There are many organizations monitoring endangered species such as elephants and tigers, but what about the millions of other species on the planet -- ones that most people have never heard of or don't think about? How do scientists assess the threat level of, say, the plicate rocksnail, Caribbean spiny lobster or Torrey pine tree?
Resources, assets, reach. The private sector is compelled to muster all three to tackle the complex issues that are essential to realizing a sustainable future for themselves, their customers and society. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, governments around the world have set the course for a sustainable future for all by 2030.
Over the years, I’ve interviewed countless entrepreneurs -- and one thing I always hear is how difficult it is to raise money. Particularly if you're a woman, the stats are dismal. I recently helped produce this inspiring podcast on Rana Dajani, who has transformed a small nonprofit into a sprawling social enterprise that has helped foster a
Ten years after the Rockefeller Foundation coined the term “impact investing,” it has become a $250 billion market and an expanding global movement. Today, foundations across the U.S. and globally are increasingly looking to use their endowments to achieve social or environmental goals. The 82-year-old Ford Foundation in New York City and the 32-year-old Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Dive Brief: The number and percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. increased for the first time in more than a decade in 2017, according to a new Georgetown University Health Policy Institute report. About 276,000 fewer children had health insurance in 2017 compared to the previous year. The percent of uninsured children increased from
The World Bank on Monday unveiled $200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding. The World Bank said the move, coinciding with a UN climate summit meeting of some 200 nations in Poland, represented a "significantly ramped up ambition" to tackle climate change, "sending
Where indeed? With the increasing frequency and strength of tech companies coming a cropper, from Facebook being heralded as a threat to democracy on account of its unregulated media power or Uber being fined into the millions in both the U.K. and U.S. on account of data breaches the organisation grossly mishandled, what’s evident is that closer examination of
When we think of people who own casinos, we think of the larger-than-life figures – your Benny Binions, Howard Hughes or Kirk Kerkorians of the world. And there are stockholder-owned casinos: Wynn, Sands and MGM for instance. One casino in Nevada is doing things differently. The Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite -- 214 rooms -- is one of only two casinos in the country owned
Impact investing is all the rage, with investors big and small eager to get in on the action. Last year, around $35.5 billion went into impact deals, according to the Global Impact Investing Network, a figure that was predicted to increase by 8% in 2018. One can’t argue with the positive sentiment behind encouraging more investment
Pregnancy is not the harbinger of joy in Sierra Leone. Instead, it brings distress, sufferings and death. When Hawa Kamara of Thompson Bay went into labour, her husband, Joseph Dumbuya, had to rush her to a hospital because of the complications that she had developed. Hawa had reposed faith in a traditional birth attendant for
Salary only makes up a portion of your actual compensation. If you fail to optimize your employee benefits, you’re missing out. Fewer than 3 out of 10 workers say they’re very confident that they’re using their workplace benefits to their fullest potential. On average, your workplace benefits — including retirement plans and health insurance —
GBAMU GBAMU, Nigeria — Music blasts from King Royal Guesthouse, a small restaurant in the village of Gbamu Gbamu, a three-hour drive from Lagos. It’s early afternoon, but purple and green disco lights flash above a television. A powerful fan blows the hot air as patrons sit on plastic chairs, drink cold beers and sodas,
When Caleigh Hernandez picked up a pair of beaded sandals in a Ugandan market, she was in awe of the delicate bead work and craftsmanship. The California college student was living with a family in Uganda, while working at a community-based organization. The vibrant sandals were such a contrast to everything else in the craft
The bosses of 30 European start-ups have called on politicians to reform rules around employee stock ownership to help them attract more talent and compete with their Silicon Valley counterparts. Chief executives from firms including TransferWise, Stripe, PayPal-owned iZettle and recently listed Farfetch co-signed an open letterurging lawmakers in the continent make changes to existing regulations on
Children from low-income families who got intensive education early in life treat others with high levels of fairness in midlife, more than 40 years later, even when being fair comes at a high personal cost, according to a new study published today in Nature Communications. The 78 people in the study were followed as part
The fiduciary of the Appvion Inc. Retirement Savings and Employee Stock Ownership Plan sued the bankrupt paper company's former management team, its board of directors and a slew of advisers for allegedly inducing employees to take money out of their 401(k) accounts to purchase 100% of the stock of Appvion's parent company, Paperweight Development Corp.
Dive Brief: American workers want more social responsibility from their employers, according to the latest Role of the Company Survey, an annual poll from MetLife. Of the respondents, 70% think their companies should address societal problems, up from 63% in 2017. And just over half (52%) expect their employer to solve problems, an increase from last
Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the UN’s Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI), has recently heard ‘very large fund managers’ call ESG the ‘fad of the moment’. Given the level of airtime currently being enjoyed by ESG backers you’d be forgiven for thinking it has become a success overnight, but in fact its rise to prominence has
Forget MRSA and E. coli. There's another bacterium that is becoming increasingly dangerous due to antibiotic resistance -- and it's present on the skin of every person on the planet. A close relative of MRSA, Staphylococcus epidermidis, is a major cause of life-threatening infections after surgery, but it is often overlooked by clinicians and scientists
In January, LendEDU conducted a survey of 1,000 Americans who went into credit card debt as a result of holiday spending.mIn short, we found that our average respondent accumulated $998.36 of debt after splurging for the festivities. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their credit card spending during the holidays, debt payoff plans, and post-holiday financial stress.