"Social business is our future, social business is for saving humanity and the planet" - Mayor Ann Hidalgo of Paris

Press Release (11 November 2017)

Official launch of Les Canaux, the social business house, by Mayor Ann Hidalgo of Paris and Professor Yunus this evening. Les Canaux is dedicated to supporting social business in Paris. Nicolas Hulot the Environment Minister of France was chief guest at the event. The inauguration event included a visit and launch of the Yunus Centre office in Les Canaux. Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

Mayor Ann Hidalgo and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus together officially launched Social Business House Les Canaux on Thursday November 9. The Mayor had announced last year in a press conference held jointly with Prefessor Yunus that the historical building Les Cannaux will be dedicated to become  the  the home of social business and the social economy for Paris.   During the launching ceremony Deputy Prime  Minister of France and Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot was the chief guest. 

A  group of dignatories was given a guided tour of the facilities  of the social business house which has been refurbished over several months. The house, which is located in the 19th district of Paris has been refurbished where all its decor, carpets, furniture and fittings are made from recycled materials notably ocean plastic, waste paper, and waste wood.

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Mayor, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, the Deputy Mayor of Paris, Professor Yunus and other dignitaries were given a guided tour of  the facilities. They also opened the  newly established Yunus Centre Paris which is located in the building. Mayor Hidalgo had invited Professor Yunus to set up Yunus Centre Paris  in Les Canaux when they first met in July 2016 during the Rio Olympics. That office has now been set up and Yunus Centre Paris is now a registered legal entity in the city.

At the end of the tour, the Mayor and Professor Yunus spoke at the event. Mayor Hidalgo declared that she is committed to social buisness and she wants to make Paris as the social business capital of the world and turn Paris as the social business city .   Mr Hulot, the Deputy Prime Minister in his speech highlighted that  social business and the work that Les Canaux has set for itself is the most powerful way to move forward. The Mayor emphasized  that social business  is the future of the world. It is the future of humanity,  it is the future of  the planet. She said that the present system is not sustainable. Professor Yunus in his remarks said that the social business is like a bug, a friendly bug that infects everyone who comes in.contact with it, because selflessness exists in every human beings. Once a person is introduced to  social business he wants to do more  and more of it.

Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) 2017 Opens In Paris

Press Release (09 November 2017)

Academics to Deliberate on Applications of Social Business in Different Sectors of Societies

Participants of Social Business Academia conference 2017, Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

As part of the ongoing Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) 2017, two-day Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) 2017 has started on 8 November in Paris which is being held at International University Campus Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris). This is the fifth edition of SBAC. Last year, the fourth edition of the conference was held at HEC Paris.

After the welcome speech by Ms. Carine Camby from Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris and introductory words by Ms Lamiya Morshed, Yunus Centre and Hans Reitz, Grameen Creative Lab, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the keynote speech.

This annual conference has attracted 135 academics from around 15 countries. There were 49 paper submissions this year, of which 38 were accepted for presentation. These included papers related to social business and education, technology, healthcare, disaster management, entrepreneurship, marketing and other issues.

There were also presentations at the conference by 10 of the 43 Yunus Social Business Centres in 29 countries established in universities around the world which are doing research, developing social business courses in classrooms as well as online, organizing competitions for social business projects, undertaking such projects on social business with a view to mainstreaming social business within university curricula and giving students the option to become involved in social business once they graduate.

A separate discussion was held on the inaugural day of SBAC on the newest book by Professor Muhammad Yunus “A World of Three Zeros” with Professor Yunus, Professor Andrea Grove, the Program Director at California Institute for Social Business of California State University Channel Islands, and Professor Rodolphe Durand , the Chaired Professor of Strategy at HEC-Paris and the academic Director of the Society and Organizations Center, France. The session was moderated by Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University of Scotland.

Accepted papers have been presented since yesterday and will continue today on the second day of SBAC. Papers are being presented under different tracks and some of those are Entrepreneurship and Social Business,  Social Business and SDGs, Social business and Health, Finance and social business, Social Business, health and technologies, Social Business, Marketing, Education and other issues. The closing session of SBAC will take place in the evening today.

Photo Caption 2:  Session on Professor Yunus' new book 'A World of Three Zeros'. As seen on the photo Professor Cam Donaldson, Professor Muhammad Yunus,  Professor Andrea Grove and Professor Rodolphe Durand (from left to right). Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

The 8thGlobal Social Business Summit (GSBS) will bring together public, private and social partners in Paris to tackle some the world’s most pressing needs through social business

Organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus and the City of Paris, this year’s edition, entitled ‘New Wave of Hope!’ will focus on 4 key themes: Food and its Value, Plastic Pollution, Solidarity and Refugees, and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Date: 6th - 7th November 2017

Location: Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (14th arrondissement)

Paris (France), October 31, 2016–For the first time since its creation, the annual Global Social Business Summit(GSBS), which celebrates its 8th year, will be held in Paris. Bringing together more than 700 delegates from around the world, from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia, the event will foster discussion, collaboration and the sharing of best practices around social business and its positive impact.

The summit will gather world-class speakers among which Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris), Joel Bouzou (President of the World Olympians Association), Her Royal Highness the Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg, and Thomas Gass (UN Assistant Secretary-General).

The GSBS follows on from the decision made by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Professor Muhammad Yunus to install the new Yunus Centre in the ‘Maison des Canaux’, to be inaugurated in November. This Center, the first independent Yunus Center outside of Dacca (Bangladesh), is to become a key European hub for social business.

Professor Yunus also signed a partnership agreement with Mayor Hidalgo and the Paris-2024 Olympic Bid Committee to make the Olympics and Para-Olympic Games of 2024 the most inclusive Games in the history of the Olympics. The City of Paris gave Prof. Yunus the honorary citizenship of the French capital.

"In Paris and other cities in the world, entrepreneurs are constantly creating new projects that are both economically coherent and socially beneficial. It is crucial that we give them means and provide this worldly generation capable of kindling new hopes with a forum. The Global Social Business Summit is on this account a momentous occasion, as it enables all major international actors of this collaborative economy to work together, to share ideas and experiences, and to come up with new ambitions”, says Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who aims to turnParis into a hub of social business and to start implementing this through the momentum of the 2024 Olympic Games.

"What we need is to think strategically about development, analyzing a country's potential role in its region and the world in search of opportunities for growth. Platforms like the Global Social Business Summit can facilitate the process on bringing about change", declared Prof. Yunus, about stakeholders attending GSBS. "We have to show that we are a global movement with a thoughtful and powerful concept behind", said Hans Reitz, Head of Global Social Business Summit, CEO of The Grameen Creative Lab. For the 8th edition of the GSBS, the program was inspired by the 7th principle of social business, “do it with joy!” to provide a breath-taking experience to all participants and to foster a "New wave of hope".

Main topics to be covered in this year's GSBS edition include:

-          Food and its Value – Speakers will discuss how to make the food industry more sustainable and solidary, notably regarding catering to create inclusive Olympic Games, and debate social business gastronomy projects.

-          Plastic Pollution – Covering the growing environmental pollution caused by plastic waste, talks will revolve around coastal and marine protection, and how to improve recycling and waste management by social business.

-          Solidarity and Refugees – This theme aims at discussing project fostering more human solidarity and notably towards the climate and war refugees around the world, how to create social business solutions to support refugees.

-          The Paris 2024 Olympic Games – Debates and workshops will discuss & design solutions on how to guarantee the inclusiveness and impact of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games through social business.

The summit will also include a presentation and discussion about Prof. Yunus latest book, "A World of Three Zeros".

In addition, a plastic exhibition will take place in front of the Paris City Hall during the summit.

The full agenda, speakers and additional information can be found under: http://gsbs-2017.com

Agenda highlights:

-          Social Business Youth Challengers‘& Pioneers' meeting (4-5 Nov), at MakeSense's office (11, rue biscornet - 75012 Paris)

          Global Social Business Summit (6-7 Nov)

-          5th Social Business Academia conference (8-9 Nov) at CitéInternationaleUniversitaire de Paris

To participate in specific sessions of the summit or to request an interview with Prof. Yunus, or Mayor Hidalgo, please contact:

Grameen Creative Lab: Liza Patris / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 06.46.02.55.36

Ville de Paris: Simon le Boulaire / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Agence APCO Worldwide: Cécile Striffler / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) Kicks off in Paris

Press Release

8th edition of this summit is being held with the theme ‘New Wave of Hope!’

Mayor of Paris Ms Anne Hidalgo officially presenting 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the citizenship of Paris city at the venue of Global Social Business Summit 2017, International University Campus Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris). 

Paris (France), November 6, 2017–  The 8th annual Global Social Business Summit(GSBS) kicks off today in Paris for the first time bringing together more than 700 delegates from around the world. Participants came from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia, the event will foster discussion, collaboration and the sharing of best practices around social business and its positive impact.

While inaugurating the summit, Paris Mayor Ms Anne Hidalgo acknowledged and thanked Professor Muhammad Yunus' contribution for the entire world through his work for poverty alleviation, gender equality and environment. She also appreciated Professor Yunus’ initiative to bring sports and social business together by supporting Paris to host the Summer Olympic 2024 as the first ever social business centric Olympic. The Mayor reaffirmed her commitment for making Paris world’s social business city during her speech.

Present were at the inauguration of the summit HM Queen Sofia of Spain, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg HM Maria Theresa,  Mayor of Paris Anna Hidalgo, Deputy Mayor of Paris Antoinette Guhl, Thomas Gass, UN Asst. Secretary General for SDGs and Perer Bakker , President of World Business Council .

Mayor of Paris formally handed over the honorary citizenship of the French capital Prof. Yunus at the inaugural session of the summit.

Main topics to be covered in this year's GSBS edition include:

Food and its Value – Speakers will discuss how to make the food industry more sustainable and solidary, notably regarding catering to create inclusive Olympic Games, and debate social business gastronomy projects.

Plastic Pollution – Covering the growing environmental pollution caused by plastic waste, talks will revolve around coastal and marine protection, and how to improve recycling and waste management by social business.

Solidarity and Refugees – This theme aims at discussing project fostering more human solidarity and notably towards the climate and war refugees around the world, how to create social business solutions to support refugees.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games – Debates and workshops will discuss & design solutions on how to guarantee the inclusiveness and impact of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games through social business.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Global Social Business Summit 2017in Paris with Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Mayor of Paris Ms Anne Hidalgo, and Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. (From left to right)




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Grameen America Celebrates its first decade

Press Release (25 September, 2017)

A gala celebration of ten years of Grameen America “A Decade of Empowerment” was held at Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) in New York City on 23 September. Grameen America was set up in 2008 inspired by Nobel Laureate professor Muhammad Yunus  completes its tenth year in 2017. It provides micro-credit to underprivileged women who do not have access to credit for income generating activities, to build a livelihood for themselves. It reached 100,000 women in 12 cities in the United States with microloans, having provided nearly one billion dollars in loans to disadvantaged groups in cities in New York, Newark , San Jose, Austin, Omaha, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Los Angeles and Boston with repayment record of 99.6 percent loan recovery and  financial  sustainibility for all 20 branches.

During the ceremony, Professor Muhammad Yunus, was honored with a Lifetime Award for his commitment and support to Grameen America. Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associated and Director Emeritus of Grameen America, his wife Barbara Dalio, Former Board member of the Bruce Museum in Connecticut, and their son Paul Dalio, Screen writer, Director and Composer, all received Founders’ Award at the event. Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America, also spoke at the event. Professor Yunus daughter, Monica Yunus who is a soprano with the New York Metropolitan Opera, performed at the event.The event was attended by important businesspeople and philanthropists of the city.

Grameen America announced its plan to disburse ten billion dollars to half a million borrowers through a total of 40 branches by 2028.

Earlier in the day at the MET, Professor Yunus was a speaker at the ‘Fast Forward Women’s Innovation Forum’ hosted by the cofounders of Seneca Women, Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli. There was an onstage discussion between Professor Yunus and Chelsea Clinton on the role of women in accelerating development.  Seneca Women is a global women strategy firm built with the aim of advancing girls and women for a thriving world.

During his visit Professor Yunus spoke at “We the Future: Accelerating Sustainable Business Solutions,” an event jointly hosted by UN Foundation, Skoll Foundation and TED at the TED Theatre.Professor Yunus gave a keynote address on ‘Social Business and Disruptive Technologies to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’ at an event hosted by MakeSense, a France based youth organization for social change.

Professor Yunus is in the US for attending UN and other meetings  and releasing his new book  "A World of Three Zeroes". He will be travelling to several  cities to speak at events organised by local organisations  around  the release  of his  book starting in New York on 25 September and continuing on to Chicago,  Miami, Austin, Dallas,  San Francisco,  silicon valley, Seattle, and Washington DC.

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