BUSINESS FOR GOOD
Entrepreneurs have a distinctive ability to see solutions where everyone else sees problems. Their energy to produce change is huge. Everyday more and more entrepreneurs choose a sustainable and conscious way of doing business. Also, investors and consumers are choosing to be part of an emerging new economy that works for everyone, for the long term. An economic system where businesses compete to be best for the world, the people living in it, and the natural environment on which our quality of life depends. Explore The Business for Good Playlist and get inspired by stories of people using empathy as a source of innovation and re-defining success in business.
The Story of Stuff is a fast paced, fact-filled look at the often hidden underside of today’s globalized systems of production and consumption. It calls on viewers to help build a more sustainable, healthy and fair system.
Director: Louis Fox
There’s a lot of negative feelings about capitalism right now,” says Kris Lin-Bronner who is the Strategic Advisor of Dr. Bronner’s. Her words are indicative of the wide-scale erosion of trust between companies and consumers. It seems that, time and again, we unearth ugly truths behind the products we’ve come to love and trust. Is this a result of capitalism itself or is it the way in which capitalism has evolved?
Director: Cyrus Sutton
Producers: Charles Post, David Karr
HelpUsGreen is a unique social enterprise based in Kanpur, India. It collects four tonnes of waste flowers everyday from temples and turns it into sustainable products such as organic fertiliser and incense sticks. In doing so they prevent pesticide laden flowers from entering the river Ganges thereby stopping an important polluting element. The waste is hand sorted by marginalised Dalit women previously working mostly as sanitation workers who often faced social discrimination, exploitation and violence. The company provides them with bank accounts, health benefits and insurance, not to mention fair wages. Dignity With Flowers is a film that reveals the story of one such woman Ranjana, who feels her life has turned around.
Director: Gautam Pemmaraju
Producer: Lin Yanqin
Executive Producer: Von Tan
Languages: English, Hindi
A mosquito-repellent soap that prevents malaria, straw bricks made out of agricultural residues for more sustainable housing, a bio-digester made out of recycled plastic to create bio-gas for rural populations. The film follows 3 innovative social business ideas from students in Africa to take on major challenges faced by their continent. As they compete with hundreds of projects from around the world, one project starts to demonstrate that it just might have what it takes to make it all the way; a step towards international recognition that could mean a symbolic victory for the African youth.
Directors: Thibault Dufour & Philip Drouin
Burkina Faso, France, USA
Banners to Bags is a social and environmental entrepreneurship venture based in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is the story of their vision to create alternatives to plastic bags by designing durable and reusable bags from waste materials.
Director: Rohit Shakya
Rwanda experienced a violent civil war between its two main ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi, that killed around 1 million citizens in 1994. Militant Hutu left the country in a state of poverty after using machetes to maim, rape, and murder civilians. Twenty years later, survivors of the genocide are using technology to improve life in Rwanda. TakePart World producer, Alex Stapleton, visited open-innovation space K-Lab, which offers free education and an environment in which citizens can share tech ideas to create positive change in people’s life.
Director: Alex Stapleton
Manal Yaish Zraiq wears many hats: businesswoman, manager, mentor, networker, and key force in one of the world’s most intriguing real estate developments. Manal is a key figure in the Rawabi project, the first planned city in Palestine and the largest private sector undertaking in Palestinian history. Here, she illuminates the importance of Rawabi and her mission as a Palestinian woman.
Director: Aaron Kisner
This film captures the three months of the DESMEEM project that took place in Lebanon in 2012. Designers and activists from Europe and the US traveled to Lebanon to work with local designers and activists to co-create user-centered solutions to social and environmental challenges. Each team took on one challenge and worked with a relevant local NGO to develop their research and test their prototypes.
Director: Doreen Toutikian
The humble babassu palm provides a livelihood for communities of women across North Eastern Brazil. Bread, charcoal, oil and soap are produced from the nut and husk; the surplus is sold on. But production has not always been so peaceful. Babassu: Brazil’s Warrior Women tells the story of the hard battle to maintain these communities’ way of life. In the face of intimidation and threats from farmers for years, Babassu women have negotiated their own terms; creating a grassroots movement and establishing the ‘Free Babassu Law’ in seven states. These inspiring women are now able to plan for the long-term, diversifying their business, securing their future and protect the Amazon as a whole.
Director: Paul Redman
Producer: Tim Lewis
Subtitles: English, French, Indonesian, Spanish
Bicimaximo is a social enterprise with a heart of a non-profit organization. With a passion for bicycles, Baker Nicholaou traveled from the United States to Nicaragua to open up a business in hopes of providing better quality bikes while training locals as bike mechanics in order to provide sustainable jobs for people in need. This documentary film takes a look at what is the ultimate goal of this social enterprise and how it could significantly impact the residents of Granada. “Second Cycles” gives us a glimpse into what a second chance can mean to a person in need.
Director: Gwendolyn Hamilton
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Set in a rural village in Northern Uganda, this short-doc tells the story of a Women’s Empowerment Group started by female survivors of the Northern Ugandan War in search of rehabilitation, economic stability, and emotional support.
Director: Justice Nnanna
Producer: Justice Nnanna
Languages: Acholi, English