socially innovative companies changing the world

14 Socially Innovative Companies Changing the World

Social innovation seems to be a buzzword these days, and it’s no surprise being that many young professionals are jumping at job opportunities to do something meaningful with their talents. Here are 14 companies that are changing the world for the better.

14 Innovative Companies Changing the World

By The Culture-ist

Innovation is necessary in our changing world. Here are a few companies that are proving that a small idea can make a big difference.

  • Edesia

    By The Culture-ist

    [Edesia](http://www.edesiaglobal.org/) has developed Ready-to-use-Foods to help fight acute malnutrition around the world. The organization's facilities are located in areas with high unemployment rates to support local communities.

  • Code Club World

    By The Culture-ist

    [CodeClubWorld.org](http://codeclubworld.org/) has created a network of coding clubs for schools around the world by providing education, project materials and volunteering frameworks for local communities.

  • Tesla Motors

    By The Culture-ist

    Not only is [Tesla](http://www.teslamotors.com/en_CA) the first company to develop an electric car to gain traction in the market, but the company is also the first to develop a network that allows for extended trips with electric cars.

  • Braskem

    By The Culture-ist

    Brazil-based [Braskem](http://www.braskem.com/site.aspx/braskem-united-states) takes the petroleum oil out of plastics manufacturing, using sugarcane, instead. Their method actually extracts carbon dioxide out of the air instead of creating it.

  • Bookshare

    By The Culture-ist

    [Bookshare](https://www.bookshare.org/) is an organization that focuses on bringing the joy of reading to those with print disabilities by making print materials, including newspapers & books, accessible. 

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies

    By The Culture-ist

    [Bloomberg Philanthropies](http://www.bloomberg.org/) uses its strength in data collection and analysis to consistently create efficient, data-driven solutions to large-scale social problems, from smoking to over-fishing.

  • Sanergy

    By The Culture-ist

    [Sanergy](http://saner.gy/) is developing sanitation centers in African slums. These centers turn waste into electricity, but they're not stopping there. The company is moving towards using waste to make actual products.

  • MaRS

    By The Culture-ist

    While most other companies on this list directly work to improve society, [MaRS ](http://www.marsdd.com/)takes a different approach—they help socially innovative companies grow & excel, working to support innovative startups.

  • Peepoople

    By The Culture-ist

    Although their name may seem silly, this cause is anything but. [Peepoople](http://www.peepoople.com/) developed a single-use, self-sanitizing, fully biodegradable toilet that helps prevent the spread of disease in urban slums.

  • Enable Talk

    By The Culture-ist

    The winner of Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2012, [E](http://enabletalk.com/)[nable Talk](http://enabletalk.com/)  utilizes a pair of sensored gloves to interpret sign language into speech, assisting the deaf in navigating a speech-oriented world.

  • Patagonia

    By The Culture-ist

    [Patagonia](http://www.patagonia.com/ca/home) has long been known as one of the most environmentally-friendly brands on the planet. Now, the retailer has set aside $20 million a year to support startups that want to follow suit.

  • E-nabling the Future

    By The Culture-ist

    [E-nabling](http://enablingthefuture.org/) is a network of 3D printing enthusiasts and experts who are developing prosthetic hands for those in need in their local communities, all at a fraction of the cost of a regular prosthetic.

  • APOPO

    By The Culture-ist

    HeroRATS are used on the battlefield to sniff out landmines. [APOPO](http://www.apopo.org/home.php) has found a new way for these rats to save lives—by training the rats to sniff out Tuberculosis in human cells to improve diagnosis.

  • BioLite

    By The Culture-ist

    [BioLite](http://biolitestove.com/) creates wood-powered stoves that capture excess heat from the fires to charge cell-phones and LED lights for a more efficient use of energy, particularly in third-world countries.

Feature social change photo via shutterstock

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