Innovations

431 Innovations
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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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    SolarCity is a company that is committed to provide clean, sustainable energy to a wide range of customers. The com...
      United States
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell It is exciting to know there are entrepreneurs operating in the renewable energy sector - and their contributions to schools in developing countries are another element of how SolarCity is doing business for the greater good.
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy What a good example of the huge potential of clean energy, when imaginative ways are used to approach clients' needs and hesitations. I wish they would be able to sell in other states!
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    Dobra Tea Northampton provides a comfortable place to hang out, and enjoy a steaming cup of tea and a range of delicate ...
      Worldwide Exemplar
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell Dobra Tea is a wonderful example of the power of localism.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Wow, Dobra Tea sounds like a wonderful learning experience and I would love to visit one of these shops. They are supporting the health and well-being of their customers, as well as supporting local suppliers in a scalable and innovative way.
    • Ekaterina Ivanova
      Ekaterina Ivanova Great place! And people behind the story! It feels like they are passionate about their way of running this local tea shop. Excellent business model!
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    River Valley Co-op is a community-owned cooperative with the goal to provide local and fresh produce to the No...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell What an exciting model of the power of collective ownership to make communities healthier and stronger together.
    • Alec Simon
      Alec Simon River City Cooperative is a prime example of how a business can impact a community in a multitude of different ways. River City has helped the Northhampton community become healthier while boosting the local economy by purchasing local produce and providing...  more
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    FoodState is in the business of improving lives by staying true to the intention of food. Their passion for burgeoning w...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This Slo-Food process innovation is the only one in the food supplements business to be fully vertically integrated. The model augments consumers’ diet with a broad array of nourishing ingredients available naturally, not simply through vitamins alone....  more
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber This is a unique way to get the benefits of your fruits, grains and vegetables in pill form without losing any of the needed nutrients. And it's all manufactured in a a responsible way.
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    1908 Brands is a company that works to make food and cleaning supplies as organic and environmentally friendly as possib...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell 1908 Brands is an exemplar of thinking sustainably throughout the entire supply chain!
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy The inspiring innovation is that business can be profitable by redesigning all its processes and analyzing its operations through the lens of sustainability. As the student said it, it is a great model that hopefully will be the mainstream way of operating...  more
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    The company’s aim is to create appliances and products that use only a quarter of the energy consumed by current h...
      Pakistan
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Veronica Newsome
      Veronica Newsome It was a great experience learning about Greenertronics and what a wonderful company. I am honored to be connected to this project.
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    ARGANTIC produces natural healing oils and cosmetics in a safe working environment in a region where exploitation o...
      Morocco
    Goal 5. Gender Equality
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville Pure Moroccan argan oil continues to grow in popularity, especially in the Middle East. Popularity can easily attract "fakes." So Fouad El aarjaoui's dedication to producing the natural product through cooperatives, by paying fair wages, and as his enterprise...  more
    • Beau Daane
      Beau Daane This excellent enterprise addresses all three P's of People, Planet and Prosperity: By using organic and locally sourced materials, employing local people esp. women and investing in their development (literacy, fair wages, eight hour max work day, etc.)...  more
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne Another inspiring story out of Morocco. Thank you Omar and Soufiani and Professor Neville.
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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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    Oasis Consumer Healthcare is a company with innovations in how to use already known drugs and compounds that are sa...
      Worldwide
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The innovation is in how to use existing drugs and compounds that are known to be safe for human use, and to transform them into a breakthrough healthcare products without the burdensome regulatory process. The leading product is a probiotic that has all...  more
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne This is an interesting example of the "pragmatism" of business that Kofi Anan envisioned when he invited business leaders to participate alongside the UN in the resolution of the world's greatest challenges. In this case the improvement of health and well...  more
    • Edwin Pacheco Colon
      Edwin Pacheco Colon Thank you very much. It was an amazing opportunity and honor to meet someone with this kind of intellect and use modern ways of doing business and innovating not only products but also business models.
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    Inn Season Café is an organic vegan/vegetarian restaurant located in Michigan. The restaurant opened in 1981 and ...
      Worldwide
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The Inn Season Café illustrates the shift from a simple vegan/vegetarian restaurant business model to one that is comprehensively sustainable. It deserves to be replicated worldwide. An early pioneer of healthy food consumption that anticipated market trends...  more
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley The Inn Season Café is working to promote alternative, sustainable dining options by offering this type of dining in a community where there previously were none. As this type of dining becomes more and more important to customers, I have no doubt the Inn...  more
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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.