Innovations

431 Innovations
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    With the increased demand in the world for energy, the need for clean and sustainable energy is more urgent than ever be...
      Japan
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner Although, I do not understand the technicalities of this innovation, I understand that it is potentially a breakthrough in the move towards eliminating fossil fuels from the supply chain and replacing it with renewable energy. This has the potential, therefore,...  more
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen A great innovation to move toward creating renewable energy with zero emissions.
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    An electric car network piloted at the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marakech, Morocco as a corporate strate...
      Morocco
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville A corporate partnership hoping to influence consumers to make green choices turns my perceptions of activism upside down. I have only considered how individuals and communities influence corporate behavior. Now, this example shows that corporations can try...  more
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne I share Mary's insight on the role corporations can play as community activists. A great partnership that spreads awareness on the importance of green technology that will hopefully shift consumer behavior towards green cars.
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    Healthy work environments have procedural transparency. Good leaders role model desired behaviors and values within...
      Morocco
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville I am as moved by Mr. Lakhadari's courage and conduct as I am moved by Anass' discovery and retelling of such inspiring leadership. For people and in places where injustice feels normal, Mr. Lakhardari's commitment to fairness and social justice indeed brings...  more
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne This story illustrates how one person's integrity and care can overflow into a way of being among co-workers and with clients and stakeholders. It reminds me of a book title, "Peace is every step".
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    The innovation of SF Express China is named "Green Delivery," which makes every step of the package-delivery process env...
      Worldwide
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation involves the entire business model of package delivery: from electronic receipts to reusable canvas bags to electric vehicles. Based in China where the volume of courier deliveries is the highest in the world, a radically greener supply chain...  more
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom It's worth repeating the author's observation that making a slight shift in the way a business does things can become an industry-changing innovation that inspires other companies.
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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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    Bureo is a company that recycles a harmful form of ocean plastic, discarded fishing nets, and fashions them into skatebo...
      Chile Exemplar
    Goal 14. Life Below Water
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A powerful story of taking plastic trash (primarily discarded fishing nets) in the oceans to profitably produce consumer products (primarily skateboards), while creating jobs and educating fishing communities and local communities about the value of sustainability...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's amazing how big of a difference recycling can make to the ecosystem and to society. What this company has done is truly inspiring.
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    Moving far beyond paper and plastic, TerraCycle recycles materials ranging from snack wrappers to action figures. The co...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Outstanding example of profitably partnering with conscientious brands and manufacturers to offer recycling programs for consumers. Sponsoring organizations pay TerraCycle to provide recycling solutions for their products and packaging. Through these partnerships,...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is an amazing innovation. Being able to recycle the non-recyclable can really change the world and the way people think of trash.
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    In a city which cherishes its old world European charm while incorporating the modern advances of North American cities,...
      Canada
    Goal 5. Gender Equality
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fascinating twist on the Uber or Lyft model of ride sharing. This Montreal-based company empowers women and sets a standard of driver professionalism that benefits both employees and customers.
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd It’s exciting to read about this innovative business that is narrowing the gender gap while improving the environment through a rapidly growing fleet of all-electric vehicles.
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    Paint Shield is an innovation by Sherwin-Williams that helps to reduce the spread of infectious diseases by killing...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A clever innovation in coating surfaces that kills bacteria for up to four years. Developed for the healthcare industry, this high tech paint is being used in other applications such as schools and airports where there is an increased risk of disease transmission....  more
    • Barbara Leary
      Barbara Leary I love how Sherwin-Williams is showing leadership in developing an innovative product that addresses a critical need in health care.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a really amazing innovation! What a win for the healthcare community and for everyone!
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    Collecting E-waste is becoming a common business, but what do these business do with the e-waste? Probably it is going t...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The challenge of treating e-waste is not new, but this story is about a radically better way to deal with it. As noted, the differentiator with the 4th bin model is that they handle the e-waste items with extreme care to prevent the hazardous materials from...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's not just that this company is encouraging New York City to ethically dispose of e-waste, it is that they are finding way to refurbish some of these items and give or sell them to people that need them. Very impressive business model.
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    Matita is an innovating business that creates a pencil that contains a seed with an imprinted image repla...
      Mexico
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Dina Fajardo
      Dina Fajardo Woow! I'm very proud of our students' that have been able to find such interesting story and thanks to the team of Matita which make a very important effort to make a our world a better place to live. Thanks for your effort Diana, Athziri, Alondra, Juan Pablo,...  more
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    “Our goal is to be what a natural foods store should be in my mind, which is a natural foods store that has qualit...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell An inspirational story of a business that makes a significant contribution to their community throughout the entire business model.
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy Imagine if all the small stores around the world would follow this example, not only to provide quality and affordable products, but also play an educational role! Now that is food store redefined.
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    Promoting social freedom, gender equity and cultural tolerance in one of the most highly-stratified corners of the world...
      Yemen
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner I can't imagine the courage it takes to keep a coffee-shop / meeting place like this open during a time of such intense conflict. If there is a chance for healing and recovery after the conflict, this coffee shop will probably have done more to promote and...  more
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber Bravo for creating a safe haven for the free exchange of ideas and cultural differences.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne What a find! Another inspiring story of a business contributing to peace and understanding. A must read.
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    Minami Sanriku Hotel Kanyo is a large resort hotel featuring 244 guest rooms in Minamisanriku, Japan, a town in the Toho...
      Japan Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider "Turning joy and hope into energy"--this is a powerful story of a hotel business standing up and helping a whole community recover from disaster, in this case, a shocking earthquake in Japan. It tells me this: consciousness of community may always be there,...  more
    • Andrea  Fleischer
      Andrea Fleischer Inspiring example of how a local business helped a community rebuild and flourish after a devastating earthquake
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    The key idea is to facilitate investments in renewable energy in India. This is key to reducing carbon emissio...
      India
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An innovation in the investment banking sector aimed at promoting wind, solar, hydroelectric, energy storage and energy efficiency in India. Recognizes the profit opportunity in the Indian Prime Minister's unprecedented $200 billion expansion push for renewable...  more
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom The story shows how business owners who want to do the right thing may still need someone like Mr. Goswami at Greenstone to show them how it's possible and guide them through the process. The environmental impact of this has been tremendous and will continue...  more
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    El Houssaine Ichen founded and manages "Disabled Tourist Guide" in a culture that shuns people with physi...
      Morocco Exemplar
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville This story offers a beautiful example of social innovation in the profit sector, one that directly promotes an inclusive society with access for all. Knowing the region's cultural biases against people with physical limitations makes the business owner's...  more
    • Muyiwa Oni
      Muyiwa Oni El Houssaine Ichen is inspiring tourists and change in a tourism market that has underserved people with physical limitations. In doing this, Disabled Tourist Guide provides an example of how business can serve the historically underserved, promote peace,...  more
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    The JLL (Jones, Lang, Lasalle) Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) Group provides energy management and sustainabil...
      Worldwide
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider This innovation is an example of how business leaders can show that caring for the environment and communities are essential for true business success.
    • Andrea  Fleischer
      Andrea Fleischer Great example of how investing in environmentally friendly building design benefits the bottom line too!
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    The typical American homeowner routinely harms the environment by wasting freshwater, and the energy to filter and trans...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider Working with nature is a positive, life-affirming path to business success that is good for people, the planet and profit.
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove I found the nature of this innovation very dynamic, very compelling and hopeful. Pearl's Premium Grass Seed tackles so many environmental and health problems that many of us have just accepted as necessary evils to maintaining a beautifully landscaped lawn.
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    Conflict Kitchen came about six and half years ago as an art project, but is also a social enterprise. The co-founders a...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner This story is inspiring on several levels. Firstly, it de-mystifies other cultures and encourages people to learn about and think more positively about those that are seen as "foreign." Secondly, it is a wonderful example of how business and art can merge...  more
    • Barbara Leary
      Barbara Leary What a great way to build bridges between cultures!
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne Food, art and informed dialogue come together in this peace inspiring kitchen... Bravo!
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    A fully vertical, integrated commercial solar installation company that is providing clean renewable energy to the masse...
      United States
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell Nexamp is an exemplar of the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that will transform our reliance on fossil fuels to a more sustainable model.
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom Pushing energy into the grid for others in the community to use is a wonderful result of solar energy.