The Foundation for a Sustainable Society (FSSI) is a social investment organization committed to support the development of sustainable communities through social entrepreneurship. Since 1995, we have developed social enterprises with triple bottom lines in marginalized communities that are owned, managed and operated by the poor, economically sound and environmentally-friendly.
Our organization promotes the triple bottom line (3BL), a term derived from the United Nation’s three pillars of sustainability, also known as the “Three E’s” of sustainability. These are environmental protection, economic development, and social equity which was later coined to three P’s or People, Planets, and Profits. In a general sense, 3BL means the integration of economic, social and environment dimensions in development.
Economic – the growth of social enterprises, growth in sustainable production of commodities, and the development of local value chains, i.e., from production of raw materials to processing up to the development of markets;
Social – increasing economic participation in social enterprises and value chain and improving welfare of target marginalized social sectors, namely, women, indigenous peoples, small farmers, small fisherfolk, and agricultural workers, and,
Environment – building capacities of social enterprises and local communities to contribute towards the sustainable management of local ecosystems, and development of climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction mechanisms.
We are a network of dynamic organizations in the field of social and economic work.