Social Enterprise

A social enterprise is an organization that uses commercial strategies to maximize human and environmental well-being, rather than simply maximizing profits for external shareholders.

Scooping Up Opportunity for Women in Rwanda and Haiti

Social entrepreneur Alexis Gallivan promotes economic recovery and mobility through ice cream. We spoke with her to find out more about her new…

For Impact Companies, ‘Exit’ Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Some entrepreneurs feel exits involve private equity vampires swooping down on hapless impact companies, stripping them of their missions and selling them off…

Fashion Brand Strategist Crafts a Chic, Socially Responsible E-Commerce Site

In 2013, Accompany CEO Jason Keehn set out to create a socially responsible brand that he calls a Barney’s-meets-Whole Foods e-commerce site of…

How a Social Investment Fund Strives to Preserve Brazil’s Forests

Part social enterprise, part agribusiness and part reforestation venture, Symbiosis Investments of Brazil could become a leading market-based approach that meets the demand…

Smartphones Are a Lifeline for Refugees, and NGOs Are Responding

The cheapest smartphones can prove to be valuable for those escaping countries including war-torn Syria and Iraq, as they help connect with loved…

GM Churns 2 Million Water Bottles Into Fleece

General Motors recycled 2 million water bottles, many of which are from Flint, into products including winter coats for the homeless.

5 Cost-Effective PR Strategies for Purpose-Driven Businesses

As the mission-driven business sector grows, so does the competition for media coverage. But even on a tight budget, there are simple strategies…

How a Hudson Valley Entrepreneur is Transforming the Shrimp Industry

Eco Shrimp Garden's first project contains scores of indoor pools where shrimp are raised inside a retrofitted mattress factory in the town of…

Healthy Snack Boosts Sustainable Development on South Dakota Reservation

A healthy snack bar startup is bringing inclusive economic prosperity to South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

Listening To Learn: Best Practices for Social Purpose Strategy

Asking good questions is one of the most important skills a person, or a team, can develop. It’s also a skill attributed to…

Crowdfunding Links Small Investors To Social Enterprise Startups

"Regulation crowdfunding" is a lot like Kickstarter, with one big difference: When you send money through Wefunder or SeedInvest, you get stocks or…

Small Group Tours are Transforming the Travel Industry

A quickly emerging market of small, specialized group tour operators offer a more sustainable, social, affordable and ultimately transformative experience for the traveler.

Beyond the Porn Principle: How to Better Evaluate Social Enterprise

When the term “pornography” was put to the U.S. Supreme Court to define in 1963, Justice Potter Stewart famously stated simply, “I know…

B-Lister’s Memoir of ‘Gap Year’ in Africa Makes the Case Against Voluntourism

Unfortunately for Louise Linton's future career prospects, the reception of her self-published book about a voluntourism stint in Zambia did not go well.…

Investors Can’t Ignore the Human Capital Challenge for Social Enterprises

New research reveals how to tackle the human capital challenges facing social enterprises.