Social impact is the notion of making a positive effort toward the people in your local area, and the world at large, to make their lives a bit better. While large international corporations do have their ways of “giving back”, it’s the small businesses and startups which go out of their way to help others that matter.
According to recent reports, 73% of people stated that to win their support, companies must show how they are supporting the environment and different communities. Let’s take a closer look at several amazing international businesses with a positive social impact and discuss how they strive toward helping others despite the hardships of entrepreneurship getting in their way.
1. Ecobrick Exchange
Plastic waste is a major issue around the globe given that it takes a very long time for the plastic to degrade sufficiently when disposed of improperly. Ecobrick Exchange is an international business that takes unrecyclable plastic and turns them into eco-friendly bricks in the shape of 2-liter bottles.
The business has made considerable strides in helping communities around the world create their eco-friendly bricks by following simple online tutorials. Ecobrick Exchange has helped communities create DIY furniture, benches, garden walls, and similar items which can be used to make the environment greener and less polluted by unrecyclable plastic.
2. Pebble Magazine
Founded by Georgina Wilson-Powell, Pebble Magazine is a sustainable online magazine covering the topics of fashion, travel, and sustainable shopping. Pebble Magazine takes the promotion of sustainable living activism to the next level by enabling its readers to engage with its content without having to purchase physical magazine issues.
Likewise, its content covers these topics in great depth, raising awareness and encouraging its readers to lead a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. Pebble Magazine donates substantial funds to charities as a means of giving back to society, thus increasing its social impact even further. If you’re looking for a reliable website to follow in terms of the latest news and trends, this is the place to be at.
The online dating world has helped many to cope with the global pandemic in healthy ways. With LGBTQ+ communities becoming ever so popular around the world, Taimi is poised to disrupt the online dating market with its revolutionary approach to dating. Taimi is a dating platform designed with LGBTQ+ communities in mind.
It shares many features with popular social media platforms and offers its users the ability to share content, host live streams, and video chat to name a few. More than anything, however, Taimi prides itself on its mission to create a safe, inclusive, welcoming dating environment for everyone. With over 10 million active users and exciting new features on the horizon, Taimi is on an upward trajectory and is an international business worth keeping an eye on.
4. Dr. Bronner’s
Organic, cruelty-free skincare products are something most of us are sorely missing in our bathrooms. However, Dr. Bronner’s took a retro approach to handle its skin care product line’s design to offer a recognizable, attractive look to its soaps. Dr. Bronner’s doesn’t just produce skincare without synthetic additives or thickeners – it also uses 100% recyclable materials to produce and package its products. To ensure that their social impact is as positive as possible, the business organizes educational courses, seminars, and events.
Most importantly, Dr. Bronner’s treats everyone who works on producing and processing their skincare products’ materials with equal care and respect. By promoting positive change through fair treatment of its stakeholders, as well as by donating profits to ecological and social projects, Dr. Bronner’s truly ticks all the boxes of an impactful international business.
5. Warby Parker
Ever run into trouble finding the best pair of glasses to wear? Warby Parker is a business that understands that struggle. Their approach to manufacturing and selling eyewear is to send their customers several pairs of frames to choose from.
By choosing which frame suits you the most before buying a pair of glasses, you’ll save both time and money. Warby Parker features a Buy a Pair, Give a Pair social program which enables the business to donate funds to its NGO partners. This allows Warby Parker to help people around the world get eyewear which is especially relevant for developing countries in which people cannot afford expensive glasses.
Making an international social impact
What’s admirable about these international businesses is the fact that despite the hardships of the past few years, they continue to pave the way for positive social impact. They act on a global level to ensure that they give back to the world as much as they can.
While revenue is at the heart of every business at the end of the day, these businesses are pioneers in ensuring that as much as they earn, they also give to others. Whether through sustainable production, safe online dating, or cruelty-free toiletry, these and similar businesses are bound to continue their mission of inclusivity and positive impact for years to come.