social enterprise https://business-spirit.news/ en Creating a powerful unified voice of impact-driven leaders https://business-spirit.news/news/creating-a-powerful-unified-voice-of-impact-driven-leaders <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Creating a powerful unified voice of impact-driven leaders</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/creating-a-powerful-unified-voice-of-impact-driven-leaders" data-a2a-title="Creating a powerful unified voice of impact-driven leaders"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-economy" hreflang="en">Social Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-entrepreneurship" hreflang="en">Social Entrepreneurship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">social enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-entrepreneurs" hreflang="en">social entrepreneurs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Creating a powerful unified voice of impact-driven leaders" title="Creating a powerful unified voice of impact-driven leaders" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/968.jpg?itok=HwM_i_pF" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">&quot;I see most often that social innovators are ordinary people brave enough to do extraordinary things.&quot; Fireside chat with Suzanne Wisse-Huiskes, CEO of Euclid Network</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2857 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2858 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>"During my years living in Nigeria, I have learned that even if entrepreneurs have great ideas, they need to have a supportive ecosystem to flourish. They cannot operate in a vacuum simply because they rely on other systems, like legislation, place of sales, and even research.</p> <p>At <a href="https://euclidnetwork.eu/" target="_blank">Euclid Network</a>, the European Network for social enterprises and impact-driven leaders, we work with the front runners in the social enterprise space in Europe. Yet, we still need to build up and strengthen an ecosystem that represents them and changes the environment where they operate.</p> <blockquote> <p>In many ways, social enterprises are raising the bar for creating innovative solutions that have a positive impact.</p> </blockquote> <p>They have the power to transform industries and inspire change in various ways. I see most often that social innovators are ordinary people brave enough to do extraordinary things. They are taking the energy to work hard for a long time, usually at least five years from the idea phase, before they can see the actual impact of their work.</p> <p>To get through challenges, social entrepreneurs need to be persistent, resilient and creative, and I think what they teach us is that every business has the power to change the world if they want to.</p> <p>In order to do that, they definitely need every support they can get along the way. That is where I see the relevance of our work through our community with members based in 21 European countries, including social enterprise support organisations like incubators, national networks, research centres, and universities.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2861 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2859 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/970.png" width="293" height="286" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Top 100 Women in social enterprise - initiative of the Euclid Network</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2860 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A great project that highlights the power of collaboration is the ‘<a href="https://euclidnetwork.eu/portfolio-posts/euclid-network-top-100-women-in-social-enterprise/" target="_blank">Top 100 Women in social enterprise</a>’ initiative. We launched it in 2021 to celebrate female social entrepreneurs and put their journey and achievements in the spotlight while inspiring and connecting them.</p> <p>We have two categories for application: Social Entrepreneur and Social Innovator.</p> <p>We had little funding for this campaign but felt the need to emphasise the work of these fantastic women. We ended up with a project that all my team loved from start to finish and accomplished more through collaboration than we could have imagined.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2864 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>For me, this was such an amazing experience discovering and sharing so many impact stories. It has also proved not to underestimate the power we all have to challenge and change the status quo we live in.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2863"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2862 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The call for nominations is open for 2022 as we aim to expand the reach of inspirational stories of female changemakers.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2865 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Social enterprises are setting an example for other mainstream enterprises that things can be done differently. They also provide new business models that were not there before, offering alternative products and services to consumers with a unique value proposition.</p> <p>For instance, if we look at sustainable fashion, there is a lot of learning there that corporates could take on or further explore to set new standards for doing business. For a long time, we have believed that consumers can make their own choices, and once there is a more sustainable product or service, they will ultimately choose that.</p> <p>But it is not that simple, given the overload of information and the fact that these goods are still more expensive than the non-sustainable products. Now we can see the role of corporations through their supply chains and also the importance of having supportive legislation.</p> <p>However, the lack of awareness is precisely one of the main barriers to changing business as usual, and that is one of our key focus areas. There are still many misleading assumptions around social entrepreneurship, and our job includes eliminating these assumptions and making sure that we have clear communication towards different stakeholders.</p> <blockquote> <p>When we talk about social enterprise, we actually speak about many different shapes and sizes and even legal forms depending on the countries we are looking at. So what we rather talk about is their work, activities, and impacts.</p> </blockquote> <p>One example of why representation is so critical became visible when governments worked on action plans for COVID recovery. Social enterprises were left out of these plans for simple reasons. Underrepresentation and the absence of clear legal structures to identifying social enterprises are not helping when it comes to high-level decision-making.</p> <p>This is where we need to work hard for better recognition and creating a powerful unified voice that cannot be ignored. A few important and imminent opportunities would include better support from governments; more visibility for the sector; a better understanding of the ‘impact first’ social enterprise business model versus the traditional business model where financial returns come before social and environmental impact; a more supportive legal and policy environment; more aligned funding instruments.</p> <p>That is what we want to do at <a href="https://euclidnetwork.eu/" target="_blank">Euclid Network</a>, and that is what we are fighting to create more opportunities and allocate more available funding for this sector.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2867"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2866 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>I think we need to step over our own shadows as we operate in a tiny bubble and reach out to stakeholders who could help us. Putting aside differences is part of the process, and honestly, we simply do not have the time to bicker amongst ourselves.</p> <p>We have a bigger fish to fry, which is unlocking the economic potential of social enterprises.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2868 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>I trust that our work can activate stakeholders to work for common goals and not just talk about leading the change or creating change but actually doing it. When I see my team at work putting their hearts into our mission and collaborating with our partners, it makes me believe that we can turn things around as long as we stick together."</p> <p>...</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2870"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2869 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Read the full interview with more insights in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/winter-2021-22-edition" target="_blank">Winter 2021/22 issue </a>of the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine &gt;&gt;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. January</div> Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:03:47 +0000 Anonymous 215 at https://business-spirit.news Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-charity-and-community-sector-calls-for-action-in-pandemic-recovery <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-charity-and-community-sector-calls-for-action-in-pandemic-recovery" data-a2a-title="Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" 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class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/non-profit" hreflang="en">Non-profit</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/campaign" hreflang="en">Campaign</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery" title="Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/910.jpg?itok=2FFk0duh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">A public awareness campaign was launched to promote the value and impact of the charity and community sector in Ireland.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2773 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2774 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Charities and community groups in Ireland have come together to launch the <a href="https://www.weact.ie/" target="_blank">We Act</a> national campaign to put community recovery in the spotlight for the Covid-19 aftermath and promote the value and impact of this sector nationwide.</p> <p>The public awareness campaign was launched on 27th October, revealing the results of a survey conducted in March 2021 amongst 1000 people aiming to gain insights on the perceptions, experience and understanding of the charity and community sector.</p> <p>“The Covid-19 crisis brought a renewed public focus on the work of our sector. From support lines for older people to laptops for children in emergency accommodation, when we saw a need in our communities, we responded to it.</p> <blockquote> <p>The pandemic demonstrated that – in times of real need – charities and community groups are at the forefront of our national response,”</p> </blockquote> <p>said Sarah Monaghan, We Act spokesperson and Campaigns Manager at <a href="https://www.wheel.ie/" target="_blank">The Wheel</a>, Ireland’s national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2777 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2775 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/911.jpg" width="800" height="476" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Launch of the We Act campaign in Ireland to promote the value and impact of the charity and community sector. Image: Naoise Culhane</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2776 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>There are 34,000 organisations in this sector, employing almost 165,000 people and further 1 million volunteers.</p> <p>Considering the sector's weight, organisers hope to bridge the gap between some of the views raised in the research and create awareness of the value and impact of charities and community groups in Ireland.</p> <p>Some of the key findings of the public survey:</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2778 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>70% of people believe the lives of people in their communities would be impacted if charities disappeared overnight. Still, just 8% believe they interacted with a charity or community group in the past year.</li> <li>62% think charities are more likely to be responsive in their services than the public sector, but only 54% think the staff in the charity sector should be paid similarly to those in the public sector.</li> <li>70% believe an organisation dealing with homelessness is a charity, while only 8% think an arts organisation is a charity. In reality, both can be charities.</li> <li>Over 40% believe those who serve on charity boards are paid a salary. But, in fact, charity board members are unpaid volunteers, and the Charities Regulator stipulates explicitly that board members cannot accept a salary for their role.</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>The report also found that the public very highly trusts charities and community groups as they were the third most trusted institution in Ireland after schools and An Garda Síochána.</p> </blockquote> <p>While 73% of the public trust charities and community groups in general, this drops to just 60% for large organisations compared to 78% for small organisations.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2781 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2779 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/912.jpg" width="502" height="700" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The We Act campaign will run over the next three years. Image: Naoise Culhane</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2780 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Monaghan adds to the survey results: “We saw a shift in values towards equality, justice and supports for the most vulnerable in our communities and across the globe. Now, there needs to be a concentrated effort to ensure the innovation, goodwill and community cohesion continues as we recover from the pandemic.”</p> <p>The We Act campaign will run over the next three years to address the challenges uncovered in the research.</p> <p>The main focus in these years will be to support the growth of vibrant and sustainable community life and strengthen the charity and community sector while encouraging more members of the public to engage and participate by volunteering, working, and donating.</p> <p>The campaign is funded through a grant from RTÉ Does Comic Relief that is distributed by <a href="https://www.communityfoundation.ie/" target="_blank">The Community Foundation for Ireland</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2782 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland, said, “The Community Foundation for Ireland works with and supports more than 5,000 voluntary, community and charitable organisations.</p> <blockquote> <p>There are a million stories of the positive impact they have on families, homes and individuals across Ireland, often out of public view.</p> </blockquote> <p>We want to see more people working and staying in the sector, more people volunteering and engaging at a community level, more people knowing what services are out there should they need them, and more people feeling part of something positive and bigger than themselves.”</p> <p>A coalition of charities and community groups, led by Boardmatch, Charities Institute Ireland, the Disability Federation of Ireland, Dóchas, The Wheel and Volunteer Ireland, manages the <a href="https://www.weact.ie/" target="_blank">We Act campaign</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Naoise Culhane, Photographer</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. October</div> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 16:17:38 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 207 at https://business-spirit.news €800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland https://business-spirit.news/news/eu800-000-social-enterprise-start-up-fund-is-open-for-innovative-projects-in-ireland <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/eu800-000-social-enterprise-start-up-fund-is-open-for-innovative-projects-in-ireland" data-a2a-title="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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href="/tag/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/funding" hreflang="en">Funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/funding" hreflang="en">Funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland" title="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/727.jpg?itok=_uoDtJqh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">A new support package with grants and training is available for early-stage social enterprises with a clear ambition to address a critical social issue in Ireland.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2202 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2203 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Minister for <a href="https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-rural-and-community-development/" target="_blank">Rural and Community Development in Ireland</a>, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced the launch of the €800,000 <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/current_fund/social-enterprise-start-up-fund/" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Start-up Fund</a> on July 15th 2021.</p> <p>The purpose of this specific support package is to offer cash and training programmes for social enterprises to realise their potential, expand their businesses and create jobs.</p> <p>Minister Humphreys said at the launch that the Fund would have a two-year lifespan to provide small grants and other business supports tailored to help early-stage social enterprises overcome challenges when they are starting their projects.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Twenty-five social enterprises from across Ireland will receive cash grants of between €9,500 and €12,000, as well as access to a six-month tailored training programme.”</p> </blockquote> <p>“The programme itself comes under the Dormant Accounts Fund in my Department. It will be delivered by Rethink Ireland, who have a great track record in administering supports to social enterprises.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2215 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Deirdre Mortell, CEO of <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/" target="_blank">Rethink Ireland</a>, a national organisation supporting Ireland’s best social innovations through various financial and business supports, welcomed the announcement.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2206 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2205 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/729.jpg" width="800" height="667" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland; Image: Rethink Ireland</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2204 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>''At Rethink Ireland we believe that social enterprises can play a pivotal role in supporting the transition to a more inclusive, sustainable and green economy.</p> <p>We're delighted to be partnering with the Department of Rural and Community Development to provide much-needed start-up funding and supports as part of today's commitment to the Social Enterprise sector in Ireland,” adds Mortell.</p> <p>Up to 25 social enterprises will receive cash grants of €9,000 each in 2021, and all successful applicants will win a place on the National Accelerator Programme managed by Rethink Ireland.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2216 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The programme will empower the most innovative and impactful start-up social enterprises across Ireland to design a competitive business plan, expand their network, increase financial sustainability and communicate their vision and mission to a broader audience.</p> <p>Applicants must address a critical social issue with an innovative solution in an Irish context and have the potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland.</p> <p>Ideally, projects should be beyond the idea phase, presenting some market research, at least a prototype, and a minimum amount of sales activity.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2218"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2217 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Applications are open from July 15th until August 3rd 2021, to not-for-profit nature organisations based in Ireland.</p> <p>Applicants are invited to complete a short <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/current_fund/social-enterprise-start-up-fund/" target="_blank">online application </a>form.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2219 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>An application webinar clinic is held to support potential applicants with any questions they may have on Tuesday, July 20th, from 11 am to 12 pm.</p> <p>Awardees will be selected from the shortlist of projects which have met the required criteria.</p> <p>Rethink Ireland created the Fund in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.</p> <p>According to Rethink Ireland’s research, this type of funding and support is critical to ensuring social enterprises have the best chance of reaching sustainability and maximising impact in their communities.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/dWYU3i-mqEo" target="_blank">Annie Spratt on Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. July</div> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:55:27 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 165 at https://business-spirit.news Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-social-enterprise-launched-online-shop-for-preloved-kids-clothes-to-aid-local-causes-and <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-social-enterprise-launched-online-shop-for-preloved-kids-clothes-to-aid-local-causes-and" data-a2a-title="Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" 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alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">social enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/fashion" hreflang="en">Fashion</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste" title="Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/626.jpg?itok=hNXx2VqO" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Newly launched website sells used kids’ fashion items in Ireland to save them from landfill and help raise funds for local charities, schools and clubs.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2045 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2046 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>COVID-19 has closed charity shops and other discount outlets; however, it has not stopped children from growing.</p> <p>Nancy Ward, former PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) Chair and a lifelong fundraiser,  saw the need for COVID-friendly fundraising in Ireland and created <a href="https://kidsklothes.ie/" target="_blank">Kids Klothes</a> social enterprise to close the gap.</p> <p>They launched their website to sell preloved children’s clothes to aid local charities while offering affordable buying options for parents to cut costs and help reduce waste.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2049 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2047 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/627.png" width="588" height="616" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Nancy Ward, Founder of Kids Klothes Irish social enterprise</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2048 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“Most kids’ clothes fashion trends don’t change that much.</p> <p>These items involve bright or pastel colours with fun animal and or cartoon images.</p> <p>These pieces will always be ‘cool’ to wear.</p> <p>And retro is always in fashion.</p> <p>This idea has been in the making for a while, and we are thrilled to swing open the doors, virtually of course, to welcome and support our customers,” says Nancy Ward, founder of Kids Klothes.</p> <p>Aimed at Irish families, they encourage people to get involved and raise funds for local charities, schools, clubs through collecting and selling kids clothes and shoes.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2050 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>They provide support in creating promotional materials for fundraisers and take care of the collection and sales and give back 50% of proceeds on items sold monthly for up to 6 months.</p> <p>All items available online have been donated to the shop, and to ensure safety, they are kept for a two-week ‘COVID cool off’ period.</p> <p>There is a great variety of options from ‘new with tags still on’ which have never been worn; ‘like new’ that was worn once or twice, and ‘preloved’ items which show a bit of wear but have more life to be lived.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Preloved is part of a sustainable movement to help save our planet from the deluge of clothing that goes into landfills each year.</p> </blockquote> <p>Kids Klothes is allowing those clothes to have a second or third go at life.</p> <p>The additional benefit of buying from us is that part of the proceeds goes to a local club, school, or charity for their work to support children.</p> <p>We look forward to expanding the number of organisations we can support with their fundraising efforts as Kids Klothes continues to grow,“ Wards explains.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2054 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Parents can easily find quality items, including lots of big brands, and there seems to be something for everyone with more than 600 items listed online and more being added daily.</p> <p>There is a range of sizes in clothes and shoes from 0 to 12 years, and prices reflect the condition of the item and the brand with prices ranging from €1 to €15 per item.</p> <p>This option is great for everybody, those who clear out the wardrobe, those we fundraise for, and those who need to purchase items at value pricing while saving the planet from a sustainability perspective.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:9px">Headline image: <strong><a href="https://www.pexels.com/@maxschwoelk?utm_content=attributionCopyText&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pexels">Max Schwoelk</a></strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-bear-plush-toy-beside-pair-of-toddler-s-brown-and-white-shoes-on-ground-in-selective-focus-photography-1842182/?utm_content=attributionCopyText&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pexels">Pexels</a></strong></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. May</div> Mon, 17 May 2021 10:54:12 +0000 Anonymous 148 at https://business-spirit.news Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovation-tournament-offers-eu75-000-prize-money-for-the-best-projects <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovation-tournament-offers-eu75-000-prize-money-for-the-best-projects" data-a2a-title="Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">social enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/support" hreflang="en">Support</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-entrepreneurship" hreflang="en">Social Entrepreneurship</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects" title="Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/576.jpg?itok=aSKy0odL" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social Innovation Tournament recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1820 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1824 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://institute.eib.org/social-innovation-tournament-2/" target="_blank">Social Innovation Tournament</a> (SIT) is the flagship initiative of the<a href="https://www.eib.org/en/index.htm" target="_blank"> EIB Group</a> (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund) Institute’s Social Programme, which recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs.</p> <p>It promotes innovative ideas and rewards initiatives that contribute to creating social, ethical or environmental impact.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1823 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1821 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Typically, it covers projects in education, healthcare, the environment, circular economy, inclusion, job creation, ageing and many more.</p> <p>To mark the tenth anniversary of the SIT, winning projects in the General Category and Special Category will be awarded a first or second prize of €75 000 and €30 000 respectively, and an Audience Choice Award of €10 000.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1822"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hn3CHTZ8ZUo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social Innovation Tournament</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1825 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Two projects will be selected to attend <a href="https://www.insead.edu/executive-education/entrepreneurship-family-business/social-entrepreneurship-programme" target="_blank">INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship programme</a> in Fontainebleau, France.</p> <p>The prizes are awarded by a jury of specialists from the academic and business worlds, while the Audience Choice will be awarded by the public, based on their votes.</p> <blockquote> <p>In 2021, the Special Category Prizes will go to projects focusing on sustainable living.</p> </blockquote> <p>The tournament runs in two rounds, and 15 finalists will be selected to participate in a tailor-made training programme that includes bootcamps, e-training on pitching, and one-to-one coaching sessions.</p> <p>These programmes aim to prepare entrepreneurs to present their proposals at the Final Event to a jury of social innovation specialists.</p> <p>The Final Event will be held on 7 October 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.</p> <p>Finalists from all SIT editions automatically become members of the SIT Alumni Network, where they can benefit from numerous training and networking opportunities from investor relations to conference participation.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1828 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1826 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/577.jpg" width="600" height="400" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Category winner 2020, BeeOmonitoring project uses bees as drones to collect billion of environmental samples. Image:Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1827 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In 2020 fifteen finalists had been selected out of an outstanding group of 216 candidates in 31 countries.</p> <p>General category winners were <a href="https://www.navilens.com/" target="_blank">Navilens</a>, from Spain, and <a href="https://beeodiversity.com/en/" target="_blank">BeeOmonitoring</a>, from Belgium, both presenting innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.</p> <p>The Spanish social enterprise wants to make cities smarter and more inclusive by empowering visually impaired people with a cutting-edge technology based on a proprietary computer vision algorithm.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1829 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Belgian project is focused on combining nature with technology.</p> <p>They use bees as drones to collect billion of environmental samples on large surfaces and use software to analyse the data to indicate the level of pollution and detect biodiversity.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1830 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In 2020 two social enterprises were the recipients of the Special Category award.</p> <p>The Dutch team of <a href="https://sponsh.co/" target="_blank">Sponsh</a>, developed a temperature-sensitive smart material that produces water from the air, using the natural cycles of day and night.</p> <p>Their first products are water-producing tree guards for reforestation projects, to help young trees survive their first harsh summers.</p> <p>A CleanTech startup in Sweden, <a href="https://plasticfri.com/" target="_blank">Plasticfri</a> came up with the vision to end the plastic pollution catastrophe by developing a biomaterial that looks and works like conventional plastics, but it is 100% biodegradable, compostable and non-toxic.</p> <p>The public has chosen the <a href="https://project-hera.com/" target="_blank">Hera mobile application</a>, from Turkey, for the Audience Choice Award in 2020 for their solution to increase access to preventative health services, related to vaccine-preventable diseases and maternal health among Syrian refugees in Turkey.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1832"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1831 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The deadline for submitting project proposals for 2021 is 3 March, and finalists will be announced on 15 May.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1833 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:9px">Headline image: Pexels</span></p> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Award <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. February</div> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 10:20:56 +0000 Anonymous 130 at https://business-spirit.news Social Innovators in Dublin received €50,000 funding to realise greater impact https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovators-in-dublin-received-eu50-000-funding-to-realise-greater-impact <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Social Innovators in Dublin received €50,000 funding to realise greater impact</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovators-in-dublin-received-eu50-000-funding-to-realise-greater-impact" data-a2a-title="Social Innovators in Dublin received €50,000 funding to realise greater impact"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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hreflang="en">Award</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/dublin" hreflang="en">Dublin</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/awards" hreflang="en">Awards</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Social Innovators in Dublin received €50,000 funding to realise greater impact" title="Social Innovators in Dublin received €50,000 funding to realise greater impact" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/526.jpg?itok=lMXZEMHX" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Five social innovation projects received significant funding in Dublin to bring more benefits to communities and economy</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1610 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1611 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The annual Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards 2020 took place in early November, as a fully online ceremony in line with the Irish government Covid-restrictions.</p> <p>At the ceremony, five awardees received funding from a total pool of €50,000 along with supports which will assist their social enterprises in achieving a greater impact among the individuals and communities that they serve.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1614 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--25-75"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1612 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/527.png" width="945" height="945" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards 2020 </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1613 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu delivered the keynote address in which she praised the awardees:</p> <p>“This year’s Dublin City Social Enterprise awardees are actively and innovatively working to address inadequacies, contradictions and underlying issues within our city.</p> <blockquote> <p>They are delivering change, progress and hope to individuals and communities while also bringing about economic, community and policy benefits.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1615 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The social challenges that the awardees are seeking to address include: diversity, social inclusion, disability, unemployment, mental health, family support, old-age care, education and sustainability.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1617"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1616 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This year’s Dublin City Social Enterprise awardees:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://outhouse.ie/" target="_blank">Outhouse</a>, the LGBT Community Resource Centre.</li> <li>The <a href="https://www.opendoorsinitiative.ie/" target="_blank">Open Doors Initiative</a> provides opportunities to some of the marginalised members of the society.</li> <li><a href="https://mymind.org/" target="_blank">MyMind </a>has created a unique movement for community-based mental health services that work towards giving every person in Ireland equal access to mental health support early, affordably, directly, without stigma or delay.</li> <li>The <a href="https://www.thegreatcarecoop.ie/" target="_blank">Great Care Co-op</a> is Ireland's first ever carer-owned cooperative in home care.</li> <li><a href="https://recreate.ie/" target="_blank">ReCreate Ireland</a> is making art materials and educational supplies affordable and accessible to every sector of the community for all kinds of creative purposes.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1618 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Chair of the Dublin City Social Enterprise Committee and MC of the ceremony, Mary Mac Sweeney congratulated the awardees.</p> <p>She highlighted the importance of raising awareness of both the awardees and social enterprises in general. ‘It is so important that we collectively promote the significant impact that social enterprises deliver in local communities and economies. The awardees, along with an increasing and dynamic array of social enterprises in Dublin, are creating employment, opportunities and improvements where they are based’. said Mac Sweeney.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1621 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1619 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“This award is going to allow us to work with fifty Primary Schools within Dublin City.</p> <p>We are going to deliver fifty boxes packed full of materials directly to these schools, which will be accompanied by some creative consultation sessions.</p> <p>Schools will also get a full membership until the end of 2021 which will give them the chance to continue being creative with minimal environmental impact.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1620 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/528.jpeg" width="300" height="200" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Kevin McLoughlin, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Recreate Ireland</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1622 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>says Kevin McLoughlin, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Recreate Ireland, about what this award means to them.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards seeks to celebrate and support innovative social enterprises, highlighting their role in the city’s ecosystem.</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1625 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1623 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/529.jpg" width="500" height="375" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Great Care Co-op social enterprise - awardee of Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards 2020</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1624 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Aoife Smith, co-founder and director of Great Care Co-op social enterprise, explains how this award can open up new opportunities to create value in the community through their work.</p> <p>“We started off to support disadvantaged migrant women in home care and to create equal opportunities in this sector for all. We see that our way of operating will bring a real systemic change in the home care system in Ireland.</p> <p>With the financial support of this award, we will be able to set up a hub, which usually takes up to six months to sustain itself. This is going to be crucial for us in getting this model out there.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1628 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1626 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The programme and competition aim to increase awareness of the important contribution that social enterprises make to building communities, creating employment and developing the skills of the participants who get involved.</p> <p>The awards are funded by Dublin City Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development and are managed by Inner City Enterprise.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1627"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FxdA7ocbi4U?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1629 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>The funding awarded to social enterprises will allow them to develop their plans, activities further and bring benefits to more individuals and communities.</p> </blockquote> <p>The scheme was first established in 2015 through a collaboration between <a href="https://www.dublincity.ie/business" target="_blank">Dublin City Council</a>, <a href="https://innercityenterprise.com/" target="_blank">Inner City Enterprise</a> (ICE) and the <a href="https://www.localenterprise.ie/DublinCity/" target="_blank">Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City</a> to provide funding to kick-start the creation and development of social enterprises in Dublin City.</p> <p>This year’s award ceremony was part of a series - which represents Dublin's involvement in the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/european-social-economy-regions-2020_en" target="_blank">European Commission’s: European Social Economy Regions - 2020 Project</a>. The objective of the project is to build networks of Social Economy and Social Enterprise stakeholders and to raise awareness about the Social Economy at the regional and local level.</p> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. November</div> Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:31:39 +0000 Anonymous 119 at https://business-spirit.news Dutch social enterprises have a strong influence on building a new economy https://business-spirit.news/news/dutch-social-enterprises-have-a-strong-influence-on-building-a-new-economy <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Dutch social enterprises have a strong influence on building a new economy</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/dutch-social-enterprises-have-a-strong-influence-on-building-a-new-economy" data-a2a-title="Dutch social enterprises have a strong influence on building a new economy"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" 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title="Dutch social enterprises have a strong influence on building a new economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/522.jpg?itok=5nIzooaN" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social enterprises are pioneers in building a better economy in the Netherlands</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1591 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1592 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A new research report from <a href="https://www.social-enterprise.nl/english" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Netherland</a> revealed the pioneering role of mission-driven enterprises in the business community to facilitate a transition towards a more sustainable economy and contribute to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.</p> <p>The Transition Theory shows that small, innovative players – niche actors – are of crucial importance in accelerating the process of building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. Social enterprises – companies with a primarily social mission – are the pioneers in the transition to a new economy.</p> <p>Many social enterprises focus not only on the direct positive impact they create with their own product or service but also aim to influence other companies to act more sustainably.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1595 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1593 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <a href="https://www.social-enterprise.nl/application/files/4116/0499/5322/Social_Enterprises_as_influencers.pdf"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/523.jpg" width="800" height="495" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Study: Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community - image:Social Enterprise NL</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1594 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Social Enterprise Netherland (NL) has conducted the ‘<a href="https://www.social-enterprise.nl/application/files/4116/0499/5322/Social_Enterprises_as_influencers.pdf">Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community</a>’ research based on thorough academic literature research and inspiring examples from the Dutch social enterprise sector.</p> <p>The report found that there are three important ways in which social enterprises can influence the business community, which are at the core of their ‘model of influencing’:</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1599 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>1. ‘Raising the possible’ (showing that it is possible to do business sustainably),</p> <p>2. ‘Raising the desirable’ (showing that it is desirable to do business sustainably),</p> <p>3. ‘Raising the acceptable’ (showing that it is unacceptable not to do business sustainably).</p> <blockquote> <p>“People might think that social enterprises are very small as compared to the industry leaders. Can they really make a change?</p> </blockquote> <p>This report shows that they can actually play a crucial role in the transition of the business community towards creating a more sustainable economy, by showing that it is in fact possible to make a profit with purpose by disrupting the mainstream business as usual practices.” says Simone van Dijk Social, one of the researchers contributed to the report from Social Enterprise Netherland (NL).</p> <p>The ‘model of influencing’ describes eleven ‘influencing activities’: concrete strategies that social enterprises employ to influence. Different inspiring examples from the Dutch social enterprise sector illustrate these activities.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1602 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1600 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/524.jpg" width="800" height="800" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social enterprise Tony’s Chocolonely&#039;s mission statement: “Together we make 100% slave free the norm in chocolate” - Image: Tony’s Chocolonely&#039;</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1601 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>For example, social enterprise <a href="https://tonyschocolonely.com/uk/en" target="_blank">Tony’s Chocolonely</a> has a mission statement that goes beyond their products: “Together we make 100% slave free the norm in chocolate”. This explicit mention of changing the norm clearly references changes beyond Tony’s own chocolate bars.</p> <p>Their case shows that it is possible to make fair chocolate that has a positive impact on local communities and stimulates other chocolate-making companies to copy their methods through their Tony’s Open Chain platform.</p> <p>Albert Heijn, the largest retailer in the Netherlands, followed the example and became an official ‘mission ally’ for its private-label chocolate brand Delicata.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1603 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>"Real social entrepreneurs want systems to change, transitions that take years, and that can hurt. It is about operating radically differently.</p> </blockquote> <p>As a social entrepreneur, you should think about: where are you in that landscape, in the system? What do you want to change? Do you want to set up a whole new system, or turn the current system around? Is what you’re doing impactful, or are you merely limiting the damage?” says Arjen Boekhold, Game Changer Unltd., former Tony’s Chocolonely.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1604 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Another precedent showed by social enterprise <a href="https://frankabouttea.com/en/" target="_blank">Frank About Tea</a> when they published an ‘Open letter to the CEO of Unilever’ in the Dutch Financial Times.</p> <p>With this action, they actively raised awareness about the inequalities in the tea sector amongst consumers and professionals, stimulating them to hold companies accountable for their responsibility in the supply chain.</p> <p>Social enterprises can also contribute to raising official standards, such as voluntary industry agreements, certifications and even legislation, thereby making it unacceptable not to do business sustainably.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1607 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1605 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/525.png" width="560" height="560" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Fairphone, Dutch social enterprise challenging smartphone industry - image: Fairphone</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1606 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>For instance, <a href="https://www.fairphone.com/en/" target="_blank">Fairphone</a> is a social enterprise company which aims to develop smartphones that are designed and produced with minimal environmental impact.</p> <p>They are bringing together major industry players in the <a href="https://www.fairphone.com/en/2020/08/24/be-part-of-the-change-join-the-fair-cobalt-alliance/" target="_blank">Fair Cobalt Alliance</a> to jointly improve the conditions in which cobalt, an essential resource to produce smartphones, is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Our strength lies in giving an example with the product, with the service itself.</p> </blockquote> <p>[…] We have to accomplish, to prove, that a product or service like ours has a sustainable business case to put in the market, and develop a sourcing model,” says Monique Lempers, Impact Innovation Director at Fairphone. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1608 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The ‘Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community’ research shows that social enterprises – often relatively small players in their industries – can play a crucial role in the transition to a new economy.</p> <p>The results provide concrete tools to help social and other innovative companies from around the world accelerate the sustainability transitions in their industries through influencing.</p> <p>Simone van Dijk from Social Enterprise NL explains further the relevance of their research:</p> <p>“We conducted this research because we found there was still little known about the way social enterprises influence the broader business community – even when this is often at the core of a social enterprise’s mission.</p> <blockquote> <p>We hope that the findings in this report do not only help value-driven enterprises to see and enhance their influencing role, but also show corporates the relevance of (working together with) social enterprises.</p> </blockquote> <p>It also shows the importance of funding long term systems change, stimulate researchers to investigate this further, and help support organisations such as ours to support their members to unlock business potentials through their influencing role.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1597"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1596 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The recently released <a href="https://www.social-enterprise.nl/nieuws-en-evenementen/actueel/nieuws/sociale-ondernemingen-financieel-gezond-maar-hard-getroffen-door-corona" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Monitor 2020 </a>also showed that 96% of Dutch social enterprises actively aims to influence other organisations. The Social Enterprise Monitor is the largest annual survey of social enterprises in the Netherlands, carried out by Social Enterprise Netherland (NL) in collaboration with multiple partners and with the support of PwC.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1609 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Social Enterprise NL is a national membership body that represents, connects and supports the growing community of social enterprises in The Netherlands with over 400 members to date.</p> <p>Their mission is to build an economy that works for all people: circular, inclusive and poverty-free. The organisation offers its members different kinds of business support and works on a more favourable ecosystem for social entrepreneurs in the Netherlands and beyond.</p> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Report - Social Enterprise Netherlands <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. November</div> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:07:00 +0000 Anonymous 118 at https://business-spirit.news Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovator-to-deliver-a-positive-impact-in-africa-despite-pandemic <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovator-to-deliver-a-positive-impact-in-africa-despite-pandemic" data-a2a-title="Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/responsible-innovation" hreflang="en">Responsible Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">social enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/entrepreneurship" hreflang="en">entrepreneurship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/positive-impact" hreflang="en">Positive Impact</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/profit-with-purpose" hreflang="en">Profit with Purpose</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic" title="Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/473.jpeg?itok=J6CDRCcw" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Italian social entrepreneur on a mission to save infants lives&#039; in Sub-Saharan Africa</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1373 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1376 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1374 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Lucia Dal Negro, the founder of the Italian benefit corporation <a href="https://www.delab.it/en/" target="_blank">De-LAB</a>, is on a mission to reduce the rate of infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa using an incredibly simple yet innovative solution - the <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO protective cradle</a>. Lucia is a researcher focusing on Frugal Innovation in her studies and a social entrepreneur who is passionate about creating meaningful change in collaboration with locals in African regions.</p> <p>According to plans, the protective cradle will be distributed in rural villages in Uganda first, as a solution for working parents to ensure that they can carry their babies to work and keep them safe - for example on the fields, or markets.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1375 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/475.jpeg" width="482" height="481" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Lucia Dal Negro, researcher and social entrepreneur</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1381 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It also protects babies against infections from mosquitos and suffocation whilst sleeping at night.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1380 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1379 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This product is not only bringing positive changes to people but made sustainably too using 70% locally sourced natural fibres and produced by local people.</p> <p>Lucia and her team had to adjust to the new situation and challenges both in manufacturing and sales, presented by the COVID pandemic.</p> <p>They are currently focusing on raising funds for a simplified version of the KOKONO cradle made of recycled plastic to make it more accessible for the vulnerable people who need it most.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1378 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/476.png" width="1280" height="798" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">KOKONO protective cradle</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1383 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">The transition from academia to business to create the KOKONO Cradle</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1384 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>" I started this project in the first place because I was extremely tired of listening to academics describing wonderful possibilities to do business by doing good in low-income communities without having ever tested any of their assumptions and hypotheses. So I decided to walk the talk of the ‘social business hype’ and do something practical, in order to learn from the field what was the real challenge of using business as a force for good.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1387 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1385 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/477.jpeg" width="640" height="427" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Co-creating the KOKONO cradle with locals in Uganda</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1386 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>KOKONO’s mission is to protect babies below one year of age from the leading health and security threats to which they are exposed due to poor living conditions in South-Saharan Africa, more precisely in Uganda.</p> <p>We decided to investigate this area of needs after spending many years studying and operating in the Global South, with De-LAB, realizing that childcare is mainly managed at a hospital level, wherever possible, but more rarely at a household level.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1388 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Based on our learnings, we started to design an object that could protect babies’ health from accidental hits and animal attacks, insects - including those transmitting malaria - rodents, reptiles.</p> <blockquote> <p>We invented and patented a unique cradle, named KOKONO, which means empty pumpkin in Ugandan dialect.</p> </blockquote> <p>It provides a safe space for taking care of infants during the day and night-time. We are offering a solution to parents, mainly women who are working far from home. One of the possible scenarios is when a mother is working on plantations or cultivating the cassava plant that after a couple of hours carrying her baby, she puts him/her down to the ground. That's where the babies are more exposed to sanitary and safety risks.</p> <p class="font-greentitle">Designing for impact and usability</p> <p>We needed to consider various factors in the design process. Like the shell had to be rigid enough so a snake cannot crack it, covered with a mosquito net with a self-sustaining handle which is made of rope and can be replaced very easily if needed.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1390"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1389 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We wanted mothers to be able to bring their baby with them wherever they are going and if necessary, leave the baby on the ground with a piece of mind that its safe.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1391 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Typically only one mosquito net is available for each family, so parents and all of their children usually sleep in one big bed protected by the single net in their household. Due to this situation, there are many cases of accidental baby suffocations at night-time.</p> <p>Parents with a KOKONO can put the baby sleeping next to them in the cradle up until the child is one year old, giving better chances to survival in the most critical first 12 months. After that, the mothers can sell it, rent it, or pass it on to a friend.</p> <p>One of the most rewarding highlights of the journey so far happened when we were co-creating the object with local communities in Hoima villages. A pregnant woman came to me saying that she was so happy to know that a new solution was about to be available in her village, but I had to be very fast as her baby was about to be born.</p> <blockquote> <p>I think this was one of the best endorsements I could have ever received that we are creating something meaningful!</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1392 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Adapting the business model to address Coronavirus pandemic related challenges</p> <p>When the Covid crisis started, our venture was impacted greatly. 67% of Ugandan people lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 crisis. The international airport has been closed, and foreign investments are radically decreased.</p> <p>The country is almost completely isolated with people being out of work which means that they are only getting poorer and poorer over time.</p> <p> To get the first handcrafted version of KOKONO out is still our top priority and we will definitely want to keep it, but the production became too expensive in a post-Covid market.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1395 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1393 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/479.jpeg" width="640" height="427" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Collaborating with local authorities to bring KOKONO to the market</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1394 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We are determined not to give up on our original mission in helping locals keep their family safe, so we came up with a more cost-effective design which would still function well.</p> <p>One thing I wanted to avoid is to let down these extremely poor people who were hit by this pandemic badly.</p> <p>The new version of the cradle is made of recycled plastic with a simple design that is quick and easy to produce.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1396 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>Although we need a plastic moulder to assemble it which requires investments, therefore we are setting up an online crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to start production.</p> </blockquote> <p>Also, we have a zero-waste distribution model that means if the cradle becomes broken, it can be collected by our team and use it again.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1397 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Join our mission by becoming a supporter of KOKONO</p> <p>I see KOKONO as a project, not just a product.</p> <p>I believe that it has the power not just to help solve a specific social problem but to create a bridge between different cultures.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1400 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1398 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/480.jpg" width="591" height="443" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image credit: Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1399 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Taking care of babies is a universal experience for people regardless of where or how they live.</p> <p>As part of our crowdfunding campaign, we want to encourage people to connect through sharing their traditional lullabies which we hope will serve as a reminder that children are our common future.</p> <p>Contributors can choose a short refrain from a lullaby which we will engrave onto the side of the cradle. We aim to create a sort of cross cultural global embrace.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1401 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The crowdfunding campaign starts in November 2020, and people can donate any amounts to support the <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO project</a>.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1403"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1402 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In the meantime, we are more than grateful to receive any support that could help to make <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO</a> a reality for parents in Sub-Sharan Africa to protect their babies.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Leaders of Change - Profile <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. August</div> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 16:54:34 +0000 Tia Clarke 109 at https://business-spirit.news A new voice to unite and represent Irish social entrepreneurs https://business-spirit.news/news/a-new-voice-to-unite-and-represent-irish-social-entrepreneurs <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>A new voice to unite and represent Irish social entrepreneurs</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/a-new-voice-to-unite-and-represent-irish-social-entrepreneurs" data-a2a-title="A new voice to unite and represent Irish social entrepreneurs"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a 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loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social innovators in Ireland are creating a movement to support and unify social enterprises.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1314 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1315 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A group of social entrepreneurs, key stakeholders and supporters have joined forces to launch a new organisation called the <a href="https://www.socialenterprise.ie/" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland</a> (SERI) which can add a huge amount of value to the Irish social enterprise sector and economy.</p> <blockquote> <p>SERI aims to become a representative body for the dynamic, evolving and broad social enterprise sector in Ireland.</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1316 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Social enterprises may come in all shapes and forms but all dedicated to providing innovative and impactful solutions to address the most hard-hitting social challenges. Their core objectives are often to create social, societal or environmental impact. They pursue these objectives by trading in goods and services. In addition, they re-invest any surplus profits into the creation of impact as opposed to the creation of profit for owners or shareholders.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1318"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1317 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This form of making a profit with purpose could provide a unique opportunity to innovators to start and scale their business ethically and sustainably, creating value on a social and economic level at one go.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1319 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The organisation of SERI was born out of passion, knowledge and experience that exists within the sector and a universally recognised need for a united voice. It is formed by some of Ireland’s leading social enterprise practitioners and supporters – including <a href="https://food.cloud/" target="_blank">FoodCloud</a>, <a href="https://socialentrepreneurs.ie/" target="_blank">Social Entrepreneurs Ireland</a>, <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/" target="_blank">Rethink Ireland</a> – in a means to champion for the sector and their members both nationally and internationally.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1322 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--25-75"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1320 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/463.jpg" width="500" height="625" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tammy Darcy, Interim CEO of Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1321 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“There seems to be a consensus so far in our conversations with stakeholders that a big priority is going to be to raise awareness of social enterprise and the impact that we create, but also to collect data, which will help us to share that story,” says Tammy Darcy, Interim CEO of newly formed SERI, also Founder and CEO of multi-award winning social enterprise, <a href="https://shona.ie/" target="_blank">The Shona Project</a>.</p> <p>Their vision for Ireland is to have a world-class environment for social enterprises to thrive.</p> <p>Therefore their strategy focuses on four pillars:</p> <p>representation, awareness, support and relationships.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1323 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Chair, Fergus Findlay, previous CEO at <a href="https://www.barnardos.ie/" target="_blank">Barnardos Ireland</a> said, “Social enterprise and its ecosystem have deeps roots in Ireland reaching back to the old Irish tradition of '<em>Meitheal</em>', where people in rural communities came together to work on a neighbours farm. This embodies the spirit of social enterprise – working as a community to benefit the community socially and economically”.</p> <p>He adds, “It is clear that social enterprise has evolved to be a thriving sector. What’s next is in our hands. Our team and our members will forge a new beginning for social enterprise and will grow this sector to benefit all our people and communities throughout the Republic of Ireland”.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1325"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1324 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>At this early stage, <a href="https://www.socialenterprise.ie/" target="_blank">SERI</a> is open to welcome members on a complimentary basis until January 2021 and have open discussions about how to create a movement that genuinely empowers and inspire social innovators in Ireland.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Profit with Purpose <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. August</div> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:04:48 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 105 at https://business-spirit.news