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Issie Lapowsky | Inc. magazine From the May 2011 issue of Inc. magazine A new type of organization that uses business to solve social problems
Jeffrey Hollender onstage with Gil Friend and Chip Conley shortly after his big announcement (photo courtesy Kate Drane) Jeffrey Hollender took the stage at Sustainable Brands yesterday and he didn’t need a powepoint for the message he was going to deliver. It was time to come clean about his departure from Seventh Generation and he was not going to mince words: “I was fired 6 months ago after 23 years and I was never allowed to set foot back in the company. I was fired because my view of the role Seventh Generation should play in society fell out fell out of step with the board’s view of the role.” Despite being summarily dismissed from the CEO position and then the board, Hollender was not afraid to take responsibility for his role in his firing.
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Love them or hate them it's hard to deny that reality TV shows such as Dragons' Den and The Apprentice have generated a renewed interest in business. That's certainly true in my day job where as editor of BusinessZone.co.uk any content I publish focusing on the shows usually leads to a spike in traffic. What there is very little of in these TV programmes however is anything focusing on social enterprise. You may well have seen the clip in a recent episode of Dragons' Den when an entrepreneur pitching a social enterprise cookery school was met with confusion from Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis and co who struggled to work how they could get a return from any investment in such a business model. With that in mind I was interested to spot that among the contestants for the new series of The Apprentice, which were revealed today , is a successful social entrepreneur.
Local enthusiasts have risen to the challenge when hostels have had to sold, helped by the YHA's Enterprise scheme Derwentwater youth hostel, is due to close this year. Photograph: Mark Waugh
September 08, 2005 Banks and Financial Service Providers Figure Prominently in FTSE4Good Attrition, DJSI Matriculation by William Baue Corporate social responsibility plays an important role at banks and financial service companies, which are not only recipients but also increasingly purveyors of socially responsible investment. SocialFunds.com -- The two leading global socially responsible investment (SRI) index providers, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes ( DJSI ) and FTSE4Good , announced results of their annual reviews yesterday and today, and will reconstitute their indexes over the next weeks. High-profile names stud the DJSI lists, with McDonald's (ticker: MCD ), Daimler-Chrysler ( DCX ), IBM ( IBM ), Colgate-Palmolive ( CL ), and Abbott Laboratories ( ABT ) amongst the 57 additions and Dow ( DOW ), Alcoa ( AA ), Fannie Mae ( FNM ), HJ Heinz ( HNZ ), Home Depot ( HD ), Mattel ( MAT ), and VW ( VOW ) amongst the 54 deletions.