S.C. Johnson & Son’s venture to supply cleaning products to entrepreneurs for sanitizing public bathrooms in largely slum areas of Mathare, Kenya, (with the goal of reducing sanitation-remedied ailments like diarrhea), sounds like a perfect blueprint for a sustainable BoP business. But after more than two years, it’s still not profitable.
- Impact Assessment
Does the lack of fancy salt shakers coming out of Africa imply its citizens are less innovative? No. They are. But perhaps not in a way that we, as Westernized culture, recognize. Novel solutions to problems are developed every day and everywhere by necessity.
Last week, the 2010 Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School presented a panel called Connecting the Dots through Social Impact Measurement, joining the ongoing conversation that has surfaced in recent conferences such as SOCAP10 and ANDE.