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Business – Social Enterprise

This index measures progress and sustainability better than GDP

Conventionally, economists use gross domestic product (GDP) to estimate the sustainability of the economy and the quality of societal welfare. However, this approach is not only incorrect and logically flawed, but also in gross neglect

The Big Issue and social investment has been changing lives for over 25 years

The first copies of The Big Issue magazine went on sale in 1991. Since then, it has helped more than 100,000 people affected by homelessness and poverty. While the magazine remains a key part of

Distribution Is The Real Disruption

While emerging technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence can capture our imagination, some of the most game-changing innovations for smallholder farmers are more modest. Seeds. Roads. Electricity.

While such technologies may seem mundane, they are anything

Employee Ownership

Chattanooga’s Adman Electric grows as employee-owned firm

Todd Moreland says he wanted to be an electrician since he was 16 years old at Ooltewah High School, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. Starting 40 years ago as a

Coeur d’Alene construction company converts to employee ownership

Rick Carlson and his wife, Shelley, started Inland Waterproofing Services Inc. at their kitchen table and grew the specialty construction company into a business with large commercial accounts. When Boeing built its 40-58 777X composite wing factory

Company credits growth to ESOP structure

Established in 1960 by Gordon “Buck” Horbuck and his wife, Ira, B&I Contracting began the transition into an employee-owned company in 1986. It completed it in 1991. The move to what's commonly referred to as an ESOP,

Environment

A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe

As announced by President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans in their letter of intent accompanying President Juncker's 2018 State of the Union Address, the new bioeconomy strategy is part of the Commission's drive to boost

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past

Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as it sheds its industrial past, has become the latest major city to announce plans to shift to 100 percent renewable energy sources for electricity.

The rise of renewable energy will change everything

An electric vehicle cruising down the highway, a solar panel installed on a neighbor’s rooftop, a wind turbine turning in the breeze: These are just a few of the powerful symbols that represent the blossoming

Poverty and Prosperity

How we can use tech to help lift people out of poverty

"Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs." "The Tech Solutions to End Global Hunger." Depending on which headline you read, you can get a very different idea of how technology is going to

Could this be the start of the end of world poverty?

Three years ago the world lined up behind an ambitious set of targets – the sustainable development goals – for 2030. The checklist included the eradication of extreme poverty, ending preventable child deaths and delivering quality universal

To End Poverty, Increase Access to Energy

The goal of alleviating global poverty is not controversial. Poverty creates terrible human suffering and wasted human potential, and it’s urgent that we find solutions. Some solutions are obvious and widely popular, such as vaccines,

Health

Medical packaging revamp cures sustainability concerns

With a revamped shipping material design, OptumRx reportedly has become the first pharmacy care company to launch fully sustainable packaging for drug shipments. The upgraded packaging replaces polystyrene blocks with cotton-fiber pads, while providing temperature

Nearly every country wants universal healthcare (except for one)

In 2015, Leon Lederman had a very difficult decision to make. His medical debts were mounting, and he only had one asset valuable enough to cover his debt: his Nobel medal, which he won in

Leveraging restaurant menus to combat obesity

Customers at chain restaurants throughout the United States will start to see more menus that list calorie counts for different food options on the list, but will this motivate people to order healthier items? The

Impact Investing

Sir Ronald launches an “Impact Revolution”

The man who has become known as “the father of impact investing” has called on leaders across business, government and civil society to join an “Impact Revolution”. Sir Ronald Cohen made the call to arms

Three Ways Politicians Can Turbo-Charge The Impact Revolution

This week, almost 1,000 people from 54 countries around the world gathered in Delhi  to talk about the future of impact investing. The event, which was organised by the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (the successor

How Impact Investing Can Reduce Maternal Mortality

In the developing regions of the world, only half of women receive adequate health care. Globally, women of all ages face gender-based inequalities, exclusions, discrimination and violence when it comes to accessing health care. Every two

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Fintech savvy no substitute for financial literacy, finds study

Millennials’ usage of smartphones can’t fill gaps in their financial literacy, according to a new report. The study, titled Millennial Financial Literacy and Fin-Tech Use: Who Knows What in the Digital Era, comes from the TIAA

Brushing up on financial literacy

Money is the greatest and the most ill-used factor in life. People don’t know how to tend it, how to manure it, how to water it, how to make it grow, and when to pluck

Are states providing adequate financial literacy education?

Young people in America face an economic landscape marked by increasingly expensive higher education costs, more frequent job changes, and greater personal responsibility for retirement savings. It is more important than ever that youth are

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“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

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