Speaker Series: Building Social Business

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Recently, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation held a conversation with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus about his innovative approach to “social business,” a model that promotes the idea of doing business in order to address a problem, not to maximize profit. This complement to traditional capitalism can serve humanity’s most pressing needs, especially poverty. Each and every social business creates employment, good working conditions, and addresses a specific social ill such as lack of education, healthcare and good nutrition. In simple terms, a social business is a non-loss, non-dividend company dedicated entirely to achieve a social goal. In social business, the investor gets his or her investment money back over time, but never receives dividend beyond that amount. The Grameen Bank is a prime example of social business, with the Grameen borrowers themselves being its shareholders.

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