1.3.17

6 Lessons For Social Entrepreneurs From 2016

In recent weeks, I have seen a common theme proffered on social media: good riddance to 2016. For some it is about politics; for others, it is the deaths of favorite artists or actors. The fact is, however, 2016 wasn’t so different from other years, fu …

12.16.16

Monique Péan: Redefining What’s Most Valuable

Life can change in an instant. For Monique Péan, it was the death of her sister Vanessa in a tragic car accident. “She was 16 and amazing and full of life, so intelligent,”Péan said. “I had to really take a moment to think about what had happened and h …

11.17.16

Changing the Planet (And The Seafood Menu)

Bren Smith is the founder of GreenWave, an organization dedicated to restoring oceans, mitigating climate change and creating jobs via ocean farming of sea greens and shellfish. We spoke with Bren and his newest board member Mike Shim about why a ‘blue …

10.5.16

The Secret Ingredient in Patagonia’s New Craft Beer

Patagonia has already mastered the puffy and successfully launched a line of sustainable foods and snacks. Now it wants to bring its Earth-first manufacturing philosophy to craft brewing, adding the first beer to its Patagonia Provisions lineup: Long R …

9.27.16

Social Entrepreneurship = The New Black

Greed is good. Who cares about the rest? Luckily, that way of thinking is outdated thanks to the rise of social entrepreneurship worldwide. Focusing on the triple bottom line (people, planet, and profit) companies are now looking to create value for al …

9.20.16

Don’t Feel So Guilty About Plastic

They’re made from non-renewable resources, they’re used only once but take centuries to break down, and all too often, they’re not recycled. There’s no shortage of reasons to ban the plastic bottle. But given their ubiquity, that’s not going to happen …

9.14.16

B Corp Spotlight: GO Box

The dark side of Portland’s legendary food cart ecosystem are the thousands of plastic, paper, and styrofoam food containers that are tossed into the trash every day. Laura Weiss, founder of GO Box, is doing her part to make that ecosystem a bit health …

7.22.16

Young Entrepreneurs Take Bite Out Of Hunger

How can 50 million Americans face hunger and not know where their next meal is coming from while 40 percent of food gets wasted? Millennial social entrepreneurs are cooking up solutions. Rachel Sumekh, 24, co-founded Swipe Out Hunger, which allows coll …

7.6.16

Conscious Capitalism: More Than Just Profit Making

The Social Enterprise Summit 2016 on the topic ‘Doing Business with a Conscience’ was held in Mumbai on July 1. The summit brought together civil society leaders, social enterprises, and corporates on a common platform which included names like Raj Sis …

6.21.16

Kickstarter Did Something Tech Startups Never Do

In early March, Kickstarter quietly sent shareholders a dividend. In the wider world of business, such an action would be unremarkable. More than 80 percent of the companies in the S&P 500 pay dividends, and many smaller companies do, too. But divv …

6.15.16

Lessons From a Social Entrepreneur

As a kid growing up in South India, I had a dream. When I saw fellow humans seeking alms at traffic lights, I always felt that an opportunity for steady income would extricate them out of poverty. In my naive mind, I had implicitly assumed that the opp …

6.9.16

Talking Clean Energy

I (Richard Branson) spent a fascinating 24 hours in San Francisco last week – prior to the start of the Clean Energy Ministerial meetings – talking with fellow members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition (including Microsoft founder, Bill Gates) and E …

5.24.16

Transforming Business Culture

Forming a culture that enables an employee to understand what sustainability means for both the organization and his or her role within it is necessary in order to deeply embed sustainability. Yet culture is difficult to define and often described simp …

5.17.16

Millennial Yogi Transforming The Trucking Industry

In 2008, Jann Hedrick, a long haul trucker, went to a clinic for his biannual physical. He’d just finished a grueling round-trip drive between Florida and California and when the nurse took his blood pressure it was dangerously high. He faced hospitali …

5.11.16

Social Entrepreneur Offers 5 Tips For Impact

Septuagenarian Tom Chappell, founder of Tom’s of Maine, the natural toothpaste company that became a national phenomenon and was sold to Colgate Palmolive in 2006 for $100 million, is up to good again with Ramblers Way Farm, Inc. The new $1 million rev …

4.26.16

Conscious Capitalism: Evolving Business

From April 12 through April 14, hundreds of professionals from across the world came together to deepen their practical application of conscious capitalism (CC). Conscious capitalism exists to utilize business to elevate humanity. Raj Sisodia is a dist …

3.2.16

Social Purpose vs. Benefit Corporations

Corporate lawyers often react negatively to benefit corporations. “I thought the idea was kooky at the first meeting,” says William Clark, a partner at Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath. “The law is impractical and unworkable,” says Mich …

1.29.16

How to Do More Social Good in 2016

As a B Corporation, my company is focused on doing well by doing good — it’s part of our company DNA and is how we do business each and every day. While our mission to create cleaner and healthier environments for our employees and clients is deeply e …

1.7.16

30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs

After Christopher Gray, 24, earned enough scholarship awards to fund his entire Drexel University education (and then some), he knew he wanted to pay it forward. Today, the Scholly cofounder and CEO is using a simple app to help 600,000 people and coun …

1.6.16

7 Benefits for B-Corp Startups

More entrepreneurs want to be socially responsible these days, but fear a negative impact on profits, growth, and the ability to find an investor. In the short run, there are real costs associated with the “triple bottom line” of maximizing profit, peo …

12.22.15

5 Steps to Find More Purpose in Your Work

Today’s workforce wants it all: Earn a good living, make the world a better place, report to good managers, and feel purpose in their work. Unfortunately, finding said job is much harder than it sounds, and that’s a big part of the reason why over 68% …

12.17.15

Toms Shoes + Conscious Companies

Toms Shoes is now a social-impact investor. The apparel brand, which pioneered a controversial business model that blends profit and philanthropy, announced earlier this week the launch of the Toms Entrepreneurship Fund, an investment arm aimed at for- …

12.11.15

B Corp: The New Standard For Business

For Jay Coen Gilbert, it felt like someone took a wrecking ball to his dream. American entrepreneur Gilbert and two college friends launched AND 1 in 1993. By the time Gilbert decided to sell the basketball apparel business in 2005 so he could move on …

12.8.15

Do Good with DoneGood

Choosing where to eat or what store to shop at can be difficult if you want to make sure the company you’re purchasing from is green, or owned by minorities, or is locally sourced. It would take research to find out what businesses are friendly to the …

11.12.15

Sustainable Packaging = More Sales

  Not long ago, advertising products on their eco-friendliness only connected with a small, dedicated set of buyers. A wider awareness of human impact on our fragile ecological state changed all that. Over the course of the past decade or so, the …