Category Archives: Social entrepreneurship

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The New Pioneers Case of the Month: Peepoople – taking the backdoor to sanitation

Just imagine for a moment that you did not have a toilet. Scary, isn’t it? This the reality for over 2.6 billion people on the planet, who lack access to even the simplest latrine. Peepoople has found a solution: a single-use, biodegradable and self-sanitising Peepoo plastic bag which serves as a personal, portable and low-cost latrine. Continue reading

Posted in | Environmental sustainability, Health, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovations, Sustainable business, The New Pioneers Case of the Month
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BenJerry
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The Trojan Horse Strategy – Changing Business From Within

Imagine that you are the owner of a highly successful social enterprise that has built its success on doing both well and good. One day you get a call from a well-known multi-national corporation, perhaps one with a less than … Continue reading

Posted in | CSR, Ethical consumption, Social entrepreneurship
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The New Pioneers Case of the Month: Acumen fund – Putting focus on the Social Return on Investment

A new movement within investing and philanthropy is making its mark worldwide. Commercial investors of capital are steering away from sectors and companies whose social or environmental risks and potential liabilities may jeopardize their financial interests – and social venture … Continue reading

Posted in | CSR, Social entrepreneurship, Socially Responsible Investing, The New Pioneers Case of the Month
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Social business and CSR – same, same but different?

Are social business and CSR two sides of the same coin? And do you have to be driven by ethics and morality in the pursuit of bridging solutions to social problems with business? Continue reading

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The four CSR megatrends for 2013

Here are the four most important corporate social responsibility megatrends for 2013: Putting purpose before profit; Turning your employees into CSR managers; Shared value partnerships with social entrepreneurs; Social media and stakeholder engagement instead of CSR-reporting. Continue reading

Posted in | CSR, CSR communication, Corporate Volunteering, Employer branding, Social entrepreneurship, Stakeholder engagement, Sustainable business
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Philanthrocapitalism – social change through business

A new kind of charity is shaking up the business world and revamping the concept of ‘giving back’ – because this kind of charity is in fact not charity at all. Continue reading

Posted in | Growth principles, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovations, Socially Responsible Investing, Uncategorized
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Community – not just a stakeholder but the purpose of business

Long before terms like “values” and “sustainability” became business buzzwords in the West they were already being implemented by one Indian corporation. The Tata group, founded by Jamsetji N. Tata in the late 1890s, is today going on over 130 years of emphasising themes of governance, sustainability, values and ethics. Continue reading

Posted in | CSR, India, New paradigms, Social entrepreneurship
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ForceForGood_TaniaEllis
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A business force for good

Hardcore businesspeople are realizing that they can increase their profits by incorporating social responsibility as a part of their business strategy. And heartcore idealists are recognizing that the use of market methods give them the opportunity to create even more social value. In time, the two fields will converge, and social entrepreneurship become more of a mindset rather than a specific category of start-up companies. Continue reading

Posted in | CSR, Partnerships, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovations, Sustainable business
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Aravind Hospital – an instrument of ‘the Divine Will’

Reading excerpts from The New Pioneers reminded me of my time at Aravind Eye Hospital in Tamil Nadu in South India, where I as a young medical student spent 2 months in 1995. Blogpost by Charlotte Strøm, MD, PhD, Journalist Continue reading

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Social entrepreneurship on the map
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Social entrepreneurship on the map

The field of social entrepreneurship has over the past five to ten years increasingly attracted public attention. Today dedicated organizations, foundations, awards and TV series are promoting, supporting or paying tribute to social entrepreneurs from all corners of the world. Continue reading

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