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Progressive Business as Social Business Innovation

In their paper “Progressive Business as Social Business Innovation” (The Journal of the Macau Ricci Institute 2018, No. 2, pp. 47–55.) Eleanor O’Higgins and Laszlo Zsolnai present a series of brief case studies of exemplary companies identified as progressive businesses, understood as ecologically sustainable, future respecting, and pro-social enterprises.

These companies follow progressive business practices and embrace social innovation methods in their business models. They represent a range of industries including ethical and sustainable banking, artisan coffee production and distribution, insurance, clean technology, retailing, and consumer goods.

The analysis of these cases is meant to show readers that social innovation is practical for businesses seeking to flourish in the 21st century. These enterprises featured here may help to dramatize the contrast with many mainstream establishments whose business models inhibit socially and environmentally sustainable practices.

The full text of the paper can be seen here