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Business – Social Enterprise

Next stop, social innovation!

The concept of Drivers for Change, which took place for the first time last week, is simple: 100 entrepreneurial and creative 18-25 year olds spend 11 days travelling on buses together to visit

Social Enterprise: What the U.S. and European Experience Can Teach Us

Use of the term social enterprise has been growing in popularity since the mid-1980s, though the activity itself has long been in existence. Generally defined as any market-based activity to address a social issue, social enterprise has

Social Enterprises Get Boost From European Parliament

At the beginning of July, the European Parliament voted in favour of creating a label for social enterprises. The 77% majority sends a strong signal that Europe is ready to give further recognition of social

Employee Ownership

Automated Packaging Systems’ ESOP Valuation Jumps 47%

Automated Packaging Systems, the world leader in high-reliability bagging systems, has announced that its per share stock value in the company's Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) jumped 47% over last year. "This increase is unprecedented

Appvion employees grapple with losing $40 million in retirement funds

Nearly $40 million in retirement funds disappeared into thin air June 13 when the Appvion paper company was sold. Longtime employees found out that day that their heroic efforts to buy and save the company 17 years

ESOPs offer unique benefits and succession planning options

I am the sole owner of my business, and I am planning to retire within the next five years. I have considered an employee stock ownership plan, (ESOP) as one of my succession options. Will


UN Environment, Yale University demonstrate how to make modern living sustainable

UN Environment and Yale University in collaboration with UN Habitat today unveiled a new eco-housing module, to spark public discussion and new ideas on how sustainable design can provide decent, affordable housing while limiting the

Redefining policies for sustainable development

WHEN United Nations’ member states adopted the 2030 Agenda, they signalled with the title, “Transforming our World” that it should trigger fundamental changes in politics and society. But, three years after its adoption, most governments

Has Environmental Sustainability Lost its Relevance?

For businesses and other organizations seeking to overcome roadblocks to sustainability over the last few decades, much can be learned from the debates I heard at the recent Harvard Business School conference, Understanding and Overcoming

Poverty and Prosperity

7 Myths About Income Inequality And How We Think About It

We're a country of absolutes in attitudes. Maybe it’s a craving for simplicity and certainty, but we frequently frame problems and their potential solutions starkly. That's true for income inequality, social mobility, economic fairness, opportunity,

Gender Pay Gap Starts While Kids Are Still on the Playground in America

The roots of this problem go even deeper than most first thought. The gender pay gap in America takes hold while earners are still children, according to a new study from BusyKid, a mobile app

Why Building a More Democratic Economy Matters for Nonprofits

“We are suffering not from the rheumatics of old age, but…from the painfulness of readjustment between one economic period and another.”  John Maynard Keynes, Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, 1930 As the quote from John Maynard Keynes


UNSW study shows hospital hand hygiene rates may be worse than reported

UNSW medical researchers have found that hand hygiene rates in hospital staff drop sharply when humans undertaking compliance monitoring are replaced by machines. A government-led mandatory hand hygiene program has operated in Australian hospitals for the past

Texas Health Resources Releases Sixth Sustainability Report

Texas Health Resources has released its sixth annual Community Responsibility and Sustainability Report, an overview of progress made in 2017 to improve organizational and fiscal sustainability. The report looks at programs implemented that were said

Biomarker discovered for pathogen that can blind or kill healthy young people

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Imagine a pathogen that infects completely healthy people and can cause blindness in one day and flesh-eating infections, brain abscesses and death in just a few days. Now imagine that this pathogen

Impact Investing

Looking for a competitive edge? Embrace diversity

Diversity-lens investing is one of the fast-growing categories of sustainable and impact investing. The goal of these strategies, which integrate gender and other diversity factors to identify and invest in companies with heterogeneous leadership teams,

Impact investing needs to break out of its niche

In the 10 years since the term was coined, impact investing has seen incredible success with a swell of support from governments and investors all over the world. But while it is easy to look

The Case for Sustainable Investing

Sustainable investing is the future. So insists Audrey Choi, Morgan Stanley’s chief sustainability officer, who presented at Barron’s inaugural Impact Investing Summit last month. Environmental-, social- and governance- factor investing strategies — or ESG — already covers trillions worth

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Financial Literacy Is The Greatest Gift Of All

It’s been a generation since Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All" was burning up the charts,  but the lyrics have resonated for me as a parent and equally as a financial advisor over the years.

Just Out of College? Now Is the Time to Take Stock of Your Finances

After the tassels have been turned and the mortarboards thrown into the air, many college graduates are about to be on their own for the first time. Their first step, financial experts recommend, should be

Couples that pay together, actually stay together

Of all the topics that can cause marital flashpoints, money is near the top. Forget sleeping with the window open or closed — the biggest fights are likelier to spring up when someone blows the

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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

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