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Avon alleviating poverty? No, really. Goes to show that any business model, not just B-corps have the potential to “do good”. Distribution is key to Avon’s noted success in lifting developing country sales women into the middle-income demographic for their country. Read more.

Filed under: Challenges, ESG, Innovation

Framework of the Future

This article “embraces” the social, environmental, and economic model of the future (hopefully, the near future). Effective, efficient, and affordable. Not to mention the profit for cause business design. What could business and design framework such as this do to solve other social and economic ills?

Embrace sets the stage for a new industry design, not just for poor and emerging economies, but for developed economies as well. Simple, economical, and environmentally friendly solutions structured with a profit for cause business  model are a direct challenge to the current high cost, high consumption model of industry, health care in particular. At a time when resources, including money – the man-made resource, are scarce, such solutions allow for greater life quality in every sense.

 

 

 

Filed under: Challenges, Innovation, Social Entrepreneurs

Business Synchs with the Circle of Life

Good business, good food, good environment: The trifecta of the emerging business model of agricultural production. The future of agribusiness, a wholistic solution and circular supply chain, lies in business such as this. The future just might taste good too – just don’t think too much about how it became so tasty.

Filed under: Challenges, Innovation, Social Entrepreneurs

US State Department: Advancing Entrepreneurship Through Social Responsibility

It’s encouraging to see leadership agencies advocate corporate shift to a more holistic view of the business ecosystem. It’s more particular to note that this article/speech stems from the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Economists are not always the first to promote a “full circle” perspective of business, though they certainly are not the last.

In addition to promoting CSR, triple bottom line, and other aspects of good corporate governance, the speech points out noted companies for their excellence in CSR, namely TOMS Shoes. As an add-on, Patagonia’s corporate ethos treads well in the TBL space as a company that exemplifies green, corporate governance, and stated profits.

What can current, emerging, and future entrepreneurs take away? Think dynamically about your business and how all aspects of your business are integrated. Business decision impacts have broad implications: What can the entrepreneur manage? Which are risks? Which are opportunities? Make sure the entrepreneurial viewpoint is dimensional, as profits appear to be increasingly circular and far-reaching as opposed to linear and finite.

Filed under: Challenges, ESG, Governance, Innovation, Social Entrepreneurs

Solution Needed: Social Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Apply

Problem:

  • Hunger
  • Environmentally Unfriendly Agricultural Production
  • Slowing Growth in Agricultural Output

Challenge:

  • Increase agricultural production while increasing/reaching sustainability and environmentally harmonious agricultural processes
  • Prevent/minimize food waste
  • Manage distribution of foods, locally and globally

Who’s up to the challenge?

While it is unlikely one person, or even a team, is likely to step up to the plate, several groups are likely to create a web of interconnected plugs to solve this problem. Well, hopefully. Because we have to.  So why put on your thinking cap and be a part of creating the solution? Or, at least find small ways to not contribute to the problem; buy more organic, waste less food, use more economical forms of nourishment (not that eating dairy and meat is bad, just perhaps eat less of it).

 

Filed under: Challenges, Innovation, Social Entrepreneurs

Unlocking the Value in Restoration and Conservation

Pioneers – the early champions of all things “new”. It’s an unenviable position most of the time – it’s difficult to lead a crowd out of the status quo or find solutions to challenging issues. The problem is perhaps exacerbated when the solutions and crowd involves capital and investors. And yet, Bay Bank has helped capital find value in restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Currently in the early stages of the project, should the mechanisms prove successful, this model could pave the way to a new relationship and market for capital and conservation.

(Thanks Fast Company for sharing this story.)

Filed under: Challenges, Innovation

WANTED: A Few Good Businesspeople

What’s needed now in the social entrepreneur and impact investment space? Apparently a few good businesspeople according to Rodríguez Arregui, founder of Ignia, a VC fund operating in the impact investment sector. In a recent article posted by Reuters on the topic of impact investing:

I asked Klement and Rodríguez Arregui what trends they see in impact investing. Both see momentum picking up and more money coming into the sector. Companies like Wells Fargo and JP Morgan are putting money into this new asset class. Rodríguez Arregui thinks that a lot of the talent in the social investing world comes from the non-profit sector rather than business and that more business expertise is needed. (emphasis added.)

With new money and momentum in the space, why the lack of business expertise within the social entrepreneurship/impact investment sector? What can be done to get more people with business acumen to want to work at the intersection of profit and mission?

Filed under: Challenges, Impact Investing

BYU and Acumen Fund Host Impact Investment Case Competition

BYU and the Acument Fund are hosting a case competition for BYU students. More from BYU’s Universe.

Filed under: Challenges, Impact Investing

Singapore Stock Exchange Issues Guidelines for Sustainability Reporting

Everyone’s cheering! (Except, perhaps company CFO’s.) Singapore Exchange issues sustainability reporting guidelines.

ESG metrics and reporting have been steadily developing through a dialogue between investors and company management. Standardization and measurement are the greatest challenge to moving ESG reporting forward. However, the disclosure of ESG metrics is becoming material to investors as evidenced by the move by SGX. As the post by PPP suggests, it is likely ESG reporting will become a requirement.

Filed under: Challenges, ESG, Governance

The Guardian interviews Caroline Mason, COO of Charity Bank

This interview with Caroline Mason articulates so much about the struggles, intent, and power of social enterprise and impact investment. As someone who also hails from the “old school” investment industry, her story, her perspective, and her challenges reflect the experience of those of us who work hard to advance impact investing and investing with greater awareness.

Filed under: Challenges, Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurs

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