Exceptional entrepreneurs leading social change
Exceptional, June - December 2014
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Today’s entrepreneurs are at the heart of business. They care about the impact their business has on the community, about their families, about their successors and about the legacy they leave when they retire. It’s no longer enough to simply run a successful business; the entrepreneurs in this edition also strive to give something back.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-president of Chopard, has merged his passions for creativity and classic cars in sponsorship deals with the Monaco Grand Prix and Mille Miglia rally. The company then used its increased profile to promote its efforts for sustainable luxury, partnering with the Alliance for Responsible Mining in supporting artisanal miners in South America and using ethically sourced jewels and fair-mined gold in its products.
Similarly, Ashish J. Thakkar uses his passion for Africa and its businesses to enable, empower and inspire other young entrepreneurs through mentorship and funding programs. His story demonstrates that age and background doesn’t matter if you have determination and self-belief.
Narayana Health’s Dr. Devi Shetty was inspired by Henry Ford’s principles of economies of scale and has adopted them to provide heart surgery to those in need in India. He runs his business on profit, but he performs lifesaving surgeries for free.
Philanthropy has always been the domain of successful entrepreneurs, but far from just providing monetary donations, businesses today are actively using their expertise to help secure the future of others. Among them is Dr. Ruth Oltjer of Chemi-Pharm, who is not only providing lifesaving disinfectants to hospitals in Asia, but also empowering them with training in proper hygiene practices.
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