Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Moment of truth: Spain sets in motion direct rule over Catalonia

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Must it come down? Market analysts bracing for correction

Read more

FOCUS

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton says Trump 'channels' racism

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

France considers tough new laws to crack down on sexual harassment

Read more

ENCORE!

Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

California: When your home is reduced to ashes

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

#balancetonporc: Sexual harassment and gender inequality in France

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Kenyan election board member flees to US, alleging death threats

Read more

BEYOND BUSINESS

Competition, economic combat, merciless confrontation between companies, states... Presented by Markus Karlsson, every Saturday at 9.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2015-04-14

Interest before profit: Making money by saving the world

The private sector is increasingly entering the humanitarian field, flipping the conventional model on how to make a buck.

French giant Danone, one of the world's biggest food manufacturers, is promoting sustainable agriculture. It's teamed up with other multinationals by starting the Livelihood investment fund. The fund has three admirable goals: increase farmers' incomes, improve their families' quality of life, and promote environmentally friendly practices.

But it's not just big multi-nationals who are trying to change the world. People all over are teaming up. The NGO Ashoka claims to be the largest worldwide network of so-called social entrepreneurs, pairing the business skillset with a social outlook. There are no easy solutions when it comes to saving the world, and there are no cheap ones either. But could the private sector be the answer?

By Ali LAIDI , Marlène HABERARD

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2015-05-11 sport

Winning the Games: What's the recipe for Olympic success?

The Olympics is a giant shop window for the host nation, providing priceless publicity.

Read more

2015-04-25 Netherlands

Weed and work: Could cannabis legalisation bring an economic jolt?

The debate on whether to legalise marijuana, and the health hazards associated with the drug, is a divisive one, and there are many strong opinions. But in recent years there's...

Read more

2015-03-28 Americas

Race of ideas: is the US pulling away from France?

French intellectuals have helped to shape critical thought and Western philosophy. And France and French academic institutions used to attract thinkers from around the world. But...

Read more

2015-03-14 agribusiness

Knowledge is money: Business intelligence changes Burkina Faso's cotton industry

”Knowledge is power” is a well-known saying. But knowledge is also money. In Burkina Faso, West Africa, business intelligence is key for the local cotton industry.

Read more