#41 Business Fights Poverty

Zahid Torres-Rahman discusses:

  • The limiting belief that change cannot happen both swiftly and expansively
  • A way to view the troubling political events in Europe, the UK and the USA as an inspiring wake-up call to take action on a social and environmental level
  • How Business Fights Poverty encourages people and companies to think deeply about their core business values and how they can have a social impact
  • The big picture: why long-term goals need to be more important than short term when it comes to social change which actually matters
  • Why a business giving away 1% to charity doesn’t impress him
  • Sprint Innovation: what it is, how to do it, and it achieves the seemingly impossible

Zahid is the Founder and Director of Business Fights Poverty, the world’s largest community of professionals passionate about harnessing business for social impact.  

The organisation facilitates open collaboration – both face-to-face and online – around specific, 3-to-9 month “Challenges”.  12 were launched in 2016 on issues ranging from youth employability to helping companies embed the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Zahid has over 20 years’ experience in business and international development, and has built up a passion and expertise for helping businesses collaborate with others to scale their social impact.

Zahid is also the Co-Founder of Inspiris, one of the UK’s Founding Certified B Corporations, reflecting the social mission and core values that sit at the heart of the company. B Corps are certified by B Lab to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

“We try and work with companies and with our broader community to take these big complex SDGs, identify a specific issue and then work purposefully with a group to try and make some sort of progress against that issue.”Zahid Torres-Rahman

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