A new era through the World’s First Chamber for Social Business
Mumbai [India], September 21: On the International Day of Peace, the World’s First Chamber for Social Business gets constituted exclusively to nurture, unite, and encourage social businesses globally. It will unify all the social entrepreneurs and corporates who wish to contribute, impact investors and governments to achieve the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDGs), and create a sustainable impact at scale.
The World Chamber For Social Business has commenced operations in 21 countries from 3 continents & is starting chapters in 75 countries by the end of this year. 84 Change Leaders and Think Tanks from various fields have been onboarded as the Council of Change. Globally, be it small towns/metros, nominations to participate & contribute are overwhelming & humbling.
The Chamber’s mission is to solidify the foundations of a highly dynamic, resilient, and inclusive innovation ecosystem supporting social entrepreneurs, reducing unrest, and fostering peace by enabling sustainable employment opportunities for the youngster.
Dr. Mark Leleruk, Ph.D., OGW, HSC, is the AIG and Director of Enforcement Services at the Nairobi Metropolitan Service and is the Chamber’s philosophy guide and drives all critical policy decisions. He is the recipient of the ‘Order of The Grand Warrior’ and the ‘Highest State Commendation’ by the Kenyan President for his achievements in the Police Force. “Our investments in social entrepreneurship are as vital to our future as fiscal and macroeconomic reforms. The world, if in doubt, will not stand and will definitely not move forward.”
The agenda of the Chamber ranges from liaising with the national and international trade communities and policy advocacy to introducing the legal framework and corporate governance laws for social businesses, enabling knowledge and best practices transfer, training, developmental finance, and entrepreneurial skill development, helping the for-profit organizations to make a social impact, facilitate networking and encourage conscious leadership.
“Longtermism is our key moral priority, the way forward to positively influence the long-term future and to protect future generations as their lives will be positively or negatively affected by our actions today! Though much is written and spoken about social innovation, sustainability, peace, and the other crises the world faces today, I founded the World Chamber for Social Business with a firm belief that now is the time. #LetsAct! We are on a mission to establish social businesses as the Fourth sector of the Global Economy”, shared Ronita Ghosh, President – World Chamber for Social Business. Schedule an exclusive interview with Ronita here.
OUR GLOBAL INITIATIVES:
- Pledge of Sustainability – The most significant milestone for the Chamber would be to get youngsters to take the pledge to increase awareness before they join employment. The Chamber invites all global citizens to take the Sustainability Pledge to mark this historic day!
“I pledge to make sustainability the most crucial consideration in my work. I believe my actions impact society, the environment, and the economy.
I pledge to be a catalyst to achieving sustainable development goals (UNSDG) through social business for a prosperous, sustainable, peaceful world that benefits the lives of others. I pledge to leave no one behind.
I pledge to uphold the dignity of every human being on this earth.”
- Jan Vikalp – World Chamber for Social Business’ platform will resolve global citizens’ most pressing social challenges by bringing together social businesses, impact investors, and federal and state governments without any cost to the governments. The Chamber has already commenced projects in India and is set to start soon in Uganda and Kenya.
GOAL 1: No Poverty, GOAL 2: Zero Hunger, GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, GOAL 4: Quality Education, GOAL 5: Gender Equality, GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- #1MillionSocEnt – As we expand to 75 countries by the end of this year, we aim for 1 million entrepreneurs to become social innovators by 2023. The Chamber will ensure our World Chapters have support from the local governments, credit line from the developmental financial partners, and skill development. We are in the process of engaging with governments in Africa, especially Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, DR Congo, Asia – India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Singapore, and the United Kingdom to associate and expand the Chamber’s global footprints to enable they can work along for achieving the #1MillionSocEnt.
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Dr. Tim Messeder, Co-Founder of Rural Aquaculture Development (RAD), says, ”We are looking forward to the Chamber-funded solar-powered cold storage facilities for the 13k fish farmers would stabilize prices and help the farmers sustainably scale up their businesses. This will go a long way to reduce poverty, improve food security and mitigate the impacts of climate change.”
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, GOAL 13: Climate Action, GOAL 14: Life Below Water
- VOW Plus – #VOWPlus initiative to rethink artisan entrepreneurship who have pledged to achieve the SDGs. Millions of untapped potential and a chance to preserve some of the dying arts globally prompted us to undertake this project. By 2023, the Chamber will not only evaluate and certify with #VOWPlus – 50k unexplored artisans and small entrepreneurs with unique offerings but also guide them on the packaging, quality control, marketing, and e-commerce/marketplace onboarding. We are already working with artisans and workers in India and Kenya.
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
“The idea of a social enterprise Chamber is exciting. We need stronger representation to the governments, banks, or other organizations, speak with one voice, and help multiply the industry’s social impact.” Karanja Gaçuça, White House Correspondent & Publisher, Pan Africa Media, CoR: the Brief Scoop
- #GoodPeopleOfTheGlobe –This project aims to rehabilitate manual scavengers across the globe and work with global impact creators towards automating this function to offer health and dignity to one of the most neglected classes of workers, whose fundamental human rights have been violated for centuries. The Chamber will also support them to start social businesses or find alternative employment with our partners.
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
- Project Demeter – Through #ProjectDemeter, the Chamber will work towards increasing access to clean fertilizers for a positive impact via organic agriculture on health, incomes, and the environment, while ensuring premium prices for organic farmers and producers, especially in the under-developed nations. #ProjectDemeter will organize a World Conference in March 2023 for knowledge transfer and bridging the gap between supply and demand to mitigate the environmental crisis caused by irresponsible farming.
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, GOAL 13: Climate Action, GOAL 15: Life on Land
“An institution like World Chamber for Social Business is a need of the hour as we deal with ongoing conflicts, eminent droughts, and climate change. In countries like Somalia, where men dominate the economy, while women are left to care for the family, the Chamber will encourage youth and women to become independent via social entrepreneurship.” Faiza Abraham Hassan – Co-founder Of Somali Gender Equity Movement (SGEM)
About Ronita Ghosh
With a post-graduate degree in social entrepreneurship and working in Africa on UN-related projects for more than 11 years, Ronita has been awarded and recognized by several media houses for having served free 1 million+ fresh meals during the Covid-19 pandemic; carrying flood relief work in India, nutrition security project for pre/post-natal women, and livelihood initiatives through the revival of the lost art of traditional quilt making – #TheQuiltProject. Apart from heading the World Chamber for Social Business, she consults several non-profit initiatives and liaisons with governments for policy advocacy.
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