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.

This App Helps the World’s Largest Minority Group to Communicate and Thrive

Collectively, people with disabilities tend to experience greater degrees of workplace discrimination and economic hardship, especially when they can’t communicate orally. This app…

LifeShare: Disrupting the Healthcare System for the Better

How do you make sure state healthcare services meet the needs of people with disabilities? If you're Josh and Rachel Boynton, you prepare…

Community Compost Thrives in San Diego

Food2Soil, a micro-enterprise founded and supported by NGO Inika Small Earth, exists to "resource the local food web," Sarah Boltwala-Mesina, executive director of…

This Social Enterprise Fights Human Trafficking in Israel with Skills Training

Matthias and Tabea Oppliger founded Glowbalact in 2011. Its social enterprise in Israel, A.I.R., provides job training to former sex workers as a…

Why We Work for Something Greater: 4 Ways to Find Your Company’s Cause

From the smallest of children to the most powerful of CEOs, we're all dreamers. I dreamt of creating an agency built around people…

Startup Helps Mexican Artisans Plan for Their Future by Preserving Their Past

Once bustling with specialized craftsmanship, the Michoacán region of Mexico has been completely transformed in the face of new and cheaper commercialized practices…

Is Community Composting an Emerging Economic Opportunity?

Community-based composting could help municipalities cope with the pesky problem of food scraps and yard clippings. TriplePundit spoke with two community composting organizations…

The Hult Prize: Incubating for Impact

"At the Hult Prize, we believe the companies of the future will be impact-centered, profit-minded and market-driven," founder Ahmad Ashkar said at the…

Clean Cookstoves Attempt to Solve the Energy Paradox

Families on the margins face an energy paradox: Smoky, expensive energy sources strain finances and reduce wellness, leaving families less able to cope.…

Clif Bar Proves That Corporate Social Responsibility Can Win Customers

Clif Bar demonstrates the business case that a company can achieve superior financial results simply by meeting consumer expectations for a healthful product…

Trump’s ‘New Deal for Black Americans’ – Too Little, Too Late?

For Donald Trump, his challenge in appealing to blacks and other Americans goes far beyond what are at a minimum missteps and at…

Pitch Perfect: Fostering Local Talent Makes Clean Cookstoves More Popular

BioLite employs 40 tenacious local sales agents in emerging markets who can captivate a crowd with their personalized pitches. Thanks to these in-person…

Clinton Global Initiative and Thread Bring Dignity to Haiti’s Plastic Bottle Collectors

In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, Timberland, HP and the NGO Team Tassy, the social enterprise Thread plans to improve quality of…

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…