From Project-Building Teams to Ethical Sashimi

 - May 16, 2013
From project-building charity teams to ethical sashimi restaurants, these social enterprise valuing transparency take the ubiquitous buzz word somewhere else. Where transparency seems like an obvious word to use in an about page or a mission statement, track records don't typically amount to a dictionary definition of the word.

Openness, communication and trust -- traits we'd typically associate with people (aren't corporations apparently people!) -- have come to be used by social enterprises valuing transparency in an effort to draw attention to their see-through business practices and accountability to behavior and actions. Certification systems such as B Corporation have simultaneously emerged as a way to address social and environmental businesses and grade and score them relative to the way they operate on a day-to-day basis as well as more broadly.