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Business – Social Enterprise

The power of pharma businesses to drive social change

Poverty, unemployment and inequality are perhaps the biggest challenges facing society today. These issues all urgently need solutions, and businesses bear a responsibility in helping to create them. One of the key ways in which

‘Impact Beyond Numbers’ — GoodWeave’s Global Solution To Child Labor

Nina Smith is the founding CEO of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, she has developed and led its operations that, include standard-setting and product certification programs; its programs for inspecting

Going Social: Why Businesses Must Invest More in Human Capital

According to a fresh study released by Deloitte Insights, there’s a new metric being used to measure the success of an enterprise. That is the success and strength of its relationships

Fast Facts on ESOPs

The first half of 2018 has seen an increase in middle market M&A, particularly with respect to privately held businesses.  Many of these business owners are directly interested in employee ownership as an alternative alongside

Wood waste processing leader Bandit goes 100 percent employee-owned

Bandit Industries announced on June 7 they would sell 100 percent of the company to their employees in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).  Under the ESOP, Bandit, a maker of woodchippers and other wood waste

Does Creating Owners Mean Sharing Equity?

We think a good definition of employee engagement—real engagement—is employees who think and act like owners. Like businesspeople. Top companies foster this kind of involvement, sharing responsibility and rewards with people at every level of

Environment

Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up

The world’s system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and

Bolder targets needed to protect nature for people’s sake

University of Queensland (UQ) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) researchers argue that the world needs more diverse, ambitious and area-specific targets for retaining important natural systems to safeguard humanity. The findings are published in Nature

Off-grid solution providers to tackle energy poverty in Southern Africa

Next generation utility, BBOXX, has partnered with an off-grid provider, DC Go to tackle energy poverty in Southern Africa. Through this partnership, the companies will combine their unrivalled knowledge of the off-grid energy market in

Poverty and Prosperity

‘To be horrified by inequality and early death and not have any kind of plan for responding — that would not work for me.’

Life stories from Drew Faust, Howard Gardner, Annette Gordon-Reed, Martin Karplus, Toshiko Mori, Steven Pinker, E.O. Wilson, and many more, in the Experience series. Paul Farmer will forever be tied to his efforts to improve health

55 mn Indians slip into poverty in a year on rising medical expenses: Study

Despite the government's thrust on health insurance schemes in India, a majority of the population continues to incur significant expenditure on healthcare. This has resulted in about 55 million Indians getting pushed into poverty in

Dads often earn more, even if they’re not harder workers

When it comes to earning potential, it pays to be a dad, new UBC research suggests. The study, published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, found that men often receive a wage boost when

Health

Why being left-handed matters for mental health treatment

According to a radical new model of emotion in the brain, a current treatment for the most common mental health problems could be ineffective or even detrimental to about 50 percent of the population. Since

Ghana eliminates trachoma

Ghana has become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Experts credited community, regional, and international collaboration across the public and private

Key Facts: Poverty and Poor Health

What links poverty and poor health? Poverty and poor health worldwide are inextricably linked. The causes of poor health for millions globally are rooted in political, social and economic injustices. Poverty is both a cause

Impact Investing

Impact Investors Hold US$228 Billion in Assets

The relatively young market for impact investments—those that seek to have a positive effect on the environment and society—is continuing to expand at a steady pace as more players enter the market, the Global Impact

It’s the Small Things: Sustainable Investment Trends

1. WOW! ESG Is B.I.G. In the U.S., the number of investment products —including mutual funds, ETFs and variable annuities—that screen for environmental, social and governance criteria has grown at a compound annual rate of

A Champion of Responsible Investing Takes On the Gun Industry

John Streur, the chief executive of the investment firm Calvert Research & Management, remembers exactly where he was when he learned of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Mr. Streur

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Challenging The Myths About Financial Wellness

The 2017 Stress in America™ Survey revealed that 62% of Americans reported money was a significant source of stress in their lives. This is nothing new. Work and money-related stressors have consistently topped this survey. Regardless of

8 great financial lessons I learned from my father

My father emigrated from Taiwan in the 1960s with only $17 to his name and the clothes on his back. Though he was poor in a material and financial sense, he never considered himself poor.

It’s Not All About Money: Financial Wisdom for Young Adults

At 21, you’re a financial adult. But chances are you still don’t know what you don’t know. We asked personal finance experts and financial planners what newly minted adults need to know about money. Their

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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

  • Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women discovered in surrogacy raid June 23, 2018
    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women who were carrying babies on behalf of Chinese clients have been discovered during a raid on an illegal commercial surrogacy operation, police said on Saturday.
  • Parents often lack amusement-park safety plans June 23, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - One in five parents don't talk to their kids about safety issues at amusement parks, especially what to do if they get lost, according to a poll by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Opioid reclassification linked to increase in illegal online sales June 22, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - Online black-market sales of opioid painkillers more than doubled in the United States during the two years after these drugs were "rescheduled," putting tighter restrictions on legal prescriptions and sales, according to a recent study.
  • U.S. District Court rules in favor of Lilly's Alimta patent June 22, 2018
    (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said on Friday a U.S. District Court ruled in favor of its patent on Alimta vitamin regimen and prevented Hospira Inc and India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories from launching generics until the patent expires.
  • Teens with eczema may not follow prescribed treatment regimen June 22, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - Adolescents with eczema who are prescribed topical corticosteroids to ease symptoms like itching and inflammation may not use their medicines as directed, a small study suggests.