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The Role of Business in Education for Sustainable Development

Education is at the heart of human progress and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It enables people to build better lives and equips business and society to address our world’s interconnected issues and opportunities. A new report launched today demonstrates how business can help people gain the skills and knowledge to advance sustainable development, navigate the

How Businesses Can Do Better for Girls

If you’re like me, and have spent the last decade working in international development, then you have heard it all before; repeatedly, consistently, with exclamation marks: “When you empower girls, you empower the whole nation!” “Investing in girls is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do!” “Investing in girls

Three Strategies For Melding Performance And Purpose In The New Social Enterprise

It used to be that businesses were judged almost exclusively on financial performance: Were they profitable? Did they generate returns for investors? Now, we’re seeing a whole new set of expectations for business, including the demand to play a deeper role in society. We call this “the rise of the social enterprise.” Now, organizations must

An Accelerator For Enterprises Focused On Migrants, Refugees And Human Trafficking Survivors

Globally, we face a refugee crisis of massive proportions. Here are some figures: 65.6 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, 22.5 million refugees and 244 million migrants, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. With that in mind, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University recently launched a six-month accelerator for

Laundry for the Homeless Reveals Russian Suspicion Over Social Enterprise

When social entrepreneur Daria Alexeyeva joined forces with a charity to open Moscow's first free laundry for the homeless, the last thing she expected were accusations of profiteering. "We thought that we were bringing something (so special) to Moscow that the only reaction would be: 'Wow, is this really happening here, in Russia?'," she told

CRISP Social Ventures – Transforming Nobel Ideas Into Novel Solutions

John Hoffmire The beacon of development often conjures up images of radical innovations, disruptive models, and leapfrog technologies. And yet, as nations attempt to embrace the promises of development, there is often a disconnect between imagination and execution in providing for even the most basic of human needs. Measurable social change, ensuring a degree of

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This Social Enterprise Is Future Proofing Marine Sustainability In The UK

Caroline Bennett has always been a pioneer - both in business and taste. The founder of Moshi Moshi, the first conveyor belt sushi restaurant, she laughingly recalls: “Back in the early 90s when you wanted to get a loan, you had to visit individual bank managers to make your case. I went to 17 different

Why sustainable business isn’t enough

It would be a monumental achievement for many companies. But if all of these ‘sins’ were minus points on a numerical scale, we’d only be moving towards zero. Sustainable, responsible business is the zero point. If companies found no ‘modern slavery’ in their supply chain, we’d be at the zero point. If we didn’t wreck

Oxford Conference on Business and Poverty

Welcome to the second annual Oxford Business Fights Poverty Conference. As you view this summary of the conference you will read from a series of topics like Responsible Leadership, Honoring Entrepreneurs, Employee Ownership, Mentoring, Crowdsourcing & Addressing Poverty. Please see the table of contents to review all the topics and speakers. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BOOK VERSION John

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Social vs. Traditional Enterprise Is A False Dichotomy

A couple of weeks ago, former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas published Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Giridharadas deconstructs the role of the rich and powerful in modern society, and scrutinizes the activities of high-profile philanthropists. The book has the potential to radically change how we as a society think about social

The Politics of Impact

Impact investors seemingly have a great deal to celebrate. After decades of promoting the vision that capital should be managed with more than financial consideration alone, actors within sustainable, responsible and direct impact investing are now seeing their agenda embraced and advanced by mainstream financial institutions and investors. We’ve broken the barrier of billion dollar

This index measures progress and sustainability better than GDP

Conventionally, economists use gross domestic product (GDP) to estimate the sustainability of the economy and the quality of societal welfare. However, this approach is not only incorrect and logically flawed, but also in gross neglect of nature's contribution to the society. GDP measures the performance and level of economic activities though the market value of

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The Big Issue and social investment has been changing lives for over 25 years

The first copies of The Big Issue magazine went on sale in 1991. Since then, it has helped more than 100,000 people affected by homelessness and poverty. While the magazine remains a key part of what The Big Issue Group does, it has also moved in new directions, and helped other social businesses to grow by

Distribution Is The Real Disruption

While emerging technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence can capture our imagination, some of the most game-changing innovations for smallholder farmers are more modest. Seeds. Roads. Electricity. While such technologies may seem mundane, they are anything but. Reaching smallholder farmers in rural areas takes a nuanced combination of appropriate innovations, sophisticated distribution systems, and a human touch.

New Benchmark Will Rank Companies On Their SDG Success

In the world of social enterprise and impact investing, perhaps the most universally accepted guide is the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Introduced in 2015, the 17 inter-connected goals now form an organizing principle for many entrepreneurs, as well as investors. At the same time, achieving those goals is going to cost trillions, literally, and won’t

5 things to know about Gen Z employees and sustainability

A major generational transition in the workforce is underway, with 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching retirement age every day. The newest entrant to the workforce, Gen Z, is expected to make up 30 percent of the U.S. workforce in just four years. Because they are the most highly educated, tech-savviest generation to hit the workforce, the

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Philanthropy Bets Big on Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations made headlines around the world in September 2015 when it adopted an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end extreme poverty, protect the planet, and ensure health and prosperity for all by 2030. Delivering on these goals won’t come cheap. The UN estimates that it will require

Bold Philanthropy in India: Insights from Eight Social Change Initiatives

Philanthropy in India has reached an inflection point, with two powerful forces converging. Domestic philanthropic funding streams are expanding rapidly, largely driven by the growth in individual and corporate philanthropy. At the same time, more and more donors are focusing their philanthropy on the nation’s most vexing social challenges, deploying strategies that are focused on

One in 20 UK workers part of ‘hidden revolution’ to reform capitalism

One in 20 British workers - or 2 million people - have jobs with firms that seek to do good while also earning a profit, research showed on Wednesday, dubbing it a “hidden revolution”. Social enterprises also contribute 60 billion pounds ($79 billion) to the world’s fifth largest economy - 150 percent higher than the

Why Proven Solutions Struggle to Scale Up

Record-breaking heat and hurricanes. Refugees with no place to go. Increasing income inequality in some of the world’s wealthiest countries. At the roots of these tremendous problems are a tangle of causes that demand massive, coordinated action from a multitude of actors—they demand social innovation at scale. Given the urgency and intensity of today’s social