Through our Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration, we work with for-profit companies that have a social, environmental, and/or cultural mission that strengthens their financial margin.
But what does that mean, exactly?
It means that impact is not a secondary benefit to their work, but rather a primary profit driver.
It means that when these companies do well, they make the world a better place.
It means that they are incorporating fair trade, sustainable production methods into their supply chains. They are paying their workers fair living wages and hiring employees locally. They are creating sustainable opportunities for communities in the Global South to build livelihoods that enable them to break their dependency on philanthropic handouts. They are providing employment opportunities for women and education opportunities for youth. They are exploring clean energy technologies, improving access to clean water and sanitation services, reducing waste, addressing food security, and increasing access to financial services.
And they are doing all of this while providing products and services that people value.
Consider the following companies:
Manta Biofuel is a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm that has developed a three-step method for producing renewable, carbon neutral crude oil from algae: grow, harvest, and convert. Manta Biofuel is one of our 2016 finalists.
Drink to Life (known as Bebe Burkinabe in Burkina Faso) creates and distributes vitamin fortified liquid and powder drinks to support healthy pregnancies and child development in West Africa. Drink to Life is one of our 2016 finalists.
Kulisha is a revolutionary, for-profit aquafeed company that produces a commercial grade aquafeed from insects and caters to small-scale aquaculture farmers in Kenya. Kulisha is one of our 2016 finalists.
Saathi has developed a fully eco-friendly and biodegradable sanitary pad with an absorbent core made from waste banana tree fiber. Saathi received an Honorable Mention in our 2016 program.
Student Veteran Housing Association of America serves the veteran students who served our nation by providing transition education and resilience training in a supportive residential community to promote successful military-to-student-to-civilian reintegration.
African Chicken fights hunger, poverty and unemployment to women in rural Tanzania through the sale of chickens.
To see a list of the companies we’ve invited to participate in our Fall Cohort of our Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration, click here.