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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 and physical protection for delicate medications in transit. “Our priority is ensuring people get the high-quality medications they need, when

2018-10-13T08:05:51+00:00 Tags: |

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 of nature's contribution to the society. GDP measures the performance and level of economic activities though the market value of

2018-10-13T07:55:53+00:00 Tags: |

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 in Everett, the Coeur d’Alene company waterproofed 2 miles of tunnels underneath the facility. The company also waterproofed foundations for

Three Ways Politicians Can Turbo-Charge The Impact Revolution

This week, almost 1,000 people from 54 countries around the world gathered in Delhi  to talk about the future of impact investing. The event, which was organised by the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (the successor to the G8 Taskforce on Social Investment) brought together investors, entrepreneurs, politicians and policymakers to hear from the likes of

The rise of renewable energy will change everything

An electric vehicle cruising down the highway, a solar panel installed on a neighbor’s rooftop, a wind turbine turning in the breeze: These are just a few of the powerful symbols that represent the blossoming renewable energy economy. There’s little doubt that the world is on the cusp of a new era of energy generation

2018-10-13T08:14:51+00:00 Tags: |

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, at least based on share price, has been nothing short of remarkable: privately-held shares of the company are now worth

Nearly every country wants universal healthcare (except for one)

In 2015, Leon Lederman had a very difficult decision to make. His medical debts were mounting, and he only had one asset valuable enough to cover his debt: his Nobel medal, which he won in 2012 for his work on subatomic particles. Although it represented decades of hard work, it had to be done. Lederman

2018-10-12T09:55:51+00:00 Tags: |

Role of “natural factors” on recent climate change underestimated, research shows

Pioneering new research has given a new perspective on the crucial role that ‘natural factors’ play in global warming. The study, by Dr Indrani Roy at the University of Exeter, suggests that the natural phenomena such as solar eleven-year cycles and strong volcanic explosions play important roles in recent climate change which has been ‘underestimated’.

2018-10-12T09:42:08+00:00 Tags: |

How Impact Investing Can Reduce Maternal Mortality

In the developing regions of the world, only half of women receive adequate health care. Globally, women of all ages face gender-based inequalities, exclusions, discrimination and violence when it comes to accessing health care. Every two minutes a woman dies during pregnancy and childbirth — or more than 800 women a day. Most of these deaths

Could this be the start of the end of world poverty?

Three years ago the world lined up behind an ambitious set of targets – the sustainable development goals – for 2030. The checklist included the eradication of extreme poverty, ending preventable child deaths and delivering quality universal education. As part of the pledge, governments committed to achieving the most rapid progress among populations left furthest behind. To

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 Institute and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at the George Washington University School of Business. It assessed individuals’

To End Poverty, Increase Access to Energy

The goal of alleviating global poverty is not controversial. Poverty creates terrible human suffering and wasted human potential, and it’s urgent that we find solutions. Some solutions are obvious and widely popular, such as vaccines, free primary schooling and better nutrition. But we have also come to understand that energy is among the most important

Can Asia make sustainable palm oil?

Palm oil is the most widely consumed, yet one of the most contentious, vegetable oils on the planet. This high-yielding and versatile food commodity pervades half the items on our supermarket shelves, but not without a cost: deforestation and degradation of critical ecosystems, climate change and abuses of labor and human rights. As demand continues

2018-10-11T08:30:04+00:00 Tags: |

Renewable energy is growing too slow to meet climate goals

The world needs to ramp up adoption of renewable energy, especially beyond the electric power sector — or else it will fall behind in the battle against climate change, the International Energy Agency said on Sunday. In a new report, the Paris-based policy adviser forecasts that renewable energy sources will provide 30 percent of the

2018-10-12T03:20:59+00:00 Tags: |

Millennials And Impact Investing: A Striking Pair For A Broadening Sector (Video)

Go to any social impact conference, and you will probably hear, “Soon, there will be no ‘impact’ investing. It will simply be investing.” Indeed, with a rising group of Millennial investors rushing the field, the idea that impact investing might soon dominate investors’ way of thinking is increasingly conceivable. A study released this year found that “more

Members of Congress Ask Trump to Protect ESOPs

Just as the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) did regarding the issue of missing participants in retirement plans, a group of legislators is calling out the Department of Labor (DOL) for engaging in enforcement activities against employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) without providing meaningful guidance. Twenty-seven members of Congress sent a letter to President Donald Trump saying the

Keeping food out of landfills

You probably throw out more food than you realize. Food waste makes up 21.6 percent of municipal waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “This is not a good use of landfill space,” said Michael Chajes, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-chair of the University of Delaware’s Sustainability Task Force. “There are

2018-10-10T08:16:42+00:00 Tags: |

The business students of today want to ‘do well by doing good’

Top universities often tout their MBAs as a path to high-paying jobs and a powerful network. But a growing number of students are more interested in learning how to change the world through business. Students at Columbia Business School in New York are among those leading the way. They founded Microlumbia, an impact investment fund, which

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 what The Big Issue Group does, it has also moved in new directions, and helped other social businesses to grow by