Bill Gates is often hailed as one of the most generous entrepreneurs in the world and campaign in January saw the Microsoft founder encourage business builders to create enterprises from poo.No, his estimated $81.1bn wealth hasn’t driven him insane ? Gates was promoting the launch of a new system designed to treat waste and purify it into drinking water. Elsewhere, it was revealed in the summer that more than 50 tech and digital entrepreneurs from UK firms are supporting social good through the Founders Pledge. The commitment sees them donate at least two per cent of their salaries, which has generated more than ?18.5m. David Goldberg, director of Founders Forum for Good, said: ?Social responsibility is growing in importance to society today. This reality is regularly backed-up in consumer and business surveys alike and to my mind there has never been a stronger case for helping to facilitate like-minded people with a way to leverage their success for a greater good.? As such, the National Enterprise Network and social entrepreneur body UnLtd have discovered that 27 per cent of people looking to develop a business are doing so because they have social or community purposes in mind. It reveals that Brits are motivated by social objectives and calls out for enterprise support groups to ensure they have the right guidance in place for entrepreneurs of that ilk, such as access to social finance and sourcing volunteers. Read more on philanthropy:
- Warren Buffett donates $2.84bn to Gates Foundation and family charities
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- Apple CEO Tim Cook: ?You don’t have to choose between doing good and doing well?
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