Shunned by many native Belarusians as the language of peasants, the Belarusian language nevertheless always had many ardent champions. The Belarusian language is for them at the very root of their native culture, and some of the country’s greatest writers wrote their best work in Belarusian. Partly as a result, their work remained little known outside – until legendary translator Vera Rich began her work.

A couple of weeks ago a group of Belarusian activists released a free mobile app (at the moment for Android only)— CarbonFreeTravel. The app helps to offset the user’s carbon footprint after a trip by plane or a by a car. Three years ago the team took part in the Biz4all Social Entrepreneurship School with this idea. Using the support they received for their project, the team managed to launch the app after the school.

We continue our series of articles on social entrepreneurship. What are the appropriate terms? Which criteria make the enterprise a social one? Social entrepreneurship in Belarus, the region and the world: cases, interview, analytical data. Today’s article is about the social impact, which is something social entrepreneurs put before profits, and about ways it can be measured. However, first we will try to understand who these social entrepreneurs are and what makes them different from other businessmen?

Text by: Alyona Lis
“Social investment”, “conscious investment”, “ethical and responsible investment”, “impact investment”… All these terms are used to define a new trend in financial investment, which is gaining popularity all over the world. The investors today are ready to get a lower level of income from their financial investment, provided they achieve some positive social changes or improve the environmental situation.

On May 28, Minsk welcomed the Third Belarusian Social Business Forum, a platform to exchange best practices and discuss how businesses can contribute to solving social and environmental problems. This article contains an overview of new social enterprises and forms of cooperation with large businesses.


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