1. “We are unashamedly ambitious, and we are driven by our mission.”
Sharing app OLIO
, which connects folks giving away food and household items to nearby neighbours happy for the freebies, recently raised a $43m Series B round. Wowza!
Pretty impressive, and speaks to the growing recognition of the massive problem of food waste and insecurity. Also impressive: the community of
five million users have shared 25 million portions of food, equivalent to taking 75 million car miles (120 million kilometres, for us sensible metric users) off the road.
There’s more to this app than first meets the eye, as co-founder Tessa Clarke shares in this TechCrunch interview. Yup, it's a grassroots peer-to-peer sharing community. All very warm and fuzzy. But OLIO has also created a clever B2B revenue stream which brings in the bulk of their income and helps the food industry reach its carbon emissions goals.
I loved reading about Tessa’s unashamedly ambitious plans
to grow the business to one billion OLIOers by 2030 and “build one of the most transformational companies of our generation.” 🥰 2.
Curious about B Corps? Then this free Q&A session
all about the B Corp assessment and certification process is for you. ❓3.
Black leaders hold just 4% of board seats in the U.S. The stats are even worse for Black women: only 1%.
Enter Take Your Seat
, a networking community of Black professionals and allies working to bring racial diversity to U.S. boardrooms.
Companies and organizations, Take Your Seat is calling on you to add or earmark a seat for Black representation. Board members, think about giving up your seat to a Black leader. Black professionals, make sure to join their pool of candidates for board positions.
Let's change those stats! 💪4.
Would a universal basic income
change how you run your business—if you didn’t have to work in order to survive, or if your employees didn’t? 🤔5. “There’s a danger that we’ll come to think of the climate crisis as a standard piece of our mental furniture and as not what it actually is: a time-bound emergency that must be tackled full on, right now."
Climate Week ended on Sunday, and its getting-it-done theme could
be a reasonable response to the now-or-never message of the recent IPCC report
—if it resulted in anything actually changing.
Thankfully, GreenBiz offers us some hope with this summary of eight promising initiatives
from governments, investors and companies that could actually make a difference. 🙏