Innovations

500 Innovations
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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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    Karun was founded in 2012. It’s a company that manufactures high-quality sunglasses out of wood from fallen trees ...
      Worldwide
    Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An innovative business model for manufacturing high-quality sunglasses out of wood from fallen trees in Patagonia and from the recycled material from the fishing nets picked from the ocean. The innovation aims to educate consumers in the fashion business....  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter The partnership in this company is amazing. When you want to accomplish something you can't do it alone and finding the right partners makes all the difference. I can't wait for this company to start selling in the US.
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    The Wise Education Intelligent Cloud Megadata Platform (WEICM) is an online education platform issued by Ifdoo Education...
      Worldwide
    Goal 4. Quality Education
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A cloud-based education platform that leverages big data to improve teaching in primary and secondary schools, particularly in low income areas. The innovation makes study easy and interesting for children while making teaching more efficient for teachers...  more
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne An inspiring story of the use of internet technology and the collaboration of the best teachers and materials in rural areas of china and potentially the world to give every child the opportunity to learn - that no one be left behind.
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    Newport Corporation is a leading global high-technology maker of precision products and systems. This story profiles a r...
      Worldwide
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The innovation of ultrafast lasers and Two-photon Excitation Microscopy, based on scientific discoveries that won the Nobel Prize, has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of diseases. Applications include myopic refractive surgery and cancer treatment....  more
    • Argerie Vasilakes
      Argerie Vasilakes Social innovation partnerships -- such as the one between Newport Corporation and Bell Laboratories -- show how their combined technical expertise goes beyond creating lucrative proprietary technology alone to creating a pathway for societal wellbeing.
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    Shift To Nature aims to sell clothes which are made by non-toxic and organic material which is a key point in health and...
      Australia
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An example of e-commerce for sustainable, organic and ethically made products made from sustainable materials such as certified organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, merino wool, and recycled plastics. It showcases a business model that profitably improves product...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This story really showcases the shift in consumers preferences towards more sustainable and ethical goods. The owner was concerned she wouldn't make a profit and now she has been in business for more than two years and continues to grow. Inspiring story!
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    ENPAC and its subsidiary Black Diamond Eco Solutions aim to provide a safe way to contain hazardous chemicals in order t...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Developed by a plastics company specialized in spill prevention and containment, this clever innovation serves the growing rainwater catchment market. Instead of focusing on the homeowner market for rainwater catchment, ENPAC found a niche in creating a buried...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd In seeking new avenues for product development, company leaders looked to the growing focus on environmental sustainability and their own success in containing and saving liquids for environmental health and safety. Their innovative product catches and recycles...  more
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    The V.C. Bird International Airport is a pioneering sustainable Caribbean airport. They are the perfect example of embed...
      Antigua and Barbuda
    Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A private-public platform through which local service industries can engage synergistically with each other, and with the government's assistance, to promote their products and services worldwide. The innovation creates jobs, provides education and training,...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter A great story about partnerships for the Goals. This innovation benefits so many people and businesses!
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    Biogen is a global leader in biotechnology dedicated to discovering novel therapies for neurological and autoimmune diso...
      Worldwide Exemplar
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation is a set of two biosimilar medications that help reduce cost barriers in patient access to treatment for autoimmune diseases. While entering a hugely profitable market, it is capable of immeasurably improving patient health and well-being....  more
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy The innovative way of addressing the business impact of patents' expiration may be a great example for other companies in the pharmaceutical industry. It is particularly valuable to find more affordable treatments, also for rare diseases, a niche that is...  more
    • Humzah Quereshy
      Humzah Quereshy great story!
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    Greenerprinter is a certified B-Corp that offers a high-quality, responsible printing option to print business cards, ma...
      United States
    Goal 13. Climate Action
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The innovation is variable data printing, which uses digital platemaking technology to remove toxic chemicals from the platemaking process. It is both more customizable for users and better for the environment, showcasing the “no trade-off” model of sustainable...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This innovation is good for customers and good for business. Removing toxic chemicals from the printing process is increasingly valuable for the environment and for business.
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    Born from a family whose lives have been dedicated to sustainable products, Sustain Natural is a sexual wellness company...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 5. Gender Equality
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo SustainNatural offers a breakthrough business model aimed at positively disrupting women’s health and wellness. The key to this business model innovation is a change in focus from men to women in the design, sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution of...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's an important shift in the condom industry to focus targeting on women. This company is helping to make people healthier and supporting gender equality!
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    PackH2O is designed to help solve the issue of lack of drinking water for people living in water stressed communities or...
      Nepal
    Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation is designed to help solve drinking water problems for people living in the water stressed communities or in the regions affected by disasters. Unlike the high-technology straw, this innovation allows its user to carry up to five gallons in...  more
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy The lightweight backpack allows for an easier transportation of water for people who have to walk long distances carrying their water, which are mostly women. The material of the container also facilitates the distribution to areas without a road infrastructure,...  more
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    This story profiles Goodyear's Air Maintenance Technology (AMT); a technology innovation that will come with performance...
      United States
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Innovation in tire technology that improves fuel efficiency, reduces emissions, extends tire life while it also significantly improves performance and user experience. A win-win for the business and for society in a product (vehicle tires) that has had a...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a really beneficial product with a lot of positive impacts on the environment, consumers and the business.
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    Tech Energie is a company located in Monterrey, Mexico that specializes in clean and renewable energy projects.  Th...
      Mexico
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A three-part innovation to offer green energy solutions in Mexico, a country that historically has not invested in this sector. With photovoltaic, wind, and thermal energy options design to overcome regulatory obstacles, reduce costs, and improve reliability,...  more
    • Argerie Vasilakes
      Argerie Vasilakes Evidence that doing good to do well it's not a luxury for developed countries.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne What a pleasant surprise to find this story of another Mexican company doing well and doing good, investigated and written by a student in Cleveland. ¡Gracias Agustin!
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    Steelcase is a global office furniture company headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since its founding in 1912, ...
      France
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The Amia office chair links functional design to user desired outcomes of health and wellbeing. In combination with environmental responsible sourcing and production practices, this simple chair becomes a statement of values and a conduit to flourishing.
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom This story shows how office furniture designed with the workers and the environment in mind has beneficial effects far beyond the walls of the workplace.
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    Over the last six years, Buckeye Business Products has adapted may sustainable initiatives in order to grow, develop, an...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An example of an industrial process innovation driven by efficiency goals in combination with environmental benefits. It highlights the trend toward industrial process improvements that fully integrate energy conservation and carbon emission reduction.
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom Great example of long-term thinking for long-term benefit.
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    SHE28 and the Go! pad transform Rwandan communities, enabling women and girls to contribute fully during their menstrual...
      Rwanda Exemplar
    Goal 5. Gender Equality
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation addresses the need for affordable, high-quality menstrual solutions in Base-of-the-Pyramid (globally low income) markets. Made from sustainable, local banana fibers, the Go! brand of menstrual pads are made with local labor at a low price...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter Any innovation that helps more girls go to and stay in school is a great innovation. However, this company has not only helped girls and women be able to stay in work and school during menstruation, they have also employed people from the local economy and...  more
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    Huf Group developed the innovation Laser on Chrome for its potential application in the automotive industry. Laser ...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fascinating innovation to replace paint with lasers to mark chrome metal surfaces. The purpose of the patented innovation is to reduce costs, be more environmentally friendly, and be more time efficient. The future vision of the innovation is in its scalability...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter A great innovation with a lot of future potential for many industries.
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    Steelcase tackles the global challenges of sustainability to achieve their vision of strong economic, social and en...
      France
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An example of a household product that integrates environmental, health, and social attributes at every stage of the value chain. The Brody Worklounge showcases functional excellence with environmental responsibility and design for wellbeing. A powerful example...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter Many people in the world spend most of their time at work. I appreciate that this company wants to do everything they can, for their own employees and the employees of their customers, to make the work environment be as flourishing as possible.
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    Rust Belt Riders, founded by Dan Brown and Michael Robinson, is an environmentally conscious waste removal service in No...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A business model innovation that diverts food waste from restaurants, businesses, schools, and other institutions to turn organic waste into value added products. Replaces conventional food waste management practices that contribute organic material to landfills...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd The co-founders had seen firsthand the huge amount of organic waste generated in the food and restaurant industries, and they decided to do something about it. Through their innovative business model, they collect organic waste and create nutrient-rich compost,...  more
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    "Healthy people, sustainable planet" is the ambition of Philips for 2020. This story profiles a business model developed...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The innovation is an integration of sustainability strategies across the supply chain and operations of a major lighting, consumer electronics, and healthcare products company. It showcases a business model that actively collaborates with suppliers to raise...  more
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy Changing the business model from selling products to leasing them is an interesting shift towards an economy more responsible with the available resources. It also helps educate consumers about the value of our natural resources, and the pollution we cause...  more