Meet the journalist Esha Chhabrawho has spent a decade scouring the world for examples of social enterprises – businesses that combine profitability with the creation of equitable human outcomes – to The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and other publications. In his new book, Working to Restore: Harnessing the Power of Regenerative Business to Heal the World, she describes her travels and the entrepreneurs and activists she met in the United States, India, Africa and the fjords of Scandinavia. She describes the social and environmental innovations transforming coffee, shoemaking, healthcare, energy and hospitality businesses that become familiar to Earth911 readers. But for many, the thoughtful and eco-responsible thinking of Working To Restore can be an eye-opener.
Esha explores the added dimensions of two terms that dominate discussion of green business, ‘regenerative’ and ‘restorative’, linking environmental benefits with social impacts that can help low-income people access resources in a sustainable way. She discusses the key role of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals play in setting new social priorities and in shaping how we measure the value that businesses create in society. Working to Restore is available at Amazon, Powell’s books, and local bookstores. You can follow Esha’s journalistic work on eshachhabra.contently.com And eshachhabra.com.