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Coronavirus can shake up ESG investing

The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the degree of economic inequality in America. While America’s white-collar workers juggle Zoom calls and child care, low-wage earners must either risk infection delivering essential services or find themselves unable to afford rent and other necessities for their families. But even before millions lost their jobs and snaking lines formed outside

Five Eco-friendly Entrepreneurs Who Are Helping Our Environment

On world environment day 2020, we recognize the efforts of eco-friendly entrepreneurs across the country who worked selflessly and relentlessly to provide us with a healthy environment. These green entrepreneurs are changing the world and making it a better and greener place by saving our planet, lifting people and advancing growth. Shagun Singh, the founder of Geeli Mitti

2020-06-05T07:11:31-05:00Tags: |

Benefit Plan Cost Mitigation Alternatives in a COVID-19 Economic Downturn

As businesses struggle to come to grips with conducting “normal” operations in a “new normal” environment, the issue of cost reduction will certainly be on the table for many companies. One area that companies will likely be examining to reduce costs is employee benefits; here are some options for consideration: Set priorities. In looking for

5 Top Sustainability Trends Impacting Businesses

For companies today, it is no longer enough to focus only on delivering profits and creating value for shareholders. They also need to show that they are making a difference to the environment and society. As demand for businesses to demonstrate their sustainability credentials grows, companies are being held accountable by consumers, investors, regulators and

Generation Next: Three Ways To Help Gen Z Forge A Path To Financial Well-Being

Similar to what millennials faced from the 2008 recession, Gen Z is now entering the workforce at a time of uncertainty. Just a few months ago, it was a tight labor market where opportunities abounded, and now we face a future of unknowns. Born in 1997 or later, Gen Z is estimated to comprise about a quarter of the

Developing countries can respond to COVID-19 in ways that are swift, at scale, and successful

The COVID-19 crisis presents the world with a huge challenge: Everyone and everything is affected, and the response has to be both quick and global. While it is first and foremost a health crisis, it is also an education crisis, an employment and economic crisis, a crisis of hunger and a poverty and, in some

The pandemic and George Floyd: A biopolitical trap of poverty and racism

Black lives, whether under the knee of a killer cop or at the mercy of a racist health system, are under attack. It was for the alleged crime of fraud that 46-year-old George Floyd was choked to death by a police officer. The officers claim he resisted arrest, but this has already been proven to be false

2020-06-04T16:29:40-05:00

US ranks 24th in the world on environmental performance

The US is far behind other industrialized nations on environmental performance and now ranks 24th in the world, according to a new analysis by Yale and Columbia universities. Denmark came in first place, followed by Luxembourg and Switzerland. The United Kingdom ranked fourth. The findings come as the Trump administration has continued to weaken environmental protections in

Long-term data show hurricanes are getting stronger

In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger. That is according to a new study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Center for Environmental Information and University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, who analyzed nearly 40 years of hurricane

2020-06-03T07:48:56-05:00Tags: |

Top Tips for Getting a Job in Impact Investment

Impact investment is the fastest growing sector of the financial industry. In a 2019 deal that signalled the scale and potential of the sector’s future, the British asset manager, Schroders (with over $400 billion of assets under management) acquired a majority stake in BlueOrchard. Schroders’ CEO, Peter Harrison, commented that impact investment is a “mega-trend”.​

A tightrope walk ahead for corporate sustainability managers

Amidst numerous uncertainties surrounding post-COVID corporate climate, one thing is certain: Sustainability managers will face multifaceted challenges. Many could face budget cuts, even as their stakeholders expect them to ramp up sustainability efforts and seize this unique "opportunity" to initiate fundamental corporate transformations. Many may find their companies’ post COVID-19 business strategies are no longer

Developing Intercultural Understanding of Covid-19 and other Dilemmas

By Elizabeth Clark, MA TESOL (Bath) On 20 May 2020 I watched a webinar presentation featuring Fons Trompenaars, a Dutch intercultural specialist, and Alex Morgan, of Abbey Communication, in south west England.   The webinar was organised by the United Kingdom branch of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, more easily known by its

2020-06-03T17:31:12-05:00Tags: |

Extinction crisis ‘poses existential threat to civilisation’

The likes of logging and poaching have pushed 500 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians to the point where they're hanging by a thread, research found. This is yet more evidence that the world's undergoing a sixth mass extinction, scientists argue. Species are disappearing at more than 100 times the natural rate, they say. And unlike

2020-06-02T15:55:25-05:00Tags: |

Sustainable funds are outperforming their peers during the pandemic

Investors have been “doubling down” on sustainability over the last quarter — and sustainable funds have actually outperformed the broader market, according to Gabriel Wilson-Otto, head of stewardship, Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas Asset Management. This was unlike historical precedents of people shifting their focus from sustainability to near-term profits in tough times, he added.

Is sustainability undergoing a pandemic pause?

If you were to believe the mainstream business media, there would be no question whatsoever that the twin crises of a pandemic and a recession have pretty much put the kibosh on sustainable business activity. I mean, why, amid all this human and economic carnage, should companies be focused on anything besides keeping their doors

Providing Financial Services to Employees Is a Win-Win

Today’s global events are forcing employers to rethink their role in supporting their workers, especially in terms of pay.  ADP Research Institute’s Evolution of Pay Research shows workers frequently rely on their employers to offer the guidance and resources needed to help secure their financial futures by aiding in better personal financial decisions. As these expectations become

‘A no-win situation’ — Expert weighs in on COVID-19 racial disparities

The current pandemic is exposing — and exacerbating — already existing social inequalities. In this interview, Medical News Today spoke to Tiffany Green, assistant professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about COVID-19 and race-related health disparities. All data and statistics are based on publicly

What COVID-19 means for ecotourism

For decades, ecotourism has helped to conserve nature and protect endangered species. COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of ecotourism sites has had an indelible impact on wildlife and the communities that protect it. Johannes Refisch is a United Nations Programme Manager and Coordinator, who oversees the Great Apes Survival Partnership. In this interview, he explains

2020-06-01T09:59:44-05:00Tags: |

How we commute associated with cancer and mortality risk

Traveling to work by car is worse for your health than cycling, walking, or taking the train, according to a large study spanning 25 years in England and Wales. Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, both in the United Kingdom, tracked the outcomes of more than 300,000 commuters between 1991 and