Social Entrepreneur Index nominee: Commission it
As the Social Entrepreneur Index returns for a second year, the nominations have been coming in thick and fast. The index celebrates the passionate, driven and innovative people behind some of the best socially-aimed businesses in the UK and is designed to revere and amplify those entrepreneurs running businesses with social purposes and the vitally important difference they make to our society.
Eligible social entrepreneurs will work in any field and be tackling a social or environmental issue at any scale from local to international. Entrants will act as beacons of inspiration for others to encompass positive social impact, and the Index will be a celebration of social entrepreneurship across the UK.
Commission it are a social enterprise that have been put forward for the Social Entrepreneur Index this year. They help clients to create, design and produce totally bespoke unique artistically inspired works from a range of different upcycled/recycled objects.
They’re big supporters of the circular economy and they have artists specialising in 100% recycled plastic art projects. Not only do they reduce waste by their own use of materials, they also work with Precious Plastic, who encourage others to start a business from plastic waste. Their artisans create work for companies including Google, Converse, IKEA, Channel 4 & Rolls Royce.
They’ve also created a search tool, designed to make it easier for upcyclers/recyclers around the UK to find local free goods and materials. They can then use those materials for projects, ultimately helping to reduce landfill waste. You can watch the video on how to use the search tool here.
Commission it have also pledged to give 51% of their profits to the likes of Aid to Artisans, Precious Plastic and Kiva. So far, they have supported 7 people across 4 countries, with micro loans for farming and education.