Maximizing the socio-ecological impact of responsible businesses in emerging markets

MOSS is a consultancy and financier that makes cutting-edge scientific knowledge accessible through practical tools, workshops, and mentorship programs that help tackle the root causes of societal problems.

Helping businesses tackle societal issues

Every year hundreds of thousands of organizations pursue responsible business objectives to tackle important and urgent grand challenges such as poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. That’s awesome.

Unfortunately, the same strategic due diligence that they would exercise for, say, new market entrance, is not employed in determining where and how to tackle these societal issues. In doing so they tend to address the symptoms of problems, which means that at best they waste valuable resources without creating meaningful change and at worst they validate the problem by creating vested stakeholder interests in its continued existence.

Everyone has good intentions. No doubt. However, when it comes to combining the direct and tough business world with the complex and delicate socio-ecological world through responsible business, even the best intentions can have worse outcomes.

Cultivating resilience through systems thinking

Responsible businesses and their stakeholders need a mindset change.

Viewing ingrained socio-ecological problems from a systemic perspective allows businesses to engage them more effectively. That requires understanding the interdependencies and dynamics between all the factors that lead to unwanted system behavior and identifying the most effective leverage points to realize change.

Businesses that do so design various kinds of interventions at different levels so that as many people as possible benefit socially, environmentally, and economically.

That’s easier said than done, but we can help you with that. It’s what we do.

Vision & Values

Our vision is to eliminate the root causes of societal problems.

What we do

  • Obsess over systems
  • Respect cultures
  • Embrace cutting-edge science
  • High-five
  • Build resilience
  • Blow minds
  • Facilitate change
  • Social innovation
  • Exceed expectations
  • Party. Hot Rod styles

What we don't

  • Sacrifice quality for profit
  • Ignore grand challenges
  • Lose at Catan
  • Harm, hog, or hide
  • Compromise our values
  • Take life too seriously
  • Resist cake
  • Short-terminism
  • Work alone
  • Flat Earth theory

Who we've worked with

Although our core clientele are responsible businesses such as social enterprises (SEs), we leverage multiple intervention points within the systems we are active. This means that we work with a variety of different organizations across sectors such as universities, government institutions, and NGOs.

Universities

Rotterdam School of Management
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Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University

Top-10 EU business school who's MSc.GBS, of which Steve is the Academic Director, is the world's #1 CSR master-level program. MOSS is closely connected to RSM's professors and research centers.

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Geneva Business School

International education institution with a campus in Myanmar focusing on delivering business education through qualified business leaders. MOSS delivers MBA-level (social) entrepreneurship and innovation education in Yangon.

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School of Global Studies
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School of Global Studies Thammasat University

Thailand-based academic institution tackling complex global issues through collaborations with professional communities. MOSS delivers a Systems Thinking course in the MA program in Bangkok.

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Accelerators & Incubators

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Rise Impact

Thailand-based catalyst for social entrepreneurship through consulting and accelerator services. MOSS provides workshops in its Bangkok incubator program.

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One To Watch

Impact investor and accelerator for innovative small and growing businesses in frontier markets. MOSS provides workshops in its Yangon accelerator program.

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Seedstars Academy

Entrepreneurship training program of the global impact investor and accelerator for emerging market change makers. MOSS provides workshops in its Yangon academy program.

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Social Enterprises

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Grassroot Innovation Network

Merges traditional and modern farming practices to promote community-centered organic agriculture. Participated in MOSS consultation..

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Sunda Outdoor

Outdoor apparel brand promoting South East Asian nature conservation and reinforcing responsible outdoor recreation. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Visionear

Organization supporting visually impaired with glasses-mounted camera that verbally relates what it sees. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Refill Station

Bulk store selling eco-friendly FMCGs through refills to enable low-waste lifestyles for urban Thais. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Bangkok Vanguards

Travel company that creates community-driven urban experiences that preserve local heritage. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Wayha

Extracurricular programs aimed at empowering youths towards self-discovery and self-determination. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Social Health Enterprise

Trained women from vulnerable backgrounds reduce workplace stress through a unique massage technique. Participated in MOSS consultation.

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Mayday

Urban development organization improving public transportation systems through infotech solutions. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Mickey’s Real Wood Upcycled Furniture

Producer of hand-made, customized furniture using upcycled materials to train local disadvantaged youths. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Myanmar Innovative Life Sciences

Innovative products and laboratory services that bring safety and sustainability to Burmese food chains. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Pro Niti Travel

Travel company that uses inclusive business practices to create ethical travel experiences in Myanmar. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Future Glory

Producer and exporter of dried fruit, juice, and vegetables utilizing organic and regenerative farming practices. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Classic Education Centre

Pre-school education center focusing on English and early childhood development in marginalized communities. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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MyanCare

Telemedicine platform improving healthcare accessibility by providing virtual access to certified physicians. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Natural Farm Fresh Myanmar

Post-harvest solar dryer technology company working with farmer cooperatives to improve food safety. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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360ed

Edtech company leveraging emerging digital technologies to scale access to interactive, quality education. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Bayin Foods / Myit Kway Ayar

Ethically sourced, organic sesame and peanut oil producer supporting rural farming communities. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Klenic

Cloud-based web platform for clinic management that digitizes patient medical histories across providers. Participated in MOSS workshops.

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Recycle Myanmar

Upcycling waste management platform connecting producers, consumers, and extant marginalized logistics providers. Participated in MOSS consultation.

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Draper Startup House

Hostel chain connecting entrepreneurs to local ecosystems through community building, business services, and events. Participated in MOSS consultation.

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As we enter the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is an urgent need for innovative responsible business solutions that effectively transform systems for more sustainable societal outcomes.
Dr. Steve Kennedy
Dr. Steve Kennedy
Scientific Director - MOSS Consultants & Capital