Social Enterprise

Do Ethics Really Matter To Today’s Consumers?

Unlike any other time in history, consumers are truly demanding more from the companies with which they do business. Today’s shoppers are looking for ethical, eco-friendly brands that put people and the planet ahead of profits. Led by the estimated 83 million millennials in the world, this change shows the need for companies to lead with compassion and

When will the first social enterprise have a huge IPO?

In a year where we have already seen Uber, Lyft, and Zoom go public, as well as African e-commerce platform Jumia, it’s clear that 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the tech IPO. These tech IPOs are going to mint hundreds of new millionaires and the occasional billionaire. Many of these newly

Social innovation in emerging Europe

Social innovation is now widely recognised as having the ability to enhance society’s capacity to act by turning social and economic challenges into opportunities. The global map of social innovation initiatives reveals countless approaches and successful stories which show the strength and potential of social innovation in many areas, not least education and poverty reduction,

Looking Beyond Profit Can Give Your Company Purpose – Here’s How

When I first became an entrepreneur, I didn’t think about the social impact my business could have. I was focused on growing my brand, hiring great people and serving our customers better than the competition. But today, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is as essential to building a successful business as sales or marketing. There's no

Rise of the social enterprise and the future of work

What does it mean to be future-ready? What are the tangible changes that will take place in the workforce and workplace that HR needs to be ready for? What are the right questions to ask to help us reimagine the future of work? Finding the answers to these questions is no easy task, but the

How a Berlin startup is feeding 40,000 people a day

Two things struck Sebastian Stricker back when he used to work for the UN World Food Program: how little it cost— just 40 euro cents—to feed a child in a developing country for a day, and that there are still hundreds of millions of kids suffering from severe hunger. “At the same time, there were

Easing ‘classroom crisis’ in Côte d’Ivoire, brick by (plastic) brick

“This factory will be at the cutting edge of smart, scalable solutions for some of the major education challenges that Africa’s children and communities face,” said UNICEFExecutive Director Henrietta Fore. “Its potential is threefold: more classrooms for children in Côte d’Ivoire, reduced plastic waste in the environment, and additional income avenues for the most vulnerable families.”

This is what is still holding social entrepreneurs back

In an increasingly polarised world, obtaining 100% agreement for anything seems impossible. Yet, in our survey of leading social entrepreneurs across the world, 100% of respondents agreed on one point. Every social entrepreneur said they would do it all over again, despite: • 75% reporting use of personal funds to support their social enterprise •

How Buying Social Is Changing The World

At the Houses of Parliament in London earlier this year, SAP Executive Board member Adaire Fox-Martin (pictured above) appealed to an audience of the United Kingdom’s leading social-enterprise CEOs and corporate executives to come even closer together to find “a better way to grow.” Together with Chair Lord Victor Adebowale and CEO Peter Holbrook, Adaire

To Survive As A Social Enterprise, Purpose Has To Come Second

In 2012, Anna Robertson asked herself a question that many young people working in international development ask, “Who benefits from these programs?” She was working in Ghana on behalf of the Australian Government and was seeing a lot of money move from Government to Government. She was seeing a lot of “box ticking”. But at

When Green Infrastructure Is an Anti-Poverty Strategy

Cully, a neighborhood in Northeast Portland, is among the most ethnically diverse in Oregon. It is also marked by poverty, rapid gentrification, and inequitable access to quality public infrastructure. Many green infrastructure project teams flounder when trying to couple social justice with their environmental goals, but in Cully green infrastructure provision is linked explicitly with

Research shows people want public services delivered by social enterprises

New research conducted by YouGov shows people trust social enterprises more than private enterprises to deliver outsourced public services and believe they do so with more expertise, efficiency and value for money. The findings demonstrate the public want to see a better model to deliver services, and would prefer local authorities to contract with purpose-driven

Promoting social enterprise is a developmental advantage

Could the answer to development and other thematic issues in the global south be solved by social enterprise? The increase of small and large business corporations in the global south especially in Africa is evident in the variety of goods and services provided. The thematic issues surrounding development are complexly intertwined. The precarity of the monumental

Social Entrepreneurs, Create A Startup Then Do Good Like These Four Companies.

For years, it seemed that people who wanted to do good in the world thought they needed to create a non-profit. Now we are seeing a change as for-profit businesses tackle what were traditionally non-profit goals. Social entrepreneurship is the growing realm of mission driven business enterprises that view financial success as a way to

Building a social enterprise from scratch

IMPACT investments are increasingly capturing the imagination and passion of younger investors, but one family has done more than just dip their toes into the asset class. Lam Shumei, daughter of the late successful entrepreneur and businessman Larry Lam, built a chicken farm in Rwanda from scratch in 2014, braving an arid bushland, unfamiliar business

Making Sure AI Is Socially Responsible

A report published recently by Martha Lane Fox’s Doteveryone think tank revealed that 59 per cent of tech workers have experience of working on products that they felt might be harmful for society, with more than a quarter of those feeling so strongly that they quit their job over it. This was particularly marked in relation to

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