Salt recently compiled the world’s first-ever list of big-hearted business leaders, now available in our latest print issue.
To give you a sneak glimpse into the exclusive rankings, here we present you with the world’s top compassionate businesswomen based on Salt’s criteria of sustainability, innovation, compassion and impact.
INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S TOP COMPASSIONATE BUSINESSWOMEN…
1 JENNIFER HOLMGREN
Holmgren leads LanzaTech’s mission to manufacture low-carbon fuels from the industrial waste of steel mills, oil refineries and chemical manufacturers.
Its first fullscale commercial operation, expected by the end of 2015, will turn greenhouse gases at a steel mill in China into more than 30 million gallons of ethanol per year.
As CEO of LanzaTech, Holmgren has forged partnerships with steel, oil, biomass, chemical and natural gas companies. She is also set to power Virgin Atlantic’s airplanes with bio-fuels in the next two years.
2 ARIANNA HUFFINGTON
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post. She is an activist and the highly visible inventor of the ‘Third Metric – Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power’.
The term ‘success’, she believes, should include the values of wellbeing, wisdom and kindness. Go-getters, she hopes, will become ‘go-givers’.
3 JULIANA ROTICH
Born in Kenya, Rotich is co-founder of the revolutionary website Ushahidi, which provides free and opensource software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation in Africa.
The site crowdsources information about crisis areas and collates it into live, online maps. First used in Kenya, it has been adapted for disaster situations in Congo, Haiti, Japan, New Zealand and Chile.
Rotich is also editor of the environment section of the Global Voices website.
4 ISABEL MEDEM
Medem founded X-Runner, a waterless sanitation system created for the slums of Lima, Peru, where regular toilets are unavailable. X-Runner provides an alternative to pit latrines, which are dangerous for human and environmental health.
Faeces are collected by X-runner service trucks, before being treated and turned into nutrient-rich soil. Medem is aiming for her clean and water-free toilets to provide a solution for the 72 million urban Latin Americans without access to modern sanitation.
5 JULIA GROVES
Groves manages the Trillion Fund, a British crowdfunding platform specialising in raising money for renewable energy projects worldwide.
She aims to get investors to take money out of “dirty stuff” and transfer it to “clean stuff”.
Her goal is to disrupt the market by providing alternatives to expensive energy and she is a strong advocate for the UK’s “60,000 not six” energy companies campaign.
Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood invested £1 million in Trillion Fund in 2013.
6 JANE CHEN
The 36-year-old Taiwanese American founded the social enterprise startup that manufactures the Embrace Infant Warmer.
The low-cost device is designed for the 20 million premature and low-weight babies born each year, mainly in developing countries. It costs just one per cent the price of a standard incubator and doesn’t require constant electricity.
It is portable, hygienic, and reusable and is being distributed across clinics in India. Pilot projects are also underway in 10 countries.