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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Shifting to Social Enterprise

Companies are carefully changing their business models, not just their mission statements, to benefit society and shareholders, and emerging from good-minded businesses to…
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Ogilvy Public Relations received a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration grant this week.
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We Review HP’s 2012 Sustainability Report

This week HP released its 2012 sustainability report, which covers the company's work on carbon reporting, social enterprise and supply chain transparency.
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SBIO Semi-Finalist 2013 Interview: EEx Charge

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SBIO 2013 Semi-finalist Interview: Thread

Ian Rosenberger visited Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake with the intention of assisting with relief efforts by taking photos and donating the…
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SBIO 2013 Semi-Finalist Interview: Back to the Roots

In 2009, when most college seniors were hoping to find any kind of employment, Back to the Roots Ventures (BTTR) co-founders decided to…
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CSR in Africa, the Next Sustainable Business Frontier

Watch for CSR in Africa to become central in both local and multinational companies’ agendas.
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Detroit entrepreneurs are getting a bad rap in the Motor City. So are white people really bad for Detroit?
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Does CSR Make a Difference to a Company’s Image?

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How to Set Organizational Values and Guiding Principles

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Why Social Enterprise Attracts Women

From Rwanda to Shanghai, women are setting up new businesses with social and environmental change at their heart. Charlotte Sankey asks what's driving…