Benojo's weekly roundup of the top social impact stories
Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the corporate giving and charity space. Here’s what’s causing waves globally, the things stirring up people like you and all the latest in the world of social good.
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On our Benojo blog this week, we interview Jay Boolkin whose new social platform is changing the way people reach personal goals and contribute to charities. Link here
Fair trade commitment: Aussie designer pays Cambodian workers double minimum wage
Australian fashion designer Khim Hang says his new collection is an ode to his Cambodian heritage. His parents fled the Khmer Rouge and now he’s giving back in a unique way.
For Unilever's CMO, global growth and social responsibility are now inseparable goals
CPG empire has learned doing good is good business.
Expanding the company's global footprint is only the beginning of Unilever's mission, however. The CPG giant, guided by CEO Paul Polman, has set forth not only to double the size of its business but also to reduce its environmental impact. It is putting its U logo on all its products and marketing pieces as a "trust mark of sustainability," "a way of telling consumers that any product with the U is the right choice for the planet."
Unilever's Keith Weed Photo: Jude Edginton
Seeing Eye Dogs Australia on the trail of more carers to help give back to community
SEEING Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is calling for more volunteers to help get puppies’ tails wagging. The organisation has called for more people to volunteer as puppy carers in Melbourne, with 41 young pups currently in need of a volunteer home.
HoMie pop-up store aims to outfit the homeless in free first-hand clothes
A new social enterprise has the vulnerable and comfortable shopping from the same rack.
Giving back and scoring some sweet new threads sound too good to be true? Naysayers, HoMie is here to dispel your doubt. A pop-up store with a heart of gold, HoMie is an initiative of Homeless of Melbourne, who put a creative spin on social justice. Boasting both up-and-coming as well as established local designers, the store will donate a piece of clothing to a member of the homeless community for each item purchased. For co-founder Nick Pearce, this ‘one for one’ policy “is a new way of trying to reinvigorate that whole outdated op-shop scenario and bring in something new and diverse, and hopefully have a bit of an impact in the homeless sector”.
Taste over waste: ugly food movement winning friends
It is estimated that a third of all the food produced in the world is never consumed, with the total cost of that food waste being as high as US$400 billion a year.
In response to the European Commission’s plan to make 2014 the “European Year Against Food Waste” and the EU’s scrapping of rules that prevented the sale of oddly-sized or misshapen fruit and vegetables, supermarkets across Europe were quick to respond.
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