Impacting Lives. Saving the Planet.
Our Corporate Social Capitalism
Corporate Social Capitalism (CSC) can be defined as a utilitarian form of capitalism with a social and environmental purpose. Its goal is to make social and environmental improvements, rather than the accumulation of capital in the classic capitalist sense.
It is not about increasing shareholder value but social shared value. It is about directing corporate capital towards a common good and making a profit and has an ideology of liberty, equality, and justice.
In short, Corporate Social Capitalism is about using business as a force for good to solve many of the biggest problems facing humanity today.
How is CSC Different
Corporate Social Capitalism (CSC) is vastly different from traditional corporate philanthropy, which is typically aimed at generating positive publicity for the corporation. Nor is Corporate Social Capitalism the same as the old-fashioned Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which is too often nothing more than a corporate exercise in Public Relations (PRs).
Corporate philanthropy and CSR initiatives only make the management of corporations feel good about themselves rather than change the world. They do not last very long and lack scale. As soon as the corporation is in a financial crisis, these initiatives are shelved, and people are fired. Such sustainability initiatives are simply not sustainable.
Why We Do It
For years people have been complaining about capitalism. They say, “The capitalist system has got us into this mess.” This is a great myth that we must eradicate from our mind if we are going to see any positive change in our social and environmental ecosystem. We need to know that capitalism has been a great resource optimizer and allocator since the Industrial Age. It has greatly improved our standard of living like no other. And it will continue to do so way into the future.
Our climate has changed. We must stop talking about it and start acting. If we continue to stick our head in the sand and do nothing to save our planet, our children and grandchildren will live their lives underwater.
And, trying to appeal to people's good intention to save the planet is a fallacy. People will say they want to save the planet and yet continue to increase their carbon footprint, use of plastic, and fossil energy, etc. daily. People will say they want equality for all and yet continue to exploit, discriminate, and stereotype, etc.
Ask yourself. Are you willing to work full time solving social and environmental problems without getting paid? Probably not. Are you willing to buy an electric car that is twice as expensive and only goes half the distance? I think you know the answer to that question as well.
Therefore, the only way to achieve large scale social and environmental change, we need to turn to the self-interest of individuals. And the only system that can help us deliver this change is the capitalist system. Nothing else will do.
In the final analysis, we need to embrace capitalism as the only way to go because people are more committed and responsive when they are able to make money or save money solving our social and environmental problems. This is where the capitalist system thrives. Only then will we see real change. Only then will we achieve scale. Only then can we save our planet and the human race.
The new social and environmental hero is the capitalist, the entrepreneur.
Our Area of Focus
We don’t try to be all things to all people. We are focus in our investments. This has been our culture.
We are interested in companies that provide market-based solutions to help solve the following social and environmental issues:
- Renewable Energy and Climate Change.
- Agriculture and Aquaculture.
- Clean Water and Sanitation.
- Animal Welfare and Rescue.
- Poverty and Education.
How We Do It
Using our assessment tools and scoring system, we assess the companies that we have interest in. This is our first step.
Next, we want to get a good feel of the company on the ground. As such, we speak with the management as well as the general staff of the company to know their corporate culture, their vision, mission, and values, etc. at a deeper level. In short, we want to be sure that companies walk their talk.
Lastly, companies must have passed our assessment, satisfied our questions, and shown commitment, financial and otherwise, in solving a social or an environmental issue before we make our final decision to invest in them.
To receive more information on our CSC Program, go here.