On the 28th of May, at the end of the 10th Social Responsibility Week organised by Associação Portuguesa de Ética Empresarial, Cláudia Pedra, Stone Soup’s Managing Partner, received a merit medal and diploma of recognition for her work in promoting ethics and social responsibility in Portugal.

Por Amy Raisbeck y Ana Paredes, artículo publicado en "Ethic".

 

Una idea de negocio, unos líderes apasionados, una inversión financiera suficiente y un público objetivo - son los ingredientes que hacen especiales a los emprendimientos sociales. ¿No te parece nada especial? ¿Suena como los mismos ingredientes de cualquier empresa? ¡Efectivamente! Los emprendimientos sociales pueden ser como “cualquier empresa”, pero lo que los hace realmente especiales (y al mismo tiempo les presenta un reto adicional) es que buscan funcionar como empresas “normales” a la vez que generan un impacto positivo en la sociedad.

Existe una gran diversidad entre ellos; algunos optan por establecerse como sociedad, otros son asociaciones; algunos buscan generar ingresos con rentabilidad para sus accionistas mientras otros se comprometen a reinvertir el 100% de los beneficios en su causa social; algunos consideran la escalabilidad un aspecto fundamental de su misión mientras otros prefieren enfocarse en producir un impacto profundo en un público especifico, aunque sea de menor escala.

Stone Soup Consulting has, since its beginning, developed an ethics and social responsibility policy that led to the creation of a fund that is applied in actions of social interest. In order to identify the most relevant application, Stone Soup created the “Stone Soup Award on Research in Social Innovation”. For the purpose of this application, we define  “social innovation” as new ideas that solve existingsocial, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and the planet.

The award will recognise research projects already being developed or research project proposals confirmed/approved for development that identify strategies and actions linked to social innovation, either at the local, national or international level. We are looking for research projects that study the trends of the sector, be them in terms of finance, stakeholders, public policies, social impact, support mechanisms and tools, amongst others.

 

 

This year Stone Soup will offer a new opportunity to researcher in the fields of social innovation and social impact to win the Stone Soup Award on Research in Social Innovation. In the first edition, Ricardo Zozimo set the bar high, winning the award for his research project on Entrepreneurial Learning.
 
Ricardo Zozimo is currently a Senior Research Associate for the Wave 2 Cities Growth Programme at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Lancaster University Management School, UK. His research focuses on understanding how entrepreneurs learn and how this impacts on personal and firm performance. To serve as an inspiration to all this year aspiring applicants, Stone Soup interviewed Ricardo and asked him about his own experience.