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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

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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

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 but. Reaching smallholder farmers in rural areas takes a nuanced combination of appropriate innovations, sophisticated distribution systems, and a human touch.

New Benchmark Will Rank Companies On Their SDG Success

In the world of social enterprise and impact investing, perhaps the most universally accepted guide is the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Introduced in 2015, the 17 inter-connected goals now form an organizing principle for many entrepreneurs, as well as investors. At the same time, achieving those goals is going to cost trillions, literally, and won’t

5 things to know about Gen Z employees and sustainability

A major generational transition in the workforce is underway, with 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching retirement age every day. The newest entrant to the workforce, Gen Z, is expected to make up 30 percent of the U.S. workforce in just four years. Because they are the most highly educated, tech-savviest generation to hit the workforce, the

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Philanthropy Bets Big on Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations made headlines around the world in September 2015 when it adopted an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end extreme poverty, protect the planet, and ensure health and prosperity for all by 2030. Delivering on these goals won’t come cheap. The UN estimates that it will require

Bold Philanthropy in India: Insights from Eight Social Change Initiatives

Philanthropy in India has reached an inflection point, with two powerful forces converging. Domestic philanthropic funding streams are expanding rapidly, largely driven by the growth in individual and corporate philanthropy. At the same time, more and more donors are focusing their philanthropy on the nation’s most vexing social challenges, deploying strategies that are focused on

One in 20 UK workers part of ‘hidden revolution’ to reform capitalism

One in 20 British workers - or 2 million people - have jobs with firms that seek to do good while also earning a profit, research showed on Wednesday, dubbing it a “hidden revolution”. Social enterprises also contribute 60 billion pounds ($79 billion) to the world’s fifth largest economy - 150 percent higher than the

Why Proven Solutions Struggle to Scale Up

Record-breaking heat and hurricanes. Refugees with no place to go. Increasing income inequality in some of the world’s wealthiest countries. At the roots of these tremendous problems are a tangle of causes that demand massive, coordinated action from a multitude of actors—they demand social innovation at scale. Given the urgency and intensity of today’s social

Great news for champions of sustainable, ethical behavior

Wherever you live, and wherever you stand on the political spectrum, you probably believe that a significant share of the political elite in your country is irredeemably corrupt and unethical. And wherever you work, it is also likely that you know some senior leaders who do a poor job of conveying tone at the top

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Global Gathering for Good Sees Young, Bright Future for Business

Young people are driving the growth of businesses that benefit society and the environment, the organizer of a global gathering of ethical entrepreneurs said as it opens Wednesday. Some 1,500 people are meeting in Edinburgh as the 10th Social Enterprise World Forum — one of the most important networking events for the sector — returned to its

4 Easy Ways To Map Your Work To Social And Environmental Impact

Humans are hungry to feel that their work has impact in the world. A job isn’t just a job anymore. It’s where we spend the majority of our waking hours. When we’re not at the “office” (an increasingly vague place name), we’re likely checking emails, reviewing documents, or posting on social media in between social

Video: Yes, CEOs, You Do Need To Speak Up On Social Issues

In Deloitte's 2018 study of global human capital trends, "The Rise of the Social Enterprise," we interviewed many CEOs and found them often in a quandary about how to treat social issues. Ken Frazier, the CEO of Merck, told us he struggled to decide how to play out the Charlottesville topic and eventually decided to speak out, exit

This Pioneer In Social Enterprise Still Leading Innovation After 3 Decades

Echoing Green has been investing in social entrepreneurs and innovation for nearly three decades. One lesson stands out, says President Cheryl Dorsey: “The leader is the secret sauce of any great social enterprise.” Throughout its history, Echoing Green has been granting fellowships to innovators who had little more than an idea to change the world. Its accumulated data suggests

House hopes to tame student loan crisis with financial literacy bill

The House next week will try to fend off a growing pile of student loan debt — now at $1.4 trillion — by passing legislation requiring families to learn more about what it means to borrow tens of thousands of dollars for college. Republicans have scheduled a vote on legislation from Reps. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky.,

The How-To: Scaling Social Enterprise Ventures

The world needs social entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs need funds! At the moment, the buzzword on everyone’s entrepreneurial radar is growth, scaling, and sustainability. Sure, as social entrepreneurs, we solve big problems at the macro-level - poverty, health, loneliness, education. We are talking billions of potential beneficiaries, yet the truth is social enterprise firms remain small-

The Science of What Makes People Care

Effective communication is not simply about getting your message out. It requires you to strategically tap into what shapes people’s feelings and values. Here we share five principles pulled from social science that will help you connect your work to what people care most about. On March 10, 1748, John Newton, a 22-year-old English seaman

Big Topic On Campus: Doing Well By Doing Good

Once upon a time, the visiting “rock stars” on college campuses were, well, rock stars. Or at any rate they were people who exuded rock-star glamour—luminaries from the world of entertainment and celebrity, or high-profile figures from “power” fields such as government, law, and business. It’s different now. Today, the speakers who draw the biggest and

What Social Enterprises in the Global South Can Teach the North

A woman living in a rural village in Bangladesh is not feeling well. Getting to the nearest hospital to see a doctor would take two hours and be a considerable expense. Luckily, she lives in the same village as a young man who is a franchisee of Amader Daktar, otherwise known as Doctor in a Tab—an