In 1890, Sir Thomas Lipton arrived on the island of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, to purchase a plot of land that would become the first tea estate in his global tea empire. These days, in the Ambadandegama Valley located just a few miles from Lipton’s original estate, another experiment in tea production is unfolding.
Tucked into the side of a precipitous mountain, Amba Estate is a tea operation that shares 10 percent of its revenues with its workers. That’s a novel approach here in Sri Lanka, a country that’s one of the world’s largest exporters of tea — an industry that employs more than 1 million of its 22 million residents.
“What makes us different is our 10 percent revenue share — not profit share. We decided to do revenue share because even when we’re not making a profit, we felt it was only right that workers and management receives recognition,” says Simon Bell.
Bell purchased the 26-acre Amba Estate in 2006 with three partners – all of whom had previously worked in international development. Their goal, he says, was to create a for-profit social enterprise that could create long-term employment in the region. “It’s thanks to the hard work and innovation [of the workers] that we’ve grown revenue 20 fold over the last few years.”
The estate employs 30 full-time workers from the local village. One elderly Tamil couple resides on the property itself. They had lived in an old line house, a structure built to house tea workers during the days of British rule, since long before Bell and his partners purchased the land. “We didn’t know if they had anywhere else to go,” says Bell. “They asked to stay and we were happy to let them.”
Fact: More and more consumers are demanding socially responsible products.
Since 1993, Americans’ enthusiasm to shop with a conscience has sky-rocketed. Increasing more than 20 percentage points during the last 20 years, U.S. consumer likelihood to opt for brands associated with a cause, given comparable price and quality, has jumped from two-thirds of the population in 1993 to nearly the entire population in 2013.
This trend will undoubtedly continue with the coming of age of Millenials, the first generation of Americans who have grown up alongside cause marketing. Numbering more than 80 million Americans, they are the largest cohort the U.S. has ever seen – and an undeniable force. Millennials are hyperaware of, and have high expectations for, corporate social responsibility efforts to make the world a better place – for themselves and broader society.
Source: Cone Communications, 2013 Social Impact Report
We’ve just made some new friends at Chic Entrepreneur Enterprise who mentioned a great book for you all to check out, it’s called: “the girls guide to building a million dollar business” by Susan Wilson Solovic…check out her other books too on amazon.com
When ideas are born it seems as if they appear from nowhere. But look closer and you’ll see a carefully woven combination of elements that invite their arrival.
Marium Ullah’s simple, bold yet intricately embroidered designs are a perfect example of just this. Her newly created venture “Needle Town” was born from the deep connection with her Pakistani heritage and cultural background.
Growing up in Manchester and studying in London, she wanted to bridge the gap between the worlds that she inhibited through her designs and accessories.
“The name ‘Needle Town’ is a literal translation of the name of the village that my family are from in Pakistan which is known for it’s seamstresses and garment work.”
Marium would visit annually and began to realise the lack of infrastructure and access to education that was available to women and young girls.
From starting the designs as a hobby, more and more of Marium’s friends began to ask to buy pieces of her work. With a father experienced in international business and her sisters into fashion and design, Marium began to take her venture more seriously after graduating.
Always staying close to her roots, she is now working on making Needle Town into a social enterprise back in her hometown in Pakistan, employing women under fair trade values, and helping them to make a living and afford education for their families.
Marium also makes custom designs, like the one Seetal sports above.
“My advice to any girl who wants to pursue their passion and creative ideas is to Think about how it can make a positive difference to others and how you can give back."
Follow Marium’s incredible work here on Instagram!
1) “The fact that so many people take her seriously though is indicative of your immaturity and gullibility. Only mentally ill people and complete morons still believe in the merits of socialism or that free enterprise is inherently evil”
2) “gay furry commie”
3) callout post for upton sinclair
4) 100+ anti sjws flipping out over a post out of context
I’ve been on Tumblr since 2009(? I don’t remember exactly). I took a few years off while I was in college. But, now, I’m back. I wish I had known about the studyblr community earlier, when I was in high school. You all are a wonderful group of people and I hope to be a part of it! So, here goes my intro:
I’m Sharon and I recently [Dec. 2016] graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I’m currently looking for a job in the SF/Bay Area.
Java & Ruby on Rails
Database Management & Theory
Data Structures & Algorithms
Machine Learning for Computer Vision [Ask me about my research if you’re interested!]
Cooking: My mother is a professional chef so I learned to cook from a young age. I am trying to learn some traditional dishes before I leave home.
Listening to 99% Invisible: It’s an amazing podcast that restores my child-like curiosity about the world.
Dancing: I’ve been a dancer my whole life but, injuries halted my journey. I hope to go back in a few months.
Makeup & Skincare: Generally, I have commitment issues. But, I learned how to wing my liner when I was 5 and I have never turned back.
Diversity in Tech: I want to learn how to be a good ally for minorities and vouch for women, PoC, and people with invisible illnesses/disabilities in and out of the tech industry.
STEM Education x Sustainable Social Enterprises/Non-Profits
Personality: INTJ; Aquarius
I’m starting a studyblr to ensure that I keep learning outside of the classroom. It’s hard to stay on track without the routine and stress of school, sometimes.
The fact that so many people take her seriously though is indicative of your immaturity and gullibility. Only mentally ill people and complete morons still believe in the merits of socialism or that free enterprise is inherently evil
Butare launched her Kinazi Dairy Cooperative in 2012 to help Rwandan
genocide survivors, who had been given cows under a government
assistance program, but who were struggling to sell and market their
milk. The initiative now serves more than 3,200 farmers, and supplies
markets in Rwanda and Burundi.
Someone I knew in my life BB (before Burundi) once told me that I’d be doing better by the world if I were starting a business (as of course he was) than I would be by working at a clinic in the developing world. His argument involved something about job stimulus, classism and xenophobia… I forget the finer points.
Well, happy news! I’ve been promoted. I’m now leading our Economic Development programs. Effectively, I’m helping to start four new businesses that will benefit more than 100 women (victims of gender based violence, specifically) and their families, not to mention aid in developing a naissent economy in the world’s 4th poorest country. We’re using a co-op model that will pay everyone fair wage and then reinvesting any additional profits into business training and micro insurance.
I’ll end there because I’m on the edge of my ability to remain civil. I’ll just close with a great big, “How'ya like them apples?"
'Creative Capitalism' and future business strategy?
I participated in a radio panel on ‘creative capitalism’ - which Bill Gates introduced at a WEF event in 2008 as “Profits + Philanthropy”.
Got me thinking and here is where I’ve got to:
“It isn’t about corporate philanthropy anymore. What you do with your profits is not as important as how you earn them. The successful businesses of the future will create shared value for their suppliers and supplier communities and their customers and customer communities, as well as their staff. The new game is creating wealth for the world, not only for a small group of shareholders”.