Innovations

15 Innovations
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    In 1994 Sebastien Marot was visiting Cambodia. He saw that when he gave food to poor kids in the streets, others gave, t...
      Cambodia
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider A true example of Business as an Agent of World Benefit, by making it possible for young people to escape grinding poverty with skills and access to self-sustaining, dignified work.
    • maura casey
      maura casey Inspiring story of how to help poor children in a way that changes their lives and enables them to support themselves.
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    Instead of focusing on ’what is it Sweden has to offer Gambia?’, switch to ’what is it Gambia has...
      Sweden
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry Smiling Groups empowers local farmers and communities through fair trade sourcing of fully produced products at the point of origin, not just the export of raw, harvested commodities.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley This company is enabling Gambian workers to be paid fairly for the value they produce. By keeping the processing of the nuts in Gambia, Smiling Group is also creating new job opportunities.
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    A cooperative network among multiple stages of the value chain empowers a variety of workers to have sustainable employm...
      Morocco Exemplar
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville I am impressed by this entrepreneur's commitment to whole system flourishing. He intentionally sources raw materials that are hand harvested and ground, responsibly produces and packages, and established a grass-roots distribution network. Overall, it seems...  more
    • Beau Daane
      Beau Daane This is a great example of working with local people to make and distribute a product in high demand using local and natural ingredients. People benefit as this isn't just green for the rich, but an inclusive model.
    • Roberta Baskin
      Roberta Baskin Argan oil is such a healthy skin care product. It's encouraging to learn there's a special source of argan oil that is produced at an affordable price to make it more widely available. It's an inspiring model to create a path where full-time employees become...  more
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    The story of NIHIWATU is a rare and fascinating tale that began when Sumba’s ancestors, the ‘Marapu,’ ...
      Indonesia Exemplar
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya More of these pioneering business people will change the life of many unfortunate people in remote areas around the world.
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd An amazing story of a luxury resort on a remote Indonesian island working to protect the culture and improve the health, education, and economic well-being of the local communities. Equally amazing – while focusing on flourishing, this “resort with a...  more
    • Agha S. Ganesha
      Agha S. Ganesha A big thanks to Nihiwatu, Sumba Foundation & Kenny to share with me this amazing story.
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    The Purple Buddha Project is a global jewelry company based in Cambodia. Employing a local workforce of skille...
      Cambodia
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne This is a terrific story that has the potential to spawn innovative business practices that can contribute to healing the wounds in high conflict areas. Thank you Tom for sharing it with us.
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    Free Birds is a social enterprise that focuses on the production of organically raised chickens. It was established th...
      Philippines
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Pia Manalastas
      Pia Manalastas Globalization at work is concretized in this social enterprise. A Frenchman is working to help uplift Filipino lives through organic chicken farming. His integrated small-scale free-range chickens farm works and can be replicated throughout the country....  more
    • Christina Jankus
      Christina Jankus This story is a wonderful example of conscious capitalism at work.
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    The Sunshine Nut Company was founded in 2011 by a man with an amazing innovative vision, a unique business model, a comm...
      Mozambique Exemplar
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Andrea  Fleischer
      Andrea Fleischer Powerful example of how one man's business acumen and compassion for others is dramatically changes lives in a Mozambique community. An inspiring model for others to follow!
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne Thank you Sandra and Guenola for discovering and sharing this inspiring story of Don and Terri Larson on a life changing mission through business.
    • Guenola Nonet
      Guenola Nonet The Sunshine Nut Company illustrates perfectly how a company can help its community be more resilient by empowering women and adult orphans, educating its employees, caring about its environmental and social impact. 30% of their revenue is invested in giving...  more
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    Only 5 percent of the Indonesian population is protected by individual life insurance. Prudential Indonesia is trying to...
      Indonesia
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya The program is targeted to the women from low income familiies. The motivation after joining the program had influenced the women to change their destiny and eventually become a client of Prudential. Women in Indonesia do not have the luxury of understanding...  more
    • maura casey
      maura casey Financial planning is the key to improving the lives of all family members, no matter what their income levels are. This is an excellent program.
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    From their website: "Prosperity Candle is a social enterprise, designed from the start to do good in the world. We inves...
      United States
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry I especially like the emphasis on helping women become self-sustaining entrepreneurs - beyond just providing an outlet for their products.
    • Lori Neiswander
      Lori Neiswander When corporate bylaws start with social responsibility only good things can happen!
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    Mozkalti Group emerged as a community savings account in 2012, in the small village of San Bernardino Chalchihuapan...
      Mexico
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne A wonderful example of the embodiment of a young woman's dream for her community and a business model that encourages community development, the conservation of local culture and offers viable alternatives to illegal immigration.
    • Stephanie Carmel
      Stephanie Carmel A lovely story of how a young woman is giving back to her community, with the goal of raising everyone up, helping them become savers, and provide options other than leaving their home country. Inspiring!
    • Maria Eugenia Ciofalo-Lagos
      Maria Eugenia Ciofalo-Lagos Martha, Yehver, Yaz, Omar and Gracie this story highlights the importance of community as George says and the need to foster talented people everywhere and open opportunities for everybody so communities could be enriched to offer wellness and identity. Thank...  more
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    RML provides farmers with better information about growing and selling their crops using a cell phone network as a the p...
      India
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Whitney Kear
      Whitney Kear This innovation clearly shows how a for-profit business can serve Bottom of the Pyramid customers with affordable, accessible, reliable cell phone technology and provide significant benefit to local communities by strengthening agricultural production.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne A wonderful use of technology to get agricultural products in the hands of consumers at fair prices for all
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    Sunrise Banks is a family owned community bank largely serving the inner city communities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul,...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Claire Sommer
      Claire Sommer 12 million people could benefit annually from this program - impressive. This innovation shows how the financial services industry can serve traditionally unbanked customers with reliable, affordable, accessible short-term and small-loan services.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne I can imagine the positive impact this innovation has on employee spirit, not only in the realm of their personal projects but also contributing to a sense of belonging to a work community that cares.
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    Interface applied a biomimicry approach to design a carpet that would be more durable and reduce waste.  
      United States
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Whitney Kear
      Whitney Kear Interface is a worldwide business sustainability leader whose employees and scientists prove that great companies "Do Good, Do Well." The role of biomimicry in this product's design is especially noteworthy!
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    Chief (Mrs.) Oyenike ‘Nike’ Monica Okundaiye’s first workshop was conducted at&nbs...
      Nigeria Exemplar
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Whitney Kear
      Whitney Kear This story about empowerment through the arts deserve to be shared, celebrated, emulated and replicated! I felt inspired reading it.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne As Whitney, I too was moved by this inspiring story that I'm sure will touch the hearts and minds of many more. I feel compelled to share it. Thank you Ogusanya for writing it up.
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    Handling waste in a way that helps to preserve the environment is relatively new in Indonesia. Turning human food waste ...
      Indonesia
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • Whitney Kear
      Whitney Kear This innovation story is a great example of how small shifts that many businesses can take, can have a massive impact when scaled up. I applaud this business for their leadership in the re-purposing circular economy!