For entrepreneurs and founders just getting their businesses off the ground, searching for ways to make a positive impact on people and the planet can feel daunting. You may often feel like meaningful impact projects are time consuming and impede your ability to focus on your own work. Luckily, as the sector of corporate social responsibility (CSR) continues to grow, many companies and organizations are creating innovative tools that enable you to advance positive change with relative ease.
Below is a list of 10 simple tools that any business leader — even those who just launched their business — can use to be a force for good.
Gifts for Good is a Los Angeles based start-up bringing employee gifting into the modern age. Gifts for Good aims to integrate social good and giving back with corporate gifting all year-round. Whether gifting for holidays, promotions, or thank yous, Gifts for Good has got it covered from handmade candles, to luxe leather totes, to unique wooden headphones. All gifts support a wide range of nonprofits and charitable causes including: children-in-need, economic development, the environment, homelessness, health, women-at-risk, and more.
Percent Pledge helps you donate a small percentage of each month’s budget to causes you’re passionate about. The platform will keep you continuously updated on the impact of your pledge throughout the year. Percent Pledge’s corporate social responsibility solution does all the work for you allowing you to easily give back and your team to focus on growing your business.
The Charity Charge Business MasterCard helps empower startups to effortlessly give back everyday. The card allows seamless corporate social responsibility by allowing your business to earn cash back that’s automatically donated to any nonprofit of your company’s choice. There is no annual fee and the percentage that is automatically donated with every purchase is tax-deductible. You are also allowed unlimited employee cards, so you can get your employees involved as well.
Moving Worlds offers unique corporate social responsibility methods and practices to make your impact as a company more enjoyable and impactful. Their innovative experiential learning model takes team members on a volunteer journey alongside a cohort of peers, while building and expanding their skills in new environments. Moving Worlds assesses the readiness of your company to then launch, scale, and/or optimize new innovative corporate volunteering programs.
Have Fun Do Good (HFDG) is a for-purpose travel and event company sharing the power of volunteerism through immersive and one of a kind volunteer opportunities. They offer immersive service experiences through travel excursions and Corporate events. Whether you’re traveling or staying closer to home, HFDG provides everything volunteers need to get involved: planning, access to worthwhile charities and causes, accommodations and, of course, fun.
Stripe climate allows you to remove carbon from the atmosphere as you grow your company. With Stripe Climate, companies can direct a portion of their revenue to scale cutting-edge carbon removal technologies. Carbon removal is critical to combating the climate crisis and keeping our planet habitable for generations to come. That’s why Stripes innovative business model can help impact businesses, like yours, tackle the issue.
Vera offers a simple way for startups to offset their plastic footprint through a monthly subscription model. By becoming Vera-Certified, your business can help create new jobs for people who collect ocean-bound plastic. You’ll not only alleviate poverty, but also help divert plastic from our oceans. The best part about Vera is that everything is transacted through the blockchain, allowing you to track your impact. Vera’s collective already offsets more than 40,000 plastic bottles every month.
Elliot for Water is the first social good search engine that empowers its users to help people in need of clean water by allocating its ad revenue to impact projects. For each search, Elliot for Water donates approximately 14 liters of drinking water. One fifth of the global population has no access to clean water, leading to the death of around six thousand children per day due to water-related diseases. Elliot For Water’s mission is to help bring drinkable water to as many people as possible and to improve their quality of life, while respecting the needs of the local culture and environment.
Similar to Elliot for Water, Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees as you browse the internet. According to Ecosia, for every 45 searches, one tree is planted — and each search individually helps remove 1 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere. Ecosia runs its servers off of 200% renewable energy and is committed to upholding user privacy. By bookmarking Ecosia (and Elliot for Water) on your computer, you can make sure all the work you are doing online is contributing to a healthier planet and healthier people.
10. RoundUp App
If you are running a consumer product goods company, the RoundUp App allows your customers to round up their purchase and donate the change to a nonprofit organization of your choice. This strategy has become popular in retail stores, online, and in some company’s own apps. The RoundUp App allows you to track donations to the nonprofit you chose, so you can see just how much of an impact you and your customers are making.
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Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 200 countries. Grant has personally interviewed over 600 impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.