Networks of Socially Responsible / Sustainable Businesses and Individuals
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Acara Institute : http://acara.umn.edu/
Acara Institute believes that there are sustainable business ideas that can resolve or alleviate these seemingly impossible issues. Acara's mission is to provide the infrastructure, education and awareness to find sustainable solutions, and then to assist in implementation where possible. Acara achieves this by connecting University students (BOTH business students and technical students) with industry and with international team members, and provides the challenge of a real problem to be solved.
Agora Partnerships : Central America : http://agorapartnerships.com/
Agora Partnerships identifies and supports those people – regardless of background or connections – who represent society’s greatest chance of converting opportunity into economic and social progress. They help them at the early stages of their careers when they are poised for growth.
The Angel Venture Forum : Mid-Atlantic Region of the USA : http://www.angelventureforum.com/
The Angel Venture Forum in Baltimore, MD is a group of active angel investors with a shared vision to encourage the growth of emerging business. The mission of AVF is to discover and develop strong companies and to connect them with resources – financial and experiential – which assist companies in becoming ultimately more successful in the total attraction of capital and resulting positive exits.
Apps4Africa : http://apps4africa.org
Apps4Africa challenges program developers to find innovative technological solutions to everyday problems on issues ranging from transparency and governance to health and education.
The Apsen Institute : http://www.aspeninstitute.org/
The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.
Artemisia : http://www.artemisia.org.br/
Founded in 2003 by Potencia Ventures, Artemisia is a pioneer organization in social business in Brazil. Artemisia leverages entrepreneurs and talents to build the best startups which serve the low income population. Their vision is to make Brazil an international hub of high social impact business.
Ashden : http://www.ashden.org/
Through the Ashden Awards, Ashden champions some of the world’s best green trailblazers then helps them accelerate their work through the Ashden UK and International support programmes.
Ashoka : http://www.ashoka.org/
Ashoka strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers. To ensure that the leading ideas for social change are fully developed and sustained, they have designed an approach that offers critical interventions on three levels—the individual, the group, and the sector.
Avantage Ventures : http://www.avantageventures.com/
Avantage Ventures is a boutique investment and advisory firm, based in Hong Kong and Beijing, fostering sustainable development by promoting investments in social ventures that effect positive social and environmental change while demonstrating financial viability.
Avina : Latin America : http://www.avina.net/esp/
Avina identifies opportunities for systemic change in Latin America, linking and strengthening the individuals and institutions in the region that can drive that change toward a more sustainable future. AVINA invests directly in these shared agendas on the ground, and they look for synergies and collaboration potential with the work of other international organizations.
B Lab : http://www.bcorporation.net/
B Lab is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to support B Corporations by defining the marketplace of social investment, developing a legal framework to institutionalize stakeholder interests within existing corporate law, building the marketplace for social investment by recruiting B Corporations, and accelerating growth of the social investment marketplace.
Beyond Grey Pinstripes : http://www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/
Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a research survey and alternative ranking of business schools that spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs leading the way in the integration of issues concerning social and environmental stewardship into the curriculum. These schools are preparing students for the reality of tomorrow's markets by equipping them with the social, environmental, ethical and economic perspectives required for business success in a competitive and fast changing world.
BiD Network’s mission is to contribute to sustainable economic growth in emerging countries through entrepreneurship.
Bioneers is a nonprofit organization that promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities.
Brand Geek: http://brandgeek.net
Brand Geek educates, entertains and engages others regarding intellectual property law, branding and corporate social responsibility. Brand Geek learns about your business and finds the best and most cost effective way to protect your brand.
Buckminster Fuller Institute : http://bfi.org/
The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well-being and the health of our planet's ecosystems. They aim to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies : http://www.livingeconomies.org
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) brings together small business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, social innovators, and community leaders to build local living economies. They provide local, state, national, and international resources to this model of economic development.
Business for Social Responsibility : http://www.bsr.org/
Since 1992, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has helped companies of all sizes and sectors to achieve success in ways that demonstrate respect for ethical values, people, communities and the environment. A leading global resource for the business community and thought leaders around the world, BSR equips its member companies with the expertise to design and implement successful, socially responsible business policies, practices and processes.
Carbon Outreach :http://carbonoutreach.com
Carbon Outreach is a marketing & digital advertising agency based in New York City with an international remit. They tailor services to the needs of social enterprises, not-for profits and corporate philanthropy programs. Their mission is to advance the standing of social enterprise and the low carbon economy internationally.
The Carbon War Room :http://www.carbonwarroom.com
The Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to unlock market-driven solutions to climate change. Carbon War Room focuses on the market barriers that reinforce the status quo and prevent capital from flowing to sustainable solutions with compelling returns.
Case Place : http://www.caseplace.org/
CasePlace.org is an online library of reading materials, multimedia content, and teaching modules that focuses on social, environmental and ethical issues in business. CasePlace.org is a project ofThe Aspen Institute Center for Business Education.
Catapult Design :http://catapultdesign.org
Catapult Design is a non-profit design firm providing engineering and implementation support to the thousands of organizations in need of technologies or products capable of igniting social change. They design products, introduce technologies, and foster trends that are appropriate, self-sustaining, environmental friendly, socially responsible and culturally sensitive.
Catchafire is a New York City-based, for-profit social mission business and certified B-Corporation. Catchafire matches professionasl who want to give their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. They match professionals and organization based on a variety of characters including skills, cause interests, and time availability. They help organizations identify their needs as short-term, discrete, and individual-based projects.
Center for Corporate Citizenship : http://www.bcccc.net/
The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College is a membership based research organization. They work with global corporations to help them define, plan and operationalize their corporate citizenship. Their goal is to help business leverage its social, economic and human assets to ensure both its success and a more just and sustainable world.
Center for Small Business & the Environment : http://www.aboutcsbe.org/
Supports small businesses to lead the way to a new economy that protects and restores the environment while it produces abundant growth and employment.
ChangeMatters : http://changematters.com/
ChangeMatters is a social enterprise consultancy promoting the art of business for sustainable community impact. Their focus is on organizations and small companies seeking growth, turnaround, or renewal in their funding, operations, and social impact. Their commitment is to building a world of healthy, vibrant, sustainable economic and cultural communities where everyone has the ability to fully participate.
CleanWave Group : http://www.cleanwavegroup.com/
CleanWave Group is a new generation business catalyst and strategic advisory firm able to provide clients with business development opportunities, creative strategic advisory services, and an integrated partnership for select ventures and projects.
Community Wealth Ventures : http://www.communitywealth.com/
Community Wealth Ventures is a social enterprise consulting firm that helps nonprofit organizations become more self-sustaining by generating revenue through business ventures and corporate partnerships and helps corporations improve their bottom line through the design and implementation of community investment strategies.
Compass Partners : http://compasspartners.org/
Compass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business. They offer campus-based Fellowship programs that employ creative methods of education and make a deep investment in each student. Their main program, the Compass Fellowship exposes 15 college freshmen at each university to the world of social entrepreneurship through an intensive personal development and social business training program. As of 2012, Compass Fellowship runs at twelve universities worldwide.
CREA trains and advises low-income women, who own microenterprises in rural communities to grow their businesses, generate jobs and open new distribution channels. Our mission is to generate employment opportunities. CREA empowers these women and fosters entrepreneurship to help alleviate poverty in their communities and reduce inequality in Mexico.
CSR Wire : http://www.csrwire.com/
CSRwire is a newswire service devoted solely to corporate social responsibility issues. CSRwire provides access to a targeted audience of investors, consumers, and employees who consider corporate social responsibility policies and practices in their investment, purchase, and career decisions.
Courtney Consulting Solutions :http://www.courtneysolutions.com
CCS officially incorporated in 2008 but its founders have been advising clients on how to do business with the government long before the company’s inception. They have clients nationwide making billions to small businesses earning less than $100.000. CCS has also developed partnerships with various government service firms to assist them and their clients in developing government opportunities from the initial stages of client development.
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