All employers want to find the most driven and hardworking people to join their companies. However, so many people with different abilities who could excel at their jobs continue to be excluded. Consolidar Diversidade is a social enterprise based in São Paulo that promotes the diversity, equity, and inclusion of people with different abilities into the labor market.
Claire Wilkinson has been newly appointed to the Board of NESsT UK. She’s walking the 184 miles of the Thames Path from the barrier east of Greenwich to the river’s source in Gloucestershire. While she walks, she’s going to consider social entrepreneurship and write a blog for us. She’s hoping to encourage donations to NESsT, to raise money for social enterprises generating dignified jobs for people most in need.
On March 7th, investment professionals, philanthropists, strategists and changemakers came together at the Royal Academy of Arts to discuss how to grow the social entrepreneurship ecosystem. Why social entrepreneurship? It offers sustainable solutions to unemployment, environmental degradation, and poverty.
To honor Anna, NESsT is establishing the Anna Horvath Women’s Social Entrepreneurship Award, an annual award that will be given to a social entrepreneur for their work to advance women. Through this award, the legacy of Anna’s tireless commitment to the empowerment of women will live on.
NESsT will lend to small enterprises reaching the most marginalized communities while rigorously tracking employment outcomes. NESsT targets investments in 80 enterprises generating employment for 30,000 vulnerable individuals, with loans averaging $200,000 in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru.
When we try to understand the workings of nature, its logic and, more than that, to see that we are part of this whole, the logic of business changes. It changes because it makes no sense to prioritize the economic side of business if it destroys the nature of which we are part, meaning injury to millions of human, animal and plant lives over the long-term.
Imagine where social entrepreneurs would be if they could rely on an ecosystem of private and public support that gives them the flexibility to innovate, the time to build market driven models, the opportunity to build sustainable jobs and income opportunities for the vulnerable.