The GSBS is the worldwide leading forum for Social Business. It serves to spread awareness about Social Business, foster discussion and collaboration between practitioners and stakeholders, as well as present and conceive best practices.
The annual event is organized by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate professor Muhammad Yunus and his creative advisor Hans Reitz, and gathers experts from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops.
The main topics of the GSBS 2018 will be Plastic & Circular Economy, Mobility, Food & Its Value, Solidarity and Sports.
“Plastic does not belong to nature and we need a fundamental system change to address the problem. What we need is a circular economy.” (Hans Reitz)
Plastic pollution has become one of the most urgent social and environmental problems of our generation. Approximately 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year and it is expected that in the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. A systemic change is needed. The question is how to start thinking circular and transform our linear industrial production lines in order to transform to a more circular economy? A chance for Social Business entrepreneurs to change the game and become the pioneers for circular solutions.
During the Global Social Business Summit 2018 different plastic recycling & waste management Social Businesses and approaches will be discussed in various workshops, presentations and expert dialogues.
The Grameen Creative Lab was officially founded in January 2009. In February 2008, Hans Reitz undertook his first trip to Bangladesh to visit prof. Muhammad Yunus and learn about Grameen and the idea of Social Business. During 2008, prof. Yunus and Hans Reitz deepened their relationship and agreed on a close collaboration.
Hans Reitz became prof. Yunus’ creative advisor and friend. In January 2009, this relationship was formalized – The Grameen Creative Lab was established as a Joint Venture between the Yunus Centre in Bangladesh and circ responsibility, a CR consulting company based in Wiesbaden, Germany. Their shared vision has been to fight poverty by accelerating Social Business.