The business world is rife with opportunities to do good. Increasingly, business owners are turning to a new model, called social entrepreneurship, which combines their passion for business with a desire to give back. Whether it's partnering with charities to raise money for a cause or using sustainable materials in the products they make, they are making a socially responsible business a priority. Here are this month's examples of the good that some businesses are doing.
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Produces a low-calorie line of natural teas and beverages, each made with a tablespoon of honey.
Honeydrop just launched its “Buy a Bottle – Save a Bee” campaign to help preserve the threatened bee population. As part of the campaign, a percentage of profits from every bottle sold will be donated to Honeydrop's community beekeeper partners, helping them build and maintain new beehives.
On Twitter @Honeydropbev; on Facebook: Honeydropbev
Sells handpicked jewelry from around the world, including Brazilian bracelets called Brazilets. Along with the bracelets, which many believe help wishes come true, Live Worldly also offers necklaces, charms and rings.
Live Worldly donates 20 percent of its sales to Plantabillion.org, a nature nonprofit organization dedicated to helping save Brazil’s endangered Atlantic rain forest.
On Twitter @Brazilets ; on Facebook: Live-Worldly
A socially conscious marketing services provider for nonprofit agencies and socially responsible businesses. The company's services include cause marketing; direct, online, mobile and social marketing for nonprofits; fundraising programs; donor campaigns; and event management services.
Cause Populi just kicked off its new "Worthy Cause" grant and subsidy program, with a goal of enhancing the visibility and online presence of nonprofit institutions, as well as improving their community development and fundraising abilities. The "Worthy Cause" grants are awarded on a monthly basis to socially responsible organizations that have the potential for a major positive societal impact. The grant will match up to $3 dollars for every dollar contributed by the recipient organization toward the project.
On Twitter @CausePopuli
A New York City-based website aimed at uniting local nonprofits, artists and socially conscious consumers. Each week, SocialPakt showcases a T-shirt designed by a local artist and inspired by a local nonprofit organization.
SocialPakt ensures that the proceeds from every T-shirt sold go to support the featured local nonprofit organization and artist, with a goal of raising funds and awareness for New York City's more than 42,000 health, human services and cultural nonprofit organizations and thousands of local environmental and animal welfare nonprofits.
On Twitter @SocialPakt; on Facebook: SocialPakt
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Sarah's Hope Jewelry
Offers socially responsible jewelry, including sterling silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, that are set with their E'Sperene stones. The proprietary stone is a composite that combines quartz crystals with metal oxides to create vibrant colors that shift dynamically as they reflect light.
Sarah's Hope donates 10 percent of its profits to promote and fund small-business loans and programs for women entrepreneurs all over the world.
On Facebook @ SarahsHopeJewelry
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Based in California, Blackstone Winery offers a wide range of red and white wines, including syrah, cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio, chardonnay, and a signature California merlot.
Through December, the winery is running its Corks Against Cancer campaign. As part of the campaign, Blackstone is donating $1 from every bottle sold throughout the country to the Rally Foundation, which helps support and raise funds for childhood cancer research.
On Twitter @BlackstoneTR
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Nicole Bridger Design
A Vancouver, Canada-based women's clothier that produces everything from tops and bottoms to vests, jackets and maternity outfits.
Nicole Bridger uses sustainable fabrics from natural and renewable resources that are dyed with low-impact dyes. In addition, the majority of the company's goods are manufactured locally in Vancouver; when items are manufactured overseas, the company uses fair-trade factories.
On Twitter @NicoleBridger ; on Facebook: Nicole-Bridger