Member Profile: Socially Responsible Shoe Company Founder, Peter Sacco

By: Net Impact staff | January 12, 2017

Adelante Shoe Co., a socially responsible shoe company
Adelante Shoe Co., a socially responsible shoe company

Our Net Impact community continues to drive impact for a more just and sustainable world and we like to highlight members on our blog who are leading the change. Peter Sacco is one of those members.

Peter SaccoPeter is a second-year graduate student studying social entrepreneurship at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also the founder of Adelante Shoe Co., a new social enterprise making it effortless to choose a socially responsible pair of shoes without compromising on quality, style, or price.

Peter says that Adelante Shoe Co. is built on the idea that people have values, and will act on those values if given the chance. 

What inspired you to create Adelante Shoe Co?

Two principle realizations spurred me to start Adelante. The first was that I only ever want to work on my own vision, and the second was that we can do economic development in developing countries much more effectively than we are.

I spent two years living in Central America between undergrad and grad school, and had about five jobs over the course of that time. It was frustrating because I knew I had passion and ambition, but I was never moved to commit fully to anything professional until I started Adelante. 

Over the past few years I have gained a lot of exposure to different NGOs, government programs, and for-profit businesses attempting economic development in one form or another. My experience with NGOs exposed an unsustainable funding model and an inability to address the root of social problems perpetuated by bigger players — often for-profit businesses or government policies. Government development programs are often beholden to broader foreign policy objectives, which can result in less-than-pure intentions. The private sector is best positioned to do development effectively, but profit maximization is the name of the game. With Adelante, I want to prove that for-profit business can promote economic development in a powerful way without compromising profitability.

How do you think we can redefine business as a force for good?

We can redefine business as a force for good by: (1) proving that business can have powerful impact when conducted responsibly, and (2) proving that customer demand exists for socially responsible products that don’t compromise on quality, style or price.

What advice would you give to an aspiring social entrepreneur?

Begin with the end in mind — establish the goals you want to achieve and then map out the steps that will get you there. I would also encourage you to pursue your passion with tenacity. If you haven’t discovered it yet, seek it relentlessly. Working on your passion will galvanize you to work harder than ever before, which will give you the best possible chance to be great at what you do.

What advice would you give to someone who is passionate about making an impact, but is not sure where to start?

Becoming a more informed and conscious consumer is a great place to start.  Nearly all of us make a ton of daily purchases without considering the ripple effects of the decisions we make. It’s important to research your favorite brands and demand more transparency and responsibility from their business models. At the end of the day, consumer social responsibility supersedes corporate social responsibility. The ability to shape market demand —i.e. decide where your money goes — is the ultimate lever to influence how businesses operate, for better or worse.

 

Are you a Net Impact member with a story to share? Let us know.

Comments

Great Post !! Very interesting topic will bookmark your site to check if you write more about in the future.
Muslim Vashikaran Specialist

I like that a awesome blog and say thanks for that amazing blog
Love Problem Solution

Thanks for sharing,I like this photo
https://goo.gl/54JVEQ

www.avriq.com
www.avriq.in

jasa pembuatan website dan pembuatan tukang taman surabaya berkat kerjasama dengan akkarya.com. Selain itu juga kami berpartner dengan jasa konveksi baju surabaya untuk mengerjakan keperluan seragam kerja kami selama ini

Paket wisata di Lombok hemat bersama keluarga 2018. Pastikan anda mendapatkan penawaran paket tour Lombok dengan harga paling terjangkau untuk Anda sekeluarga. Breeze Lombok memberikan harga paket liburan ke Lombok dan paket wisata labuan bajo paling murah untuk menghabiskan waktu santai Anda bersama kami

Jasa transportasi Lombok menghadirkan penawaran spesial awal tahun 2018 berupa sewa mobil di lombok / sewa mobil lombok atau rental mobil di lombok dan rental mobil murah lombok yang juga memiliki rental bus pariwisata lombok untuk melayani wisatawan yang ingin berlibur ke pulau lombok. Harga khusus untuk 10 customer pertama yang booking kendaran diatas 3 hari. Silahkan buktikan dengan mengunjungi website kami

Solar cell Indonesia dengan main resources dari tenaga surya selalu berinovasi menciptakan tekhnologi yang ramah lingkungan. Kami hadir memberikan penawaran menarik berupa pju tenaga surya yang banyak digunakan untuk jalan raya dan juga taman. Untuk lebih hemat bisa dikombinasikan dengan menggunakan lampu sehen buatan PLN. Selain lampu penerangan jalan, kami juga bekerjasama dengan Lorentz sebagai produsen pompa air tenaga surya kelas dunia.

Anda cari penjual botol kaca yang memberikan harga dan jaminan pengiriman on time? Silahkan langsung kunjungi website kami www.muliaindah.com untuk mendapatkan berbagai macam jenis botol kaca yang sesuai kebutuhan Anda. Ada juga botol kaca ASI lho. Yuk, segera klik muliaindah.com untuk mendapatkan promo harga termurah

I tremendously respect this post. It's inadequate with respect to the goliath from the staggering all completed, yet I think you've nailed it!
Call girls in Jaipur
call girls in Jaipur
call girls in Jaipur
call girls in Jaipur
Jaipur call girls

Striking to be here in your article or post, whatever, I figure I should about secure for my own specific site like I see some shocking, in like manner, pulled in dealing with your site?
call girls in Goa
call girls in Goa
call girls in Goa
call girls in Goa
Goa call girls
Goa call girls
Goa call girls
Goa call girls
Call girls in Goa

One of the wonderful post where I learn so much valuable stuff that is informative too. Thanks author.
Dehradun Escorts will also want to say thanks for sharing such amazing post.

Love the post and I really appreciate your effort and so delighted to be here.
Dehradun Escorts

Pages

Net Impact staff

Join Now

Popular Impact Articles

Subscribe to the blog

By email

By RSS