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HealRWorld/International Council of Small Business Launch Partnership to Advance Global Sustainable Business & UN Sustainable Development Goals

Washington, DC: The strategic global partnership formed by HealRWorld LLC and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) will be introduced to ICSB’s global membership at its 62nd Annual World Conference starting June 28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina (www.icsb2017.org).Both parties have signed an agreement to cooperate on sustainability data innovation with an emphasis on Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs), which comprise over 90% of the world’s businesses and are critical to developing nation economies. The teams will launch this initiative aimed at developing sustainability profiles of participating countries globally based on the footprint of their respective sustainable businesses, creating country-level sustainability rankings and annual reports, and offering a method and source for data collection to governments to ICSB’s membership comprising over 80 countries worldwide.

At the 2017 Annual World Conference, ICSB will celebrate the inaugural launch of the United Nations (UN) Name Day dedicated to MSMEs. ICSB, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, authored the name day resolution that was negotiated with all UN member states.

HealRWorld will additionally support the ICSB’s activities associated with the launch of the UN Name Day which will take place at United Nations HQ on May 11 in advance of the ICSB 2017 World Conference and be kicked-off by the new UN Secretary General, António Guterres. The ceremony will include a MSMEs Knowledge Summit where founding members and supporters will focus on the important role that entrepreneurs and MSMEs play as catalysts, innovators and supporters in the ecosystem to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. HealRWorld will announce key deliverables in support of this initiative. More information on this event and activities will be made available on the ICSB website (www.icsb.org) shortly.

Founder and CEO, Michele Bongiovanni noted that, “I’m very excited about our collaboration with the ICSB, which is a natural extension of HealRWorld’s core mission to support global MSMEs. They are truly dedicated to advancing small business and combine knowledge and academic rigor to help solve some of the biggest barriers to growth.” HealRWorld is a social impact company that leverages its big data platform to provide cutting edge solutions to corporations and individuals to promote the growth of sustainable business. ICSB is a not-for-profit organization that applies the intellectual and technological resources of its members.

The annual ICSB World Conference is a premier entrepreneurship and research conference that brings together leading thinkers, educators, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to debate cutting edge research on a wide variety of entrepreneurship related topics. The 61st ICSB Annual World Conference held at the United Nations HQ on June 16, 2016 was attended by more than 600 global delegates from over 55 countries who discussed implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to leverage Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) to advance development around the globe.

About ICSB: The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of management development practices for potential entrepreneurs and existing small business owner/managers through education, research, and the free exchange of ideas. For more information, visit: https://www.icsb.org.

About HealRWorld LLC: HealRWorld (https://www.healrworld.com) is a global big data and product platform that aggregates sustainability information (People, Planet and Profit) and credit data throughout the global business ecosystem with a unique emphasis on small and mid-sized enterprises. Founded in 2012, our mission is to help Heal Our World by catalyzing the growth of sustainable business and consumption globally through knowledge and insights, and help direct spending and investment to the small business ‘doing well by doing good.’ HealRWorld has also partnered with Dun & Bradstreet, the world’s leading source of commercial information and insights on businesses, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence for more than 170 years.


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