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Sustainable Business 

Why should companies care about social responsibility?

Over time, the relationship between business and society has evolved. Business has had a significant impact on the way we travel, homes we inhabit, foods we eat, and conveniences we enjoy. Every product and service

Why the world deserves a better toilet

I just traveled halfway around the world to look at a toilet.

If you’re a long-time reader of TGN, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. There are few things I love talking about more. Sanitation is

Social Enterprise Day 2018 goes global

It’s Social Enterprise Day on Thursday 15 November 2018 and social enterprises around the world will be using the #WhoKnew hashtag to highlight the difference they make to people’s lives.

Social Enterprise Day is

Financial Wellness 

People who use mobile fintech apps tend to make worse financial decisions

One of the wonders of the modern life is all of the whizzy technology available to help us manage our money. But does it mean we make better financial decisions? Maybe not. A study of

Six Steps To Implementing Financial Education In The Workplace

It is well known among employers that a lot of employees struggle with stress -- including financial stress -- at work. According to a recent survey from PwC, nearly one-third of employees report being distracted due to

Are You Smarter About Personal Finance Than Your Fellow Americans?

There's a lot to know about your money. Unfortunately, many Americans don't know some of the basics that are important to making sound financial decisions. In fact, the Federal Reserve reported recently on how well Americans did

Poverty and Prosperity

This is what poverty looks like in the US right now

Though poverty has slightly declined in recent years, the US Census Bureau found last year that nearly 40 million people are living in poverty in America. Poverty affects almost every area of life for Americans in every

Bernie Sanders And Tucker Carlson Agree On Income Inequality. Why Can’t Democrats And Republicans?

I've never watched Tucker Carlson's program on Fox but am aware of his reputation. Profiles of him in major media have tended to have one slant. Coming across a one in the American Conservative by Alan Pell

More than money: Counting poverty in multiple forms

Consider two households that have the same level of consumption (or income) per person but they differ in the following ways. All the children in the first household go to school, while the children in

Environment

Fuelwood Cookstoves As Tonic For Sustainable Environment

A quarter of humanity today lives without access to any electricity and almost one-half still depends on solid fuels such as unprocessed biomass, firewood coal, or charcoal for its thermal needs. These people depend heavily

Rainforest destruction from gold mining hits all-time high in Peru

Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at Wake Forest University's Center for Amazonian

Materials scientist creates alternative to batteries for wearable devices

A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by materials chemist Trisha L.

Health

Assessing the environmental risk of pharmaceuticals

AstraZeneca’s Jason Snape, outlined his company’s approach to the environmental risk assessment of human medicinal products and what more needs to be in place to accomplish sustainable healthcare. In October, Heath Europa attended CleanMed Europe

Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides

Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. In a scientific review and call to action published

Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds

Few prior studies have attempted to show that social-media use harms users' well-being, and those that have either put participants in unrealistic situations or were limited in scope, asking them to completely forego Facebook and

Impact Investing

Does Impact Investing Have A Data Problem?

Interest in investing in environmentally and socially responsible companies has surged in recent years, in part because of the tastes of purpose-minded millennials—but also because there’s mounting evidence that these companies are, in fact, better

Mainstreaming Sustainability: What Banks And Business Schools Should Do Next

Assets globally that are invested in accordance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, or sustainable investments, have been growing 17% per year and now stand at $23 trillion according to McKinsey. The growth of US ESG assets in

Impact investment fund backed by Gates Foundation making its mark on the developing world

Dr Curt LaBelle (pictured) is Managing Partner at GHIF and has over 16 years’ investment experience in the healthcare space. He says that the fund’s impact is defined by “lives saved and lives improved in

Employee Ownership

Get the Most Out of Employee Stock Options

Over the years, employee stock options have become an increasingly common way to recruit higher-ranking employees and give them a sense of ownership in a company. According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, the

At $49 billion company Essilor, employees are the largest shareholders

At The Essilor Group, an ophthalmics company based in France, employees are the largest group of company shareholders. To date, 55% of Essilor's 67,000 global employees are shareholders, and they own upwards of 8% of the

Employee Ownership

The world seems to agree that employee ownership is beneficial to business. Any idea that may unite the philosophy of Margaret Thatcher, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and academic researchers must be worth consideration. In

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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

The Greatest Givers: Meet America’s Top Philanthropists

Actions speak louder than words: While it may be easy to make promises, true generosity involves actually giving away the greenbacks. To discover who doled out the most money in 2017, Forbes partnered with Boca

How The Rich View The Poor

More than four years have passed since the Occupy Wall Street movement divided the country into percentages, calling the 99 percent out against the 1 percent. A voice was raised from Zucotti Park in New York City demanding reform

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