Eric shares his insights on how zero waste can be co-opted and watered down by mainstream businesses, and how the social enterprises community can make zero waste ideas transformative!
Social Enterprise + Fair Trade (WFTO)
This week's episode is the story of Global Mamas, a social enterprise and a global community built to create a life of prosperity for African women and their communities. They work with 341 Ghanaian women who produce unique, handcrafted dresses, soaps, decor. While being globally successful, they share 30% of their profits directly with the producers. With ethical practices at every level of their supply chain and innovative eco-friendly planning, they continue to be a definition of a Fair Trade Enterprise.
Published: 24th October 2019
Our new member is pioneering business innovations that speak of their name – Conserve India. They are a fashion brand that works with waste pickers and refugees in India, and they turn landfill waste (which otherwise will not be recycled) into materials for fashion products. In this podcast with Erinch Sahan, social entrepreneur Kanika shares their people and planet innovations to inspire entrepreneurs to pursue bolder ambitions to address current challenges.
Published: 10th October 2019
Manos del Uruguay is a weaving enterprise and brand that is co-owned and run by 200 hundred women artisans. They make high-quality products that are being sold in Champs-Élysées and 5th Avenue New York. As a social enterprise that fully practices Fair Trade, they are committed to ensuring that their success means the success of all of its artisans. This is their journey from social enterprise to high-end fashion.
Published: 3rd October 2019
Social entrepreneur Kathy Marshall shares her journey with Sabahar, an Addis Ababa-based Fair Trade Enterprise. Learn first-hand insights from Kathy on running a social enterprise, like dealing with challenges, growth, social and environmental impact, and their deep community involvement, a natural penchant for mission-led enterprises. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or someone interested in social and business innovations, Kathy’s story is for you!
Published: 31st October 2019
Human rights thinker and former UN special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter discusses with WFTO Chief Executive Erinch Sahan what an ambitious agenda for business and human rights would look like, how to transform business models and how trade can be made fair. This podcast is a special edition for the first anniversary of the Fair Trade Charter www.fair-trade.website.
Published: 23rd September 2019
This week’s episode is about improving social equity, sustainability and product quality in the framework of a Fair Trade Enterprise model. Our guest Elvira Zingg, quality manager of Gebana, shares insights based from their enterprise’s experience.
Published: 12th September 2019
Ellilta Products is a story of a social mission transformed into a business that positively impacts the lives of many women and children. They use the profit of their thriving enterprise to broaden the reach of their social mission: to help women and girls rescued from prostitution. They make high-quality fashion accessories from upcycled materials sold in the United States.
Published: 29th August 2019
Maroma is a Fair Trade Enterprise from India that is built to benefit its workers and their community. It is part of the wave of all-natural products that is seeing increased consumer demand - specialising in body care products and fragrances. As a social enterprise, they have leveraged their commitment to people and planet to create high quality products.
Published: 22nd August 2019
Common Objective (CO) co-founder Clare Lissaman shares her views on the future of ethical fashion and how the fashion industry is increasingly becoming more transparent and sustainable. At the end, of the discussion Clare gives her take on the unique opportunities for social enterprises. CO is an online matchmaker for the ethical fashion chain.
Published: 25th July 2019