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Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here is what you can really do to save the environment

As a sustainable lifestyle blogger, my job is to make conscious consumerism look good. Over the course of four years Instagramming eco-friendly outfits, testing non-toxic nail polish brands, and writing sustainable city guides, I

Shared Value – how business is stepping up

From rising inequality to climate change, smart business models are helping share the load of finding sustainable solutions to today’s complex social challenges, leading innovators say.

Customers and employees increasingly expect companies to make a positive

Prime Minister announces support for women entrepreneurs in developing countries

Women entrepreneurs in developing countries are creating jobs, advancing gender equality, and helping build economies that work for everyone. Despite the vital role they play, women entrepreneurs often face major obstacles to financing and growing

Employee Ownership

Engineering firm becomes entirely employee owned

Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc. (TWM) has been an employee-owned company for more than 70 years. The engineering and surveying firm took it one step further and announced on Monday it has become 100 percent

Fin Feather Fur Outfitters owner sells company to employees

Ashland-based Fin Feather Fur Outfitters, which specializes in outdoor sporting equipment, recently reached an agreement to sell the business to its employees through a stock ownership program, according to a release from the organization. Founded 31

Employee-Owned Companies and Worker Cooperatives: a Comparison

So, are the models of employee-owned companies and workers’ cooperatives the same? Americans across the political spectrum have a misconception that employee-owned companies and worker cooperatives are alike, or at least function in similar fashion.

Environment

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. The levels of some forms of harmful particulate matter inside car cabins was

India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new ‘smart’ cities to be sustainable

Plans to create 100 new 'smart’ cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting

The vast majority of all the plastic ever made is still sitting on the planet somewhere

Plastic doesn't disappear—at least not on any timescale relevant to a human lifespan. Since the end of World War II, plastics have proliferated, becoming a part of nearly everything we use in nearly every aspect

Poverty and Prosperity

Genes account for half of differences in social mobility

A new King’s College London study suggests that genes account for nearly 50 per cent of the differences between whether children are socially mobile or not. One of the best predictors of children’s educational attainment

Tragic ways in which poverty affects the poor

The tragedy behind the effects of poverty is that it impacts the mental capacity of the poor, causes them to age faster and get fatter due to the poor diet and nutrition. This is according findings

Honest financing as a path to economic mobility and social justice

Societal health can be assessed by a handful of factors: economic mobility (is the current generation earning more than their parents did?), upward mobility (the rate of which an individual can improve their own socioeconomic

Health

Our brains synchronize during a conversation

Scientists measured the movement of their brainwaves simultaneously and confirmed that their oscillations took place at the same time. / BCBL Something as simple as an everyday conversation causes the brains of the participants to begin

Social media: Simplifying surveillance

The image messaging service Snapchat is particularly popular among young adolescents, and the recent release of its latest feature – Snap Map – provoked widespread concern among parents, and protests from child protection agencies. Snap

One in three cases of dementia preventable

This remarkable fact was part of a report by the first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care that was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 and published in The Lancet. The report also highlighted

Impact Investing

CalPERS Throws its Weight Around to Make the World a Better Place

Some call it altruistic investing. Others use adjectives like responsible, sustainable or social impact. The concept is to strategically choose where to invest so that you can have a positive effect while still making a

Gender Lens Investing Gains Ground – But Can It Conquer Wall Street?

Gender lens investing — the practice of choosing investments that take gender into account, specifically those that promote women’s issues and female leadership — is gaining momentum. “There’s a lot of activity, from publicly traded

Impact Investment Exchange: Building a social capital market in Asia

As one of the first female Bangladeshi investment bankers on Wall Street, Durreen Shahnaz came to appreciate the immense power of financial markets. She went on to roles at the World Bank and Grameen Bank.

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Three strategies to boost financial wellness in your workplace

A company retirement plan used to be an optional benefit for employees. But it turns out that investing in your workers’ financial future can have a direct impact on your bottom line. Today, 53 percent

Solving “more month than money” puzzle

Microeconomics and innovative technologies are redefining the U.S. workplace and workforce. Yet according to a recent PwC study, about 70% of households still live paycheck to paycheck—with financial disaster just one broken air conditioner or

Retirement, deferred: Workers — and companies — grapple with a new reality

Life after 65 is starting to look a lot more like life at … 64. The percentage of Americans working past the traditional retirement age hit new highs in the most recent jobs numbers, according to recent reports, with

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