Together with Burgreens, Project Semesta, Impact Hub and Coworkinc, we held sustainable business discussion last month (August 12th, 2017) at Impact Hub @ Coworkinc. The aim of this discussion was to reach the same level of understanding about sustainable businesses, find out the opportunities and challenges of growing sustainable businesses and come out as stronger entities.

As a startup with the mission to preserve clean environment using sustainable practices, we feel the struggle of growing our business, let alone the impact we want to create through our business. Our biggest challenge is, because we produce alternative products with alternative material, our products’ prices are a bit higher compared to conventional products. Due to a lack of understanding and demand for sustainable solutions in the marketplace, our products become irrelevant and too costly.

This challenge is also experienced by many sustainable businesses, and discussion between players is necessary to enable any action to solve the problem together, , so we sat down and had a great and very fruitful discussion. We also had expert sharing with Agni Pratama, VP Business Development from LiMa Group who give us clear picture about what is sustainable business and what really makes a sustainable business. Great insights from an expert who has been in the field for over 20 years.

From open group discussion, we mapped the four biggest challenges to sustainable businesses: resources, market, government and impact plan. As it turned out, these four problems can be solved by one solution, collaboration! Sustainable businesses have existed and done their own thing separately, now it’s time to gather and walk toward the same direction. Through collaboration, it’s possible to access greater resources, create demand for sustainable solutions, manage the regulation of sustainable businesses, and make a bigger impact.

We are so happy that everyone who came shared the same concerns and are excited for the collaboration. Can’t wait for another discussion and activities to inspire a positive impact on humanity and our only mother earth!