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Sustainability International’s Alliance with ConsenSys – Leveraging Technology for Social Impact


Social entrepreneur Chinyere Nnadi (Nnadi), Co-founder & CEO of Sustainability International (SI), had started his non-profit organisation to provide innovative solutions using technology to alleviate poverty in Africa. Since childhood Nnadi had beheld adversity in Nigeria that had been grappling with oil pollution due to decades of oil drilling and spills in the Niger Delta.  Nna ... »

Preserve: Growing a Sustainable Consumer Goods Company


This case presents the startup and growth of Preserve, a sustainability-driven business and B Corp, in the circular economy. The company has grown over the years as a housewares and personal care consumer goods company in the retail industry with a closed loop business model on #5 plastics. With this operational model, Preserve managed to create social and commercial value by attaining ... »

Jaipur Rugs –Empowering Communities at the Bottom of the Pyramid through Social Innovation


This case discusses how social innovator Nand Kishore Chaudhary (NKC) revolutionized the concept of the traditional carpet industry in India and empowered 40,000+ rural artisans by providing them with a sustainable livelihood.  In 1978, NKC started a small social enterprise under the name Jaipur Carpets (later on renamed Jaipur Rugs). The startup worked with poor artisans and trained ... »

ESCP Sustainability Movies Screening, "Who cares?

Dear Parisians,

We are happy to announce the first event of the ESCP Sustainability Movies-Screening series by oikos on the Paris campus!

The aim of the series that started last year on the Berlin campus is to get to know more about current environmental and social issues and to have an open discussion.

The first movie to be screened will be "Who Cares?":

WHO CARES? What a daring and y ... »

Panel diskusija "Korporativno održivo poslovanje"


U ponedeljak 19. marta održana je panel diskusija "Korporativno održivo poslovanje" u organizaciji oikos Belgrade i Grupe za SPEKOF.

Na Ekonomskom fakultetu Univerziteta u Beogradu studenti su prisustvovali diskusiji koja je za cilj imala da prikaže šta je to zapravo korporativna odgovornost i da pojam približi studentima. Učesnici u diskusiji pokazali su različito gledište na ... »

Workshop: Green Tech Challenge & Entrepreneurship

As part of oikos Green Week 2018, join our workshop in collaboration with Green Tech Challenge and learn about entrepreneurship. Get experience on real life challenges start-ups face when maneuvering in a sustainable field and get the chance to try out your own skills when creating ideas on how to solve the problems from real life cases.

The case will be revealed soon! Register with the link ab ... »

Dharani: Nurturing the earth, fostering farmers’ livelihoods


Timbaktu Collective is a non-profit organization in southern India, working for the sustainable development of rural communities with an emphasis on ecological principles and social harmony. One of the core areas of its work is with small farmers in the region who remained marginalized in a fiercely competitive market dominated by large players. Inspired by its success with organic far ... »

Refugee Labor Market Integration – An Impact Investment Case Study


The dislocation of millions of people in various conflict zones of the Middle East and Africa is one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of our time. Given the complexity of the issue, various ways of solving the associated challenges have been implemented; reaching from emergency camps in conflict zones to innovative integration services in host countries. With overloade ... »

Coming to Fruition: Fresh Truck Aims to Increase Food Access in Boston


Founded in 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts, Fresh Truck is a mobile fresh produce market focused on increasing access to fresh produce and nutrition education in Boston’s low-income neighborhoods. Fresh Truck is a non-profit social enterprise that earns revenue through the sale of fresh produce in various Boston neighborhoods. It has become a key part of Boston’s food access ecosyste ... »

eVidyaloka: Digital Classrooms for Underprivileged


eVidyaloka, founded by a techie and a Chartered Accountant who quit their promising careers to follow their heart, aims to disseminate education to the poorest of the poor of the Indian society. For a country with a population of 1.2 billion, where 1 out of 4 people is under the age of 14, the future depends highly on its ability to provide quality education to this young generation. T ... »

The venture Freitag: From recycled bags to sustainable fashion


The Swiss venture Freitag, founded in 1993 by the two brothers Daniel and Markus Freitag, pioneered the idea of product upcycling by producing functional and fashionable bike messenger bags out of used truck tarpaulins. Relying on its unique raw material of recycled truck tarps, Freitag developed a coherent brand identity and gradually extended its product portfolio of bags and accesso ... »

Faculty from University of Denver, Technical University of Munich, University of Hyderabad and Institute of Rural Management Anand win first prizes in oikos Case Writing Competition 2017

We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s oikos Case Writing Competition 2017. Outstanding case submissions competed for prizes this year. In the Sustainable Finance track the the first prize goes to Vijaya Narapareddy Zinnoury from the University of Denver (USA). The first prize in the Social Entrepreneurship track is awarded to Joseph Satish V from the University of Hyderabad (India ... »

Future Lab 2016: Walk the talk


oikos Future Lab vom 06. bis 09. November 2016 in St. Gallen


Unter dem Motto "Walk the talk" stand das Future Lab 2016, das jährlich von oikos International in St.Gallen veranstaltet wird. Gleich drei von uns haben die Reise in die Schweiz angetreten, um oikos Konstanz auf der Konferenz zu vertreten. Drei Tage gefüllt von spannenden Vorträgen, Workshops, Learning Circ ... »

oikos LEAP Webinar "Thinking Innovation For Better Projects"

As part of the oikos LEAP Leadership Program, three inspirational Webinars are open to all oikos members.

We're kicking of the season with this special Webinar on project design, design thinking and putting a good will into an even better project, captured under the name "Thinking Innovation for Better Projects". Webinar Leader Daniel Hires has conducted numerous projects and grown businesses i ... »

Rückblick 2. Future Fashion Day

Wir hatten einen wundervollen Tag mit vielen interessanten Austellern, Vorträgen und einer Catwalk-Show die alle Erwartungen übertroffen hat.

Optimistisch blicken wir auf 2017 und möchten den FutureFashionDay weiter ausbauen.

Alle Bilder zum Event sind im folgenden Link zu sehen

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Bandhan: Advancing Financial Inclusion in India



Established in 2001 by Chandra Shekhar Ghosh to address the dual objective of poverty alleviation and empowerment of women, Bandhan was the largest microfinance institution (MFI) in India and the largest non-deposit taking MFI in the world. By 2013, it had grown to 2,016 branches across 22 states and union territories within India. With over 5 million borrowers and total outs ... »

Social Franchising to Attain Scale and Sustainability: The Kibera Project in Kenya



This case presents the history and development of a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, that was initiated by Rotarians and funded initially, in large part, by the Rotary International Foundation. It discusses the numerous operational and strategic challenges faced by those working on this Kibera Project and the Rotary Project ... »

Sanergy: Sustainable Sanitation



The global sanitation crisis attracted the attention of several regional, national, and international organizations which tried to address the issue in their own way. Still about 2.6 billion people lacked access to decent sanitation facilities across the globe.


Kenya had become a hub of slums with more than 8 million living in the urban slums in the country. Sinc ... »

Friends of the Children: Strategies for Scaling Impact



Friends of the Children, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1993 by retired entrepreneur Duncan Campbell to serve youth at the highest risk of teen parenting, incarceration, or dropping out of school. Each youth client was matched with a paid mentor from first grade through the end of high school. The costs of this intervention were high, but the out ... »

Polarstern Energy – Sustainable Change Led by Innovative Entrepreneurs



In 2011 three young entrepreneurs, Jakob Assmann, Florian Henle and Simon Stadler, set out to revolutionize the energy market by offering a radical solution for customers to switch from non-renewable fossil fuels to renewable energies. Through their start-up Polarstern, they aimed to offer the first comprehensive sustainable energy package, derived from 100% renewable resourc ... »

2. Future Fashion Day

Ethisch korrekt produziert, nachhaltig und schön?? Wie das gehen kann zeigen wir beim 2. Future Fashion Day. Mit klarem Fokus auf Design und Nachhaltigkeit präsentieren wir Top-Player aus dem Eco-Fashion-Segment. Die Vorbereitungen laufen auf Hochtouren - lasst euch überraschen!

Es werden zahlreiche Aussteller aus der Region, Labels aus deutschlands Modehauptstadt Berlin und auch aus der Sch ... »

oikos Germany Meeting 2016

The oikos Germany Meeting 2016 will be hosted by oikos Paderborn, Germany. Find the preliminary program (in German) here. ... »

Elle'n'Belle @oikos&Pizza

oikos St. Gallen hosts Elle'n'Belle, a Zurich-based vegan restaurant, at oikos&Pizza. ... »

oikos Company Visit: RITTER SPORT

oikos Tübingen will visit RITTER SPORT - a family-owned business in the confectionery industry. More information is available here. ... »

oikos FutureLab 2016

The oikos FutureLab is the biggest event in the annual oikos calendar which gathers representatives from the entire oikos community. It provides a 2-day platform for 140 participants to inspire, discover and develop joint perspectives on the future of sustainability in management and economics. More information is available here.

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SpringMeeting - Was macht oikos aus?

SpringMeeting    - Was macht oikos aus?

Was charakterisiert uns wirklich? Nicht jeder hat ein klares Bild was sich hinter unserem Slogan „Students for sustainability in economics and management“. Ein Zusammenschluss von Studenten mit einer gemeinsamen Zielsetzung und dem Fokus auf internationale Kommunikation und Austausch von Studenten. Wir alle teilen ein starkes Interesse an nachhal ... »

#EntreMind As Theme of the Spring Meeting 2016

Wherever the oikos community goes, they bring the sun, even where it almost never shines: Lille. On Thursday March 17th, after an intense Presidents' Meeting the previous day, oikos members from around the world were welcomed at the EDHEC Business School by the oikos Lille team. The Spring Meeting 2016 kicked off with a very important Legislative Meeting. We elected next Executive Board members, t ... »

oikos Social Entrepreneurship Academy


On the 28th of March oikos Baku gave a start to its "Social Entrepreneurship Academy" project with the aim of increasing awareness of social entrepreneurship among students interested in business and bring the idea of what is really social entrepreneurship and how to apply it in Azerbaijan. Within the project, there were held 5 trainings on "oikos Cavnvas project management", "The ide ... »

Podnikám, protože chci změnit SVĚT

Chceš si vyzkoušet podnikání na vlastní kůži? Zajímá tě okolí a chceš něco skutečně změnit? Sociální problémy ti nejsou lhostejné?

  Jestli jsi kladně odpověděl alespoň na jednu otázku, tato akce je právě pro tebe! Dozvíš se, jak skutečně funguje společensky prospěšný byznys a co potřebuješ k tomu, abys mohl sám začít. Uslyšíš ... »

oikos goes: fairgoods - Messe für nachhaltigen Lebensstil

Die Messe für nachhaltigen Lebensstil findet zum ersten mal in der Kölner XPost statt. Parallel dazu läuft auch die Veggienale - Messe für vegan-vegetarische Lebenskultur am selben Ort. Der AK Social Entrepreneurship wird an einer Podiumsdiskussion teilnehmen.

Außerdem erwarten wir Besuch von oikos Paderborn. Wer mitkommen will, schreibt uns einfach an! ... »

AK Social Entrepreneurship: Erstes Treffen (19:30)

Treffen des AK Social Entrepreneurship im Café Duddel (Zülpicher Wall 8, hinter der UniMensa) um 19:30. Das erste Treffen soll dazu dienen uns als Gruppe zu finden, Social Entrepreneurship zu definieren, die Fairgoods Podiumsdiskussion vorzubereiten und zu diskutieren, wie ein eigener Vortrags-/Workshopabend gestaltet werden könnte. ... »

Performance Index for Social Enterprises

Through the development of a Performance Index for Social Enterprises, the author aims at two main goals: Firstly, to help investors in their sustainability assessment of social enterprises (socially, environmentally and financially); secondly, to provide an analysis tool for the process of strategy improvements conducted by the management boards of social enterprises. ... »

Interested in Renewable Energy Finance 2.0? We’d love to hear from you

For investments in renewable energy consumers, electric utilities as well as private and institutional investors use a wide range of financial instruments. In the past few years, innovative models like leasing, power purchase agreements, green bonds, yieldcos and crowdfunding – “renewable energy finance 2.0” – have moved up the agenda in this context. Earlier this week, we invited 22 parti ... »

oikos Akademie podzim 2015

oikos Akademie podzim 2015

Udržitelnost a podnikání  

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oikos akademie je série 6 veřejně přístupných seminářů. Všechny tyto semináře mají společné klíčové téma – řeší se zde z nejrůznějších aspektů vzájemný vztah udržitelnosti a podnikání. Semináře se konají téměř každý čtvrteční ve ... »

oikos Academy Fall 2015

Sustainable  Entrepreneurship  

"21. century will be the era of responsibility, or it won't exist" Gary Hamel

oikos Academy is the course of 6 open sessions, all devoted to the different aspects of the highlight of the academy - Sustainability and entrepreneurship. Course takes place almost every Thursday at University of Economics in Prague. This is the very first oikos Acade ... »

The oikos Summer School 2015 – Creating Solutions for Georgia

The oikos International Summer School on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation was a 9-day event for international and Georgian participants that took place in Mestia, Georgia. Forty participants from eighteen countries gathered in order to learn more about the topics and actively transform the Svaneti region for the better.


Through various lectures, workshops and f ... »

The oikos Summer School 2015 - Creating Solutions for Georgia

The oikos International Summer School on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation was a 9-day event for international and Georgian participants that took place in Mestia, Georgia. Forty participants from eighteen countries gathered in order to learn more about the topics and actively transform the Svaneti region for the better.


Through various lectures, workshops and field ... »

imp!act Vienna - 3,5 Tage Unterstützung für dein nachhaltiges Projekt

imp!act gibt es jetzt auch in Wien und zwar erstmals von 3. bis 6. Dezember 2015. Aktuelle Informationen findet ihr hier.

Ihr habt eine Idee oder einfach nur den Wunsch und die Motivation, ein sozial und/oder ökologisch sinnvolles Projekt umzusetzen? euforia organisiert imp!act, ein 3,5-Tagesprogramm, das euch von der Idee bis zum fertigen Plan begleitet. Das Ergebnis wird anschließend ein ... »

Interview with Ona - Winner of the oikos Case Writing Competition in the Social Entrepreneurship Track

Onajomo Akemu is the winner of the first prize in the social entrepreneurship track of the 12th annual oikos Case Writing Competition, he is also a PhD Candidate at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.


How would you describe yourself as a person? What are your passions?

First, I am curious about intellectual history and the world around me, particularly about s ... »

oikos Event: Fairnopoly

April 2nd saw oikos St Andrews members coming together at the St Andrews Brew Pub for the annual general meeting!


Along with the discussing the annual financial reports and accepting the societies constitution, members voted on candidates for the Executive Committee positions for the upcoming academic year.


The Results:

President: Isabella Reinhard

Vice-president: ... »

Sistema Ser: Scaling Private Health Care for the Base of the Pyramid



The case revolves around “Sistema Ser” (SSer) (1), a private health care organization that serves the base of the pyramid (BOP) in northern Argentina, and its founder and director, Argentine gynecologist Dr. Jorge Gronda. In the late 1990s, Dr. Gronda had begun to serve the poor—particularly women in the remote Puna region—on an unpaid, voluntary basis. Eventually, th ... »

Fairphone: Organising for Sustained Social Impact



With no previous experience in the mobile phone industry, Bas van Abel, an industrial designer based in Amsterdam, started Fairphone as an NGO [non-governmental organisation] awareness campaign in March 2010. He hoped that by inviting the public to design collaboratively a prototype of a “fair” smartphone, the campaign would raise the Dutch public’s awareness of the lin ... »

Roba Amiga: Social Entrepreneurship in Textile Waste Management



The case focuses on Roba Amiga, a network of organizations devoted to collect, select and sell second-hand clothes in Barcelona and its surrounding, with the aim of creating jobs for people excluded from the job market as well as contributing to mitigating the environmental problem of textile waste. The case traces the history of Roba Amiga, leading up to two of the organizations ... »

Building a Sustainable Enterprise with the Power of Local Communities- The Journey of Neev Herbal Handmade Soaps



Poverty, illiteracy and gender discrimination have been the underlying factors that have stifled development in the villages of Jharkhand state in northern India. In 2006, Hudlung village located in the outskirts of the steel city of Jamshedpur was acutely stricken by poverty with about 80% of the population living below the poverty line, as defined by the Government of India ... »

Arunachalam Muruganantham: A Social Entrepreneur Innovating in a Woman’s World



Considered taboo in many parts of the world, menstrual hygiene was a subject ridden with many myths and misconceptions, especially in a country like India. Arunachalam Muruganantham (Muruganantham), was the man who had revolutionised female sanitary hygiene and had created a lasting impact on the health and livelihood of women, mostly in rural India. With his pioneering and p ... »

oikos Summer School 2015

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oikos Summer School 2015

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oikos Talk mit Damian Izdebski: Wie man ein Unternehmen nachhaltig betreibt und warum der Lerneffekt beim Scheitern immens sein kann

Vergangene Woche hatten wir Damian Izdebski, den Geschäftsführer von tecbold und Gründer von DiTech zu Gast. Dieser hat uns erzählt, wie es dazu gekommen ist, dass DiTech 15 Jahre lang wunderbar gelaufen ist und warum er im Endeffekt mit dem Unternehmen scheiterte. Warum es im Handel ohne Wachstum nicht geht und wie es mit kleinen Märkten wie dem österreichischen ist.


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Idea Generation Workshop mit oikos und SIA

Was würdest du mit einer Million Euro machen? Diese und noch mehr Fragen stellten wir uns am 9. März beim Idea Generation Workshop in Kooperation mit dem Social Impact Award.

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Mustard Seed Impact Event

Do you think you can change the world that we all know? Raise the standard of living not only yours, but also that of entire society? Has your innovative startup come to life to serve a greater good than your own prosperity? Are you searching for a financing round? Looking for a suitable venture capital?

Apply for the Mustard Seed Impact Event - the first ever social impact startup event i ... »