More than a brilliant idea, more than enthusiasm - Setting up a non-profit social enterprise to initiate change in society
- Date & Time:
October 23, 2015 (Fri) | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Room P5-03, Graduate House
Mr David Bishop received the Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Award 2015 of the Faculty of Business and Economics for the ‘Migrant Worker Advancement Project’.
A social enterprise co-founded by the speaker last year is seeking to help foreign domestic workers to find fair employment opportunities in Hong Kong. Foreign domestic workers often have to pay significant and often illegal placement fees to secure jobs, which leave them deep in debt and reluctant to walk away, even if abused by their employers. In Hong Kong alone, foreign domestic workers pay approximately HK$700,000,000 each year in placement fees.
The Fair Employment Agency (FEA) was set up with a view to changing that situation by removing those placement fees. FEA seeks to provide a platform that is not only a successful social business but also shows that social entrepreneurs do not have to focus only on the bottom line, because the aim of business is to make society better.
The speaker will share his experience in how to meet the challenges in this start-up. He will also briefly talk about other initiatives related to foreign domestic workers.