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Grameen Danone creates a social dairy business enterprise in Bangladesh

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Grameen Danone Foods, popularly known as "Grameen Danone" is a social business enterprise which, launched in 2006, has been designed to provide children with many of the key nutrients that are typically missing from their diet in rural Bangladesh.

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Unilever commits to purchase all of its tea from sustainable and ethical sources

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Since 1999, the Unilever Corporation, a Europe-based international conglomerate, has been executing a pilot program on its tea estates in Kericho, Kenya. The program is part of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, a food industry initiative to actively support the development of...

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In collaboration with NGOs, Philips helps provide rural healthcare in India

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Philips Apollo Hospitals, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and the Dhan Foundation join together to create The DISHA (Distance Healthcare Advancement) project, an initiative aimed at enhancing the access to primary health care services to the approximately 275 million people in India who...

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Merrill Lynch and the Greenlining Institute announce a $500 million initiative for under-served California communities

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In 2003, Merrill Lynch and the Greenlining Institute announced a $500 million initiative to expand small business lending and promote economic opportunities in Asian Pacific, Latino and African-American communities throughout California.

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WIZZIT reaching the Unbanked of South Africa

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WIZZIT is a South African company that has developed a mobile phone based banking service for unbanked and underbanked communities.

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Chevron subsidiary partners with local charity to engage impoverished communities in Angola

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Search for Common Ground, an organisation dedicated to conflict transformation, has been working in Angola's oil-rich enclave of Cabinda since October 2006. In a private-public partnership co-funded by USAID and Chevron's local oil subsidiary, SFCG has collaborated with nine impoverished fishing...

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Virgin Atlantic offers Fairtrade tea and coffee aboard all flights

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In September 2007, following a series of blind tastings of a variety of Fairtrade teas and coffees, Virgin Atlantic announced a switch to offering passengers a variety of Fairtrade products, including organic green and white teas from QI teas, a range of fresh and instant coffees by Costa Coffee...

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Starbucks Joins the Conservation International Movement

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Since 1998, Starbucks has partnered with Conservation International (CI), a nonprofit organisation, to promote coffee production practices that conserve biodiversity, maintain healthy ecosystems and support economic and social development in coffee production landscapes.

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Health and Sanitation business partnership in Kibera, Nigeria

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SC Johnson, chose to apply "Base of the Pyramid" protocol in Kibera, Nigeria. Working in partnership with Carolina for Kibera and the Coalition of Youth Entrepreneurs, they co-launched the Community Cleaning Services (CCS) business, providing a range of cleaning and disinfecting services for the...

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Support required for Twiga Children's Centre in Kenya

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Twiga Children's Centre is run and supported by Kenyan Community Support Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Kisii, Kenya, that is run by a team of volunteers. The centre has been established to give support and aid to orphaned and vulnerable children, by providing food, clothes,...