or a cooperative renewable energy scheme, social businesses rooted in local communities are, by definition, small. But what they lack in size they make up for in ambition, with the power to re-shape our economy and help tackle the greatest global issues of our time. It’s no exaggeration to say

How FEED Projects Is On A Mission To Combat Childhood Hunger

Kicking off a series of profiles of inspiring women leaders, in celebration of International Women's Month, is Sarah Naseer, the President of FEED Projects. FEED is a social enterprise founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush Lauren that has provided over 100 million meals to children around the world to date. I sat down with Naseer to

Businesses ‘doing good’? Prove it

Social businesses trying to solve a diverse range of problems, from homelessness to gender inequality, the refugee crisis to plastic pollution often share the same conundrum – how to measure success. In an era of greater transparency, consumers and investors increasingly expect companies to look beyond profits and report their environmental and social impact. For

Meet The Social Entrepreneur Who Discovered A Problem Hiding In Plain Sight

There are lots of people who want to change the world—people who wish to use their time and talent to “do good.” But there’s no clear roadmap for how. Many social entrepreneurs, myself included, trace our journey back to a lightbulb moment where a combination of right-place-right-time and active curiosity suddenly illuminated a path forward.

Society and customers expect more, and a sustainable business model delivers

Sustainability is on the radar screen of every major organization. Some organizations, such as Interface, Patagonia and Unilever, have made fundamental shifts to redesign their operations behind sustainable principles. These are sustainability leaders. For most organizations, however, efforts have tended to stall out after the easy work of reducing energy and waste. But there is

How Storytelling Can Help With Measuring Impact For Your Social Enterprise

As a social enterprise, it is important to be able to measure impact. The School of Social Entrepreneurs says that measuring impact is key to demonstrating that a social enterprise is making a difference. Measurement of impact matters, but it is not always easy to do so. This is the first in the series of articles where I

Society and customers expect more, and a sustainable business..

Sustainability is on the radar screen of every major organization. Some organizations, such as Interface, Patagonia and Unilever, have made fundamental shifts to redesign their operations behind sustainable principles. These are sustainability leaders. For most organizations, however, efforts have tended to stall out after the easy work of reducing energy and waste. But there is

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6 Social Good Companies Changing the World In Innovative Ways

There are science-backed reasons to get involved in efforts we’re passionate about — research has found that helping others through generosity can make us happier and more financially successful. Businesses, too, can reap those benefits through social entrepreneurship, setting out to change the world through innovative thinking. These six social good companies are prioritizing the well-being of people

Crowdplanting: Purchase a tree and compensate for your carbon footprint

Tired of listening about climate change and the apparent inability of top-level politicians to face a daunting challenge? Luckily, there are many ways for citizens to compensate for the negative impact on the environment themselves, without relying on decision-makers. The social enterprise Reforest‘Action offers an easy solution, suitable to the busiest of us, allowing us to redeem

It’s time for data to serve a higher social purpose

In 2011, data scientist Jeff Hammerbacher, infamously lamented, “the best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” It turns out, ads were just the beginning. More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day, which combined with rapidly advancing analytics technology, could be used to

Community enterprise and the natural world

2018 was a particularly grim year for environmentalists. The IPCC special report spelled out that we had just twelve years to avert climate collapse; extreme weather events continued to become more frequent and intense; natural assets and biodiversity continued their decline. At the same time, long-term economic restructuring and austerity underpinned an increase in personal precariousness and

This Octogenarian Still Innovates To End Extreme Poverty

Dr. Paul Polak, 85, is working with the zeal and enthusiasm of a freshly-minted college graduate, but he combines his passion with decades of experience to create outcomes at scale. Polak’s first success was in delivering treadle pumps to farmers in India. Tens of millions of people have used the devices in the 30+ years

Three Questions Compassionate Leaders Need To Ask

Compassionate leaders are courageous souls who often go against convention to inspire us all to be better and do better. As the founder of Investors Circle (now Social Venture Circle) and Slow Money, Woody Tasch has inspired qualified investors around the world to shift over $200M of capital toward companies with sustainability missions. Tasch’s newest project provides 0% loans

4 Ways Socially Responsible Companies Can Balance Impact and Revenue

Is social impact important to consumers? The data shows that the answer to this question is a resounding “Yes!” According to a 2018 Human Capital Trends Survey conducted by Deloitte, 86 percent of millennials think that business success should be determined by more than just a company’s financial outlook. Also, according to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer,

The Next Big Tech Trend Is Humanity

The next big tech trend is humanity, was a big theme coming out of the World Government Summit in Dubai in February 2018, delivered by an all-star cast including Narendra Modi, Christine Lagarde, Malcolm Gladwell and will.i.am. I found it very refreshing despite being the only “adult supervision” on a cryptocurrency panel talking about professional