eKutir

Digital Platform, Micro-enterprise model, Predictive Data Intelligence

Multiple cities, Odisha

India

www.ekutirsb.com

About eKutir

eKutir is a for-profit social enterprise, designing economically sustainable solutions anchored at micro-entrepreneurship and technology-enabled ecosystem for low-income markets. Their innovation enables the development of an ecosystem that can unleash multi-pronged, integrated interventions to address complex problems such as rural poverty in developing countries. Such convergence requires concerted efforts from multiple actors (e.g., farmers, micro-entrepreneurs, agricultural firms, sanitation firms, and government, etc.), each leveraging their core competencies but doing so in collaboration with others for self-sustaining, maximum impact.

eKutir has set-up multiple subsidiary social enterprises, targeted at a specific industry; agriculture, WASH, food & nutrition, clean energy, and technology & data, each thriving to generate sustainable social impact. Collectively, eKutir has an outreach to 543 micro-entrepreneurs, 60,000+ smallholder farmers, and 13,000+ toilets across low-income markets.

eKutir has set-up eKutir Global, a public benefit corporation in US to scale its solutions to businesses working with low-income markets in Central/Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and South-East Asia.

Our core philosophy is defined on designing an integrated, collaborative ecosystem for helping people in low-income markets lead secure and dignified lives. The ecosystem thrives on the principle of using business and market-led models to generate socio-economic transformation.

Becoming a B Corp reinforces our philosophy to do good for our customers, clients, and community, whilst challenging and pushing the status quo to creating equitable lives for people in low-income markets.

The Change We Seek®

eKutir's innovation is in creating a holistic yet highly personalized approach with a high-touch model to access low-income markets. A fragmented and exploitative supply chain is converted in to a responsible and ethical value chain, to foster exchange of products and services with the low-income markets.

eKutir has designed and deployed ICT platform that can enable the development of an ecosystem that can unleash multi-pronged, integrated interventions to address complex problems such as rural poverty in developing countries. Such convergence requires concerted efforts from multiple actors (e.g., farmers, micro-entrepreneurs, agricultural firms, sanitation firms, and government), each leveraging their core competencies but doing so in collaboration with others for self-sustaining, maximum impact.

eKutir’s approach goes beyond those where single economic actors are “doing well by doing good”. Here, each stakeholder creates value for themselves, while at the same time increasing the pool of technological, human, economic, and material resources that were organized into a single collective agenda devoted to addressing poverty and setting communities on a course of sustainable prosperity.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2016
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

10
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

22
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

61
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

35
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

12
6
Overall B Score
140
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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