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Roba Amiga: Social Entrepreneurship in Textile Waste Management

Authors: Arenas, Daniel; Sánchez, Pablo; Hai, Solange
Product Type: Cases
Source: ESADE Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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The case focuses on Roba Amiga, a network of organizations devoted to collect, select and sell second-hand clothes in Barcelona and its surrounding, with the aim of creating jobs for people excluded from the job market as well as contributing to mitigating the environmental problem of textile waste.

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Building a Sustainable Enterprise with the Power of Local Communities - The Journey of Neev Herbal Handmade Soaps

Author: Das, Saurav Kumar
Product Type: Cases
Source: Xavier School of Management
Publication Year: 2015

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Poverty, illiteracy and gender discrimination have been the underlying factors that have stifled development in the villages of Jharkhand state in northern India. This abysmal situation was prevalent when the Jains, Anurag and Shikha, decided to initiate a new paradigm of socio-economic empowerment of the local community. In 2007, they started Neev Herbal handmade Soaps with the vision to produce the highest quality hand crafted herbal products while providing a dignified means of employment for rural women and rejuvenating the rural economy. The enterprise has since had a remarkable transformative effect on the village community.

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Arunachalam Muruganantham: A Social Entrepreneur Innovating in a Woman’s World

Author: John, Doris Rajakumari
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centers
Publication Year: 2015

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Considered taboo in many parts of the world, menstrual hygiene was a subject ridden with many myths and misconceptions, especially in a country like India. Arunachalam Muruganantham (Muruganantham), was the man who had revolutionised female sanitary hygiene and had created a lasting impact on the health and livelihood of women, mostly in rural India. With his pioneering and patented invention of a low cost sanitary pad making machine, Muruganantham had a vision to make India a ‘100% sanitary napkin using country.’

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Sistema Ser: Scaling Private Health Care for the Base of the Pyramid

Authors: Bucher, Silke; Jäger, Urs; Prado, Andrea M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: HEC Montréal; INCAE Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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The case revolves around “Sistema Ser” (SSer), a private health care organization that serves the base of the pyramid (BOP) in northern Argentina, and its founder and director, Argentine gynecologist Dr. Jorge Gronda. For more than 15 years, SSer has been delivering primary health services, which cover 80 percent of the most common low-cost and non-complex health problems, mainly to people at the BOP and within San Salvador, the capital of the province of Jujuy. Recent developments have led Dr. Gronda to consider options for scaling his organization’s impact…

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Fairphone: Organising for Sustained Social Impact

Authors: Akemu, Onajomo; Whiteman, Gail
Product Type: Cases
Source: Erasmus University
Publication Year: 2015

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With no previous experience in the mobile phone industry, Bas van Abel, an industrial designer based in Amsterdam, started Fairphone as an NGO awareness campaign in March 2010. He hoped that by inviting the public to design collaboratively a prototype of a “fair” smartphone, the campaign would raise the Dutch public’s awareness of the link between mobile phones and minerals mined in the context of a bitter civil conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Van Abel did not intend to produce a functional, commercial smartphone; his goal was simply to raise public awareness. However, by January 2013, through a series of serendipitous events, interaction with industry actors, and encouragement from sections of the Dutch public, the awareness campaign had morphed into the social enterprise Fairphone.

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Atlas Container Corporation: Thinking Outside the Box

Authors: Calo, Thomas J.; Shipper, Frank
Product Type: Cases
Source: Salisbury University
Publication Year: 2015

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To survive, Atlas changed from an external to an internal growth strategy. The smoothness of the transition could at least be partially attributed to a set of internal strategies that were unusual for a commodity/cost-driven industry. They included democratic governance and employee ownership…

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How Your Company Can Change the World: Revolutionize Your Workplace

Authors: Davis, Gerald F.; White, Christopher J.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: IESE-Insight Magazine
Publication Year: 2015

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Through research and discussions with social intrapreneurs, the authors apply lessons from the big social movements of our times to the corporate space. This article suggests ways that large organizations can gain the long-term benefits of socially responsible behavior by empowering their internal activists…

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Beyster Startup Toolkit: Sharing Equity Ownership

Author: The Beyster Institute
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2015

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Ultimately, the success of your venture will be determined not by your efforts alone but by the performance of the cast of people — employees, partners, or associates — that you assemble. So, if there is a strategy that can help you get more out of the people on whom you depend and also boost your organizational horsepower, you owe it to yourself to take a serious look. A policy of sharing equity with employees that is designed and used wisely can be just that strategy.

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How Equal Exchange Aligns Our Capital with Our Mission

Authors: Fireside, Dan; North, Rodney
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Equal Exchange
Publication Year: 2015

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In the wake of this cooperative’s recently concluded $4M stock offering, Equal Exchange created a single document that explains all of our unorthodox capital model…

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Aarong: Social Enterprise for Bangladesh’s Rural Poor

Authors: Chattopadhyay, Amitava; Wee, Jean
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2015

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Aarong, the retail arm of BRAC, a non-profit development organisation based in Bangladesh, was created in 1978 to provide employment, income generation and social development opportunities for underprivileged women through the revival and promotion of Bangladeshi handicrafts. The competition, however, was intensifying, both from local retailers in individual categories as well as foreign players, such as from India. How could Aarong compete in a global market?

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