While the challenges feel overwhelming, we can be the change.
Jeremy Meltzer is Founder & CEO of i=Change, Australia's fastest-growing social impact start-up that bridges worlds between online businesses and NGOs.
In partnership with over 400 brands like Camilla, Pillow Talk and Clarins, from an idea 8 years ago, i=Change now works with Australia’s largest retailers and NGOs, has already raised over $7 million, $1 at a time, impacting the lives of up to 1.5 million people in Australia and globally.
i=Change is a certified B-Corp, has won two Australia Post ORIAs and was voted one of 50 most innovative start-ups in Australia.
In his early 20’s, Jeremy lived in Havana, Cuba, where he saw significant violence against women. He felt helpless to impact such a complex issue, yet knew he had to try.
Jeremy imagined… what if the power of our purchases could create a new and sustainable funding stream for best-practice NGOs, by making it simple for businesses to accelerate their sustainability journey by giving back to people and planet?
9 out of 10 Australians now want to shop brands with a clear purpose beyond product. For businesses, giving back in this fragile time - driven by consumers - is emerging as a powerful driver of growth, and helping brands grow.
With a focus on empowering women & girls and now also mitigating climate change, i=Change is leading a purpose-driven business movement, helping businesses meet consumer’s expectations to back brands committed to building a better world.
Jeremy has given a TED Talk on ending violence against women, and been featured in VOGUE and SKY News. i=Change has won numerous social impact awards, including two Australia Post ORIAs (the Online Retail Industry Awards), Lift Off’s ‘Star of Social Impact’ and Finder Award’s ‘Best Shopping Innovation’.
WWF-Australia Conversations: Jeremy Meltzer"These two [not-for-profit and private] sectors that were largely in their own silos for a very long time are going to need to rely on each other more than they ever have. I do believe that the bridging of these worlds is something we're going to see accelerate. I've always believed the business and NGO sector have so much value to offer each other, but yet they've, they've walked very separate roads, almost parallel to each other." - Jeremy Meltzer To tackle the biggest problems facing our world today, we need to revamp our ways-of-working, breaking down the barriers holding us back and embracing pre-competitive collaborations between sectors, competitors and society at large. In the latest episode of the #WWFConversations Series, Dermot O'Gorman (CEO, WWF-Australia) sat down with CEO and founder of i=Change, Jeremy Meltzer to discuss how the convergence of the not-for-profit and private sectors can help us address the global challenges we face in today’s world. As an early adopter of integrating Environmental and Social Governance into business strategy, a trend now widely embraced by brands, leaders and companies alike, Jeremy talks at length about how the positive aspects of capitalism in the private sector can be applied to the not-for-profit sector to drive and sustain donations.
A deeply inspiring presentation, that reflects the core values of what we stand for and where we want to go. ... keep reading Dieticians Australia
What a powerful story, and now with the data showing the ‘win-win’ opportunity. Surely, this is the future.
Everyone was riveted to their chairs, the screen and your message. Really moving - and well tailored to our audience.
A powerful talk that deeply inspired, and has given our business even greater purpose. As an important message that’s enormously relevant, Jeremy distilled a global movement into an exciting and simple way forward, urging us to remember our ‘why’, while understanding the business case and how giving back meets the emotional expectations of customers today.
A genuinely charismatic speaker on a subject increasingly important to businesses, their customers and staff. Jeremy is one of the very few able to connect the dots and inspire audiences to understand the business rationale for having a clear 'purpose beyond profit', and explain this fast-growing global movement and the opportunity.
Jeremy’s story was inspirational and moving. He clearly and effectively articulated this growing movement and the opportunity. His innovative business model to create social change through corporate ‘giving’, helps my team understand the benefits and impact our customers could have on extremely worthwhile causes around the world. Jeremy has a natural and very engaging presentation style, which stirred many positive emotions within my team and myself. We're promoting his worthy business across our customer base.
Jeremy is one of the most inspiring speakers I’ve encountered. He speaks with great passion as he motivates organisations to unite in using the power of business to support women and children around the world. His engaging and charismatic style has the power to motivate and influence, making him the perfect ambassador for real and lasting change. I hope Jeremy’s work encourages more men to lead with such conviction, compassion and care.
Jeremy is an engaging and compelling speaker who has the talent for connecting deeply with his audience, through his authentic and credible communication style. With the right balance of charisma, wit and substance, Jeremy has the ability to make complex and difficult topics resonate and move people to action.
Jeremy Meltzer's work with i=Change is a shining example of how corporate responsibility can meet humanity in a powerful way. His message is both motivating and reflective. What sets Jeremy apart is his deeply personal message and unwavering commitment to make life better for the people he touches. His work is a testament for all businesses to drive meaningful change through corporate social responsibility. I highly recommend Jeremy’s presentation to any business looking to make a real difference in the world.