Cork House: The Sustainable Harvesting of Cork

GUEST BLOG: SONNY JELINEK - I talk (or think) about cork all day, every day. I have for years. Explaining the process of the cork harvest and how the bark immediately begins to re-generate has always made me feel good.

Episode 46: Sonny Jelinek of Jelinek Cork Group

“Sit down and think: ‘What can I do to make sure my business is still here in 100 years and has made a difference in the world?’ Then reverse engineer that process to today.” When customers enter Jelinek Cork Group’s (JCG) retail store, many share their cork experiences - from crafting with wine corks to … Continue reading Episode 46: Sonny Jelinek of Jelinek Cork Group

Episode 40: Bill Humphrey of The Rainforest Inn

We have taken almost every conceivable step towards making The Rainforest Inn a place that costs the Earth very little. Bill and Renée Humphrey combined their dreams to live in the El Yunque Rainforest and to manage a boutique hotel after purchasing a small hurricane-ravaged property in 1997. Hoping to one day share the natural … Continue reading Episode 40: Bill Humphrey of The Rainforest Inn

Episode 30: Michelle Stevens of The Refill Shoppe

"The simple thought turned into a vision of a place where you could get just what you need without anything that you don't." Michelle Stevens is the founder of The Refill Shoppe, an eco-conscious store challenging the standards of consumerism by offering quality bath, body, home and cleaning liquids in bulk. The Refill Shoppe refills customers' … Continue reading Episode 30: Michelle Stevens of The Refill Shoppe

Corporate Social Responsibility: Expectations vs. Reality:

Like any other business endeavor, companies that set out to either establish or expand their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program have a number of common expectations. Having interviewed dozens of companies, though, it seems that the reality is often drastically different than these expectations. Here are some common misconceptions that we have learned from past … Continue reading Corporate Social Responsibility: Expectations vs. Reality:

Jeff Brown of Newmans Own Foundation

Episode 15: Jeff Brown of Newman’s Own Foundation

Newman’s Own Foundation is a qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization founded by Paul Newman in 2005 to assure the continuation of his commitment to use 100% of the net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products for charitable purposes.

Ellie Symes The Bee Corp

Episode 14: Ellie Symes and Wes Hadley of The Bee Corp

Listen in as Ellie and Wes discuss the company that is creating quite a bit of “buzz”! Ellie was recently nominated as a 2018 Rising Star for the 19th Annual Mira Awards and The Bee Corp received a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Jen-Ai Notman Leesa Sleep

Episode 10: Jen-Ai Notman of Leesa Sleep

Leesa has donated more than 23,000 mattresses to non-profits organizations that serve homeless and at-risk men, women and children, and have set a goal with Arbor Day Foundation to plant one million trees by 2025.

Andy Fyfe, B Lab

Episode 9: Andy Fyfe of B Lab

B Lab is the nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, certifying companies to be B Corps and striving to not just to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.

Downtown Indianapolis

How to find the social enterprises shaping your community

What exactly are social enterprises? A social enterprise forms when entrepreneurs look to solve social problems in addition to customers’ problems. You’ll be surprised to discover how many social enterprises are hiding in plain sight!

Doing good can make your business even better

While community participation is frequently regarded as a company’s social responsibility in its entirety, it isn’t. However, a company’s participation in its community is often the most recognizable and outward facing facet of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program.