17 Organizations Using Business for

MORE THAN PROFIT

The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals drive individuals around the world to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

 

Find your inspiration by exploring the 17 organizations below doing just that.

Choose a goal, and read the company's story.



TURNING BOMBS INTO BEAUTIFUL FEATURES



 

Company: Purple Buddha Project

Location: Cambodia

Discovered by: Tom Poole

Supported by: Professor Ron Fry

A global jewelry company employs local skilled artisans to make jewelry out of bullet shells and bomb casings, symbols of the country’s past struggles. Purple Buddha Project provides a fair, sustainable income stream to artisans and donates meals to Cambodian school children.

 

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TRIPLING CROPS AND REDUCING COSTS



 

Company: SunCulture

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Discovered by: Joseph Woodard

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

SunCulture provides poor farmers with a solar-powered water pump, empowering them to increase their annual crop yield with a lasting solution. They can pay off their solar irrigation kit in two years rather than spending $200 per month on petrol pump fuel.


 

Learn More



CONNECTING CUSTOMERS TO ORGANIC CLOTHING


 

Company: Shift to Nature

Location: Burnside, Australia

Discovered by: Ebrahim Salehramsari

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Shift to Nature was the first Australian ecommerce company to offer ethical and organic clothing from multiple retailers on one website. They’ve since evolved to partner with freelance designers and manufacturers who work virtually and adhere to global organic certifications.

Learn More



EDUCATING INCARCERATED ADULTS


 

Company: EDOVO

Location: Chicago, U.S.

Discovered by: Dan Cronin

Supported by: Professor Scot Lowry

EDOVO created a reward-based educational program inmates can use on tablets they rent for $2 per day. They complete educational activities they otherwise don’t have access to, and they’re rewarded with games, music and videos.


 

Learn More



PROVIDING ECO-FRIENDLY, AFFORDABLE, HIGH-PERFORMANCE MENSTRUAL PADS
 

Company: SHE INNOVATES

Location: Rwanda

Discovered by: Lauren Nelson

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

By empowering women to attend school and work during menstruation with the affordable and well-designed Go! pad, SHE28 reduces women’s health taboos. It also provides economic opportunities to local farmers and production workers.


 

Learn More



PROVIDING EASY-TRANSPORT CLEAN WATER

 

Company: Nottingham Spirk

Location: Nepal

Discovered by: Yan Wang

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

PackH2O, a collapsible and rip-resistant purifying water backpack, is fast to fill, affordable, easy to distribute to remote locations and ergonomically designed for carrying long distances. A spout reduces secondary water pollution, and the inner liner can be sanitized by sunlight.

Learn More



PROVIDING AFFORDABLE AND TRANSPORTABLE SOLAR LIGHT

 

Company: MPOWERD

Location: Haiti

Discovered by: Ryan Blackmore

Supported by: Professor Ron Fry

Luci, an inflatable solar light that can fit in your hand, provides the developing world with an affordable alternative to expensive kerosene lamps, and the developed world with a clean-energy transportable light.

 

Learn More



PRODUCING SUSTAINANLE, FAIR-TRADE COFFEE

 

Company: Cafe Nor

Location: Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Discovered by: James Corrigan

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

An economically viable, and socially and environmentally sustainable coffee company, Café Nor helps farmers improve production, sustainability and certification. The company gives farmers above fair trade prices, and farmers access to international business through micro-financing, creating opportunities for their entire communities.

Learn More



EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY AT THE FOUNDATION

 

Company: Forest City

Location: Cleveland, U.S.

Discovered by: Nikolay Kanazirev

Supported by: Professor Scot Lowry

This commercial real estate company has integrated sustainable design and business practices by refocusing its strategy and operations around sustainability. They developed a new model for sustainable real estate development, which can be used across the high-impact industry.

Learn More


PROVIDING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CHALLENGED POPULATIONS
 

Company: Baravom Studio

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Discovered by: Hoh Kim

Supported by: Professor David Cooperrider

Inspired by Tom’s Shoes, Baravom provides free photography services for disabled, poor and elderly people with the profits they receive from corporate, government and non-profit organization photoshoots.

 

Learn More



DELIVERING ENERGY-EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS TO BUILDING SECTORS
 

Company: Elithis

Location: Dijon, France

Discovered by: Steven Paulovich

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Elithis creates positive-energy buildings, By doing so at a standard cost, the company leads the way in creating sustainable residential buildings, districts, and cities. Their first building doesn’t need air conditioning, uses a solar shield, and produces more energy than it uses.

Learn More



DISTILLING RUM SUSTAINABLY

 

Company: Serralles Rum Distillery

Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Discovered by: Jonathan Simpkins

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Serralles developed a sustainable process for all steps of their distillery operations. They recycle cardboard into woodchips and mulch; sell the CO2 that comes from fermentation to local soda companies; clean their waste water for local irrigation; and use their bio-gas productions to fuel their boilers. 

Learn More

REDUDUCING SOLAR GLARE TO SAVE ENERGY

 

Company: View Dynamic Glass

Location: California, US (Worldwide)

Discovered by: Brad Moore

Supported by: Professor David Cooperrider

This glass producer reduces light transmission through glass with an electrically-charged micro-coating that rejects 91% of the sun’s energy. It can be applied at a large scale and significantly reduces HVAC energy needs. It also improves employee production, student test performances, infection rates in hospitals, and patient recovery speeds. 

Learn More

CLEANING OCEANS WITH SKATEBOARDS & SUNGLASSES
 

Company: Boreo

Location: Santiago, Chile

Discovered by: Anuj Agrawal

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Bureo recycles plastic waste from the ocean into skateboards and sunglasses, designed with inspiration from sea creatures. They use the cradle-to-cradle life cycle and have a net positive use of water and energy, which led to their certification by the Living Future Institute.


 

Learn More

HEALING THE EARTH THROUGH MEALS

 

Company: Pure and Whole

Location: Shanghai, China

Discovered by: Hammad Ahmed, Yunfan Xiao, Joseph Woodard, Abdulla Albassam

Supported by: Professor Scot Lowry

As the first vegetarian restaurant in Shanghai, this popular restaurant uses its passion for the transformation of humanity to provide a great-tasting plant-based menu, clean environment, and friendly service. Customers leave feeling physically and mentally invigorated via sustainably delivered vitamins and fibers.

Learn More

FINANCIAL CONSULTING FOR NONPROFITS
 

Company: Oliver Wyman

Location: London, U.K.

Discovered by: Kristine Priemer

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

This financial firm launched its Social Impact program to help local nonprofits that support global economic development optimize their businesses and improve their operations. Social Impact maximizes the economic impact nonprofits have on the communities they serve.
 

Learn More

PIONEERING THE SUSTAINABLE CARIBBEAN AIRPORT

Company: Shift to Nature

Location: Burnside, Australia

Discovered by: Ebrahim Salehramsari

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Shift to Nature was the first Australian ecommerce company to offer ethical and organic clothing from multiple retailers on one website. They’ve since evolved to partner with freelance designers and manufacturers who work virtually and adhere to global organic certifications.

Learn More

OUR MISSION

 

Change the story about from best in the world, to best for the world.

AIM2Flourish connects students with business leaders to discover and learn about innovations that do good and do well.


 

Learn More About Us



TURNING BOMBS INTO BEAUTIFUL FEATURES



 

Company: Purple Buddha Project

Location: Cambodia

Discovered by: Tom Poole

Supported by: Professor Ron Fry

A global jewelry company employs local skilled artisans to make jewelry out of bullet shells and bomb casings, symbols of the country’s past struggles. Purple Buddha Project provides a fair, sustainable income stream to artisans and donates meals to Cambodian school children.

Learn More



TRIPLING CROPS AND REDUCING COSTS



 

Company: SunCulture

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Discovered by: Joseph Woodard

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

SunCulture provides poor farmers with a solar-powered water pump, empowering them to increase their annual crop yield with a lasting solution. They can pay off their solar irrigation kit in two years rather than spending $200 per month on petrol pump fuel.


 

Learn More



CONNECTING CUSTOMERS TO ORGANIC CLOTHING


 

Company: Shift to Nature

Location: Burnside, Australia

Discovered by: Ebrahim Salehramsari

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Shift to Nature was the first Australian ecommerce company to offer ethical and organic clothing from multiple retailers on one website. They’ve since evolved to partner with freelance designers and manufacturers who work virtually and adhere to global organic certifications.

Learn More



EDUCATING INCARCERATED ADULTS


 

Company: EDOVO

Location: Chicago, U.S.

Discovered by: Dan Cronin

Supported by: Professor Scot Lowry

EDOVO created a reward-based educational program inmates can use on tablets they rent for $2 per day. They complete educational activities they otherwise don’t have access to, and they’re rewarded with games, music and videos.

 

Learn More



PROVIDING ECO-FRIENDLY, AFFORDABLE, HIGH-PERFORMANCE MENSTRUAL PADS
 

Company: SHE INNOVATES

Location: Rwanda

Discovered by: Lauren Nelson

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

By empowering women to attend school and work during menstruation with the affordable and well-designed Go! pad, SHE28 reduces women’s health taboos. It also provides economic opportunities to local farmers and production workers.

 

Learn More



PROVIDING EASY-TRANSPORT CLEAN WATER


 

Company: Nottingham Spirk

Location: Nepal

Discovered by: Yan Wang

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

PackH2O, a collapsible and rip-resistant purifying water backpack, is fast to fill, affordable, easy to distribute to remote locations and ergonomically designed for carrying long distances. A spout reduces secondary water pollution, and the inner liner can be sanitized by sunlight.

Learn More



PROVIDING AFFORDABLE AND TRANSPORTABLE SOLAR LIGHT

 

Company: MPOWERD

Location: Haiti

Discovered by: Ryan Blackmore

Supported by: Professor Ron Fry

Luci, an inflatable solar light that can fit in your hand, provides the developing world with an affordable alternative to expensive kerosene lamps, and the developed world with a clean-energy transportable light.

 

Learn More



PRODUCING SUSTAINANLE, FAIR-TRADE COFFEE


 

Company: Cafe Nor

Location: Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Discovered by: James Corrigan

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

An economically viable, and socially and environmentally sustainable coffee company, Café Nor helps farmers improve production, sustainability and certification. The company gives farmers above fair trade prices, and farmers access to international business through micro-financing, creating opportunities for their entire communities.

Learn More



EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY AT THE FOUNDATION

 

Company: Forest City

Location: Cleveland, U.S.

Discovered by: Nikolay Kanazirev

Supported by: Professor Scot Lowry

This commercial real estate company has integrated sustainable design and business practices by refocusing its strategy and operations around sustainability. They developed a new model for sustainable real estate development, which can be used across the high-impact industry.

Learn More



PROVIDING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CHALLENGED POPULATIONS
 

Company: Baravom Studio

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Discovered by: Hoh Kim

Supported by: Professor David Cooperrider

Inspired by Tom’s Shoes, Baravom provides free photography services for disabled, poor and elderly people with the profits they receive from corporate, government and non-profit organization photoshoots.
 

Learn More



DELIVERING ENERGY-EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS TO BUILDING SECTORS
 

Company: Elithis

Location: Dijon, France

Discovered by: Steven Paulovich

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Elithis creates positive-energy buildings, By doing so at a standard cost, the company leads the way in creating sustainable residential buildings, districts, and cities. Their first building doesn’t need air conditioning, uses a solar shield, and produces more energy than it uses.

Learn More



DISTILLING RUM SUSTAINABLY

 

Company: Serralles Rum Distillery

Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Discovered by: Jonathan Simpkins

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Serralles developed a sustainable process for all steps of their distillery operations. They recycle cardboard into woodchips and mulch; sell the CO2 that comes from fermentation to local soda companies; clean their waste water for local irrigation; and use their bio-gas productions to fuel their boilers. 

Learn More

REDUDUCING SOLAR GLARE TO SAVE ENERGY

 

Company: View Dynamic Glass

Location: California, US (Worldwide)

Discovered by: Brad Moore

Supported by: Professor David Cooperrider

This glass producer reduces light transmission through glass with an electrically-charged micro-coating that rejects 91% of the sun’s energy. It can be applied at a large scale and significantly reduces HVAC energy needs. It also improves employee production, student test performances, infection rates in hospitals, and patient recovery speeds. 

Learn More

CLEANING OCEANS WITH SKATEBOARDS & SUNGLASSES
 

Company: Boreo

Location: Santiago, Chile

Discovered by: Anuj Agrawal

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Bureo recycles plastic waste from the ocean into skateboards and sunglasses, designed with inspiration from sea creatures. They use the cradle-to-cradle life cycle and have a net positive use of water and energy, which led to their certification by the Living Future Institute.


 

Learn More

HEALING THE EARTH THROUGH MEALS

 

Company: Pure and Whole

Location: Shanghai, China

Discovered by: Hammad Ahmed, Yunfan Xiao, Joseph Woodard, Abdulla Albassam

Supported by: Professor Scot Lowry

As the first vegetarian restaurant in Shanghai, this popular restaurant uses its passion for the transformation of humanity to provide a great-tasting plant-based menu, clean environment, and friendly service. Customers leave feeling physically and mentally invigorated via sustainably delivered vitamins and fibers.

Learn More

FINANCIAL CONSULTING FOR NONPROFITS

 

Company: Oliver Wyman

Location: London, U.K.

Discovered by: Kristine Priemer

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

This financial firm launched its Social Impact program to help local nonprofits that support global economic development optimize their businesses and improve their operations. Social Impact maximizes the economic impact nonprofits have on the communities they serve.

 

Learn More

PIONEERING THE SUSTAINABLE CARIBBEAN AIRPORT
 

Company: Shift to Nature

Location: Burnside, Australia

Discovered by: Ebrahim Salehramsari

Supported by: Professor Chris Laszlo

Shift to Nature was the first Australian ecommerce company to offer ethical and organic clothing from multiple retailers on one website. They’ve since evolved to partner with freelance designers and manufacturers who work virtually and adhere to global organic certifications.

Learn More

OUR MISSION


 

Change the story about from best in the world, to best for the world.

AIM2Flourish connects students with business leaders to discover and learn about innovations that do good and do well.


 

Learn More About Us

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