Millions in the developing world are living without electricity forcing people to rely on unhealthy, unreliable and informal energy sources such as kerosene. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business is Ronit Kanwar, the co-founder and CEO of Empower Energy, a UK based start-up that is dedicated to improving access to reliable energy through a unique microfranchise model that is offered throughout the last mile of India.
1.5 billion people per year do not have access to rural medical clinics with a reliable electricity supply – which often results in the improper sanitation of medical equipment. No Ordinary Business talks to Noor Medical, whose mission is to provide the critical sterilisation of medical equipment for rural health clinics – with a 2025 goal of positively impacting 20 million lives.
What do you get when you combine economic empowerment and education? A greater chance of breaking the cycle of poverty. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Founder and CEO of YCAB Foundation, Veronica Colondam, shares with us YCAB’s model of social enterprise that uses traditional business ventures to finance the mission and enhance sustainability across Indonesia.
Increasingly, there is a convergence between the for-profit and non-profit worlds, an integration of the pursuit of profit and mission. The conventional thought system that doing well financially and doing good for society are mutually exclusive and separate is obsolete. New enterprises are integrating business and social impact in an effort to create greater sustainability. Today’s guests on No Ordinary Business, are both examples of this new model of business and change. Join our conversation with Becki Ueno, Founder of certified B Corp law firm, Sustainable Law Group, and Evelina Marchetti, Founder and CEO of Evelina Eco Events, a sustainable event production company, certified B Corp and benefit corporation, as they share their experiences integrating the pursuit of profit and social impact.
Reducing carbon emissions is increasingly important to meet international commitments, domestic policy imperatives, and to implement more sustainable land management practices. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Dr. Robert Waterworth from the Mullion Group, talks to us about how Mullion is helping policymakers and corporations more easily measure and report greenhouse gas emissions using open source software for sustainable land management.
In today’s highly politicised climate, it is a struggle to find media coverage that is purely fact based. Even across the conservation world, much environmental news is published by advocacy groups and is therefore focused on particular agendas. On the other hand, there is Mongabay, a fact-based non-advocacy online news service dedicated to informing readership of social and environmental issues related to forests and other ecosystems. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Rhett Butler, shares his journey to support the environment, explores current challenges in conveying news to the public, and gives his view of what’s needed to make environmental conservation more effective. Mongabay.com is the world’s most popular site for rainforest information and a well-known source of environmental news reporting and analysis.
Access to clean water is a challenge in much of the world and existing models of safe water distribution are unable to keep up with the demands of growing populations and rapid urbanisation. Frustrated by the lack of sustainability within the traditional NGO organisational and funding model, today's guest on No Ordinary Business, Daniel Nolan of UNTAPPED, talks to Gina Pereira about how he is working to address these challenges through a platform designed to sustainably empower local entrepreneurs to scale water enterprises in emerging countries.