Cemal Ezel is a social entrepreneur with a big heart and a great cause. Working with homeless charities, Change Please is a brilliantly simple not for profit enterprise that takes homeless people from the streets and gets them into employment and back into society using coffee as a vehicle. Virgin Airlines, Barings Bank, Elior Catering to name but a few have all switched to Change Please as their coffee provider. You will also see their kiosks and carts starting to appear in and around our cities. The individual stories are moving and powerful. The enterprise focusses on a ‘job first’ model, to empower its people. As well as lifting people out of homelessness, Change Please allows people to do good everyday simply by choosing where they buy their coffee. It helps to humanise and break down stories and labels. “We’re not going to have social change in our society unless we have social enterprise as a part of it.”, says Cemal passionately. “Disrupting established marketers by adding the social element”. Away from the heartwarming stories, as a seasoned business professional Cemal is acutely aware of the reasons why businesses take on Change Please. There is a massive focus on quality and taste tests have been hugely successful when pitted along side other more well known brands. Also, the kudos and ability to win contracts by being associated with such a strong socially responsible cause has proved to be the number one draw for businesses. “It’s not always about ‘doing the right thing’ as people might think”. Cemal understands this and makes sure it works for everyone. Now expanding internationally and gaining increasing mainstream media coverage as they grow, this is one of life’s great stories. One of four enterprises, Cemal is not limiting himself to coffee. Hear more in this uplifting and powerful podcast about how a trip to Vietnam and ‘seeing signs’ led to such an incredible initiative.

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