Social enterprise is infectious – even famous people are getting in on the act…
American Grammy award winning rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams is the Creative Director of BIONIC. They take plastic bottles from the ocean and turn them into fabric, which are then used to make clothes. BIONIC have partnered with the likes of G-Star Raw and GAP. Tackling plastic waste and making sustainable clothing, as well as many other products.
Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has set up several restaurant chains, including FIFTEEN. This restaurant chain trains disadvantaged young people to be chefs, working in the restaurants and kitchens. Initially set up in London, further restaurants have opened in Amsterdam and Cornwall. Over 500 chefs have been trained in Fifteen restaurants, with 80% of them still working in kitchens today. Giving young people valuable work experience and tackling unemployment.
Australian actor, famous for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series, set up his own social enterprise, Laughing Man Coffee. The enterprise trades directly with farmers and coffee growers, giving them a fair price for their crops. The coffee is sold in 1,800 stores across the US. Laughing Man Coffee also have their own chain of coffee shops across the country. All profits support education, community and business developments in the developing world.
American actress, Rosario Dawson, famous for appearing in movies such as: Men in Black II, Sin City and Zookeeper, launched her social enterprise, Studio 189. An ethical fashion brand, with clothes handmade in Ghana, ensuring those who make the garments receive a fair and decent wage. Garments are designed and made with a focus on African patterns. Ethical fashion…eco fashion…more than fashion value.
Hollywood star, famous for her roles in Fantastic Four and Sin City film series, Jessica Alba founded The Honest Company after struggling, as a consumer, to find safe and reliable beauty, baby and general wellbeing products. She has no such problems now due to selling these products across North America both online and through numerous retailers. Sales enable them to donate millions of beauty, baby and general wellbeing products through their “Honest To Goodness” initiative, to those in need.
Welsh actor, Michael Sheen, famous for his roles in the Twilight Saga and Frost/Nixon, is currently a patron for Social Enterprise UK. Michael believes social enterprise can empower communities whilst still making money. He sees social enterprise as a force for good that can change the world.
English comedian, Chris Addison, well known for his appearances on Mock the Week was introduced to social enterprise by a friend and was blown away by the sector. Chris recognises that social enterprises come in all shapes and sizes, all with the power to change communities at large. He thinks that everyone should know about social enterprise, which prompted him to become a patron for Social Enterprise UK.