As a Schwab Foundation 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Envirofit CEO Ron Bills was invited to share his perspective on social enterprise and public/private partnerships in the World Economic Forum blog before participating in the 2016 World Economic Forum on Latin America in Medellin, Colombia.
Social enterprises understand that everyone is united by the desire to live well.
One of the amazing things that social enterprises can do is help give a voice to the voiceless by working with underserved communities to develop life-improving goods and services. The clean cookstove sector exists to address a problem that is global in scope, and to reach the people who need clean cooking technology the most, in numbers that will make a difference. One way to increase impact is to partner with national governments, but these public-private partnerships have often failed to produce lasting results. However, our work with Honduran President Juan Orlando has helped redefine the impact public-private partnerships can have by changing how they are implemented.
Read the full article “Why customers must come first for social enterprises” in the World Economic Forum.