Posted 1.31.06

Through a shared vision of a world that is enriched and improved by the actions of business and with a purpose of advancing business and society cooperation, Net Impact and Weatherhead's Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) created the Global Discovery Contest.

BAWB has launched the World Inquiry to discover and share stories of business innovations that re-define the role of business in society and provide alternative profitability models of mutual benefit.

Too often, business is not seen as a key player in addressing the most challenging social issues. BAWB, along with Net Impact, seek to change this notion!

The BAWB-Net Impact Global Discovery Contest invites you to join the World Inquiry by uncovering innovative projects, products, processes and tools that allow business to successfully address the most grinding problems of the new millennium while building a stronger bottom line. You must be a member of a Net Impact chapter in order to participate in the contest.

The Topic
In September 2000, one hundred ninety-one United Nations Member States signed the Millennium Declaration, which challenged the world to reach seven diverse goals spanned across such issues as poverty, health, education, ecology, gender equality and cooperation, by year 2015. To date, much work has been done by various organizations and agencies to move towards the targets. However, little attention has been paid to the role of business in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The Global Discovery Contest invites you to address the knowledge gap by discovering the many ways businesses transform the Millennium Development Goals into thriving business opportunities. We are specifically looking for stories in six categories:

-Eliminating Poverty Through Profits
-Business as an Agent of Environmental Sustainability
-Peace as Business Opportunity
-Business as an Agent of Universal Health
-Universal Education as Business Interest
-Business as an Agent of Gender Equality

How It Works
Find a business that is working to address one of the issues outlined in the UN Millennium Development Goals in an innovative way.

-Conduct an interview to learn more about the business, its innovation and its leaders
-Write the story
-Submit the story by April 1, 2006
-Vote online for your favorite story
-Win! (The winner will be announced May 4, 2006 at the 3rd Annual International BAWB Online Conference, which is free and open to the public.)

The Benefits
-Opportunity to connect with business leaders around the world
-Monetary reward - $500!
-Recognition by Net Impact and BAWB
-Contribution to a growing database of businesses doing good
-Help change the perception of business

For more information on how to participate, please click here.



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