Every day we engage with some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and innovators through the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship community.

The community includes approximately 400 social entrepreneurs and innovators, operating in 190 countries, who have impacted the lives of 622 million people and counting by distributing loans and services, mitigating CO2, improving access to education and energy, and driving social inclusion for people with disabilities, the homeless and refugees.

And now, in the COVID-19 pandemic, this community is responding in incredible ways, specifically to the needs of those who governments or the market are unable to account for…


Social innovators, disruptors in the service of others in situations where traditional actors or the market have failed, are needed more than ever in the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true as the health and economic impacts hit the excluded, vulnerable and those in the informal economy the hardest.

From creating biometric identification systems to developing innovative ways to deliver microfinance loans, here are six innovative ways Schwab Foundation social innovators are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Reaching out to the most vulnerable:

Naya Jeevan (which means “new life” in Hindi/Urdu) rejuvenates people in underserved communities via corporate value chains (smallholder suppliers, distributors, SME retailers, micro-retailers…


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Trang Tuyet Nga Co-Founder and Head, Marketing, Medical Technology and Transfer Service is one of the 2017 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, Interview by Stéphanie Thomson, World Economic Forum

Newborn babies shouldn’t die of cold or jaundice or breathing problems. But the technology that is readily available in the West — such as baby-warmers for premature or sick newborns — is inaccessible to millions of people in poorer parts of the world.

According to the World Health Organization, 45% of all deaths of children under the age of five are among newborns. Nga Tuyet Trang, one of the…


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Kimbal Musk is CEO of The Kitchen and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee 2017,

Interview by Stéphanie Thomson, World Economic Forum

How on earth did food get so complicated? After all, on the face of it, it’s really quite simple: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants,” explains food activist Michael Pollan.

But somewhere along the way, it all went horribly wrong.

Take the US, the land of big gulps, super-sized meals and fast food restaurants. Since the 1970s, childhood obesity rates have tripled. …


Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

From education to inclusion, social entrepreneurs use market forces to build better societies Image: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

I am thrilled to announce the Schwab Foundation’s 2017 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees. Social entrepreneurs are people who harness the power of market forces and business principles to solve social problems, from poor health-care to unemployment.

However, while creating markets for the underserved has made great strides, the fact remains that governments continue to be the primary provider of social services to the poor.

Many of our 2017 awardees partner with governments in a variety of roles: as service providers, demonstrating how programs can be delivered…


11 social entrepreneurs who are changing the world

I am delighted to announce the Schwab Foundation’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees, who will join the world’s largest network of late-stage social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum. Nearly half of this year’s winners are women, a fact I am extremely proud of. This year’s awardees are experimenting with business models, innovating new distribution and replication methods, and holding themselves accountable for results — and bringing about transformative societal change in the process.

Eliminating child labour

Take Nina Smith of GoodWeave. GoodWeave works to eliminate child…

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