TXU Energy and London Hydro are the latest utilities that will deploy Bidgely’s cloud-based energy analytics throughout their customer bases. Offering apps and a platform to monitor energy usage is seen as a way to enhance customer engagement, as well as energy efficiency and building a 21st century smart grid.
Category: New Economics
This category is about the relation between business economies and sustainability and CSR. Company economies have great impact on how much effort they put into their CSR strategy and incorporating green strategies can have en effect on company growth.
“Sustainability is a worldwide issue,” Diana Sánchez, CEO and co-founder of Savvy – Marketing for Good, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis last month. “And, well, the world is a diverse place.”
Entrepreneur Sabrina Mutukisna knows about cooking. And she knows about how hard it is to break into the cooking business. But her latest venture — an upscale business lunch delivery model — has the potential to bring great things to both endeavors, especially Oakland’s low-income youth. She and her young protégés have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the expansion of Town Kitchen in Oakland, which started this year and is already garnering attention, support and praise from local businesses and organizations.
From neon slides, climbing walls and foosball to work outings and volleyball tournaments, companies like Google, Skype and LinkedIn have all embraced the notion that all work and no play makes for a dull and less productive average employee. Here are five reasons to follow their lead.
“To me, diversity is being able to bring different sources of inspiration to the debate,” MBA student and Net Impact member Mariana Negrao said.
“It’s critical that anyone looking to be sustainable enact guidelines of diversity within their own organizations,” Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and founder of the Hult Prize Foundation, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis.
This week, the advocacy group Ceres hosted a conference call in which they, acting as a spokesman for a wide array of companies across numerous industries, presented a letter of support for the EPA rule signed by 223 companies.
“We’ve all been in situations where we were either an insider or an outsider,” Antoine Andrews, director of global diversity and inclusion for Symantec, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Laura Clise, who serves as director of external communications and corporate citizenship for Areva, moderated a panel on diversity and inclusion at the Net Impact conference in Minneapolis last month. She even wrote a 90-second rap to kick things off. (If your day could use a boost, do yourself a favor and check it out here.)
“I think we’ve done an effective job, for the most part, in changing the complexion of the people in organizations. I don’t know if we have diversified the realities of [those] people,” Hayes-Greene said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
A survey by BFG Consulting suggests that the organic food industry has some education to do. The majority of those quizzed purchase organic food, but a remarkably small number can actually say why it’s called that. Yet organic sales continue to swell, year after year.
Asheen Phansey, who heads up the Sustainable Innovation Lab at French software firm Dassault Systèmes, talks about gender diversity in the tech sector at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Education is a key component of the diversity conversation, and disruptive, skills-based education platforms like Udemy offer intriguing prospects outside of traditional two- and four-year colleges. As part of our Talking Diversity video series, Meg Evans, manager of social innovation for Udemy, discusses how a diverse workforce helped the company grow.