My desire to be part of the fashion apparel comes from this idea that human beings truly express themselves through fashion. Put five people in the same uniform, each one of them is going to express it differently”. To the Liberian founder of the first African apparel factory to earn Fair Trade status, fashion is the “coolest industry”, the only one being both art and utility.
Mumm' from Egypt and 'Fishers and Changemakers' from the Philippines are the joint winners of Nestlé’s 2018 Creating Shared Value Prize. The two social entrepreneurs have won CHF 150'000 each for their outstanding work in nutrition and rural development.
The Creating Shared Value Council have selected six incredible Finalists: Fishers & Changemakers from Philippines; IDESAM from Brazil; Inka Moss from Peru; KadAfrica from Uganda, Maji Mamas from Kenya; Mumm from Egypt!
By Alden Wicker
One tragic victim of colonialism in India was the hemp crop, but as attitudes toward marijuana soften around the world, it’s poised for a comeback.
Ashoka and C&A Foundation convene the world’s leading apparel industry innovators to address urgent social and environmental issues facing the industry - a community, convened and supported under the ‘Fabric of Change’ Initiative.
Water requires more than pipes and faucets to run, it takes stewardship—an agreement between users and suppliers that water and its quality and flow will be cared for by all who use it.
By Alden Wicker
Many consumers are unaware that a large chunk of their wardrobe is essentially plastic. More than 60% of the global fiber market is polyester, a carbon-intensive petroleum product which has been refined to the point of doing almost anything we ask of it. It can look like silk, cotton, or soft faux fur, or can be combined with natural materials to improve their performance and lower cost.
A social enterprise connecting the food industry to charities, using an innovative tech platform to redistribute good food that would otherwise be wasted.
A business built on a patent-pending probiotic that could radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farm animals.
A social enterprise transforming human waste into a clean, affordable fuel, helping to keep communities healthy.
The first and only business-to-business marketplace connecting food companies to farms to buy ugly and surplus produce, solving farm food waste.
A ‘profit–non-profit’ hybrid using technology to build a generation of young problem solvers tackling water and sanitation issues
A social enterprise working with manual scavenger women to upcycle flower waste, diverting it away from polluting the River Ganges.
A social enterprise building a network of quality, low-cost daycare services to help women get to work, while giving their children the best start in life
At a time when the global food industry is listening to consumer demand by declaring its intention to switch to natural ingredients [Nestle, Unilever, General Mills], when small-holder farmers (SHFs) are subject to volatile global market dynamics and climate change, and when a burgeoning young African population is facing unemployment, NEI is seizing an opportunity to create shared value, sustainably, by deepening its engagement within the communities in which it operates. Read how winning the CSV Prize in 2016 has impacted Juan's business/
This year Nestlé has partnered with Ashoka, the world’s leading network of systems-changing social entrepreneurs. Together, we’re looking for individuals and businesses who are scaling up or generating new business models in the areas of nutrition, water or rural development.
Este año, nos hemos hecho socios de Ashoka, la red global y líder de emprendedores sociales que cambian el sistema. Juntos, buscamos individuos y empresas que escalan o generan nuevos modelos de negocio en las áreas de nutrición, agua o desarrollo rural.
Este ano a Nestlé tem uma parceria com a Ashoka, a principal rede global de empreendedores sociais transformadores. Juntos, estamos à procura de indivíduos e empreendimentos que estejam ampliando ou gerando novos modelos de negócios nas áreas de nutrição, água ou desenvolvimento rural.
Cette année, Nestlé s’est associé avec Ashoka, réseau mondial d’entrepreneurs sociaux visant à accélérer le changement sociétal. Ensemble, nous cherchons des individus et entreprises qui démarrent ou développent de nouveaux business model dans les domaines de la nutrition, de l’eau ou du développement rural.
Back in May this year, we wrote to you directly from Bangalore, India where we not only convened some of our Ashoka Fellows and strategic partners for a ‘Globalizer’ Summit, but we also launched the first of its kind ‘Scaling Impact Fund’ - a €250,000 award dedicated to providing investment to Fellows working to scale their impact for transformative change in the apparel industry
Between 26-28 May 2017, Ashoka, C&A Foundation and partner A.T. Kearney will convene hand-picked social entrepreneurs with industry leaders to co-create and accelerate systems-wide impact across the apparel industry.
A growing chorus of social innovators, designers and leading industry retailers is calling for a drastically different approach to the way our clothes are made and sold. Are we finally closing fashion’s elusive loop?
Image: 2015/2016 Winner Dr Sara Saed showcasing her initiative DoctHers at the 2016 Unilever Collective Action Event
The hands that make our clothes overwhelmingly belong to women. More and more companies and social entrepreneurs understand that lifting up and empowering these women is necessary to building a more equitable industry.
The fashion industry is responsible for serious environmental and social problems at a global scale, being the second most contaminating sector in the world, following the oil industry.
Collaboration in fashion goes well beyond Kate Moss teaming up with Topshop. Forward-thinking brands co-create by working together with competitors and social entrepreneurs to design radical new projects and processes that lead to win-win-win situations.
Dear Fabric of Change Community,
Since we launched Fabric of Change in 2015, you have played an important role in the evolution of this initiative as a platform for social entrepreneurs who want to transform the apparel industry. As Ashoka enters the third year of our partnership with C&A Foundation, we again look to you to help fill our pipeline of candidates for Ashoka Fellows in the Fabric of Change cohort.
An estimated 75 million people are now employed by the apparel industry. It’s a number that has almost quadrupled in the last 15 years. With this exponential growth, the not-so-hidden costs of fashion too have increased.
February 7th 2017 Washington DC: Ashoka and C&A Foundation have identified the first cohort of five social entrepreneurs for the Fabric of Change Fellowship to nurture solutions to fashion industry challenges. Launched in 2015, the joint initiative Fabric of Change supports innovators at various stages of their development, unlocking the unique power and potential of social entrepreneurs and their solutions to advance a shared vision: transforming the apparel industry as a force for good.
Saif Rashid believes that, given the right market opportunities, millions of Bangladeshis can lift themselves up financially. With an innovative new model called APON, he is empowering the workers of Bangladesh’s ready-made garment manufacturing industry to increase their disposable income and build better, healthier lives
An Ashoka Fellow since 2003, Nicole Rycroft is a tireless warrior for the world’s forest ecosystems. The native Australian, now based in Vancouver, Canada, leads the environmental NGO Canopy, which works with business partners in the publishing and fashion industries to transform their value chains in a way that protects ancient forests.
Meet some of this year's Innovators in these short, inspiring videos.
Each year, 80 billion pieces of clothing are purchased across the globe, which is 400% more than 10 years ago. Unsurprisingly these sales constitute a major financial market. The fashion brand Christian Dior is one of the biggest companies in the world - last year their sales totalled $41.6 billion, roughly equivalent to the GDP of Tunisia.
Highlights and voices from the 2016 Emerging Innovators Bootcamp in New York City, which brought together 20 passionate social entrepreneurs with experts in business, movement-building, storytelling and social change. Run by Ashoka Changemakers, the Bootcamp is designed to help social purpose leaders make their ventures more effective and sustainable while also supporting their own vision and well-being.
Para promover una nova visão dos Direitos Humanos na nossa região, a Ashoka lançou o desafios “Direitos Humanos na América Latina: impulsionando a transformação”, que bucou ativar uma rede ampla de agentes de transformação (changemakers), com propostas inovadoras que contribuam para criar novas abordagens para os direitos humanos - uma rede grande e ativa que permitirá reunir novas vozes, abordagens e formas de atuar.
En un mundo de inmediatez, ¿porque no tener documentado en tiempo real las violaciones a derechos humanos y más aún, porque no proponer nuevas formas de acceso a la justicia?
All the secret and not-so-secret tools that help you manage the technical, business and self-care side of this work.
Obtener dinero no es igual a dejar de ser pobre. ¿Entonces? La pobreza no es una condición, es una injusticia mucho más compleja que un concepto financiero. Que las familias de escasos recursos económicos accedan a más dinero no quiere decir que se resuelvan otros aspectos de esa pobreza estructural. El acceso a las oportunidades es crucial para poder resolver aspectos de salud, educación, vivienda adecuada, soberanía alimentaria, empleo, desarrollo de la cultura.
Economies across the globe are increasingly connected and fueled by collaboration. Both for-profit organizations and social entrepreneurs rely on partnerships, networks, and cross-sector collaborations to conduct their business and solve complex social problems. Investigating how business professionals and social entrepreneurs engage in pro bono partnerships can illuminate best practices and recommendations for making these relationships as impactful as possible.
El proyecto Convivencia con la Realidad Semiárida Promoviendo el Acceso al Agua Solidaridad y Ciudadanía, es una iniciativa que promueve la autoestima y la autoconfianza de los agricultores y sus familiares, en la zona semiárida de Paraíba, en Brasil, a través de la capacitación ciudadana, por medio de la promoción del encuentro de saberes locales y de la materialización de los derechos fundamentales de la vida, dentro de los cuales está el acceso al agua como fuente de vida.
The importance of partnerships in social entrepreneurship and knowing your place on the value chain.
El Banco Palmas es la organización donde empieza todo. Este banco forma parte de un ecosistema de lucha por los derechos humanos como el primer banco comunitario del país en una de las regiones más marginadas de Brasil. Banco Palmas surgió para traer, no sólo acceso al sistema financiero básico (abrir una cuenta de ahorro, ser sujeto de crédito, etc), sino también para crear un modelo de banco diferente para dinamizar la economía, el consumo y la producción local a través de diferentes herramientas económicas.
FICE (Fortalecimiento de los cimientos de la estrategia de comunicación para los derechos humanos), construye la base para comunicar de forma eficiente el mensaje de los defensores de Derechos Humanos. Ayuda a alzar las voces de los que no han sido escuchados incrementando el acceso a la justicia, a la participación política y a generar impacto.