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.

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.

The Quick & Dirty: Kicking the Puppy

Companies keep talking about how they kick puppies (think: burning coal or selling cigarettes) and then expect us to love them for it,…

Cook County, Illinois: An Agent of Change

Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago and is home to over 5 million people, struggles with poverty, unemployment and homelessness -- but a…

Can the $16 Cup of Blue Bottle Coffee Help Rebuild a Country?

The popular Blue Bottle Coffee company is upping the ante with a high-end cup of joe sourced from Yemen that would make some…

Creative Solutions to Laos’ Ongoing Problem with Conflict Weapons

Bombs were dropped on Laos every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Over a quarter of these bombs failed to…

Will Ending Energy Poverty Produce a Unicorn?

More than a billion people worldwide need electricity. Will a new breed of decentralized renewable energy company provide it, and create the next…

This Incubator Has Saved 200,000 Premature Babies

The Embrace Warmer is a cheap infant incubator that creates heat and fights off neonatal hypothermia -- and it's credited with 200,000 babies…

Responsibility, Transparency and Customer Engagement Are Keys to Marks & Spencer’s Success

Marks and Spencer, which operates over 1,000 stores across the United Kingdom and three continents, makes the case that customers should be at…

Invest In Cheese and Eat it Too at Maker’s Common

Featuring America’s best cheese, beer, wine and charcuterie, Maker’s Common “pays homage” to the creators of artisan noshes.

With Bridges Burned Elsewhere, Uber Looks to Africa for Opportunity

Uber has its struggles, but there is one market where the ridesharing company is eyeing virgin territory and sees potential: Africa.

3p Weekend: 8 Companies Going All-In on Ocean Conservation

From startups founded with conservation at their core to leading companies making oceans a CSR focus, this week we tip our hats to…

Why Social Entrepreneurship Seems So Much Harder

Launching a startup — commercial or social — requires a herculean effort to scale and sustain. Nonetheless, three key differences make business planning…

Door-to-Door Contraception Sales in Pakistan Offer Awareness, Economic Freedom for Women

The NGO HANDS Pakistan recruits women to work door-to-door in remote rural areas where there is little or no access to contraception, or…

JPMorgan Chase’s $100M Investment in Detroit is Paying Off

Back in 2014, JPMorgan Chase made headlines with what it claimed was a $100 million investment in Detroit. Today, the evidence suggests the…