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Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned Out

Can entrepreneurs help address the society’s biggest challenges — without burning out? These are pressing questions. According to Deloitte, private businesses are increasingly expected to help solve the most challenging social problems of our times — health, poverty, and the promotion of sustainable development — in the absence of, or in conjunction with, government action. And

Trends In Food Packaging Drive Sustainable Business Mainstream

It’s hard to miss the growing conversation around single-use plastics in food packaging – you may have heard of The War on Straws, or seen reports on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Because sustainable, recyclable alternatives are needed more than ever, consumers are demanding better solutions and as a result, driving sustainable business practices into the mainstream.

This Entrepreneur Got A Funder To Say: “Here’s $1 Million. Do Whatever You Want”

Over the years, I’ve interviewed countless entrepreneurs -- and one thing I always hear is how difficult it is to raise money. Particularly if you're a woman, the stats are dismal. I recently helped produce this inspiring podcast on Rana Dajani, who has transformed a small nonprofit into a sprawling social enterprise that has helped foster a

Where Is The Ethical Tech?

Where indeed? With the increasing frequency and strength of tech companies coming a cropper, from Facebook being heralded as a threat to democracy on account of its unregulated media power or Uber being fined into the millions in both the U.K. and U.S. on account of data breaches the organisation grossly mishandled, what’s evident is that closer examination of

How This Millennial Created A Stylish Solution To Address Poverty

When Caleigh Hernandez picked up a pair of beaded sandals in a Ugandan market, she was in awe of the delicate bead work and craftsmanship. The California college student was living with a family in Uganda, while working at a community-based organization. The vibrant sandals were such a contrast to everything else in the craft

Workers increasingly want employers to address societal problems

Dive Brief: American workers want more social responsibility from their employers, according to the latest Role of the Company Survey, an annual poll from MetLife. Of the respondents, 70% think their companies should address societal problems, up from 63% in 2017. And just over half (52%) expect their employer to solve problems, an increase from last

The Case For Compassionate Leadership

Stories about extraordinary people who model compassionate leadership are fascinating and can provide inspiration for developing this ability. Compassionate leaders acknowledge our universal interconnectedness and use their influence to make a positive impact on others and the planet. These leaders are courageous, contemplative, collaborative and care about the world they will leave behind. Compassionate leadership

Your cheap clothing is killing the planet — but it doesn’t have to

Apparel companies must confront an uncomfortable truth: The industry must meet a massive increase in consumer demand while simultaneously reducing its environmental impact in the decades ahead. While companies are making sustainability pledges, they aren’t changing their business strategy, which remains to be sell more stuff to more people more often. How can companies achieve their

How Do We Create A More Diverse Community Of Social Entrepreneurs

Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social purpose that reinvest or donate over half their profits to further this social or environmental mission. They are an increasingly important part of the U.K. economy contributing £60 billion ($77 billion) and employing 2 million people. Estimates are there are 100,000 in the U.K.. SEUK’s State of Social Enterprise

How to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

The challenge of running a sustainable enterprise has taken center stage among shareholders. Last year, for example, Russell 3000 companies received 144 shareholder proposals requesting action on social and environmental issues. Meanwhile, in a survey of 89 institutional investors by Callan, 43% of respondents said they incorporate sustainability factors into their investment decisions — up

How to Create the Conditions for Social Intrapreneurs to Thrive

“We are past, ‘Should we?’ The question now is, ‘How?’” At a recent event in New York, New York, Mehmood Kahn, chief scientific officer at Pepsico, framed the challenge on the mind of many company leaders who have committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In other words, the ambition is set, but how will companies deliver? The

Here’s how much interest income Congress owes Social Security over the next decade

Social Security's importance to the American public simply can't be overstated. As of September 2018, the $1,417 benefit paid to the average retired worker is enough to keep an estimated 15.3 million elderly Americans above the federal poverty line, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Simply put, we'd be facing

‘Perfect Time,’ Ethical Businesses Say, to Drive Social Change

Ethically driven businesses are becoming increasingly popular and profitable but they can face threats for shaking up the existing order, entrepreneurs said on Social Enterprise Day. When Meghan Markle wore a pair of “slave-free” jeans on a royal tour of Australia last month, she sparked a sales stampede and shone a spotlight on the growing

Why should companies care about social responsibility?

Over time, the relationship between business and society has evolved. Business has had a significant impact on the way we travel, homes we inhabit, foods we eat, and conveniences we enjoy. Every product and service we enjoy is a testament to the positive differences businesses have made in our everyday lives. But has this improved

Social Enterprise Day 2018 goes global

It’s Social Enterprise Day on Thursday 15 November 2018 and social enterprises around the world will be using the #WhoKnew hashtag to highlight the difference they make to people’s lives. Social Enterprise Day is spearheaded by Social Enterprise UK, but it’s a worldwide campaign and it’s also part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The organisers are encouraging social enterprises

New alignment project seeks to ‘cut the clutter’ in sustainability reporting

Richard Howitt of the International Integrated Reporting Council on today’s launch of an important new phase towards harmonising the ‘alphabet’s soup’ of corporate sustainability reporting standards Business knows it has to change to survive. The concept of “business as usual” has become redundant. It is now commonplace in business circles to hear dire warnings about

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How SDG business strategies are already generating $233bn in revenue

The business case for driving pursuing globally agreed sustainability goals is often laid out in terms of estimates and projections of future earnings. And on paper, at least, the case is certainly hard to argue with. According to the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, achieving the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could open up $12tr of

For Women in India Small Loans Have a Big Impact

In Harhua, India, a sleepy village on the outskirts of the ancient city of Varanasi, Irawati Devi stands proudly under the bael tree that shades her home. Goats scour the ground around her mint-green food carts, searching for traces of the fried noodles and samosas she sells. “When we first moved to Harhua,” Irawati, 58,

What More Should Supermarkets do to Respect Workers’ Rights in their Supply Chain?

Oxfam’s Ripe for Change report highlights hunger and suffering amongst the people who grow and process our food. Across a basket of 12 common food products, we present evidence of in-work poverty and a deep disempowerment, especially among women workers. As well as this, we show the decline in the share of the consumer price going to