Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus' organisation Yunus Social
Business, together with partners at the World Economic Forum's Schwab
Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Porticus Foundation, have
launched an ambitious platform to bring 'corporate social intrapreneurs'
together to learn from each other and scale. It's called the Unusual
BERLIN, June 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Using the resources, expertise,
and assets of the company, dedicated employees are developing solutions
to social and environmental problems --with a business model at their
heart. These "social intrapreneurs" take on an entrepreneurial role
within their company and, with the CEO's blessing, they are creating
social businesses, which are 100% focused on solving a societal problem
and reinvesting profits. The Unusual Pioneers is a platform created
solely to support these social intrapreneurs.
"Large corporations are finally feeling the pressure to do better for
the societies they serve. But it's a movement coming from their
employees. We started researching these emerging social intrapreneurs,
and found that the single most important thing we could provide them
with is a platform to connect with each other. When you are doing
something against the grain, it's so important to know there are others
out there like you," said Saskia Bruysten, CEO & Co-Founder at Yunus
"Citizens, activists and young people are crying out for strong action,
requiring complex changes within businesses. We have seen this call
answered by a committed group of social innovators acting as internal
agents of change. These social intrapreneurs develop new products,
services, and business models that create value both for society and
their companies in ways that are built to last, while striving for the
internal changes needed towards realising stakeholder capitalism," said
François Bonnici, Head of Social Innovation at the World Economic
Forum and Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
The Unusual Pioneers cohort will be led through an extensive curriculum,
peer-to-peer exchange and mentoring to scale their initiatives with the
help of partner organisations including Acumen, Impact Hub, The UNDP's
Business Call to Action, Fundaçao Dom Cabral, League of
Intrapreneurs, Craigberoch Business Decelerator and many more. See the
full cohort of the corporate social intrapreneurs announced today at
Global Intrapreneur Week by Prof. Muhammad Yunus:
Cristina Campos, Integrated Access Program & Market Lead at Novartis.
Working on transforming health on lower income populations, the
initiative provides access to quality healthcare and medicines in South
Asia & Central America.
Ruchika told us, "I'm at a company that has the resources, the
capabilities, the talent and the ideas. If we don't step up to solve
these challenges and play a meaningful role, who will?"
Garance Wattez-Richards is CEO of AXA Emerging Customers, a business she
founded that provides insurance products aimed at low-income
communities. Established in 2016, they cover over 22 million people
across the world, ranging from migrants, small retail merchants,
smallholder farmers, gig economy workers, etc.
Agnes Weil - Social Impact Director at Club Med. Club Med are buying
from local farmers who live in the proximity to their resorts and
thereby helping to reduce poverty and protect the local environment.
They are already working in six countries and have been highlighted as a
best practice by the World Tourism Organisation of the UN.
The cohort also includes:
-- Gisela Sanchez, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FIFCO.
-- Cristina Campos, Integrated Access Program & Market Lead at Novartis.
-- Lisa Neuberger, Managing Director, Strategy & Innovation at Accenture.
-- Benoit Bonello, Social Innovation Director at Suez.
-- Juddy Gichuki, Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy at Safaricom.
-- Saad Arshad, Senior Manager Program & Research at HBL Habib Bank.
-- Saulo Di Pizzo, Head of Social Innovation & Community Engagement at
-- Sharda Gautam, Head Crafts at Tata Trusts.
-- Ritesh Agarwal, Senior Manager, Growth & Partnerships at Educational
-- Nicola Galombik, Executive Director at Yellowwoods Ventures Investments
-- Salah Goss, Senior Vice President, Global Markets Humanitarian &
Developmen at Mastercard.
About Yunus Social Business
Yunus Social Business (YSB) believes in the power of business to end
poverty, a model pioneered by our co-founder, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Prof. Muhammad Yunus. YSB has supported or invested in more than 2000
social entrepreneurs worldwide to build meaningful social businesses in
agriculture, health, education, mobility, clean water, and energy. They
also accelerate the transformation of corporations into net 'people and
planet' positive businesses by applying their core competencies to some
of the greatest human challenges. Founded in 2011, YSB has headquarters
in Berlin and is led by co-founder and CEO Saskia Bruysten. For more
About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, sister organization of
World Economic Forum, is a leading global platform that accelerates
outstanding models of social innovation. Every year, the Schwab
Foundation, awards outstanding social innovation models through four
Corporate Social Intrapreneurship, Social Entrepreneurs, Public Social
Intrapreneurs and Social Innovation Thought Leader. The awardees
accelerate their impact through a strong collaboration with the World
Economic Forum and its platforms. Founded in 1998 by Professor Klaus
Schwab and Hilde Schwab, it is chaired by Hilde Schwab and led by Dr
François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social
Entrepreneurship The Foundation involves a community of over 400
change-leaders who have impacted the lives of over 622 million people in
over 190 countries. For more information visit
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June 09, 2021 08:00 ET (12:00 GMT)