Discover 4 companies demonstrating how impact entrepreneurship can create lasting impact for people in the community. These entrepreneurs are leading the way in solving problems to lessen inequality in our society or creating sustainable solutions for our planet.
Whether by improving the health and wellbeing of community members, expanding access to high quality work conditions or advancing the economic participation of women, impact enterprises set themselves apart from other businesses by being ethical and transparent in their operations and by incorporating meaningful impact into their core mission.
Although these impact enterprises have wildly different causes to tackle, they all share one thing in common, they are collectively working towards inclusive growth and progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In essence, recognizing that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Discover the impact entrepreneurs transforming the way we do business, the way we work and the way we consume goods and services.
Australian company creating 100% plant based snacks and wrappers
We Bar None is the first Victorian business to use 100% home compostable wrappers on its energy bars. These wrappers can be added to home compost the same way you add in vegie scraps or eggshells and effectively make the product zero waste, which is a great initiative to reduce the amount of waste currently going to landfill.
Company profits are reinvested to empower women in northern Uganda
Kua is a Sydney, Australia based social enterprise that sources and centres its circular, fair coffee growing operations in Uganda, Africa. With a focus on regeneration, not waste, Kua distributes reusable canisters to business customers and redistributes its coffee grounds to be reused in community gardens and in the creation of other products including a sustainable handwash.
An ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty
Able is based in Nashville in the US and partners with global manufacturers in Brazil, India, Ethiopia and Mexico to produce ethical fashion that economically empowers, rather than exploits the women creating the goods. Able invests in, trains and educates women so that they can thrive and break the cycle of poverty. Able has developed its own evaluation system to monitor the supply chain of its manufacturing partners to ensure the women creating goods are not adversely impacted through their work.
Committed to exceptional quality, ethical factories and radical transparency
Everlane is an apparel and accessories company located across the US, with global manufacturing partners that pass a compliance audit to reach their ethical factory status. Everlane reveals the true costs behind all of its products and offers this information to its customers, along with clothing that comes without the traditional retail markup.
Impact entrepreneurs are developing some of the best ideas and taking action to tackle social and environmental problems, through the everyday operations and ethos of their businesses. If you are interested to learn more about how you can become an impact entrepreneur and work on issues you care about, contact us to discuss your options. We offer workshops, an online Academy, business coaching and networking events for conscious entrepreneurs.
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