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.
Social Enterprise + Fair Trade (WFTO)
Created for a mission and designed for impact, CORR The Jute Works sets examples of how modern social entrepreneurship should be. Their successes show it is possible to redefine business to prioritise the people and planet through inclusive governance and representation in decision-making, women’s empowerment and modern and sustainable products. Their mission is enforced by requiring the board’s enterprise to be represented by artisans (5 of 9 seats). Operating for over 4 decades, there is much to learn how to run your own mission-led social enterprise from Bertha Baroi, Director of CORR The Jute Works.
Published: 20th June 2019
Can a chocolate social enterprise go global? This is Arjen's story of Tony's Chocolonely. Arjen helped take Tony's from 4 people in an empty room to a global chocolate success story. He discusses the big issues in cocoa and compares social enterprises to companies that aren't making the tough choices to put people and planet first.
Published: 13th June 2019
Social entrepreneurs Susi and Henry together with team member Dilani of Rice and Carry in Colombo, Sri Lanka share their upcycling and recycling stories. They also tell their inspiring story on their journey as a social enterprise operating in the rural community of Sri Lanka.
Published: 6th June 2019
Andrea is a sustainable fashion entrepreneur, fashion lecturer, advocate and chair of the New York City Fair Trade Coalition. Her journey started in New York's fashion industry, took her to Uganda and through to social enterprise and Fair Trade. She tells her story and reflects on the future of sustainable fashion.
Published: 29th May 2019
Part two of this podcast focuses on Ten Thousand Villages. Erinch and Llenay discuss how the organization, established in the 1940s, has grown to show resilience and adapt to the changing market.
Published: 23rd May 2019
Llenay is the acting CEO of Ten Thousand Villages, an importer and retail network in the US. She shares the long and proud history of Ten Thousand Villages, and her story of helping grow the maker-to-market movement in the US and North America. She gives insights on bringing ethical products to the US market and telling the story of the makers to the consumers.
Published: 16th May 2019
Ffion Storer Jones of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office sat down with Linda McAvan MEP ahead of World Fair Trade Day to talk about her work supporting Fair Trade over her 20 years as an MEP and how she encourages us all to take action in support of Fair Trade.
Published: 3rd May 2019
Safia Minney is the founder of People Tree, author, activist and serial social entrepreneur. She explores the vision required for an economy that avoids ecological collapse. This is about populating our economies with business models that put people and planet first, such as social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. This week, Safia has joined business leaders to call for an urgent redesign of global industry and why she is voicing support for Extinction Rebellion (more here: www.safia-minney.com). You won't want to miss Safia's insights on how we tackle the big issues of our age.
Published: 25th April 2019
She's a designer, campaigner, entrepreneur and founder of Fashion Revolution. Orsola de Castro talks about what's broken in fashion, and how we need to fix it. Is sustainability just a passing trend? How do we tackle accelerated disposal and mass extinction of artisanal crafts? How can we diversify from the mono-culture of corporate fashion and regain dignity in fashion jobs? Orsola takes on the big questions with clarity. Happy Fashion Revolution Week!
Published: 18th April 2019
Social enterprise in India - the story of an Indian social entrepreneur building enthusiasm with local consumers. Erinch speaks with Matthew John, founder of Last Forest, a social enterprise bringing together organic, Fair Trade and producer ownership into a single business model.
Published: 4th April 2019