Innovations

431 Innovations
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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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    Fair Warung Bale is the profit center for Bali Sari Foundation, with activities centered around providing free health ca...
      Indonesia
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya For a developing country as big as Indonesia (the 4 th largest population in the world) the problem of inadequate health-case system is a major problem. This initiative is excellent, since the restaurant business is providing a sustainable income for the...  more
    • Muyiwa Oni
      Muyiwa Oni This is a great story about how Bali Sari Foundation, a non-profit enabler of the social impact projects, eventually facilitated a profitable restaurant enterprise. Fair Warung Bale provides alimentary nourishment in its community, a sustainable income to...  more
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    Cobra Plastics' lean manufacturing practices and efficient use of resources stems from a desire to better serve their cu...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Victoria Avi
      Victoria Avi This group of students was enrolled in MBA650 Sustainable Business Practices Course at CSU. I'm proud of the students for finding a unique manufacturing company in the NEO region that aims to flourish!
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's great when a company recognizes that they need to make their business practices sustainable, not just "bolt on" some green initiatives. I hope to see other companies look to this one as a great example.
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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 Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) is responsible for turning municipal solid waste into useful mat...
      United States
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell What an inspirational and innovative company that is address a number of the UN Development Goals.
    • Eliza Somsel
      Eliza Somsel Great story! There seems to be an opportunity for this innovation to spread to many communities around the US and the world.
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    Founded in 2002, Sequil Systems, Inc., provides energy and environmental consulting services to architects, engineers an...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry As a pioneering, registered B-Corporation and a LEED “Proven Provider” certification recipient in the State of Florida, Sequil is leading the transformation to green building practices in the Sunshine State.
    • Muyiwa Oni
      Muyiwa Oni Sequil, which was founded and organized around sustainable principles, provides a good example of how new businesses can be designed to be agents of benefit and positive transformation.
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    Offering customers bridal jewelry that has a reduced environmental impact compared to traditional diamond and gold manuf...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider This innovation shows that possibilities exist to transform industries that have been plagued by human rights abuses and abusive practices, into truly life-affirming and positive businesses.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's great when even smaller companies make a change that is good for people and good for the world. An excellent example of responsible production.
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    PwC launched an initiative to simplify for business: 1.) Integrating the SDGs in corporate strategy 2.) Partnering wit...
      United Kingdom
    Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider This innovation shows that partnership and mutual benefit are essential elements to a business leading—and succeeding—from its purpose.
    • AIM Team
      AIM Team A wonderful example of how creating partnerships for the UN Global Goals can be good for business and good for the world.
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    Park Place Technologies is part of an industry that engages in e-waste disposal. Park Place is making a conscious e...
      United States
    Goal 13. Climate Action
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry Park Place Technologies prolongs the life IT hardware and reduces waste by maintaining and fixing IT systems with recycled parts that were otherwise headed for landfills.
    • Florence Snyder
      Florence Snyder Like a lot of baby boomers who aren't fluent in technology, I had not given thought to the dimensions of the problem of IT waste disposal. It's very encouraging that others are aware of the dimensions of the problem, and are working in a meaningful way on...  more
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    With the invention of a $1 paper microscope, Foldscope Instruments is bringing science to everyone. This not only gives ...
      United States
    Goal 4. Quality Education
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry THROUGH FOLDSCOPE'S LOW PRICED, INNOVATIVE AND MOBILE SCIENTFIC EAUIPMENT AND AN ONLINE USER COMMUNITY, CURIOSITY AND SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY ARE MADE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE ON THE PLANET.
    • Kit Turen
      Kit Turen Wow! The impact of Foldscope's low-priced, transportable and accessible microscopes is already making a positive impact on research, health initiatives, education and community-building. As they expand the types of scientific equipment they provide I believe...  more
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    Henan Prosper Skins & Leather Enterprise Company, China's largest sheep fur tanning manufacturer, is contributing to sus...
      China
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell Hennan Prospers has made changes that both positively impact their local community and contributed to transforming the industry as a whole, impacting countless lives and future generations.
    • Andrea  Fleischer
      Andrea Fleischer Great example of how investing in the environment can be a win-win for everyone. In the case of Hennan Prospers, it created thousands of new jobs, improved the health of a community, and increased profits too!
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne What a pleasant surprise to find this inspiring story coming out of China. Let's spread the news! Thank you Yi Yan for sharing it to us and your professor, Stacey for taking the SDG's to your classroom.
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    Fleet Feet Sport is a company that is able to provide great products for runners, walkers, or athletes with essential ap...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell Fleet Street Sports has incorporated health and wellness of the broader community into their model of doing business.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Fleet Street Sports is a wonderful example of how businesses can build a relationship with and better their communities while promoting their business at the same time.
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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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    League Network was established as a platform to provide assistance to youth sport league managers in fundraising, a...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • April Patrick
      April Patrick This is such an exciting innovation that really has the potential to change the lives of young people in the community. Even though this business was founded relatively recently, the fact that they're already expanding to another community says quite a bit...  more
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne A great example of business formation with a purpose and how to align business operations and expansion with their core values and mission.
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    BIOS incorporates several key ideas: * Life After Life * Recycle Me * Planting Trees * Converting cemeteries in...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry From Grandmother to Grandson, a lesson in the garden that something dead can become fuel for new life results in an innovative and eco-friendly way to help deal with the remains of a loved one upon their passing.
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove We are taught to leave the world in better shape then when we came to it. Bios let's us practice that philosophy all the way to the end, and beyond!
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    Serralles Rum Distillery in Puerto Rico has come up with a novel way to deal with left over water and organic ...
      Puerto Rico
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A multi-faceted sustainability plan for rum production that reduces costs, increases revenues through re-purposing waste streams, and improves environmental impact. An excellent example of what can be done through imagination and commitment to re-think the...  more
    • Pernille Hippe Brun
      Pernille Hippe Brun This story is a great example of what can happen, when a business takes responsibility for not only solving one problem in the production chain, but turning this problem into an opportunity to look at the overall production chain and making it sustainable,...  more
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    Verdant Power systems employ underwater turbines to generate clean energy from the currents of tides, rivers and man mad...
      United States
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A piece of the overall shift to green energy, this innovation is a water-to-wire system using horizontal-axis turbines to convert the kinetic energy of fast-moving ( 1 m/s) water currents into clean renewable electricity. Commercially proven since 2012, this...  more
    • Andrew Himes
      Andrew Himes This technology should be an essential option in a larger menu of clean technologies -- alternative energy sources that avoid pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.
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    The concrete industry is the world's third biggest polluter of greenhouse gases. Solidia Technologies® uses innovati...
      United States
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Using patented chemistry and cement curing processes, this innovation addresses one of the major sources of industrial carbon emissions: the CO2 emitted in manufacturing Portland cement. It converts CO2 already existing in the atmosphere into cement, making...  more
    • Andrea  Fleischer
      Andrea Fleischer Intriguing new technology that could dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of one of the world's largest polluters of CO2 emissions. And it saves water too!
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    The Lancaster Stroopies Company was established in 2008 and the company’s purpose is to support refugees in L...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell The Lancaster Stroopie Company is an exemplar of business as a force for good. The impact they are making will reverberate far beyond their local community.
    • Alec Simon
      Alec Simon The Lancastar Stroopie Company is a great example of the power that business can have in a community. They are doing a wonderful thing by bringing opportunity to people who are inherently disadvantaged.
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    Janicki Bioenergy's revolutionary Omni Processor combines waste treatment, energy generation, and potable water creation...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An "out of the box" innovation for cost effective, environmentally friendly, and decentralized waste treatment for developing countries. Re-thinks the business model of sanitation in countries that most need it. The potential impact on human wellbeing and...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter What this company has created is truly transformative. This has huge possibilities for a net-positive impact in developing countries.