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Prime Minister announces support for women entrepreneurs in developing countries

Women entrepreneurs in developing countries are creating jobs, advancing gender equality, and helping build economies that work for everyone. Despite the vital role they play, women entrepreneurs often face major obstacles to financing and growing

This is the Current State of the American Workplace

The world of work is changing pretty rapidly, but one thing has been pretty consistent over the past few years: Workers are feeling optimistic about their prospects. The U.S. economy keeps adding jobs at a

‘Future of Impact’ requires investment, philanthropy — and business as a force for good

The world of impact is large and contains multitudes: people working in diverse fields and organizations, ranging from nonprofits to foundations to impact investing funds, to government agencies to

Employee Ownership

Vermeer Great Plains becomes employee-owned through stock ownership plan

The employees at Vermeer Great Plains, which has locations in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, now fully own the dealership through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). The company believes an employee ownership structure offers a more

Gorham contractor becomes employee-owned company

Knowles Industrial Services Corp., a specialty contractor based in Gorham, became an employee-owned enterprise last month. The company’s 78 employees now own stock in it, according to a statement from President Dan Maloney. “Now everyone

Bipartisan bill would make it easier for companies to give employees stock options

A bipartisan group of senators and members of the House introduced legislation today that would make it easier for businesses to give employees an ownership stake through stock options. Stock options are a right to

Environment

Slow earthquakes occur continuously in the Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone

Seismologists at the University of California, Riverside studying earthquakes in the seismically and volcanically active Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone have found that “slow earthquakes” are occurring continuously, and could encourage damaging earthquakes. Slow earthquakes are quiet,

London startup Bulb to convince people to switch to renewable energy

London startup Bulb has a bigger aim than trying to convince people to download an app: It's trying to rethink how energy suppliers work. Bulb is a green energy supplier, with all of its electricity

Disappearance of species tells only part of the story of human impact

In the first such global evaluation, Stanford biologists found more than 30 percent of all vertebrates have declining populations. They call for curbs on the basic drivers of these losses. See video here. By Rob

Poverty and Prosperity

How Income Inequality Makes Economic Downturns Worse

Not only has income inequality surged in the United States and other advanced nations over the past couple of decades, it is worse in America’s largest, densest, most innovative and knowledge based cities and metro

World Population Day: Earth’s inequalities

There are 7.5 billion people on Earth, with 150 people being added to that every minute. July 11 is World Population Day, a UN-designated event focusing on resource distribution, overcrowding and the future. To get

Cities provide paths from poverty to sustainability

Understanding how cities develop at the neighborhood level is key to promoting equitable, sustainable urbanization. New international agreements commit all UN member nations to solving humanity’s greatest challenges over the next few decades, from eliminating

Health

Sleep, Alzheimer’s link explained

A good night’s sleep refreshes body and mind, but a poor night’s sleep can do just the opposite. A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Radboud University Medical Centre in the

Work suggests at least 75 percent of the genome is junk DNA

An evolutionary biologist at the University of Houston has published new calculations that indicate no more than 25 percent of the human genome is functional. That is in stark contrast to suggestions by scientists with

Older Americans don’t ask what meds cost

The majority of Americans over age 50 take two or more prescription medicines to prevent or treat health problems, and many of them say the cost weighs on their budget, a new poll finds. But

Impact Investing

How to Get Involved in the Impact Investing Sector

Impact Investing has become an extremely popular sector, providing both a stable career and an opportunity to make an impact. This relatively new field of impact is attracting young professionals all over the world and

History has steered folks to environmental, social and governance investing

In September 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused German automaker Volkswagen of installing computer software in 482,000 American vehicles to conceal nitrogen oxide emissions up to 40 times above the legal limit. The company subsequently

Hit or Miss: A Weak Critique of Impact Investing—and a Strong One

As impact investing gains steam, with the Ford Foundation recently swinging behind the trend in a big way, more critics are also emerging to question whether foundations should deploy endowment capital in this way. That’s

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Companies offer “financial wellness” programs as a job perk

An increasing number of companies have started offering free programs to teach employees how to manage their own money. At a Waffle House south of Atlanta, Ashly Johnson stacks clean plates above a metal grill

How Student Loan Debt And Defaults Differ Across Red And Blue States

During the 2016 election cycle, it seemed like everyone was talking about student loans and college affordability. That's not surprising since the student loan crisis is affecting so many Americans. Currently, around 44 million Americans

Why Build Financially Inclusive Economies?

The lack of access to even the most basic financial services makes it difficult for an estimated two billion people to save money and effectively participate in the global economy. When G20 leaders meet in

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