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2014

GLOBAL SOCIAL BUSINESS SUMMIT 2014

Shaping Social Business to Shape the World of 2020
27 - 28 November 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico

On November 27-28, 2014, Mexico City welcomed for the first time in Latin America, the Global Social Business Summit. Outstanding speakers, experienced or novice social business entrepreneurs present their initiatives and debate with participants the most pressing challenges faced by the social business community.

More than 800 participants with very diverse backgrounds and coming from all over the world gathered to collaborate and actively contribute to the social business movement. Following this year´s leading theme “Shaping Social Business to Shape the World of 2020”, discussions were notably articulated around the impacts of the current unsustainable economic and financial system as well as the associated generational and structural shifts.

 

Announcements Made During the Global Social Business Summit 2014

  • Announcement of a partnership between the Grameen Creative Lab and CEMEX to foster a social business model in housing with focus on family businesses

  • Announcement of a partnership between the Yunus Social Business and SoSense, a crowdfunding company

  • Announcement of the creation of a 5 million dollars fund, financed by USaid  to support the Yunus Social Business´ project in Haiti, Albania and Uganda

  • Announcement of the creation in Mexico of a fund dedicated to the promotion of Social Business; already one million dollars has been collected to finance two projects

  • Announcement of a new social business initiative in Chittagong, Bangladesh in partnership with CSBC (Chittagong Social Business Centre Ltd)

  • Announcement that Mexico City will become a Social Business City

  • Announcement of a collaboration between the Yunus Center and the Japan Automechanic Ltd. starting in January 2015

  • Announcement of a partnership between the Latribe University, Australia and the Yunus Center 

  • Announcement of Berlin to host the Global Social Business Summit  2015

 

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2013

Global Social Business Summit 2013

social business to change the world – by Changing individuals, communities, vilages, cities and countries 
7 – 9 November 2013 In kuala lumpur, malaysia

The Global Social Business Summit 2013 landed in Asia. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia was the place to be for the global social business movement where 580 participants came together amongst them also Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak who stressed the commitment of his government to support social business entrepreneurs by announcing a social business fund and incubation center. Discussions spanned over the state of the art of social business, collaboration success stories like with crowd funding organization Kiva.org., corporate motivation, the question of social impact measurement and the role of culture & arts.

Prior to the summit the first academic Research Conference on Social Business took place. During the first four summits, we have progressed from having a meeting of academics through to specific pre-conference Academia Meetings in 2011 and 2012, to a two-day Research Conference. The conference is aimed to all researchers working on social business or related areas, the main aim being to stimulate an inter-disciplinary and international research community around this area of growing international significance and to enhance capacity, quality and recognition of research in social business.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTs made during the global social business summit 2013

  • Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Veracruz and Yunus Social Business to set up a social business fund of USD 4.5 million in Veracruz 

  • Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Fifco and Yunus Social Business to set up a social business called Nutrivita in Costa Rica 

  • Announcement of the partnership between myclimate and Yunus Social Business to set up a social business fund for climate related issues

  • Announcement of the partnership between The Grameen Creative Lab and the City of Berlin

  • Announcement of the partnership between Fairwind and the social business fund Nepal supported by Chaudhary Group

  • Launch of The Boston Consulting Group study "The Power of Social Business: Lessons from Corporate Engagements with Grameen"

    (https://www.bcgperspectives.com/content/articles/.../)

  • Announcement of a RM20 million social business fund in Malaysia by Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Razak

  • Announcement of Mexico City to host the Global Social Business Summit 2014 

 

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2012

Global Social Business Summit 2012

Power of Innovation – To Change the World
8 – 10 November 2012 In Vienna, Austria

More than 550 participants attended the Global Social Business Summit 2012 to explore the theme Power of Innovation – To Change the World. The summit was hallmarked by its innovative formats applying the “Swarm Works” tool in utilizing the knowledge and expertise of every single participant at a time.

In a common effort participants worked on action plans to increase the social impact through social business addressing the following key questions: How to create jobs for 7 billion people on the planet? What needs to be done to foster a global network for social business? How can we better attract investors for social business? What should be the role of governments in social business? How can we leverage the use of new technology for social business? How can we use the potential of young people for social business?

After those work loaded and impactful days the summit was rounded up with a joyful YY Party to network and celebrate another successful Global Social Business Summit. The results from the summit can be reviewed in the Follow-up Report. PDF

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF YUNUS AMAZON SOCIAL BUSINESS INITIATIVE
BY STATE VICE-GOVERNOR, MR. HELENILSON PONTES

The Yunus Amazon Social Business Initiative was launched by State Vice-Governor, Mr. Helenilson Pontes during the Global Social Business Summit 2012. It is a concrete step to take the social business idea to the Brazilian Amazon region.

Realizing the potential contribution that social business can make to solve many of the social problems faced by poor people in the Amazon rainforest, Prof. Muhammad Yunus invited the Government of Pará State to participate in the Global Social Business Summit and challenged them to become the “first social business state in Brazil”. Pará is the second largest state in the Brazilian Amazon. “Because social businesses are sustainable by definition, we believe we can create a truly sustainable social business economy in the Amazon based on the sustainable use of some components of our biodiversity such as fruits, oils, nuts, medicinal plants, and other non-wood forest products.

Ultimately, we believe we can add an environmental dimension to the concept of social business in order to solve many of our problems at the same time: reduce poverty, create green jobs, generate sustainable local income, and promote environmental conservation, among others”, said Mr. Pontes. The Yunus Amazon Social Business Initiative also includes promoting the social business idea to the nine states in the Brazilian Amazon and encouraging them to design and implement social business initiatives with an environmental approach.

 

BCG STUDY ON GRAMEEN SOCIAL BUSINESSES IN BANGLADESH 

In 2012, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) conducted a 12-week “lessons learned” project on the Grameen experience in Bangladesh in collaboration with Prof. Yunus, the Yunus Centre and Yunus Social Business. The project’s objectives were to identify and analyze lessons learned on how to build and operate successful social businesses, provide content foundation for a knowledge management system within the Grameen network, and share the lessons learned with the broader community in a subsequent publication.

Excerpts of the results were discussed in the Focus Group “Growing Successful Social Businesses – How to build and scale social businesses” and during a plenary discussion. The full results will be published in a joint report in 2013.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROF. YUNUS AS GOODWILL AMBASSADOR 
TO THE UNITED POSTCODE LOTTERIES

Prof. Yunus is a new international Goodwill Ambassador to the United Postcode Lotteries. Yunus’ appointment is based on his successful work within social business. “Muhammad Yunus is a pioneer and inspiration within social business. His ability to create economic and social development at grassroots level demonstrates the strength of social entrepreneurship,” said Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, CEO of the Swedish Postcode Lottery.

The Postcode Lottery is the world’s third largest private donor to charitable causes, and has donated 5,4 billion Euros to good causes since its start in 1989. The Lottery’s vision is to help build a better world by donating all its profits to the Lottery’s beneficiaries. The United Postcode Lotteries’ Goodwill Ambassadors are all linked with philanthropy. They help to spread the news of the projects for a better world that the Lottery supports. Other international Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Postcode Lotteries include Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF YUNUS + YOU – THE YY FOUNDATION 

The Yunus + You – YY Foundation is a not-for profit organization founded in 2012 with the main purpose of creating a fairer and more social world through the social and economic integration of the least advantaged.

The Foundation’s main activities include: cooperating with educational institutions to spread the social business concept, supporting social business events, developing a platform towards a more social world: supporting activities such as social business competitions, scholarships, internships and fellowships , encouraging youth welfare, supporting local social initiatives, supporting the economic and social development of the least advantaged citizens through the support of entrepreneurial initiatives towards the reduction of poverty.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MYHARAPAN 
TO HOST THE GLOBAL SOCIAL BUSINESS SUMMIT IN 2013 IN KUALA LUMPUR/MALAYSIA 

Nurfarini Daing, CEO of myHarapan announced its partnership with The Grameen Creative Lab and Prof. Yunus to host the Global Social Business Summit 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For the first time the Global Social Business Summit will be held outside of Europe and we are truly excited for this great opportunity to spread social business around the globe!

 

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2011

Global Social Business Summit 2011

Building Social Business: Pioneering for ResultS
10 – 12 November 2011, Vienna, Austria

In 2011 the Global Social Business Summit moved to Vienna in Austria. 500 participants came together to discuss latest achievements and strategies of future developments. The summit was held over a course of three days adding the theme of culture and arts. In a panel discussion Prof. Yunus and his daughter Monica Yunus, who is a renowned opera singer, discussed which contribution culture can make to social business.

On the day prior to the summit, the Young Challengers Meeting was held again and for the first time the Academia Meeting gathered academics from around the world and offered the unique opportunity to share their work in the field of social business within research, practice and teaching.

On the occasion of the Global Social Business Summit 2011 a TEDx event focused on social business was held as well featuring Prof. Yunus, Hans Reitz and many other experts and entrepreneurs of the social business movement as speakers. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE EU SOCIAL BUSINESS INITIATIVE
BY EU COMMISSIONER LÁSZLÓ ANDOR

László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion presented the EU Social Business Initiative to support the creation and development of social businesses. The initiative contains 11 priority measures organized around 3 themes: making it easier for social businesses to obtain funding, increasing the visibility of social business and making the legal environment friendlier for social businesses.

Commissioner Andor talked with social business entrepreneurs and gathered input for the Conference on Social Economy and Social Business hosted by the EU Commission shortly after the summit in Brussels with participation of Prof. Yunus and the team of The Grameen Creative Lab.

In 2012, the EU Commission created an expert group to consult the Commission in implementing the Social Business Initiative, where Hans Reitz as a member of the expert group takes an active part. More information about the Social Business Initiative: click here.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF YUNUS SOCIAL BUSINESS

Prof. Yunus, Saskia Bruysten (former Co-CEO & Strategic Director of GCL), Sophie Eisenmann (former Director of GCL) and Hans Reitz founded a new company called Yunus Social Business GmbH (YSB). YSB will focus in their work on setting up social business incubator funds and advisory services to companies, governments, foundations and NGOs. YSB will also supervise YY Haiti, which was originally incubated by GCL. Website: www.yunussb.com.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW “SOCIAL BUSINESS AMBASSADOR”

In order to support Prof. Yunus’ work and to spread awareness about social business, NASA astronaut Ron Garan has became a social business ambassador. Prof. Yunus and NASA astronaut Ron Garan came together at the Global Social Business Summit 2011 to discuss in a public speech a bold vision of our time: banning poverty into museums. 

 

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2010

Global Social Business Summit 2010

Building Social Business: New Capitalism Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs.
4 – 5 November 2010, at Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany

In 2010 the Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany was host to the Global Social Business Summit 2010, where around 350 participants gathered to network and exchange expertise with the global social business community.  For the first time the Young Challengers Meeting took place where students and young professionals came to gather to discuss social business and questions to challenge decision makers during the summit. In a public speech Prof. Yunus and Paolo Coelho inspired the audience about social business. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SOCIAL BUSINESS AMBASSADORS

In order to support Prof. Yunus’ vision to eradicate poverty through social business, international best-selling author Paulo Coelho and Australian actor Hugh Jackman have become “social business ambassadors”, with the aim to spread awareness of social business worldwide.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF YY HAITI

After the earthquake in January, the Grameen Creative Lab and SAP jointly started the YY Haiti initiative. Both parties strongly believe in improving the economic and social conditions in Haiti through social business.

The use of technology is a key driver of SAP’s CSR efforts around the world. YY Haiti supports the start-up of social businesses in Haiti through 1) a Grameen Creative Lab Haiti, which will identify potential social business entrepreneurs as well as help and monitor the set up of the social businesses; 2) the social businesses will also be supported by the “YY Haiti Social Business Fund Inc.”, a financing vehicle that pools funds from social investors all over the world and allocates them to eligible social businesses in Haiti.

YY Haiti is now operating under the YSB brand and has identified several social business entrepreneurs and investors – thus supporting the long-term recovery of Haiti! Website: www.yunussb.com.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF YUNUS SOCIAL BUSINESS FUND MUMBAI

The Yunus Social Business Fund Mumbai is the first social business fund in India. The fund is managed out of Mumbai and is ready to invest into and incubate social businesses across multiple sectors in India.

 

EBS UNIVERSITY: DANONE ENDOWED CHAIR OF SOCIAL BUSINESS TO BE LAUNCHED

The EBS University launched the Danone Endowed Chair of Social Business in November 2010. As the first chair for social business in Germany, it will have a focus on research about social business and how this can also be implemented in developing countries. The EBS is the leading German private business school with 180 partner universities worldwide.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SOCIAL BUSINESS CITY WIESBADEN

Wiesbaden is the first city worldwide to implement a comprehensive social business concept, known as a “Social Business City”. This includes, among others, the following initiatives: founding of various new social businesses; transformation of existing businesses into social businesses; setting up a financial infrastructure for social businesses; establishing social business incubators who can support Wiesbaden as well as partner cities in the creation of social business cities.

The long-term vision will be for Wiesbaden to be an international hub for social business and an inspiration for social responsibility.

 

LAUNCH OF PROF. YUNUS’ NEW BOOK IN GERMANY

The new book by Prof. Yunus, “Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs” has been translated into German, and has been available since September 2010 (German title: “Social Business: Von der Vision zur Tat”). Prof. Yunus presented the German version of his new book for the first time in person at the Global Social Business Summit 2010.

 

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2009

Global Grameen Meeting 2009

CREATIVE RESPONSIBILITY TODAY
7 NOVEMBER 2009, AT AUTOSTADT WOLFSBURG, GERMANY

In 2009 the Global Social Business Summit was held for the first time as an initiative by Professor Muhammad Yunus and his creative advisor Hans Reitz. Back then, it was call Global Grameen Meeting.  In 2009 as well as in 2010 the Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany was host to the Global Social Business Summit, where around 250 participants gathered to network and exchange expertise with the global social business community.

Today, we look back to an unforgettable event, which not only created a long lasting platform for exchanging experience and knowledge among social business but also led to important commitments which are now under realization.

 

SIGNING OF THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
WITH FRANK A. DASSLER FROM ADIDAS AG

During the Global Grameen Meeting 2009, Grameen Trust and the adidas Group officially agreed on jointly developing a social business solution to offer affordable footwear to the poor. Pilot tests in various villages in Bangladesh as well as in India showed that there was not the right mix of resources and markets for the shoe social business. Today, the adidas Group and The Grameen Creative Lab move forward in developing other social business ideas.

 

SIGNING OF THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR THE FIRST HOLISTIC SOCIAL BUSINESS MOVEMENT WITH THE REGION OF CALDAS/COLOMBIA

Mario Aristizábal Muñoz, Governor of Caldas, and Prof. Muhammad Yunus decided to launch the first social business movement that aims at bringing an entire region out of poverty – the region of Caldas in Columbia, in which 70% of the population lives under the poverty line. After losing the election in 2011 and without the support of the government of Caldas, The Grameen Creative Lab successfully established Grameen Caldas. Grameen Caldas is an umbrella organization that connects investors and entrepreneurs with social business in different ways. Website: www.grameencaldas.com.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AUTOSTADT TO HOST THE GLOBAL SOCIAL BUSINESS SUMMIT IN 2010 ONCE AGAIN IN WOLFSBURG

Otto Ferdinand Wachs, CEO of Autostadt GmbH, the Service- and Communication platform of Volkswagen Group invited Prof. Yunus to realize the Global Social Business Summit 2010 again in the Autostadt. Prof. Muhammad Yunus has a special relation with the Autostadt. In 1955, together with 26 friends, he traveled by land from Canada to Wolfsburg to buy 3 VW Transporter and travel to Bangladesh. Once arrived there, they sold the transporters and thus financed their trip.

 

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News

November 11th, 2015

The Global Social Business Summit 2015 - in Berlin, Germany - has come to a bittersweet end. We thank all those who supported us throughout the process; all those who participated in the event; and all those who helped to spread the YY Spirit of the Social Business Movement in the days leading up to - and during - the event.

We can't wait to see all of you in China for the Global Social Business Summit 2016.

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Agenda

On our website you can find the latest version of the agenda, session topics & speakers for the Global Social Business Summit 2015, The program is preliminary and subject to change. Stay tuned for the next updates!

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Getting Around

The main venue for the Global Social Business Summit 2015 is the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany.

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