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When Should an Employer Consider an ESOP?

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are popular both with owners looking for ways to increase employee engagement and involvement and with employees seeking to have some ownership in and benefit from the work they do beyond their salaries. For business owners, considering implementing an ESOP is one of many options they consider when looking at

How COVID19 will affect sSustainability and the UNSDGs

As the globe reels under the onslaught of COVID19, the major contentions floating around are about the global economic slump and uncertainties in the global political and economic orders. The pandemic, by itself, and also through various economic, social and political avenues, will affect global developmental objectives at a much broader scale. The impacts will

Environment Which Type Of Internet Can Best Reduce Environmental Footprint?

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about the environmental impact of the Internet. Many people think the Internet is totally green. While the Internet is better for the environment than traditional forms of communication, like snail mail, it still leaves an impact on the environment. One study found it produces around 300 million tons

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How You Can Help Victims of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China, late last year has spread to at least 154 countries and killed thousands. Some countries and regions have been hit harder than others. In many areas, daily life has come to a halt, local economies have unraveled, and medical facilities are coping with a shortage of crucial supplies. Many charities and organizations

6 Companies Cashing In On The $30 Trillion Impact Investing Trend

Impact Investing. That's what they're calling it, and it's a movement that has grown by over 600% in the past decade. In fact, there are over $30 trillion in assets under management in portfolios with a focus on sustainable investments…and the revolution is showing no sign of slowing anytime soon. To say that it is just a trend would be

EU heads promise to stick with sustainability in COVID-19 recovery

Members of the European Council added a reference to the green transition to the draft joint statement after a virtual summit. Prime ministers and presidents of EU countries urged officials on all levels to integrate sustainability measures in efforts to heal the economy from the damage amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The European Union must integrate

Equal Pay Day for women is not a day to celebrate

We're three months into 2020 -- yet this is how long American women must work into the year to earn the same salary as men did in 2019. Every year, the National Committee on Pay Equity sets a date for "Equal Pay Day" to highlight the overall pay disparity between men and women who work full-time in

American Youth and Young Adults Take Money Management Knowledge Test

The National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) recently asked nearly 7,000 teens and young adults (aged 15-18) across all 50 U.S. states to respond to a test measuring their current personal finance knowledge. This 30-question quiz – the National Financial Literacy Test – was conducted in December 2019 and assessed respondents' capability to earn, save, and grow

Report reveals ‘massive plastic pollution footprint’ of drinks firms

Four global drinks giants are responsible for more than half a million tonnes of plastic pollution in six developing countries each year, enough to cover 83 football pitches every day, according to a report. The NGO Tearfund has calculated the greenhouse gas emissions from the open burning of plastic bottles, sachets and cartons produced by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo,

Trump to roll back Obama-era clean car rules in huge blow to climate fight

The Trump administration is rolling back the US government’s strongest attempt to combat the climate crisis, weakening rules which compel auto companies to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. Critics say the move will lead to more life-threatening air pollution and force Americans to spend more on gasoline. The changes to Obama-era regulations will allow vehicles to emit about

Businesses for good debate solutions online as Skoll forum goes virtual

Finding solutions to the coronavirus outbreak was top of the agenda as businesses for good met on Tuesday for one of the key annual global conferences on social enterprise but there was a difference this year - it was a virtual event. Organizers of the Skoll World Forum, that is usually held in Oxford in

Shaping a sustainable post-Covid-19 world: five lessons for business

So the day of reckoning has arrived. Having staggered on, zombie-like, since the financial crisis of 2008, adding environmental (climate, pollution and biodiversity), social (inequality) and political (Trump, Brexit et al) crises to its charge sheet, globalisation circa 1980-2020 has finally fallen flat on its face; it’s greatest strength (the fluid movement of capital, jobs,

Why It’s So Hard to Escape America’s Anti-Poverty Programs

One of the most common debates that has occurred in the United States for the past six decades is the discussion of the poverty rate. As the narrative goes, the US has an unusually high poverty rate compared to equivalent nations in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Although it’s true that the measure of poverty is

Air pollution may be a leading global cause of death

Researchers have found that air pollution is a leading cause of global death. In fact, they claim that it can raise death risk significantly more than other major causes of loss of life, including smoking, malaria, and general violence. The research, which now appears in the journal Cardiovascular Research, suggests that policymakers, health organizations, and the

A more sustainable capitalism will emerge from Covid-19

The main concern that is paralysing the financial markets right now is uncertainty. Investors and the business community are questioning how long this crisis will last, and when consumer and investor confidence will return, with no end in sight. But while none of us can predict the future, when it does return, one possible outcome

Covid-19 will accelerate the age of virtual medicine

The telemedicine that the COVID-19 crisis has kicked into high gear is only the first step toward healthcare going almost completely virtual. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has forced many patients to be their own doctors, for better or worse, a trend that will likely continue long after the pandemic subsides. And design will play a

Where is the world at with a coronavirus vaccine?

Vaccines take years to develop. But mere months after the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was first spotted, a team at the University of Oxford is already recruiting for human clinical trials for its vaccine against the disease, while researchers at Imperial College London took just two weeks from receiving the sequenced genome of the virus to

Toward an Economic Democracy

The most fundamental tragedy of the coronavirus crisis is human. It is lives being lost. Somewhere close behind is the feeling of desperation shared by working people. In an economy where it is estimated that 50 percent of the labor force survives from paycheck to paycheck, we are facing an economic crisis of unprecedented proportions

Guide to impact investing for beginners

Impact investing is a way of investing that not only brings financial returns but also has a positive impact on society. Most fund managers and organisations orientate themselves on aligning their impact goals and investment themes to those of the United Nations’ 17 Social Development Goals (UN SDGs). These are: No poverty; Zero hunger; Good