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Business – Social Enterprise

This index measures progress and sustainability better than GDP

Conventionally, economists use gross domestic product (GDP) to estimate the sustainability of the economy and the quality of societal welfare. However, this approach is not only incorrect and logically flawed, but also in gross neglect

The Big Issue and social investment has been changing lives for over 25 years

The first copies of The Big Issue magazine went on sale in 1991. Since then, it has helped more than 100,000 people affected by homelessness and poverty. While the magazine remains a key part of

Distribution Is The Real Disruption

While emerging technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence can capture our imagination, some of the most game-changing innovations for smallholder farmers are more modest. Seeds. Roads. Electricity.

While such technologies may seem mundane, they are anything

Employee Ownership

Chattanooga’s Adman Electric grows as employee-owned firm

Todd Moreland says he wanted to be an electrician since he was 16 years old at Ooltewah High School, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. Starting 40 years ago as a

Coeur d’Alene construction company converts to employee ownership

Rick Carlson and his wife, Shelley, started Inland Waterproofing Services Inc. at their kitchen table and grew the specialty construction company into a business with large commercial accounts. When Boeing built its 40-58 777X composite wing factory

Company credits growth to ESOP structure

Established in 1960 by Gordon “Buck” Horbuck and his wife, Ira, B&I Contracting began the transition into an employee-owned company in 1986. It completed it in 1991. The move to what's commonly referred to as an ESOP,

Environment

UNEP, WTO Paper Considers How Trade Can Promote Prosperity, Resilience

2 October 2018: A joint publication by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) identifies how governments can work to ensure that trade and a healthy environment are mutually

Indigenous Peoples Link Their Development to Clean Energies

Achuar indigenous communities in Ecuador are turning to the sun to generate electricity for their homes and transport themselves in canoes with solar panels along the rivers of their territory in the Amazon rainforest, just

Northwestern Engineering Students Return to Germany for Lessons on Sustainability

Story by Jillian Melero, a graduate student at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and embedded reporter on the Global Engineering Trek in Sustainability. Standing in train stations or riding the train,

Poverty and Prosperity

Economic inequality could cause U.S. debt downgrade, Moody’s says

Economic inequality isn’t just an academic idea, as the recent wave of populist voting has made clear. But a new report suggests that worsening inequality in the U.S. could have financial repercussions for the country.

Investing in Healthcare: A Key to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

On the path to promoting the third of the 17 Sustainable Development Goal to be achieved by 2030, which the U.N. defines as “ensuring healthy lifestyles and promoting well-being for all at all ages,” the

How we can use tech to help lift people out of poverty

"Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs." "The Tech Solutions to End Global Hunger." Depending on which headline you read, you can get a very different idea of how technology is going to

Health

No sweat required: Hypertension treatment mimics effect of exercise

Hypertension researchers at The University of Toledo have shown that by increasing the body's supply of beta hydroxybutyrate, a chemical produced predominantly by the liver, it is possible to regulate high blood pressure without reducing

Sustainability Efforts in Healthcare Lagging

Sustainability has become a major buzzword in the corporate world. In 2015-2016, eighty percent of Fortune 500 companies produced sustainability reports, and seventy percent reported their carbon footprints last year. But not all sectors are

Medical packaging revamp cures sustainability concerns

With a revamped shipping material design, OptumRx reportedly has become the first pharmacy care company to launch fully sustainable packaging for drug shipments. The upgraded packaging replaces polystyrene blocks with cotton-fiber pads, while providing temperature

Impact Investing

The Greatest Givers: Meet America’s Top Philanthropists

Actions speak louder than words: While it may be easy to make promises, true generosity involves actually giving away the greenbacks. To discover who doled out the most money in 2017, Forbes partnered with Boca

Why sustainable investing won’t be mainstream for a very long time

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is all the rage in finance today. Major banks and asset managers are rushing to provide clients with socially responsible investment strategies and creating exchange-traded funds to meet every

Sir Ronald launches an “Impact Revolution”

The man who has become known as “the father of impact investing” has called on leaders across business, government and civil society to join an “Impact Revolution”. Sir Ronald Cohen made the call to arms

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Health Care Costs Affecting Retirement Savings and Financial Wellness

Workers’ dissatisfaction with health insurance is focused primarily on cost: Just 22% are extremely or very satisfied with the cost of their health insurance plan, and only 21% are satisfied with the costs of health

Fintech savvy no substitute for financial literacy, finds study

Millennials’ usage of smartphones can’t fill gaps in their financial literacy, according to a new report. The study, titled Millennial Financial Literacy and Fin-Tech Use: Who Knows What in the Digital Era, comes from the TIAA

Brushing up on financial literacy

Money is the greatest and the most ill-used factor in life. People don’t know how to tend it, how to manure it, how to water it, how to make it grow, and when to pluck

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

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