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Entrepreneurs for a Better World

Entrepreneurs for a Better World™

The mission of the "Entrepreneurs for a Better World Organization" (EBWO) is to promote profitable, ethical, and sustainable business practices.


As its first order of business, will establish a business planning charter consisting of goals and objectives for startups and existing businesses which support profitable, ethical, and sustainable business practices. This charter will be created by the global community for the global community and may be freely used by new and existing companies to mold current company policy, long-term strategic planning, and everyday business practices.

Contributions can be posted at the "Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Planet" Blog at

Creating a Better World

Peter J. Patsula, Jan. 19, 2007

Although humanity seems to have an almost unlimited imagination and propensity to mold and control its environment, it has become quite cleaThe Melting Polar Ice Capsr that our world and its inhabitants are indeed constrained and limited by planetary resources. It has been predicted that commercial fish supplies might be exhausted by the year 2050 (Telegraph, Apr. 2006), the polar ice caps might cease to exist by 2060 (Time, Mar. 26, 2006) with half of Earth's Species eliminated (USA Today, Jan. 11, 2007), and by 2100, 60% of the Amazon Rain Forest might transform into less habitable savanna with enormous consequences to the world's biodiversity (Scientific American, Jan. 31, 2005).

But it's not just the environment we have to be concerned about. If current business practices continue, fueled by the sole mission of incurring profit no matter what the expense, our carefully created way of life might suddenly implode with increasing acts of terrorism, civil wars, and corporate corruption, leading to further governmental control and loss of personal freedom.

Entrepreneurs such as Henry Ford, Sam Walton, J. Paul Getty, Ray Kroc, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Rupert Murdoch, and Sony founder Morita Akio The Famous Henry Fordhave all made our world a more interesting, convenient, and exciting place. In fact, it is easily arguable that these and other such visionaries have changed the world much more so than any politician. However, with the good comes the bad. Air pollution, noise pollution, water pollution, trade disputes, poverty, and many other modern day problems and conflicts can be traced back to the ever increasing desire for consumerism and exploitive capitalism, as the rich get richer and the poor get forgotten.

Business is good, but business can also be bad if it remains unrestrained by social conscious. Fortunately, the world is waking up to the paradoxes within capitalism and increasingly entrepreneurs are not only hoping, but striving in greater numbers to establish company policies that are not only profitable, but also engender ethical and sustainable business practices that help create a better world.

In the long term, sustainable business and sustainable development will be good for business. With the right vision and right motivation, the sooner it will become, as it most certainly needs to be, the entrepreneurial paradigm of the new millennium.

Further Reading: Listed below are articles and links addressing further some of the above issues.

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Sustainable Development

"The past 20 years have seen a growing realization that the current model of development is unsustainable. In other words, we are living beyond our means. From the loss of biodiversity with the felling of rainforests or over fishing to the negative effect our consumption patterns are having on the environment and the climate. Our way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet." ... continue reading (UK Government Sustainable Development Website)

Sustainable development can be defined as "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." United Nations Division for Sustainable DevelopmentSaving the Planet with Wind Power

"The field of sustainable development can be conceptually broken into four constituent parts: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, social sustainability and political sustainability." Wikipedia

Further Reading: Listed below are articles, quotes, and links addressing the need for sustainable business practices and development.

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development brings together 180 + international companies in a shared commitment to sustainable development through economic growth, ecological balance and social progress.

  • As a policy research institute, the International Institute for Sustainable Development is in the business of promoting change towards sustainable development. Established in 1990, IISD is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization with a diverse team of more than 150 people located in more than 30 countries.

  • ISO 9000 and 14000. The ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 standards are implemented by 800,000+ organizations in over 160 countries. The ISO 9000 family is primarily concerned with "quality management" addressing issues such as customer quality requirements, regulatory requirements, and customer satisfaction. It has become an international reference for quality management requirements in business-to-business dealings. The ISO 14000 family is a series of international standards on environmental management. The ISO 14001 has a number of benefits to a business.

  • Contains teaching materials on business and sustainability - from corporate governance to sustainable development. Its business case studies typical pose social and environmental challenges within traditional business problems.

  • "Can Corporations Save the World" by Carlye Adler, Nov. 2006. Forbes

  • "Sustainable Development Quotes" 200+ quotes from the likes of development emissaries such as Al Gore, Sir David Attenborough, Margaret Thatcher, Theodore Roosevelt, Tony Blair, and Confucius.

Post comments at the "Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Planet" Blog at

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

A social entrepreneur is "a pragmatic visionary who achieves large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these. Combines the characteristics represented by Richard Branson and Mother Teresa." The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Further Reading: Listed below are additional articles, quotes, and links addressing social entrepreneurship and the social entrepreneur.

  • Social entrepreneurs are "individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems."

  • A social entrepreneur is "someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. Whereas business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, social entrepreneurs assess their success in terms of the impact they have on society and often work through nonprofits and citizen groups."

  • Dr. Muhammad Yunus (born June 28, 1940) one of the world's most notable social entrepreneurs is a Bangladeshi banker and economist who founded the Grameen Bank: "Banking for the Poor." In 2006, Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to create economic and social development.

  • Social Edge. Social Edge has become a site where social entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, philanthropists and other practitioners of the social sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources. Great blogs.

Post comments at the "Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Planet" Blog at

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