Entrepreneurship is about so much more than the pursuit of finance, it’s also a vehicle to create change in the world.
The world agrees with this sentiment, in fact, a recent survey revealed that 77% of people see businesses as the number one driver of positive change for the future.
The vision I hold for my life’s work is to push civilisation forward by enabling more people to live on purpose. This purpose influences everything I decide to work on and, more importantly, everything I decide not to work on.
But I’m not alone. There are so many businesses around the world and especially in Australia that are dedicated to using their profit for the pursuit of purpose. We’ve put together a list of 8 outstanding purpose-driven businesses:
1. Roma Boots
Merging fashion with philanthropy, Roma Boots donates a pair of gumboots filled with school supplies to a child in need every time someone purchases a pair of their shoes.
Founded in 2010 by Romanian-born Samuel Bistrian, Roma’s mission is to not only provide aid, but enable education and help develop valuable members of society.
From Nepal to Nicaragua, Roma is actively giving poverty the boot one stylish pair of wellingtons at a time.
2. Who Gives a Crap
Using the humble 3-ply to fund hygiene and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent the spread of disease that kills up to 900 children a year, Who Gives a Crap donates 50% of their profits to building toilets in the developing world.
But it doesn’t stop there. Who Gives a Crap only use environmentally friendly materials to make their products, and have saved roughly 30,800 trees, 74 million litres of water and the production of 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Originally a seller of bottled water, Thankyou has evolved into a mini-market place in just a mere eight years. While this might seem impressive, what they’ve given back to society is even more inspiring.
Born as a response to the world water crisis, this Melbourne-based company donates 100% of their profits to funding safe water, food, hygiene and sanitation services around the world.
Their online store sells everything from body care and baby products while encouraging customers to shop consciously and carefully.
4. BOGO Bowl
When you buy a bag of BOGO Bowl dog or cat food, not only does your four-legged friend get some great nutrition, but so does Bailey and Molly down at the local animal shelter.
Based in Iowa, BOGO Bowl prides themselves on being one of the first companies founded on the idea of creating premium pet food and providing the same quality of care to pets in need.
Awarded as one of the best dog food providers by Dog Food Advisor, BOGO believes that capitalism and the greater good can coexist not just peacefully, but vigorously.
Whoever thought eating a burger could help the homeless? With a small army of caterers and a series of cafes throughout Melbourne, Streat employs and trains homeless young people in the art of hospitality.
Originally offering a six-month Certificate II package, Streat now provides a suite of programs, short courses, work experience opportunities and a creative arts program.
They’re trained and supported over 520 young people and are aiming to change the lives of 1,095 per year.
6. The Good Beer Co.
Like the name suggests, The Good Beer Co. make good beer to raise money for good causes. Partnering with the Australian Marine Conservation Society, The Good Beer Co. donates 50% of their sales profit to help save the Great Barrier Reef.
Brewed by Bundaberg’s Bargara Brewing Company, The Good Beer Co. recently crafted a delicious Indian pale ale that’s described as having a crisp finish with flavours of citrus and passionfruit. Unsurprisingly, it’s sold out almost everywhere!
7. Social Cycles
Designed for the open minded and the adventurous, Social Cycles gives travellers the chance to connect with and enable the local community through charitable cycling tours.
You’ve got the choice of exploring Iran, Vietnam or Cambodia by bike, learning about the region’s’ social issues, challenges, and strategies from local experts.
You’ll be given the tools to create a positive and impactful difference in the country you’re travelling, while also having your physical boundaries pushed and perspective expanded.
8. The Field Trip
The Field Trip isn’t your average youth group. While they organise awesome activities and encourage bonding, they also strive to help children and teenagers open their eyes to new possibilities and opportunities.
Their weekly sessions are continuously changing, but each semester culminates in an event or tangible outcome, like building a cubby house, producing a podcast or going camping. Ultimately, The Field Trip wants to empower young people to find their passion, peers, and path.
In support of purpose-driven businesses worldwide, this year we’re working with Chivas The Venture who currently has a $1 million fund to invest in extraordinary startups that are using business to create positive change.
Over the last two years Chivas has awarded $2 million to purpose-driven startups that succeed by doing good, because they believe generosity and success go hand in hand.
Right now Chivas are looking for social businesses from around the world who are using business to help create a better future. If you are interested in applying for their support click here. This is an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurs who are passionate about using profit for the pursuit of purpose. Good luck with your applications!