In 2013, Corey Lien launched DOMI Earth, an impact innovation company that’s using the tools of business to empower a generation of climate changemakers. Their first mission: to leverage the examples of social movements and exponential technologies to generate rapid, broad-based demand for energy efficiency and renewables. They aim to make saving energy simple and meaningful.
Six months after starting, DOMI was certified as a B Corp, the first in Taiwan to be recognized by the global community of entre- and intrapreneurs working to redefine business success in terms of positive social and environmental impact.
Seeing an opportunity to rally latent energy for impact business around a globally-recognized standard, Corey led a coalition of investors and entrepreneurs to co-found Asia’s first B Lab. The result: Certified B Corporations in Taiwan jumped to 21, the most in the region; centers for research and teaching were established at two universities; and a Best for Taipei award series was launched to recognize impact by mainstream business.
The first two B Corp Asia Annual forums, in 2016 and 2017, have drawn participants from around the world, laying the foundation for a collaborative, international network. There is now a growing group of 78 Certified B Corps across 15 Asian countries.
Before becoming an impact entrepreneur, Corey bought, built, and sold a number of companies in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to fashion, including one that he took public in under three years. In the process, he gained a wealth of first-hand experience in the limits of shareholder capitalism and developed both the resolve and tools necessary to continue driving business to become a force for good.
07 Jun 2017
This session will discuss the importance of certification from an investor and a social enterprise’s perspective. It will also explore whether adopting an existing framework such as the B-Corp certification at the regional level would increase the flow of investments across Asia.