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.

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Bike Company Launches to Help the Homeless and Developing Countries

Pedal Forward, the makers of an American-made bamboo bicycle, are out to leverage sales to help the homeless find jobs here in the…
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Fundraising Made Easy in 4 Steps

Fundraising can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Joanne Sonenshine, founder and CEO of Connective Impact, whittles down the process in…
Dributts, diapers, sanitation, toilets, Haiti, Honduras, Romania, social enterprise, Leon Kaye

DriButts Enlists Diapers in the Global Fight Against Disease

Georgia-based startup DriButts is on a mission to provide reusable diapers for communities that lack access to basic sanitation.
Anheuser-Busch employees and their families volunteer with the International Coastal Clean Up in Virginia. It's great to see big brands chipping in, but you don't have to be a Fortune 500 company to make a difference in your neighborhood.

How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Values-Based Innovation

Pepperdine Graziadio School professor Robert Bikel describes the Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) business strategy and how small businesses can benefit.
Syrian refugees, Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Germany, Migrant Offshore Aid Station, Small Projects Istanbul, Refugees Welcome, Karam Foundation, Leon Kaye, social enterprise, Alan Kurdi

World Promises $10B, But It May Not Be Enough for Syrian Refugees

World leaders convened yet again in an effort to arrive at a solution to the Syrian refugee crisis. But the fact is, nonprofits…
Former “Market Mayor,” turned Founder/President of Las Tías, Leonza Corina Alvarez

How These ‘Aunts’ Used Business to Raise a Generation of Nicaraguans

For more than 25 years, a group of merchant women dubbed Las Tías ("the aunts) have provided vocational training and other services to…
Indigenous Designs

Finance Innovation: The Next Frontier in Fair-Trade Supply Chains

How can smaller-scale, fair-trade suppliers like Guayaki’s yerba mate farmers get the financing they need to meet market demand? Social finance and fair…
M-KOPA, solar, clean energy, social enterprise, Chad Larson, Leon Kaye, Kenya, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Abu Dhabi, ZFEP

How This Solar Startup Became a Multinational Social Enterprise

The pay-as-you-go solar company M-Kopa has electrified homes in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It now boasts 300,000 customers, equating to 1 in 20…
Liter of light, Philippines, solar, clean energy, social enterprise, sustainable development, Ethiopia, India, Leon Kaye, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Masdar, ZFEP, Zayed Future Energy Prize

This NGO is Illuminating the World with Solar

After winning a Zayed Future Energy Prize award last year, Liter of Light has moved beyond simple water-bottle solar lights and launched new…
Sustainable Economy; Public-Private Relations; Public-Private Partnerships; COP21; SDGs; Benefit Corporations

Benefit Corporations for a Sustainable Economy

If governments around the world want to encourage public-private partnerships that help us transition toward a sustainable economy, then they must also create…
IRENA, Masdar, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, solar, wind power, renewables, clean energy, Leon Kaye, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, social enterprise, sustainable development

Abu Dhabi Funds More Clean Energy Projects in Developing Countries

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development is financing clean energy projects in Antigua and Barbuda, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, and Senegal, which together…
A Syrian refugee camp in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Using Access to Employment to Empower Refugees

Remarkably, there are several U.S.-based companies whose missions are to not just empower, but enable refugees and individuals who reside in developing nations.…
Wayne Gretzky once said: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” The same holds true in business.

3 Ways Socially-Conscious Companies Can Win Growth Investment

Wayne Gretzky once said: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going…
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Changemakers: 5 Good Reasons to Make a Plan for 2016

Impact entrepreneurs: How are you going to reach your goals in 2016 ? Two options: Wait and see what 'happens,' or plan to…
Mark Zuckerberg on stage at Facebook's F8 Conference in 2014.

Two Pivotal Events Contribute to Shaping a More Humane World

Within the past month, two significant announcements were made that bode well for our future: the birth of baby Maxima Chan Zuckerberg (love…