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Schwab Foundation Announces US Social Entrepreneurs Of The Year 2011

Desirée Mohindra, Senior Manager, Media, Tel.: +41 (0)22 869 1462, E-mail

Geneva, Switzerland, 30 August 2011 – Three social entrepreneurs have been recognized as US Social Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship for their organization’s innovative work and social impact, joining a global network of leading social entrepreneurs from over 40 countries.

“These award-winning organizations based in the US have a truly global impact,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland. “From mobilizing low-income neighbourhoods around safe play environments and empowering homeowners in the horrible aftermath of an earthquake to protecting many of the world’s most vulnerable workers, these social enterprises are achieving transformative results.”

Hilde Schwab will confer the awards at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, from 14-16 September 2011. Nearly 50 members of the Schwab Foundation network will be present during the award ceremony.

“Despite working in very different sectors, these organizations share one thing in common,” added Mirjam Schoning, Senior Director, Head of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “They have developed strategic partnerships with the private and public sector to solve social problems. By developing innovative models that combine the strengths of government, business and civil society, they are able to accelerate their social impact, delivering better results for more people as cost-effectively as possible.”

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is proud to award the US Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2011 to: 

Darell HammondDarell Hammond, KaBOOM! (USA and Mexico)

Children today have fewer places to play and spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, facts that are having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur and best-selling author Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years ago in Washington, DC with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds in lower-income communities, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities and states across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online, do-it-yourself tools to organize and take action in support of play on both a local and national level.!/kaboom

Elizabeth HauslerElizabeth Hausler, BuildChange (China, Indonesia, Haiti)

BuildChange is changing practices of home building in earthquake-prone regions to engage citizens and set in place new and lasting practices to ensure that earthquake-resistant construction becomes common. In China, where BuildChange has been active since the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the organization is influencing the adoption of improved building codes – and simple tools for its enforcement – by municipal governments across the country. The organization is also working on more efficient ways of generating and collating data, such as putting building codes, checklists and home designs on mobile devices, which in turn makes it more difficult for corrupt contractors to operate. BuildChange is creating hybrid value chain partnerships with the private sector to disseminate public awareness messages on safe building techniques placed on cement bags and posted at retail outlets.!/BuildChange

Dan ViedermanDan Viederman, Verité (Latin America, Southeast Asia, China)

Verité's mission is to ensure that people around the world work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. Today's complex supply chains pose challenges for implementing international labour standards at manufacturing and farm sites that collectively employ hundreds of millions of people. Verité works with consumer companies and their suppliers, which are mostly farms and factories in developing countries. The organization assists in the identification, analysis and resolution of labour rights problems, including child labour, forced labour, discrimination, sexual harassment, excessive working hours, poor safety conditions and wrongful termination. Verité also helps corporations embed sustainable social responsibility standards into their business operations, improving conditions for millions of vulnerable workers worldwide.

About the Schwab Foundation

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in over 50 countries around the globe. Social entrepreneurs implement innovative and pragmatic solutions to social problems by tackling the root causes and creating social transformation. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders. Learn more about the Schwab Foundation at

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