FIND, BENCHMARK AND ASSESS IMPACT BUSINESSES

Below are some featured Nordic commercial companies that have a sustainable solution as their core business, which e.g. decreases climate change, creates a better environment, reduces food waste, expands renewable energy, secures clean water, improves waste management or solves social issues and other global challenges. The have all solutions the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets.

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Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes’ goal is to make the world more accessible to people who are blind or have a low level of vision.


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Bevar
Nature is asking that we (need to) change our consumerism. BEVAR is looking specifically into our habits about clothes. Consumption of clothes has increased rapidly in Western societies, resulting in a massive textile material stream which creates environmental problems. The textile industry is the second worst industry when it comes to causing environmental problems, only preceded by oil and gas production. These
problems are in large part due to the habits of the consumer. A piece of clothing is only used for at the very short time and is usually thrown out way before the actual end of its lifetime. BEVAR has been working for at a couple of years trying to expand the time of use. We have been concentrating on the challenge concerning the waste of jeans. They are causing tremendous problems because of the extreme use of water, chemicals, and transportation in producing them.
Out of wasted jeans, BEVAR has been creating new products. E.g. pillows, aprons and potholders. Employed and involved in the upcycling-process has been “fleksjobvisiterede” (fellow citizens that for different reasons are not able to work full time, and will have a contract that e.g. gives them a salary for 4 hours work every week in addition to governmental support). The actual workplace is situated in a socially and economically challenged area in Denmark.
BEVAR is a social enterprise, registered as such in Denmark.


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Beyond Coffee
When you make coffee, you use only about 0.2% of the coffee nutrients; for the flavoring the boiling water soaks to become coffee. The rest, 99.8%, is the coffee grounds are discarded in the trash. It is a waste of resources. Rather than discard the coffee grounds, Beyond Coffee collects it. We use it to grow delicious mushrooms. Fungus loves the coffee grounds.


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Epleslang AS
We make local apple juice with surplus apples from Oslo’s gardens and at the same time create jobs for motivated people with disabilities and young people who are looking for work experience.


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Goodwings
At Goodwings we have a clear mission: we want to transform the travel industry to make a positive impact on the world we live in. We love traveling, and we love working towards a sustainable future. At Goodwings we combine our passion for both - and make it easy for you to do the same. We have teamed up with a number of non-profit organizations, our NGO partners, whose daily work supports the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. When you book a hotel on Goodwings.com, you can elect to donate money to any one of these good causes – at no extra cost!


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Kjør for Livet
Kjør for Livet engages troubled youth, otherwise at risk of dropping out of school, through an empowering team framework using adrenaline-filled sports in which young participants choose their activities, set their own team rules and build a supporting peer-community. Kjør for Livet provides a safe space for teenagers to interact socially, thereby attracting hard to reach youth and preventing them from engaging in harmful or illegal activities.


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KLS PurePrint
KLS Pure Print wants to be the worlds greenest printing, based on sustainable values. KLS Pure Print has since 1990 worked to make the production as efficient and effective as possible. Since 1996, ISO 9001 certification has been a guarantor for both effective management and consistently high quality in all products.


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Københavns Bybi Forening
How does it work? We place hives around the city on the roof or near the companies we are working with. We make sure the bees are good, so the local flower beds are coming and a lot of ultra local honey is produced. What do companies get from it? Renting bifamilies is a simple and strong CSR option with a great effect both environmentally and socially. We deliver press coverage, a mini CSR report, inspiring events and of course a whole lot of honey from the bees!


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Mitt Liv
Mitt Liv is a social enterprise that works for an inclusive society and a labor market that values diversity. Being a social enterprise for us means that we address social challenges with innovative solutions based on profitable business practices. Mitt Liv is represented in 4 Swedish cities: Gothenburg, Stockholm, Östergötland (Norrköping and Linköping) and Malmö.


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Resen Waves
Resen Waves is the first company in the World to provide continuous power and real-time data connectivity to autonomous instruments and machinery in the sea, as a plug and play solution. It is now possible to access instruments in real-time through smart phones or web applications, no matter where the instruments are located in the big oceans. Electric power is no more a limitation. Until now instruments and machinery in the sea have been powered by batteries, PV or diesel generators, which require regular ship operations to replace batteries or maintain diesel generators, which is costly and not always possible due to bad weather. This means that the power usage have had to be limited. Economizing power is normally done by cutting back on data transmission, which limits the applications of the instruments. All these draw backs are effectively solved by installing a Resen Waves Power Buoy in the sea, where the power and data connectivity is required, as a plug-and-play solution. Read more (data sheet).


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Specialisterne
Putting it simply; at Specialisterne, not fitting in is a good thing. The traits that usually exclude people with autism from the labor market are the very traits that make them valuable employees at Specialisterne; such as attention to detail, zero-fault tolerance and a persistence to get the job done. We do not see them as people with an autism diagnosis; rather, we see them as true specialists, which is why we refer to them as “specialist people”. Imagine a world where someone who was once defined by their diagnosis, would instead be defined as a “specialist person” ? At the core of Specialisterne is a five-month assessment program where candidates with autism go through different exercises, tasks and work situations. This assessment program helps our staff to see past the diagnosis to the candidate’s real personality, skill-set and potential. Specialisterne’s goal is to help 1000 people with autism into the Danish labor market by 2025. People who are currently outside the labor market. We are working for inclusion. We believe that all people are entitled to a dignified and meaningful life.


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Vigga
Klæd din baby på i økologisk babytøj Gør som tusindvis af andre og klæd din baby eller voksende mave i børnetøj og ventetøj på abonnement. En cirkulær idé der sparer tid, penge og ressourcer. VIGGA er faktisk billigere end H&M.


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Wholi Foods IVS
Dare to Eat is a Copenhagen-based green startup developing sustainable foods using insects. The production of insects emits 100 times less CO2 than cattle, and insect production is even more sustainable in terms of water usage and land area than soy beans and chickpeas.


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YESCPHCO
Teammates.nu is a socio-economic service company. We facilitate employment for migrants to companies that have entry-level job needs. Furthermore, we make sure that the interaction between both is transparent and mutually beneficial. Therefore, the company is benefitting by getting their jobs done and the migrants are receiving sustainable integration opportunities in return. All profit from service fee is used to support child education and healthcare in developing countries.


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