Feel Good’s Grill Cheese Model Slices Out Education and Entrepreneurship

At college campuses, FeelGood creates grilled-cheese social entrepreneurs who make money slinging melty deliciousness and then give a portion of their proceeds to fight hunger. In 2006, Walter and Apud launched FeelGood as a nonprofit, allowing students at universities across the country to open FeelGood grilled cheese delis. All the cash that the students raise goes to two organizations–The Hunger Project and CHOICE Humanitarian–that focus on ending hunger through sustainable practices.” We don’t [work with] too many organizations because we want to be able to have an impact,” explains Kern Beare, director of the Changemaker Academy at FeelGood. Students don’t just run … Continue reading Feel Good’s Grill Cheese Model Slices Out Education and Entrepreneurship

“Who Made Your Pants?” Don’t ‘Sweat’ it; This UK Co. Up-cycles & Provides Great Working Conditions for Women

Lingerie and Human Rights? Who Made Your Pants Founder Becky John, found a way to marry two of her long time passions, by taking sweat shops out of the under garment production equation. When you ask yourself ‘Who made your pants?,’ if they are indeed from this UK Company, you can be assured they were stiched up in the Southamption factory’s cooperative, where jobs are being created “for women who’ve had a hard time.” To top (or bottom) it off, the Company is removing items from the  waste stream, by up-cycling the fashion industry’s un-used end of season remnants and designs. Finally, all profits … Continue reading “Who Made Your Pants?” Don’t ‘Sweat’ it; This UK Co. Up-cycles & Provides Great Working Conditions for Women

Clever Nuns ‘Use the System’ to Crusade for Corporate Responsibility, as reported by Gothamist

The nuns, led by Director of Corporate Responsibility Sister Norah Nash, have pleaded their case for protecting consumers, lowering executive pay and donating to the poor to executives since 1980. Goldman Sachs, McDonalds, Wells Fargo and BP are among the many companies who have gotten an earful. “We want social returns, as well as financial ones,” Sister Nora says. “When you look at the major financial institutions, you have to realize there is greed involved.” To get the executives to listen to them, the Sisters purchase the minimum amount of stock ($2,000) so they can submit resolutions during shareholders meetings. … Continue reading Clever Nuns ‘Use the System’ to Crusade for Corporate Responsibility, as reported by Gothamist

Brown Signs Law for B Corp’s in California…Will Venture Capital Follow?

As reported in the October 10, 2011 L.A. Times, Governor Brown has signed California Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s, Bill AB 361 into law, allowing B Corporation to join Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia, in legally operating in the State of California. Without this legal protection, says B Lab Co-Founder Jay Coen Gilbert, by prioritizing social (environmental and other sustainable) outcomes, California B Corporations were operating in what could have been considered opposition to the fiduciary duty to “maximize value to shareholders even if that comes at the expense of workers or the community or the environment.” Gilbert also notes … Continue reading Brown Signs Law for B Corp’s in California…Will Venture Capital Follow?

Let There Be Light (For the 3M People in the Philippines Without Electricity)…In a Soda Bottle?

Light…one Litre at a time. Take a used Soda bottle, add Water, Bleach and My Shelter Foundation’s Illac Diaz, and you get 50w of daytime light for 5 years. As reported by Brynn Opsahl, on the Global Envision website- using an MIT student design, Mr. Diaz has brought light to some 300,000 Phillipinos who had no, or illegal and unsafe access to electricity- without using electricity or any other non-sustainable energy The bottle is inserted and secured through a hole in the ceiling, and allows sunlight to refract, bringing 360 degrees of light into the room below. The design/application is: Sustainable Made from Recycled … Continue reading Let There Be Light (For the 3M People in the Philippines Without Electricity)…In a Soda Bottle?

New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

“The findings are detailed in Fightback Britain, a report based on the largest analysis of the social enterprise sector in the UK, supported by the Co-operative Bank.  It reveals that social enterprises, which exist to benefit society and reinvest their profits, are twice as likely as mainstream businesses to have reported growth in the last year. They are also more likely to be led by women, young people, and those from minority ethnic groups. Research uncovers ‘start-up explosion’ in Britain’s most deprived communities – highlights from the report include: 39% of all social enterprises are based and working in the most deprived communities … Continue reading New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

Can Pay Toilets Save Lives?

….the transformation, restoration and sustainability of social dignity in our ever growing urban population. Providing pay toilets in schools, slums and cities may not seem like a revolutionary idea. But when you consider that 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation and that 1.5 million children perish annually as a result- and that 2008 marked the year when 50% of the population resides in cities (which could rise to 5 billion in 2030 per UNFPA)- it’s literally a life saving concept with great future implications. This is why, Ecotact, provider of the Ikotoilet, describes its mission as going beyond … Continue reading Can Pay Toilets Save Lives?