Corporate stewardship—an expanded sense of caring for people, communities, the environment, and future generations—is increasingly recognized around the world as a principle of enlightened business. We can no longer view corporations as isolated and independent entities, free to do whatever their owners and managers decide. They have a dual role: to deliver a superior return to their shareholders, and to […]
In a Reuters interview, IKEA’s Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall, outlined a plan that fits with IKEA’s commitments. Without putting the cost burden on its customers, IKEA is pledging to invest 600 million euros in wind and solar power, adding to 1.5 billion invested since 2009 as part of a goal of making it energy independent.
The charitable arm of the family-owned […]
The new chain, which is slated to begin opening next year, comes as Whole Foods seeks to differentiate itself amid intensifying competition. The company, which has more than 400 Whole Foods stores, has seen its sales growth slow as organic and natural products have become more widely available at mainstream supermarket chains and big-box retailers.
The new chain may also be […]
There are reams written about how far your food has traveled. And if you run in sustainability circles, you might have felt some guilt sneaking Chilean pears into your grocery cart this past winter. But have you ever thought about how far your clothing traveled to reach you? Some innovators in the space are trying to bring the locavore movement […]
As some of the world’s top chefs and leading innovators converge in Silicon Valley to explore the nexus of food and technology at the inaugural BITE Conference, millions of people in developing countries will be cooking their families’ food just as our ancestors did thousands of years ago – over an open fire, burning dung, coal and wood for fuel.
More than 25 percent of investors under the age of 45 have at least one-quarter of their investable assets in socially responsible companies. That’s the key finding of a new report by Spectrem Research, which surveyed 3,000 investors with assets ranging from $100,000 to $25 million.
These young investors are drivers of a rapid rise in total SRI assets, which have […]
According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), today there are more than seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, up from 738 million in 2000. Globally, 3.2 billion people are using the internet, of which two billion live in developing countries. However, ITU figures also indicate that four billion people in the developing world remain offline. Off the nearly one billion people […]
It’s not unusual for a small business to work with community nonprofit groups, but a New York-based chain of coffee shops is taking that partnership further.
Coffeed operates six cafes in New York, plus a restaurant in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan and a new location in Seoul, South Korea. The company partners with a different charity at each location.As Inc. […]
Women have a crucial role to play in defeating hunger. As mothers, farmers, teachers and entrepreneurs, they hold the key to building a future free of malnutrition.
Here are three facts on why empowering women is such an important part of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) work. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.
Protracted crises undermine food […]
Our nation feels more divided than ever. From political gridlock in Washington, D.C. to a fragmented media landscape, more Americans are forming opinions and consuming information from niche sources and polarizing points of view. The social change sphere is not immune from this splintered and siloed way of thinking. Nonprofits and philanthropies also have limited bandwidth at both the organizational […]
The World Health Organization defines the environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” Our environment consists of the nature that surrounds us, the air we breathe, our access to clean water. However, as human beings spend increasingly more time indoors – whether at home or […]
Global consumers feel a personal accountability to address social and environmental issues and look to companies as partners in progress, according to findings from the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study, released today. Near universal in their demands for companies to act responsibly, nine-in-10 consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address […]
An estimated six billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are wasted every year in the U.S. because they are ugly, according to report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. That means more than 20 percent of the produce grown for human consumption is rejected by grocery stores and goes uneaten because of its appearance.
Founders of a crowd-funded company called Imperfect […]
In a 2014 survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, nearly one in four employees admitted that financial issues have been a distraction at work, and 39% had spent three hours or more per week thinking about or dealing with their personal finances, with basic personal financial management and not being able to pay for college being among those concerns.
As reported by Time.com writer, […]
It’s time to cut the crap.
Tired of the pushback against installing restrooms for homeless people, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in Miami took to constructing a map that detailed how much urine and feces actually fills the city’s downtown streets on a daily basis.
The group scooped up its data from a sanitation worker’s eight-hour shift last Friday, and dumped smiling […]
Clearinghouse Community Development Financial Institution is hoping to start a chain reaction by committing to development in low-income communities in an effort to improve lives and make a difference, president and CEO Douglas Bystry tells GlobeSt.com. As GlobeSt.com reported recently, the firm has created a new company, Clearinghouse CDFI’s Real Estate Investment Co., which will purchase and invest in real […]
The labor market in Pakistan is dangerously unregulated, unstructured, and operates mainly on an informal basis. While the largest chunk is employed by the agriculture sector, there is also a significant informal market catering to the retail, construction, and household services industries. Affluent Pakistani families employ cooks, drivers, nannies, and gardeners to serve them. Most employment is arranged through personal […]
“Community” is so easy to say. The word itself connects us with each other. It describes an experience so common that we never really take time to explain it. It seems so simple, so natural, and so human. In the social sector, we often add it to the names of social innovations as a symbol of good intentions (for example, […]
For many, Latin America is associated with a laundry list of negatives: drugs, corruption, gang violence and transnational crime. However, our new report Harnessing Social Impact Investing in Latin America, helps to dispel some of these myths. In fact, in the realm of social impact investing, it is on the forefront of rapidly-changing global trends.
The report, published by the Atlantic […]
Want to address world hunger — not to mention climate change, poverty and pollution? Here’s how taking a more natural approach to agriculture can benefit everyone and everything from the soil up.
Source: Mother Nature Network […]