The social media reaction was both swift and expected last year when news broke that Oreo-maker Mondelez International acquired Enjoy Life Foods, the Chicago-based manufacturer of health-conscious foods free of common allergens.
Americans want to know more about what they're eating: Where does this food come from? Was it grown in an organic, sustainable way that I can feel good about? And was it handled safely before it reached my plate.
When it comes to funding those that are “doing good” in the world, philanthropy isn't the only answer. Increasingly, investors are looking to for-profit, socially minded entrepreneurial ventures (including several in Chicago) that have the potential to benefit both sides of the equation: These enterprises create products and services for the good of society, and they can realize a return for investors.