I Can Do It Too… Actually Can I ?

Milwaukee, 1993

Will Allen believed that everyone, regardless of their economic status should have access to the same, healthy food, so he founded Growing Power Inc., a non-profit organization, which helps individuals, who don’t have access to “healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable foods”, gain access to these by providing education and technical assistance as well as through food production and distribution.

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Stop Feeding Us Lies

As many of you may know, the food products on the shelves of giant supermarkets (Walmart, Target, Weis) are owned by a very small number of companies. General Mills (GM) owns many of our favorite brands: Haagen Dazs, Yoplait, and Cheerios. Since it is well-known brand that we see and eat so often, we are more likely to trust it and associate the name with quality. However this isn’t always the case.

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“Good Eyewear, Good Outcome”- Warby Parker

“For every pair of glasses that Warby Parker sell, they give a pair to someone in need.”-Warby Parker’s BCorporation Summary.

This is not the first company with this type of one-for-one giving strategy, everyone knows Tom’s Shoes. However, Warby Parker is unique in their strides to promote CSR.

Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair Program has distributed over a million pairs of glasses to people in need. They have focused on glasses in underprivileged areas, because 703 million people worldwide currently do not have access to eye care. Glasses have been shown to increase productivity by 35% and income by 20%. Along wight their main charity partner, VisionSpring, Warby Parker has worked to not only donate, but also to train. VisionSpring has trained 18,000 workers in the manufacture, distribution, and reception of glasses.

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INSITE: The Problem or the Solution?

INSITE is North America’s first supervised drug injection site. The government approved and sponsored facility opened its doors in 2003 in the run-down, drug-infested nieghborhood of eastern Vancouver, Canada. On average, INSITE operates at capacity of 600 visits per day by drug users who come to safely shoot-up. INSITE provides drug users of heroin, cocaine, morphine, and other illegal substances with clean needles, a safe environment, on-site medical professionals, counseling, housing assistance, addiction services and mental health treatment. The facility does not provide any drugs and medical professionals do not do any injections. The extremely controversial facility has prevented 221 overdoses and has had no deaths to date.

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