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Business – Social Enterprise

Here is Why Social Entrepreneurs are Silent Revolutionaries

Often, large-scale social problems such as poverty, energy, waste, water, education, health and jobs are the responsibility of the State. However, these problems are complex in nature and need the innovativeness and agility that an

‘Pay what you feel’: the supermarket giving wasted food new life

A man places his shopping bag on the counter filled with canned goods, fruit, vegetables and a loaf of bread. He passes it to a woman, who weighs the bag, while her colleague makes a

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

Employee Ownership

This company pioneered a new business structure to preserve its mission

The new owner of Organically Grown Company, an Oregon-based organic produce distributor, isn’t a person but a trust, created to help the company maintain its social and environmental mission as it grows. The company is the

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

Environment

Nederland moves towards Sustainable Energy

Lauren Berger, Nederland.   Why Investing in Energy Efficiency is Like Eating Your Vegetables Before Dessert. Nederland is embarking on an ambitious journey towards energy leadership with a community-wide goal of consuming 100% electricity from renewable

What is Sustainable Energy?

An energy source can be considered as sustainable if it fulfills 3 demands of energy. The energy can be naturally replenished. Technology should improve energy efficiency. The long term availability Sustainable Energy is one which

How Waste Management Innovators are Capitalizing on Healthcare Materials

U.S. hospitals are increasingly under fire to divert the 5.9 million tons of waste they generate each year, but most continues to be landfilled or incinerated, according to nonprofit Practice Greenhealth. One big problem is

Poverty and Prosperity

Pairing access to finance and energy to solve global poverty

Beginning in the 1980s, microfinance emerged as a way to tackle the myriad challenges of poverty by focusing on financial inclusion. It was recognized that lack of access to basic financial services, such as a small

7 More Ways The Right And Left Enable Continued Income Inequality

In my last post, I mentioned seven ways people on the right and left hinder progress on income inequality. Here are the seven more ways that I mentioned would follow in another post. 1. We can

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,

Health

Trash into Treasure: U.Va.’s MERCI gives new life to unused medical supplies

MERCI, or Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory, is a program at the University Hospital that collects and donates clean medical supplies and gently used lab equipment at no cost to the University and other

Bioengineers create pathway to personalized medicine

Engineering cellular biology, minus the actual cell, is a growing area of interest in biotechnology and synthetic biology. It’s known as cell-free protein synthesis, or CFPS, and it has potential to provide sustainable ways to

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

Impact Investing

Religious Institutions Are Becoming More Involved in Sustainable Investing

The roots of sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) can be traced back to religious movements. As early as the 18th century John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, recognised the extent to which the use of

Looking Past the Labels

People putting their money into environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments might be in for disappointment, Greenchip Financial’s John Cook said. ESG funds, which select companies for their broader environmental and social impact on top

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,

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

The Virtues of a Summer Job

The share of teenagers working summer jobs had dwindled for years, but the numbers have come back a bit in the last couple of years. It’s a change applauded by educators and financial advisers alike.

Financial literacy, not information simplicity, fuels good decision making

This is one time where KISS (keep it simple, stupid) isn’t the answer, according to a new study from Texas Tech University. The study used a hypothetical employer-sponsored 401(k) plan and looked at how the presentation of

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.

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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

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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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