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Breaking The ‘Triple Glass Ceiling’ For Women In Social Enterprise

“I would encourage people to look at the wonderful work of women in social and environmental enterprises have created and learn from their journey.” Empowering women and achieving gender equality are not only moral imperatives, they are crucial to creating inclusive, open, and prosperous societies. Yet the barriers to doing so are daunting. The UN’s Sustainable

Wow!: 10 Social Enterprises That Are Helping Refugees

From virtual banking to flower arranging, businesses seeking to help refugees are multiplying as the number of people forced from their homes around the world grows. There are now 25.9 million refugees globally, according to the United Nations, and some have found innovative ways to earn a living while helping their adopted communities or others

In Hong Kong, the man with a novel solution to its housing, poverty issues

HONG KONG: He was visiting the homes of the underprivileged when he met a mother and son living in a unit in a building waiting to be redeveloped. “The son was doing his homework, and I noticed that behind him, water was dripping. It had a foul smell, like sewage … The mother was mopping

5 Examples of Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Today, social entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in size, scope and support. An unprecedented number of organizations are using entrepreneurship as a strategy to address social problems like poverty, at-risk youth and hunger. Social entrepreneurs are developing creative and innovative organizations that give people the tools, education and resources to become an entrepreneur. As entrepreneurs, they

Meet the ocean cleanup company that’s removed 4.7 million pounds of trash

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans this week to eliminate single-use plastics nationwide as early as 2021, the latest move in a global effort to curb plastic pollution. While lawmakers are taking action on land, two surfers from Florida are fighting the battle on the water: Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze, who founded the ocean

One brick at a time: building a better future

The brick-clay industry employs around 10 million people in India. The industry also burns around 35–40million tonnes of coal per year, emitting carbon dioxide and sulfur, contributing to air pollution. According to India’s Central Pollution Control Board, India produces over 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste daily, much of which ends up in landfills. Ultimately, 40

How waterless toilets can make a splash

Twenty-eight-year-old Jenifer Colpas is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Tierra Grata. It is a social enterprise that sets out to address the need for basic energy, water and sanitation services in Colombia. Her team trains women in good water and sanitation practices. They install low-cost bathrooms with ecological toilets that do not require water, saving

How to Deploy Tech Solutions to the World’s Greatest Challenges at Scale

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door,” argued Ralph Waldo Emerson, the 19th century US lecturer, philosopher, and essayist. In other words, if scientists and engineers invent a better solution to something, scaling and deployment will happen automatically. Although Emerson was writing in the 19th century, we are

The $80 Trillion World Economy in One Chart

The latest estimate from the World Bank puts global GDP at roughly $80 trillion in nominal terms for 2017. Today’s chart from HowMuch.net uses this data to show all major economies in a visualization called a Voronoi diagram – let’s dive into the stats to learn more. The World’s Top 10 Economies Here are the world’s top

Corporate purpose requires a mindset shift

Tough talk is over for responsible business. With big issues such as climate breakdown, plastic pollution and modern slavery making headlines every day, surely the time to act is now? According to Dr Wayne Visser, professor of integrated value and sustainable transformation at Antwerp Management School, the question is not whether companies act, but how. “It matters whether their responsible

The future of aid: How the global development business is evolving

The Chief Economist of the World Bank, Pinelopi Goldberg, recently called out the need for a “new vision in development.” We may not yet have a clear new vision, but thanks to three recent publications, we know some of the components. Raj Kumar’s “The Business of Changing the World” contrasts “new aid” with “old aid” and is

This Coffee Company Offers The Homeless Job Training, A Way Out Of Poverty

London has seen a growing number of homeless people on its streets in the past decade, a troubling trend that didn’t escape Cemal Ezel when he was eager to start a business with a social mission. The familiar plea for money from the homeless was like a knock on his conscience. “I don’t know what

Social enterprises need a business brain

The idea of running a business that has a strong social mission, is launched from a solid ethical platform, and proudly commits to reinvest profits for the greater good is an attractive proposition. But is it a model for a sustainable business? You can’t actually add social value if you don’t have a sustainable business

Disruptive Start ups Are Key For U.K. Growth

Less than 5 % of university graduates launch their own business after graduating from university, according to the latest data from HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency). This isn’t surprising given many graduates are keen to secure a stable income after their university years, rather than ‘go it alone’. But start ups have a vital part

Cataloguing And Catalyzing Blockchain For Impact

Since the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto white paper first spoke of a “peer-to-peer version of electronic cash” more than a decade ago, social impact applications for blockchain, bitcoin’s underlying technology, have remained a cornerstone in the sector. Indeed, blockchain projects large and small have attached themselves to fighting the scourges of traditional systems and centralized structures, which have produced an

This UK fintech startup wants to end payday poverty cycle forever

At present, many fintech startups are working on reforming the payday lending industry. For low wage earners, budgeting can be complex when income and bills are farther apart. There are few in the industry, who prey on the desperation of people by lending short-term loans with extremely high interest, forcing the customer into a deep pit of

Social Enterprise & Impact Investing

The combined resources of government and philanthropy alone are insufficient to solve the many development challenges of the twenty first century. Over the past decade, there has been growing recognition within the private sector of the need to take a greater and more active role in promoting sustainable development globally, through generating employment for youth,

Useful resources for Social Entrepreneurs

Following the recent announcement of the UK Social Entrepreneur Index, we’ve put together a list of the great resources and sources of information recommended by the successful social entrepreneurs included in the Index.  These books, articles, videos and websites provided invaluable knowledge and encouragement to the social entrepreneurs we spoke to, helping them to succeed.

How this social enterprise is making way for a pollution-free India

India’s poor air quality can affect the future of millions of people. According to a report by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), one in eight deaths in the country was caused due to air pollution in 2017. In the very same year, our average life expectancy dropped by 1.7 years. One of the main reasons behind this are vehicles burning fossil fuels and industries

The big idea of Fair Trade is to challenge the purpose of business

An economy that works for people and planet needs a new kind of business model. This cannot be today's dominant mode of profit maximisation, where too often the environment is left unprotected. Nor can it be a model that is fixated only on delivering financial returns to the few. The new economy will not be