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Three Ways To Overcome Financial Distress While Improving Employee Trust

Business is hard. You win a big account but don’t have the team to service it. You lose a big account and think about how to trim the fat. Your concept gets funded, but you

We Shouldn’t Always Need a “Business Case” to Do the Right Thing

I’ve been a consultant for almost 20 years, advising companies on complex challenges in ethics, risk, and responsibility. Each year several clients raise the same issue: the need to get buy-in from a skeptical senior executive

Thirteen facts about wage growth

The expectation of rising living standards, with each generation doing better than the one before, has long been a given. More recently, that expectation has diminished—and with good reason. One of the best measures economists

Employee Ownership

Employee owned local company honored for long-term contributions to manufacturing

Mike Rowe once said, “The world is full of very happy septic-tank cleaners and miserable investment bankers.” Rowe, former host of “Dirty Jobs” and advocate for skilled labor, would be impressed with the team at

Gordon Food Service buys East Coast competitor

Gordon Food Service has acquired Ettline Foods Corporation, a regional food distributor headquartered in York, Pennsylvania. Ettline is a 125-year-old employee-owned food supplier serving the Mid-Atlantic region. The terms of the deal weren't released in

Franklin Street Marketing transforms to an employee-owned company

Faced with winding down his 30-plus-year career with the company he founded, Will Flynn thought briefly about trying to sell the business. His company, Chesterfield County-based Franklin Street Marketing, has a solid reputation in the


All hype on energy

Reform, reform and more reform. That was the message of the first ever CERAWeek, India Energy Forum held in New Delhi last week. Curated by the renowned energy scholar and Pulitzer winning writer, Daniel Yergin,

Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth

While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published

Researchers make headway in desalination technology

The need for practical desalinization technology is rising in the context of global climate change. Coastal regions, where the rise of seawater could encroach upon and contaminate groundwater aquifers, present just one area of concern.

Poverty and Prosperity

To fix income inequality, we need more than UBI—we need Universal Basic Assets

”Open a newspaper—or, more likely, click on a Facebook article on your phone—and there will be a story telling you that income inequality is at the root of America’s problems: 0.1% of the US population is

Entrepreneur inspires girls to pursue education

Roberta Lindal’s start-up began with a ‘happily ever after’. Lindal, BA’14, credits an early mentor for sparking her idea to create clothing that inspires girls to pursue their education, and help others who face incredible

Handle with care: The challenge of fragility

Despite enormous gains in poverty reduction and a long, steady drop in global violence over the past 70 years, progress is stubbornly stalled in those states considered most fragile. In the last decade, rising levels


Making Healthier Decisions, Step by Step

Nobody wakes up expecting they’ll make unhealthy choices, but the daily grind can compromise our otherwise healthy intentions: fast food instead of a home-cooked meal because we’re exhausted; driving instead of walking to the grocery

How Virtual Healthcare Vans Are Taking High-Quality Medical Technology to Rural Areas

India has a dismal doctor-to-patient ratio – around 1:1,900, against the UN-prescribed 1:1,000. The disparity is especially high in rural areas, with about 70 per cent of the country’s population living there. The situation is

Ridiculously healthy’ elderly have the same gut microbiome as healthy 30 year-olds

In one of the largest microbiota studies conducted in humans, researchers at Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and Tianyi Health Science Institute in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China have shown a potential link between healthy aging

Impact Investing

Searching for Impact

The field of impact investing is growing rapidly with nearly $114 billion of total impact assets currently under management. As the sector continues grows, the need for new and innovative impact investment products will also

Putting The Impact In Impact Investing: 28 Funds Building A Credible, Transparent Marketplace

This week, thousands will gather in San Francisco for SOCAP17, the world’s largest gathering for the growing marketplace of impact investing. If this marketplace grows as some predict (hope?), impact investing could be one of the

Impact Investing—Five Trends Advisors Need to Know

Impact investing is one of the hottest topics on advisors’ radar screens, with studies showing expanding interest among key client groups, rapid growth in assets under management and widespread adoption among investors seeking to align

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

The new reality of old age in America

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Richard Dever had swabbed the campground shower stalls and emptied 20 garbage cans, and now he climbed slowly onto a John Deere mower to cut a couple acres of grass. “I’m going to

Latinos Seeking Retirement Planning Assistance from Employers

More than half (71%) of middle-income Hispanics feel they are behind on preparing for retirement as opposed to 63% of the general population, according to a recent study commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Will FinTech Spur More Millennials to Invest

Today’s morose Millennials, criticised for potentially killing the NFL and the napkin industry, are tomorrow’s financiers. Worse than killing the NFL and napkin industry, Millennials broadly feel indifferent towards finance. This sets a poor precedent for the future.

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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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I was recently speaking with someone about the personal financial challenges that I have observed over time. Toward the end of our conversation the person I was speaking with stated that, “It would likely be

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