Sébastien Marot is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends-International, an internationally acclaimed global social enterprise supporting over 110,000 marginalized children and youth each year across 12 countries across 4 continents through 3 main Programs:
- The Friends Alliance: Programs run by Friends-International that provide best practices services including protection and social reintegration services (access to employment for youth and family members, school reintegration for children and family conservation);
- The ChildSafe Alliance: a large partnership of over 60 organizations that work together to develop and coordinate best quality services and build the overall capacity of organizations and their teams;
- The ChildSafe Movement: a worldwide Movement involving all actors of society in protecting children. This Movement selects, trains, certifies and supports businesses, private individuals, communities and tourists to be directly involved and active in the protection of children from all forms of abuse.
To support this expansion, Friends-International is using a series of social business models providing training opportunities and financial sustainability for the organization, and is franchising the most successful social models including its training restaurants model (the TREE Alliance) and its youth employment services (the Futures Offices).
In recognition of his work Sébastien has been awarded various accolades including the Order of Australia for “service to humanity”, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2007), was voted Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 in Asia by the Schwab Foundation and Friends-International was recognized as one of the top 100 NGO’s by The Global Journal in 2012 and 2013.