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Jun 07

Is ethical business important to you?

We’re now in the final stages of our telesummit follow up – its been great reading all the feedback, taking the next steps and tying up all the loose ends.

One of these loose ends was to donate a small percentage of the sales of our Total Telesummit Package to KIVA – the charity we had decided to align ourselves with. Kiva’s vision is for world where all people, even in the most remote areas of the globe,  hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others. They provide capital to those in need, helping them to create better lives for themselves and their families. More than 80% of Kiva loans go to women entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world.

So – it was with pleasure that we gave this donation and we look forward to more in the future.

Why Ethical Business?

Janine and I believe we are fortunate to be in a position where we can establish our own business and contribute through our programmes to other business women on their journey.

In addition, social entrepreneurship is important to us. Ethical business is one of our values, and we think its important that as we go on our business journey, we are constantly contributing to our community and other business entrepreneurs, that we are walking the talk…. and this donation is just the start. We have great plans for how we can use our time and expertise in the future to benefit women all around the world.

Is Ethical Business important to you?

This process has also made us curious about other businesses – and we’d love to know:

  • What does ‘ethical business’ mean to you?
  • Do you take any steps within your business planning to incoporate social responsibility? If so – we’d love to hear what you do!

Thanks in advance – for us this really is just the start and we always welcome feedback and ideas!

Jo


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  • Hi there,

    I just came across your post while doing some market research. I’m a freelance web designer, who more and more is looking to work with ethical and sustainable businesses, or more aptly (for me anyway) businesses that are ‘Conscious’.

    I think the term ‘ethical business’ will always mean different things to different people, but for me it’s about:

    Collaborative and ‘win-win’ ways of doing business with customers, suppliers and staff, while also adding to the community.

    Being conscious that we are only on the planet for a very short time, and that we should try to leave it a better place than we found it.

    Working with integrity at something that allows us to be the best we can possibly be. By being everything we can be ourselves, we can show what’s possible and help & inspire others to do the same.

    That’s my two pence worth 🙂

    Martin Young

    Consciousness Designs

    • Hi Martin, cheers for the post great to hear from you! Love your comments and echo your sentiments. It seems to me that there is SO MUCH opportunity for businesses to partner and contribute to their communities. It is not only a great opportunity for you business but also a really exciting way to get creative and think outside the square with the way you do business!

      We’d love to hear more about how you are putting ethical business into practice in your design practice sometime – sharing of ideas will help spread the word and encourage others to get involved too. We recently included a donation to Kiva (an organisation that provides loans to entrepreneurs in emerging economies) as part of our ‘Profit with Purpose’ telesummit event and it felt great as well as helping us get speakers who were aligned with the way we want to work onboard for the the summit!

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