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How large a role should business play in improving society?

All societies have problems. I am sure this is not a shock to anyone. Neighbors have disputes, poverty exists and inequality grows. Simply put, if each individual of a society is imperfect, so too is society, and since no one is perfect, we each play a part in making society imperfect. And like people, institutions

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The Longer We Wait, the More Difficult it Will Be for the Future of Social Security

Social Security policy is unsustainable in its current form. What has consumed a significant portion of America’s paychecks and helped sustain a significant portion of America’s seniors is destined for change.

In 2019, the trustees of the Social Security program released a report predicting that all of the trust fund’s reserves would run out by 2035.

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All societies have problems

All societies have problems. I am sure this is not a shock to anyone. Neighbors have disputes, poverty exists and inequality grows. Simply put, if each individual of a society is imperfect, so too is society, and since no one is perfect, we each play a part in making society imperfect. And like people, institutions

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Professor makes a difference for minority women entrepreneurs

Len Greenhalgh is Professor of Management, Emeritus at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 with a royal charter to serve Native Americans and European settlers in New England. The college’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion has continued ever since.

Greenhalgh took a faculty position at

2020-10-26T11:25:17-05:00Tags: |

Impact Investment, Business and Poverty

Traditional investors often put money into companies focused mainly on the returns they will see, while many nonprofits and government agencies provide funding for programs in return for measurable social impact. Impact investing attempts to join business and social concerns.

The point of impact investing is to fund companies that not only generate financial returns but also

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The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

It is amazing how much change can be caused by one person’s idea. The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a result of Jorn Lyseggen’s believe that with guidance and support people can achieve remarkable results. Established by the non-profit Meltwater Foundation, MEST developed its program in Accra, Ghana in 2008 as an effort

2020-07-21T08:54:08-05:00Tags: |

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,

Addressing Poverty Through Business – CRISP Social Ventures Moves Forward

By John Hoffmire

The beacon of development often conjures up images of radical innovations, disruptive models and leapfrog technologies. And yet, as nations attempt to embrace the promises of development, there is often a colossal failure of both imagination and execution in providing for even the most basic of human needs. Measurable social change, ensuring a

2021-01-02T10:41:00-06:00Tags: |

Google is making a new commitment to sustainable design

When Google’s hardware team began working on a yet-to-be-announced product that will be launched later this year, one engineer had a proposal: Instead of using an industry-standard polyester fabric, made from virgin plastic, could they use a fabric made from recycled bottles in the device? The team spent two years validating that the material met

KLM steps forward for sustainable aviation

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is stepping up and calling upon everyone to join forces in creating a more sustainable future for aviation. Under the name Fly Responsibly, the airline commits itself to achieving maximum progress.

With an open letter published in a wide range of international newspapers on 29 June 2019, it invited all

European firms leading global drive for sustainable business

The professional services giant’s Change Readiness Index, published late last week, ranks 140 nations on how effectively their policymakers and business communities prepare for, and respond to, major changes – from digitisation, to conflict and global warming. It ranks business action on rapid change based on a metric it dubs ‘Enterprise Sustainability’, which takes into

Trends In Food Packaging Drive Sustainable Business Mainstream

It’s hard to miss the growing conversation around single-use plastics in food packaging – you may have heard of The War on Straws, or seen reports on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Because sustainable, recyclable alternatives are needed more than ever, consumers are demanding better solutions and as a

Why sustainable business isn’t enough

It would be a monumental achievement for many companies. But if all of these ‘sins’ were minus points on a numerical scale, we’d only be moving towards zero.

Sustainable, responsible business is the zero point.

If companies found no ‘modern slavery’ in their supply chain, we’d be at the zero point. If we didn’t wreck the world

Carmen Porco Chair in Sustainable Business at Center on Business and Poverty

Madison, WI – September 2018 — Rev. Dr. Carmen Porco is President of Porco Consulting and CEO of Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin. Carmen has successfully brought six low-income housing communities out of default to become models of effectiveness: strong, stable, and vibrant communities that add significant value to the larger communities surrounding

Could the plastics phase-out lead to sustainability peril for businesses?

With the war on plastic becoming one of the hottest topics in the sustainability sphere, corporates rushing to make plastic-reduction pledges in a bid to appease customers are at risk of making changes which could lead to unintended consequences.

That is according to Surfdome’s head of sustainability Adam Hall, who discussed the latest corporate efforts to tackle the

Sustainable business for the disadvantaged

INSPIRED to make a difference after watching the documentary Born Into Brothels, Suraj Upadhiah decided to go to India after completing junior college, to learn more about the lives of children born to brothel workers.

His experiences there stirred a deep interest in advancing social responsibility causes and community projects both locally and globally. He and