Innovations

500 Innovations
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    Lapa Rios Eco Lodge in Costa Rica has been providing a sustainable experience for its guests for over two decades. ...
      Costa Rica Exemplar
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Aixa Ritz
      Aixa Ritz Travel and tourism is not necessarily viewed as an industry that has a positive impact on local communities and the environment. Members of this industry that take into consideration the positive development of the community they operate in and conserve the...  more
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne An excellent example of Eco Tourism in Costa Rica built and run with passion for the environment and the community.
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    Insulet Corporation is an innovative medical device company dedicated to making the lives of people with diabetes e...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell This innovation will positively impact the lives of diabetics and make a positive impact on the health care system.
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy Technology at the service of better quality of life for patients with diabetes, a large population of the world.
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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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    Utilizing the waste produced as a result of the life cycle of some products manufactured by soft drink companies and tra...
      Colombia
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Gustavo A Yepes López
      Gustavo A Yepes López I think innovation helps to give it an effective use with social impact to tetrapack waste, and although the idea is not so novel if the technique and use.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Proplanet is promoting responsible consumption by using what would have been wasted materials to make saleable goods. The social impact they are making with the donations of much needed desks to schools is commendable.
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    Baravom ("look"/"see" in Korean) photo studio is setting a new standard in Korea how profit and non-profit aspects can j...
      South Korea
    Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider A heart-warming and uplifting example of how business can do good and do well. I especially appreciate the examples of the business leader reaching out to aligned partners to amplify the business, social and cultural benefits.
    • AIM Team
      AIM Team I really enjoyed this story for how a traditional business like a photo studio can be used to respectfully serve underprivileged citizens and help them be "seen" in the community. What a beautiful example of how a business can help achieve the UN Sustainable...  more
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    The textile industry is the second most polluting activity on the planet behind the oil industry, according to Clement M...
      India
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Delphine GIBASSIER
      Delphine GIBASSIER This is one of my favourite innovation from TBS students stories. It is the story of 2 former students who started their own business. it has the three pillars (economic, social and environmental). It has been looking at every possible way to do good (energy,...  more
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber This is a company that has put much thought into how it operates. Its manufacturing process decreases water consumption and its customers donate part of their purchase price to environmental and social causes. Everyone wins!
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    If the whole population of the world is 100, then about 4 people are visually impaired, and 0.7 people are totally blind...
      Worldwide
    Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider An intriguing example of how technology innovations can dramatically improve human well-being and independence.
    • AIM Team
      AIM Team I loved learning about this technology and hope it will be embraced by people with visual impairments. There's something so creative about marrying Braille--invented almost exactly 200 years ago in 1819--with smartwatch technology!
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a really amazing innovation and I would love to learn more about how this works. There is so much potential for good here.
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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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    Lentesplus is a Colombian enterprise that is dedicated to the commercialization of contact lenses through a strateg...
      Colombia
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Gustavo A Yepes López
      Gustavo A Yepes López Is an innovative idea with a good impact and an interesting social reach
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen By selling contact lenses online, Lentesplus can offer lower prices, faster delivery, and better service. It's inspiring to see how the company is using its success to help children in need.
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    Walden Local Meat Co. sets out to produce grass-fed meat at affordable (but equitable) prices. While more expensive than...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell What an exemplar of positive and healthy food production.
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen Walden's dedication to providing healthy, local, and sustainable meats--including grazing cattle on underutilized grasslands--is a great example for others in the meat industry.
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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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    Destinazione Umana is the first portal and online tour operator in the world that completely overturns the concept of tr...
      Italy
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Aixa Ritz
      Aixa Ritz Great innovative way to change how we think about selecting destinations for traveling. For those individuals who want more than a picture of her/himself in front of a landmark, this organization provides endless possibilities to experience people and cultures.
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber This is a new form of experiential travel that benefits travelers and hosts alike by enabling them to understand each other's cultures and environments and simultaneously promote business.
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    Assisting groups/organizations to farm in creative ways by utilizing unused space by means of rooftop and raised beds wi...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell This is an exciting and scalable idea that can transform our city-scapes and impact the health of our communities!
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley This is a creative way to utilize and beautify urban spaces. while also benefitting consumers.
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    The operating mission of Lu, Chen-Xu, the owner of Old Five Bed and Breakfast, is to share his childhood experiences wit...
      Taiwan
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Aixa Ritz
      Aixa Ritz An example of how rural areas in developing countries can flourish and attract travelers by differentiating themselves from multinational hotel brands. Doing this by also promoting local culture and farm products is an innovative way to run a business and...  more
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber This is a fine mix of business and pleasure. The customers enjoy a tranquil, eco experience, while the community benefits through the use of organic foods grown locally.
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    "Vasaloppet - a motor for Public Health in Sweden and around the world" Vasaloppet is the world’s biggest organiz...
      Sweden
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry Ski related racing events, promoted in partnership with private organizations and clubs, contributes to individual health and community well-being
    • Andrew Himes
      Andrew Himes An inspirational story of how community health is advanced through mass participation in sports.
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    Tunanstore is a cloth diapers producer in Indonesia. They started the business back in 2010 and have maintained their fo...
      Worldwide
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya This effort is important to make sure that mothers are not depended upon disposable diaper which is not environmental friendly.
    • Andrew Himes
      Andrew Himes Cloth diapers are better for babies and better for the environment. By contrast, disposables cannot be recycled.
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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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    Business model for corporate and social responsibility Sustainable  Expandable and adaptable Idea that can be ...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry Following its" Do Good, Do Well" mantra, a sand mining company develops its won internal metrics to assess the impact of thirteen, on-going sustainable Development teams fueled by highly engaged employees.
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd A great example of a company that has built sustainability into its DNA and has been "doing good, doing well" for more than a decade.
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    Sustainability is embedded in L’aubier by committing to biodynamic farming and associative economy. Human beings a...
      Switzerland Exemplar
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Aixa Ritz
      Aixa Ritz This is an amazing example of sustainable development in all aspects, i.e. economic, social, and environmental. Their connection with local communities is exemplary. How they have developed a place for the elderly and those in need of care is another great...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd This extraordinary hotel in Switzerland was an early innovator in sustainable development. I am amazed at the breadth of their sustainability model and their dedication to individuals and communities.
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    Innovation that change the unused material into useful material. The initiative creates benefit to company,...
      Indonesia
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya A creative innovation of turning waste into useful products. The business model solve simultaneously several problems: Waste management, Source of income for communities and providing paving stones for infrastructure facilities.
    • Florence Snyder
      Florence Snyder The need is great, and so is the investment.