Happy New Year 2013

Throughout 2012, the danone.communities blog has eagerly shared the latest developments in our own projects, news from the world of social business, and the ideas that make social business so compelling.


Here are just a few of the year’s highlights as mentioned on our blog:


At the beginning of the year, Fortune Magazine named Muhammad Yunus as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, alongside Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Perhaps not by coincidence, it was Bangladeshi Nazia Zebin who won the project grant in our Social Business Youngsters competition on Facebook. A 24-years-old student, Nazia is committed to promoting access to culture for everyone in Bangladesh, including rural residents. In May, she traveled to Paris for the Global Communities Meeting, where she met experts from the social business community who had come to work together and imagine the solutions and initiatives of the future.  


Our midyear highlight is always June 28: Social Business Day, celebrating the people who practice social business around the world. Here in Paris, danone.communities held a conference to give them a voice and to continue our mission of raising awareness of social business.


It has been an excellent year also for the project developments: 1001 Fontaines (Cambodia) is now present in approximately 60 sites and Laiterie du Berger (Senegal) has been breaking even during 3 successive months. In addition, JITA (Bangladesh) has joined the danone.communities portfolio as the 8th project.


Finally, autumn brought a new series of events, from the Convergences 2015 forum in Paris to the Global Social Business Summit in Vienna, making 2012 a year filled with connections, sharing and joy.


We have a lot of science fiction. We should write social fiction. Use your imaginations and make it happen”, Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.


Happy New Year 2013 !




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