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School as Sustainable Enterprise


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Presentation to Development Innovation Workshop, Trade & Investment Queensland-GRM International, Brisbane, 8 October 2014

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School as Sustainable Enterprise

  1. 1. A Concept Paper by Professor Jeremy B Williams Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise @jeremybwilliams @TheGreenMBA 8 October 2014
  2. 2. We’ve also changed the surface of the earth
  3. 3. We need 1.5 planets to sustain current consumption patterns …
  4. 4. … with potentially devastating effects in the form of climate change
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  6. 6. The ROI on girls’ education is well documented
  7. 7. Used for fruit and veg cultivation and livestock A community provides land And labour Materials to build the school are sourced locally Energy is entirely renewable: solar wind; or biomass International quality curriculum via Internet Rainwater harvesting for water supply All wastewater disposed of on site And tree planting GS4G is a focal point for the whole community
  8. 8. VISION Empowering all girls to realise equal opportunity through education that is ecologically, socially, and economically self-sustaining.
  9. 9. MISSION Provide community prosperity through local investment of labour and materials to establish a sustainable educational campus for girls. In return, the education delivered will enable the inter-generational cycle of gender inequality to be broken, and provide knowledge that will provide the foundation for sustainable development of communities.
  10. 10. VALUES The enterprise will revolve around the three values of: 1. ecological sustainability 2. gender and inter-generational equality 3. the belief that giving a girl the education and the ability to make informed decisions about her life will ultimately benefit her community and society more broadly.
  11. 11. The business model is based around Impact Investment
  12. 12. Set up GS4G Foundation Make debt/ equity investments in GS4G campuses including student loans Scale up creating economic, social and environmental impact Recycle returns to make new investments
  13. 13. Set up GS4G Foundation • Corporate sponsorship • Social Stock Exchanges • Patient capital funds; e.g. Acumen • Crowdfunding • Fundraising chapters • Carbon offset programs • Donor agencies; e.g. UN agencies
  14. 14. The World’s Most Sustainable Companies, 2014 (Forbes Magazine)
  15. 15. London Singapore Toronto New York
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  17. 17. Rapid growth of crowdfunding for impact investment
  18. 18. GS4G Fundraising Chapters in major cities hosting regular events
  19. 19. Funding via companies participating in CDM programs
  20. 20. Gender equality, poverty alleviation and environmental protection are cross-cutting issues for aid agencies, meaning GS4G is in good position to access downstream funding opportunities
  21. 21. In 2015, the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be succeeded by the Sustainable Development Goals “Goal 5: (SDGs) Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” … following energetic campaigning from groups like Girl Effect
  22. 22. Make debt/ equity investments in GS4G campuses including student loans • To be sustainable enterprise every campus of GS4G must be economically viable • The GS4G Foundation would retain majority ownership to ensure mission integrity • Return on equity may be set at capital preservation (or close to 0%) for a period of time • Operational costs to be covered from proceeds of on-campus entrepreneurial activities • Student loans from the GS4G Foundation repaid upon employment following graduation
  23. 23. • Location selection is critical and local knowledge essential • Extensive community consultation an important first step and the Scale up creating economic, social and environmental impact rationale for an all girls’ school accepted • Local community must supply the land and the labour • Best practice sustainable building design, sourcing construction materials locally • The campus would be a focal point for the community in providing a catalyst for sustainable development; i.e. food and water security, employment and business development • Volunteer networks would be tapped to import skills and knowledge unavailable locally
  24. 24. • GS4G must not be positioned as a charitable organisation, but as a business with different motivations; i.e. it seeks to maximise economic, social and environmental welfare not profit. • Development is freedom from hand-outs. A person’s dignity is not served by charity, and GS4G is about contributing to the creation of strong, self-sufficient and resilient communities. • Successful GS4G campuses can provide financial returns to the GS4G Foundation and also provide mentorship for new campuses. Recycle returns to make new investments
  25. 25. A collaborator rather than a competitor
  26. 26. Potential partner organisations focused on investment in girls’ education and gender issues
  27. 27. South and Southeast Asia • Indonesia • Laos • Myanmar • Cambodia • Philippines • Sri Lanka • Nepal • Bangladesh • Pakistan • India not limited to …
  28. 28. profjeremybwilliams