While large businesses report on their corporate responsibility and community contributions annually, these founders of small businesses put social responsibility at the forefront of their businesses from the beginning.
Dan Loney, host of Knowledge@Wharton Sirius XM 111 was joined this morning by Aviva Weiss, Mom, Founder and CEO of Fun and Function, Mike Pearson Founder and CEO of Union Packaging to discuss the social responsibility and its centrality in how their thriving businesses create value for their customers, employees and stakeholders, and Therese Flaherty, Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center.
Mike Pearson notes that he returned to Philadelphia from New York and founded Union Packaging over 20 years ago because his father asked him to return to Philadelphia from New York City to create family-supporting jobs in his old neighborhood. Now Union Packaging employs 110, is introducing a line of biodegradable paper products for the food industry, and is committed to the “Triple Bottom Line”.
Aviva Weiss developed her line of fun learning aids for special needs children to help kids who need early intervention to learn more effectively while having fun and learning to self-regulate so they can be more successful academically. Fun and Function helps teachers across the US provide more effective learning environments and tools for special needs kids.
SiriusXM subscribers can listen to the segment until January 29 on SiriusXM On Demand.