Home 2018-01-15T10:41:22+00:00

Business – Social Enterprise

UK investors are bringing light to lives in rural Africa

If you have ever endured a power cut, you’ll know how hard it is to manage without electricity, even for a short while. But for over 130 million homes in sub-Saharan Africa, living without electricity

How social movements are becoming part of corporate life

As #MeToo bloomed into a fully formed social movement in late 2017, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ D.C. office gathered for a meeting. The staff of the professional services firm had already received an email from U.S.

Generating employment through Social Entrepreneurship

Back in the mid-1940s, when the contractors and middlemen were exploiting the milk producers, the establishment of Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd., popularly known AMUL saved the day for the farmers in

Employee Ownership

Video: What is an ESOP and how does it benefit employees?

Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOPs, are in focus following the Walmart-Flipkart deal with Flipkart employees being allowed to encash ESOPs fully over the next 2 years. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is a

Employee Ownership is a Win-Win for Workers and Companies

Cathy Burch and her twin sister Deborah began working 27 years ago, at the age of 19. Cathy took a job at WinCo, a supermarket chain. Her sister went to work at a telephone company.

L’Oreal Launches an Employee Share Ownership Plan

L'Oréal is announcing the launch of its first Employee Share Ownership Plan. The plan will be rolled out in 52 countries and will give L'Oréal employees, in France and internationally, the possibility to be even

Environment

Every Google search results in CO2 emissions.

Every Google search comes at a cost to the planet. In processing 3.5 billion searches a day, the world’s most popular website accounts for about 40% of the internet’s carbon footprint. Despite the notion that the internet

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources?

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of

  • credit NASA

Satellite Study Finds Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

A new global, satellite-based study of Earth's freshwater distribution found that Earth's wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier. The data suggest that this pattern is due to a variety of

Poverty and Prosperity

ASCH: Address child poverty

For the first half of President Donald Trump’s term in office, a lot of issues have had their day in the sun, but one that desperately needs attention in this country is child poverty. In

Not quite a ‘double bind’ for minority women in science

Many studies have shown that both minority and women scientists face disadvantages in reaching the highest levels of their careers. So it would make sense that minority women would face a “double bind” that would

Here Are Some Predictions for Automation and Income Inequality

The effect that technological change will have on income inequality globally can be better understood and predicted by using economic complexity. Inequality Inequality is present in today’s development discussions for two reasons. First, it has

Health

Who Dies From Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis, a disease fueled by poverty, overcrowding and undernutrition, is a global barometer of deprivation. Of the more than 4,000 men, women and children TB kills every day, most are poor. TB's connection to poverty

Pesticides: What happens if we run out of options?

To slow the evolutionary progression of weeds and insect pests gaining resistance to herbicides and pesticides, policymakers should provide resources for large-scale, landscape-level studies of a number of promising but untested approaches for slowing pest

Opening a new door to immunity

A new study could have major implications for our understanding of disease processes for conditions such as autoimmunity, atherosclerosis and heart failure, potentially leading to better prevention and treatment. Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh, chairman of

Impact Investing

How to Meet Client Demand for Impact Investing

In 1970, economist Milton Friedman published his seminal magazine article, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits.” Since then, the line between portfolio management and philanthropy, profit and purpose, has blurred. Profits

From Landfill to Windfall

Trash nerd. That’s how Emily Landsburg identifies herself. Her colleagues agree the label fits, and so do her kids. “I have created a detour more than once on a family vacation to visit some sort of

New results-based financing tool targets clean water for schools

The Rockefeller Foundation and UBS Optimus Foundation are backing a new financing tool to bring clean water to 1.4 million Ugandan school children, saying the model can potentially be replicated across other countries and sectors.

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

8 in 10 Employees Live Paycheck to Paycheck — How You Can Help Them Break the Cycle

Counting down to payday is a stressful, but all too common practice. Unfortunately, an August 2017 CareerBuilder survey found that the vast majority (78 percent) of the 3,462 full-time U.S. workers polled said they live paycheck to

Gains in Financial Inclusion, Gains for a Sustainable World

Mary Banda in Zambia runs a small restaurant in one of Lusaka’s oldest markets. Before she learned that financial services could make the way she did business easier, her profits were low. But today, her profits

Fewer Americans Delaying Major Life Events Because of Money Worries

The recent recession caused Americans to face some hard economic realities. As the economy continues to recover, more Americans are taking their lives off hold as fewer are being forced to delay going to college,

Popular Posts

These Poverty-Fighting Startups Are Slaying Silicon Valley’s Sacred Cows

“One of my ambitions is to help our users put more food on the table,” says Jimmy Chen, the founder of Propel. His company makes a mobile app called FreshEBT that helps people among the U.S.’s

Oxford Conference on Business and Poverty

Welcome to the second annual Oxford Business Fights Poverty Conference. As you view this summary of the conference you will read from a series of topics like Responsible Leadership, Honoring Entrepreneurs, Employee Ownership, Mentoring, Crowdsourcing & Addressing Poverty. Please

Isolationism, Business and War

Wars characterize the twentieth century, with the U.S. featuring as a significant player. The self-pronounced reputation of the U.S. as “rescuer of the world” continued at the turn of the century with 9/11 and the

Current News Feeds

  • From Burkina to Zimbabwe, U.S. aid cuts squeeze family planning services May 22, 2018
    OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The Marie Stopes Ladies who drive from village to village in the remote north of Burkina Faso offering free contraception, advice on family planning, sexual health and sometimes abortion, may have to stop work in June.
  • Egg a day tied to lower risk of heart disease May 21, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - People who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don't eat eggs at all, a large Chinese study suggests.
  • More U.S. kids overdosing on ADHD drugs May 21, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - The surge in U.S. kids taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is having an unintended side effect, a new study suggests: more children and teens are overdosing on these drugs.
  • Adding chiropractic to back pain care may reduce disability May 21, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - Adding chiropractic care to standard medical care for low back pain may help reduce discomfort and disability, a U.S. study suggests.
  • Congo begins giving experimental Ebola vaccine to medics May 21, 2018
    MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congo began administering an experimental Ebola vaccine to medical staff in the northwestern city of Mbandaka on Monday to tackle an outbreak of the virus believed to have killed 26 people since early April.