Innovations

49 Innovations
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    In an attempt to protect the purity of its precious water source, Aqua Danone, Indonesia's largest mineral water produce...
      Indonesia
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya This is a great initiative and build a new profitable business flourishing to all
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove It is encouraging to see a major company address one concern - its need for a pure water sources, by addressing a separate concern - society's growing insistence for healthier food sources.
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    Du'Anyam aims to economically empower women of childbearing age by facilitating relationships between female wicker weav...
      Indonesia Exemplar
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya Speechless. The whole inspiration of turning rural underpriviledged women tragedy into a flourishing business is fascinating.
    • Marina Williams
      Marina Williams Poor women and children in rural areas are among the most vulnerable groups, especially during pregnancy and early childhood. Creating safe jobs that provide them with livelihoods while preserving and appreciating local crafts is a great social, economic...  more
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    1. As a social enterprise, the business model of Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. is pro-poor, pro-environment and pro-Philippine...
      Philippines Exemplar
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya A great initiatives of providing high quality green products, solving social problems and ensuring sustainability of the business
    • Alec Simon
      Alec Simon This is a great example of how an innovation can deliver great products while elevating the society of the producers and helping to solve social problems
    • Neil Prudence Ruiz
      Neil Prudence Ruiz Thank you Bu Amelia, Alec and the AIM Team for this great opportunity!
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    Among the many socially minded approaches that TwinCraft incorporates in their work, two inspiring practices includ...
      United States
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Lindsey  Godwin
      Lindsey Godwin Twincraft is showing how a company can help change the lives of their employees by providing opportunities to those who might otherwise find obstacles to their employment. Their commitment to helping ensure their employee's flourishing is inspiring.
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen It's encouraging to see how Twincraft is giving back to the community by offering ESL classes and employment opportunities. This sounds like a really neat company!
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a really inspiring story. I love to see how Twincraft's employment strategies are positively impacting the community.
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    The main concepts of Batik Village Palbatu are preserving the heritage and empowering the community by creating a batik ...
      Indonesia
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya Great idea, not only preserving the Batik heritage, the business model also helps the community and invent a new natural way of colouring using natural resources.
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy Great story. It can inspire other communities around the world to launch initiatives that preserve and highlight their heritage and cultural traditions, at the same time creating an income stream for individuals who learn the craft, and for the community...  more
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    "We want to build a new meaning of the word "marketing." In our term, marketing is not for profit generation or competit...
      South Korea
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider Salim is an intriguing example of how win-win co-op models can be applied for positive impact, purpose, and profit in an industry that traditionally operates by win-lose competition.
    • AIM Team
      AIM Team I love this story because it shows how one person's mindset of creative abundance can transform a business, and create a greater circle of benefit for collaborators and customers.
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    Adventure Alternative is an independent travel company that promotes sustainable tourism by empowering local communities...
      Worldwide Exemplar
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Aixa Ritz
      Aixa Ritz Tourism is considered one of the largest industries and employer in the world, most multinational tourism organizations concentrate on profitability without taking into consideration local small businesses and communities. It is great to see a tourism industry...  more
    • Andrea  Fleischer
      Andrea Fleischer Inspiring sustainable tourism model that's profitable, a unique experience for world travelers, and helps local communities flourish too!
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    Journey Beyond Travel arranges tailored trips full of meaningful cross-cultural experiences and in-depth personal encoun...
      Morocco Exemplar
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Alec Simon
      Alec Simon Journey Beyond Travel is a company that demonstrates that businesses can have a positive impact on society. They have created a truly innovative business model that provides users with a great experience while making a substantive impact in the Moroccan community.
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    Established in 2001, Maxfx specializes in the cinematography business of capturing moments like wedding ceremonies, soci...
      Nepal
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Sarbada Manandhar
      Sarbada Manandhar Yeah it is. Indeed, this business is taking a peak point in Nepalese Context.
    • Rameshwar Karmacharya
      Rameshwar Karmacharya Where there is will there is idea and where there is idea there is business.Idea once implemented dilligently becomes successful business.Thank you Sarbada for promoting Nepalese traditional business of photography.
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    Ur-Farm’s vision is to build a place where people can discover products that don't harm the environment and that a...
      Indonesia
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya A big problem of the Indonesian farmers, come from the loan-shark activities. Ur-farm is dedicated to eradicate the problem. Given ample supports this could be the solution for Indonesian small farmers.
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne I am inspired by Ur-Farm's holistic approach to eliminating predatory trade practices, promoting organic agriculture, and improving access to quality, locally grown food. A great scalable innovation that may provide a framework to other countries.
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    Magar DaikoPanipuri and Chatpatey is a successful story of a mom and pop store selling spicy snacks and tangy drinks. At...
      Nepal
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Rameshwar Karmacharya
      Rameshwar Karmacharya Inspiring successful business story where lots Nepalese go to seek job to middle east or abroad.Thanks to Rai finding and highlighting this story.
    • Ramesh Man Singh
      Ramesh Man Singh Truly an inspiring story. Paanipuri is very popular here and I see many street vendors preparing this in a highly unhygienic manner. I was surprised to read that Magardai uses mineral water to prepare the "paani". Shows how conscientious and ethical he is...  more
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    Through productive projects, Toks combines social responsibility with products that provide a homemade experie...
      Mexico
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Patricia  Garcia saenz
      Patricia Garcia saenz inspiring, we take this innovation as an inspiration of our social entreprenurial projects.
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen What a neat story! It's great to see how Toks is transforming both its restaurants and local communities through its sourcing of traditional products.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne Gracias Esteban, Montserrat, Ana and Katy. I frequently go by Tolks restaurants in Puebla, but now I will not only be motivated to stop and check out these products but also recall this inspiring story you have shared with us - a business showing true care...  more
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    After years of living in the street with drugs and alcohol, Adhi Wijaya came to understand the purpose of his ...
      Indonesia
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya In Indonesia the problem of the punk generation creates a menace to the society. They often initimidate people and beg for money. This initiative to develop punk generation to become productive and useful for the society should be appreciated.
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen This is a great initiative that helps both parties: the company gets additional workers, and people living on the street get a second chance.
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    Vayando is not a typical travel agency that provides guided tours of the usual vacation hot spots. Rather,&nbs...
      Rwanda
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner They say an enemy is someone whose story you haven't yet heard. What better way to hear someone's story than to get involved and learn hands-on about how others spend their days and make their livelihood. This innovative business seems to me to be a great...  more
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne Vayando reminds me of an Airbnb that connects you with micro-entrepreneurs instead of lodging. A great business model that connects travelers looking for a local, unique experience with local entrepreneurs with a story to share.
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    Cotopaxi is an outdoor adventure company that has recently developed the Kusa Collection, a line of apparel whose insula...
      United States
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The innovation is a line of clothing apparel whose insulation is made of recyclable polyblend materials and llama fibers. The llama hair is sourced from Bolivian farmers, providing them with decent work as well as education on ways to sustain their source...  more
    • Katherine Gullett
      Katherine Gullett I am inspired by the way this innovation is built on the skills and knowledge of the people in the supply chain. This is a great example of cross-generational collaboration as well as recognizing and celebrating the culture of llama farming in Bolivia.
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    Virtuous Bread aims to make it fun and easy for people around the world to buy, make, learn about, share and eat good br...
      United Kingdom Exemplar
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A stellar innovation in which doing good is baked into the business model. Virtuous bread teaches others how to make healthy bread that is produced locally and in an environmentally responsible way, encouraging entrepreneurship along the way.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter I find this story very inspiring - everyone can make a difference in the world in their own way. While this may seem like a small innovation, it has the potential to make a big impact on many lives.
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    Create a demand for high quality silk products in the Western world. Support local silk weavers in Varanasi, India wh...
      India Exemplar
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell Naughty Sun has an ambitious vision that harnesses the power of the market to support and preserve an ancient craft.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Naughty Sun is doing amazing work to help keep a traditional art form strong and economically viable. I look forward to hearing more about this company as it grows.
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    Plastic bags litter the streets and fields of Cambodia - posing a threat to the health and well-being of humans and live...
      Cambodia
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider Innovations such as this show that creatively approaching a local problem can become a global connection to a better life for whole communities.
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne Amazing to see the stylish products that are created from discarded plastic bags; even more impressive when you learn the story of where the products are made and who creates them.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne I would love to see these story go viral and stimulate like-thinking businesses all over the world. Even small children would understand and be inspired - and probably act if they were told this story. Thank you Marc for your inspiration and Kevin for seeking...  more
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    House of Thethana creates beautiful fabrics that enhance interiors and garments. The fabrics and designs are influe...
      Lesotho
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville Women led businesses not only empower women owners and employees, but also women and girls who encounter these proud and often paradoxical role models. Combine that with the power of fabric designs as cultural symbols and H.O.T. takes on a catalyst role for...  more
    • Alec Simon
      Alec Simon House of Thetana is a really nice example of how creativity and innovation can help enrich society. House of Thetana helps to spread the culture of Lesotho while helping to provide economic opportunity and inspiration for the people of Lesotho.
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    Safaricom Ltd. is a mobile telecommunications company that focuses on transforming lives and communities through te...
      Kenya
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner What impresses me about this company is how they use their technological innovations for social enterprise. It seems that each and every one of their technological innovations is designed to address one or more of the SDGs. It's hard to pick just one.
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom Agree with Prof. Brenner -- this project is the poster child for full-spectrum flourishing. A great example of win-win for the corporation and the communities.