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WEBINAR RECORDING: Social Enterprise  - Unleashing The 100% Solution

Social Enterprise is a worldwide movement often referred to as the fourth sector of the economy. 

They blend the best practices of businesses and nonprofit organizations, creating a highly agile, effective, and sustainable platform from which to deliver social and environmental solutions at the local level.  Bill Morris will share a case study of Blue Star Recyclers, a 501c3 social enterprise in Colorado Springs, CO, including assessments by Sustainability Professionals who support their organization.

Recorded live on Wednesday June 11, 2014 

Social Enterprise is a worldwide movement often referred to as the fourth sector of the economy.  While the mission and method of many organizations in the business, government and nonprofit sectors are becoming steadily more similar, something more than simple blurring of the boundaries is occurring. Pioneering organizations in the three sectors are in fact converging toward a fundamentally new organizational sector that integrates social purposes with business methods: a Fourth Sector.

Social enterprises blend the best practices of businesses and nonprofit organizations, creating a highly agile, effective, and sustainable platform from which to deliver social and environmental solutions at the local level.  Without internal profit-taking (by shareholders and senior management) or dependence upon unsustainable outside funding, social enterprises can solve local problems simply by providing the best product/service value in their markets.  The only thing they require is the support of local customers like you.

The primary purpose of this webinar is to provide information to sustainability professionals about identifying and contracting with social enterprise providers, and the far-reaching benefits of supporting these triple bottom line (environmental, social, an economic) organizations.  The webinar will show you how to…

  • Bring your procurement policies into alignment with your sustainability goals
  • Partner with organizations that deliver the best overall value product and/or service AND produce a social deliverable in the community or region in which you do business. 
  • Set and achieve new EMS and CSR goals by supporting social enterprise organizations who produce measurable triple-bottom line results and social return on investment (SROI).

The webinar will include the following components:

  1. A short history, overview of definition of social enterprise in its various forms  (15 minutes)
  2. Redefining sustainability to extend beyond environmental impact (10 minutes)
  3. How to influence procurement and corporate giving policies to increase the overall sustainability of your community by supporting social enterprise, including: (10 minutes)
    1. Assessing the Social Return on Investment of every purchase
    2. Moving from corporate philanthropy to social investment
    3. “Using” your money versus “Spending” your money 
  4. A case study of Blue Star Recyclers, a 501c3 social enterprise in Colorado Springs, CO, including assessments by Sustainability Professionals who support their organization.

PRESENTER:  Bill Morris, CEO – Blue Star Recyclers

Bill Morris co-founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 after discovering people with autism and other developmental disabilities possess innate talent for de-manufacturing electronic.  His discovery led to a solution for two problems; Real jobs for people with disabilities who face over eighty percent unemployment, and a local recycling solution for unwanted electronics, of which less than 20% are ethically recycled. 

Five years later Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning social enterprise with a mission of recycling electronics and other materials as a way to create local jobs for people with disabilities.  The fulfillment of their mission to date has produced triple bottom line results, including – Over 50 jobs in Colorado, 5 million pounds of recycled electronics, and over $3 million in new revenues and taxpayer savings.  Most importantly, Blue Star Recyclers is over 80% self-funded through earned income.

Bill was awarded Recycler of the Year from the Colorado Association for Recycling, Employer of the Year from the Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, and Small Business Person of the Year from the Better Business Bureau & SBDC, and the Samaritan Institute Award from Colorado Ethics In Business Alliance.  In 2012 he was invited to the White House as a “Champions of Change” Award finalist.  Bill is a Beanstalk Foundation Leader, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Social Enterprise Alliance.   

 

 

June 11, 2014 11:00 AM   through   12:00 PM PT
ISSP Webinar Platform and the Learning Center
United States
Webinar Recording $ 25.00

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