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Business – Social Enterprise

A Pathway to Scale for Social Entrepreneurs

A central question for any social entrepreneur with a proven, effective innovation is how to scale its impact. For many organizations and funders, the answer to this question is elusive. There are many pathways to

Sen. Elizabeth Warren & Republicans Unite Around ‘Accountable Capitalism’

In an opinion piece in today’s print edition of the Wall Street Journal titled “Companies Shouldn’t Be Accountable Only to Shareholders,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced that she will introduce legislation

Meet The Social Entrepreneur Behind Africa’s “Uber For The Farm”

Uber’s ride-sharing technology has become ubiquitous over the last 10 years, and its model has been adapted to everything from snow-plowing to dog-walking services. Now, social entrepreneur Jehiel Oliver and his organization, Hello Tractor,

Employee Ownership

Will New US Law Ease Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)?

The United States has officially passed a law that strives to make it easier for small and midsize businesses to transition ownership to their employees. The law involves Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). The Act

Small business owners are getting a new incentive to sell to their employees

The federal government just made it a lot easier to form an employee-owned business. In an increasingly rare example of bipartisan cooperation, President Donald Trump on Aug. 13 signed a defense bill into law that included a popular provision

The Company Behind Some Of Hollywood’s Favorite Designs

If you need convincing that hats are back look no further than this September’s issue of Oprahmagazine, featuring Oprah wearing a stylish golden fedora from The Salting, which just launched its unisex fashion line heavy into hats

Environment

‘Abrupt thaw’ of permafrost beneath lakes could significantly affect climate change models

Methane released by thawing permafrost from some Arctic lakes could significantly accelerate climate change, according to a new University of Alaska Fairbanks-led study. The study, which was published Aug. 15 in the journal Nature Communications,

Two-thirds of Africa’s population still don’t have access to electricity

Africa is booming. I feel it every time I land in Nairobi, Accra and Lagos. Hotels are filled to the brim and the energy on the streets and boardrooms is tangible. The rest of the

3 steps for creating your company’s renewable energy strategy

At the Global Climate Action Summit this fall, stakeholders from around the globe will meet in San Francisco to discuss how we can take climate ambition to the next level. Business can play a significant

Poverty and Prosperity

US government failing millions by paying below $15 an hour, study finds

The federal government employs more workers making less than $15 an hour than any other employer in the US, a new report has revealed. The study, compiled by pro-union group Good Jobs Nation, analyzed federal

Retirement incomes will become more unequal, study finds

If income inequality continues to grow, so too will the gap between wealthy and struggling retirees. That's the takeaway from a new report by the Urban Institute, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., and funded by

How Apple And Beyoncé Show That Extreme Inequality Is Everywhere

We got a reminder this week of how unequal the business world is: Apple became the first company to reach $1 trillion in market value. Four more tech companies are right behind it – the MAGAs. At

Health

First biomarker evidence of DDT-autism link

A study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland reports that elevated levels of a metabolite of the banned insecticide DDT in the blood of pregnant women are linked to increased risk for autism

Why Hospitals Are Getting Into The Real Estate Business

Michael Doody remembers some things about his Columbus, Ohio neighborhood in the 1990s: "Gunshots, helicopters, thefts, smashed out windows, burglaries, robberies, assaults and murders." In addition to the crime, roughly 50 percent of the children

Scientists Create a Mouse That Eats Fat But Doesn’t Get Fat, Possible Treatment for Obesity

Yale scientists set out to create a morbidly obese mouse. They failed miserably. What they found was much more interesting. “We created a mouse that eats fat but doesn’t get fat,” said Anne Eichmann, Ensign

Impact Investing

To Invest For Impact, We Need To Start By Agreeing What ‘Impact’ Means

There’s no doubt in my mind that one of the biggest barriers to the growth of impact investing is the lack of consensus about what ‘impact’ actually means. If you’re a big investor looking to

Impact Investing: The Intersection Of Funding Founders Of Color

In the past couple of years, lots of capital has poured into social impact businesses, taking pages out of the original black investors playbook. Since venture capital funds have long sought out high growth companies

Impact investing explained

Impact Investing entails investing in companies and organisations which seek to produce a positive social and environmental impact as well as generating a financial return. There are many types of impact investing funds which influence

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Middle Class Workers May Struggle to Stay Afloat in Retirement

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School estimates that roughly 40 percent of Americans, or two out of every five who are currently considered middle-class based on their income, will fall into poverty

Retirement ABCs: How employers can help baby boomers prepare

Seventy-four million: That’s the estimated number of baby boomers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And 66% of baby boomers are working past traditional retirement ages for a variety of reasons. Some feel they can’t

What Is ‘Financial Literacy,’ And Why Does It Matter?

Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement. That’s a trite statement. Precisely how great the shortfall is, is in dispute, of course, as is the question of what remedies, if any, should be undertaken. But what’s

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

  • U.S. stocks rise as S&P reaches record high August 21, 2018
    The benchmark S&P 500 touched a record high on Tuesday and equaled its longest-ever bull-market run, as U.S. stocks rose on encouraging earnings reports in the consumer sector and relative calm in the ongoing trade war between the United States and China.
  • U.S. buyback announcements slow, but on track for $1 trillion: TrimTabs August 21, 2018
    U.S. companies' taste for their own shares is set to push buybacks past the $1 trillion-a-year mark for the first time as soon as November, TrimTabs Investment Research said, even as its latest data showed the pace of new repurchase announcements slowing during the second-quarter reporting season.
  • American Airlines cuts second U.S.-China flight; cites fuel, competition August 21, 2018
    American Airlines is cutting a route from Chicago to Shanghai, cancelling the second direct flight from the U.S. city to China in four months, the carrier said on Tuesday, citing higher fuel costs and a "competitive environment."
  • JPMorgan undercuts discount brokerages on trades August 21, 2018
    JPMorgan Chase & Co, in a bid to lure customers from the discount brokerage industry, said on Tuesday it will begin offering free stock trades for self-managed accounts through its Chase mobile banking app starting next week.
  • The bull that won't die: S&P 500 back at a record after months on ice August 21, 2018
    After a seven-month stall, Wall Street's bull market looks back on track, thanks to Amazon.com , Alphabet and other high-flying technology and consumer discretionary companies.
  • Consumer baby monitors may get vital signs wrong August 21, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - Two popular monitors that promise to keep parents informed about their babies' vital signs scored poorly in a test comparing them with actual hospital quality monitors, researchers say.
  • FDA extends EpiPen expiry date to combat shortage August 21, 2018
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday extended the expiration date of specific lots of Mylan NV's EpiPen allergy injectors by four months to mitigate the shortage of the life-saving treatment.
  • Cervical cancer screening without Pap test OK for some women August 21, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - Not all women need Pap tests to look for cells in the cervix that might be malignant. Under new guidelines from U.S. physicians, some women can get a test that looks for the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV).
  • China's Changchun mayor resigns after vaccine scandal: state media August 21, 2018
    The mayor of the Chinese city of Changchun resigned on Tuesday, state media reported, after a safety scandal at Changchun-based vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology sparked widespread consumer anger.
  • U.S. health secretary says agency can eliminate drug rebates August 20, 2018
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency's power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration's plan to lower prescription medicine costs.