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How Social enterprises are rethinking their business models during Covid-19

Lockdowns across the world. Social distancing, isolation and quarantine commonplace. What does that mean for social enterprises that usually work directly with vulnerable people and rely on face-to-face communication? We spoke to social entrepreneurs in the UK, Turkey and South Africa to find out how they're taking on the challenge. Over the past few weeks,

How to help during the coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has swept the globe, and the US is experiencing the worst outbreak to date. Healthcare workers on the frontlines are reporting a lack of medical supplies and resources to fight the outbreak, and businesses have largely been shuttered. Those who are sick or at greater risk for the illness may feel vulnerable, afraid, and

Meet Investors Halfway With Better ESG Reporting

With the UN pushing to cut greenhouse emissions by 7.6 percent every year between now and 2030, the time to act on climate is now. As sustainability and impact investing become mainstream, companies are facing more pressure from all sides -- investors, employees, consumers and media -- to up their game. Investors are taking a stand on

Using employee stock ownership plans to empower workers and boost growth

An employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, could be the key to unlocking a stronger workplace culture and improving your bottom line. Employee ownership may sound like a novel idea, but it’s a concept that’s been around for decades. The legal groundwork for today’s ESOPs was first laid within the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security

The poorest will suffer: Safety-net health clinics cut services amid coronavirus pandemic

Thousands of health clinics serving the nation’s poorest residents face closure and cutbacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, a trend that could imperil hard-hit communities long after the disease is contained. One in 11 Americans – about 31 million people – depend on safety-net health clinics for care not otherwise available because they have no health

Heat stress may affect more than 1.2 billion people annually by 2100

Heat stress from extreme heat and humidity will annually affect areas now home to 1.2 billion people by 2100, assuming current greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Rutgers study. That's more than four times the number of people affected today, and more than 12 times the number who would have been affected without industrial era

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New understanding of brain structure offers insights into Alzheimer’s

A new study has revealed more detail about key brain cells. The team of investigators has found that a structure in the brain is arranged differently than the scientific community once believed. The discovery may have implications for the understanding of neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers have published their findings in the

Sustainability-Focused Entrepreneurs Must Build Great Products In Order To Succeed

Amid a massive shift in consumer demand toward more sustainable products, a very important caveat remains somewhat elusive for many manufacturers: The products still have to be good. In early December 2019, I found myself at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida. A global art market-turned-glitterati gathering, Art Basel has turned into a brand activation nexus where large corporations

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