When Majidah Hashim, a Malaysian social entrepreneur, quit her corporate job and started a business three years ago, assisting people with autism make handcraft teas with flowers and herbs, the government stepped in to assist.
Majidah specialties are in triple bottom line reporting, and performance/impact measurement tools, conceptualization of sustainability strategies, idea generation, ethics and immersive training. Among her most significant professional contributions are co-creating the pioneer versions of the Airport Carbon Emission Reporting Tool and co-authoring the GRI Airport Operators Sector Supplement (AOSS).
Majidah is among the social entrepreneurs who received funds from the Malaysia government of 2015 plan to increases the number of business with a mission to protect the environment or assist people. The assistance allowed her to get SevenTeaOne running.
Malaysia was ranked 9th best country to be a social entrepreneur in 2016 in a poll of 45 countries carried out by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and funded by Deutsche Bank.
To help her kickstart her business, Majidah received about RM30,000 grants from MaGIC. She also attended one of its programmers and learned about social enterprises.
Like Philippines and Thailand, Malaysia is one of the Southeast Asian countries which are trying to tap the potential of social enterprise.