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Ethical Investors Successfully Engage Companies and Governments

This article is reprinted with the permission of alrroya By Ron Robins Ethical and socially responsible (SR) investors and funds, through their powerful growing presence, are increasingly succeeding in engaging companies in the process of improving their environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and actions. And they are proving adept in getting governments and regulatory … Continued

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Get Your Hands Dirty on Your Next Vacation with Zuvy

Do you love to travel and experience new cultures? Better yet, do you have exotic travel plans for this holiday season? If either answer is yes, Zuvy is a start-up you need to know about. Zuvy matches travelers like you with hand-selected and meaningful in-country service experiences at organizations working to change the world. If … Continued

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Whole Foods + Etsy = Abe’s Market

Abe’s Market is a natural goods store using smart strategies to overcome green retail’s pricing problem through social media.

Mentorship as a Way to Foster New Green Businesses?

The need for green workforce development is clear. It is also clear that the majority of new jobs are created by small business, roughly 60%, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. So how do we help get a lot of startups to lift us out of this recession and dramatically shift the makeup of … Continued

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Is Social Enterprise The New Cure For AIDS and Poverty?

By Peter Glenn As we commemorate another World AIDS Day, we have some cause for celebration.  UNAIDS reports that new infection rates have decreased 20% over the last 10 years and 56 countries have “stabilized or significantly reduced new infections.”  Also, millions of people living with the virus in the developing world now have access … Continued

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Sir Richard’s Condoms: Buy One, Give One

You might have read about the Pope’s recent (slight) revision of the Catholic Church’s stance on condom-use — a stance with far greater impact in the developing world than elsewhere. In a case of near-perfect timing, Sir Richard’s Condom Company has entered the market, promising to donate one condom to the developing world for every … Continued

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#1 Problem Facing Social Entrepreneurs? Lack of Capital. What to do?

Recently, in conversation with Kevin Danaher, whose non-profit Global Exchange is the co-producer of the Green Festival, I asked him what he’s learned in several years running the Green Festivals. It’s clear that the events keep growing, that more and more people are looking to get into their dream of becoming a Green Business Owner, … Continued

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A Huge Shift In Business Began on October 1st, 2010

Something huge quietly happened on October 1st, 2010. Something that is the start of a powerful, powerfully beneficial way to do business: Global Contribution Corporation became one of the first Benefit Corporations in the world. Hang on. Hasn’t B Lab‘s B Corp status been in existence since 2006, and there’s now hundreds of companies that … Continued

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Eco-Entrepreneurship Opportunity: Sustainable Coffee Shop

Do you enjoy serving people? Are you into community? Do you like rainforests? If so, then going into business as a green coffee shop owner might be your ticket to ride.  You might be wondering about how much you can possibly make from people who bring their laptop into your cafe, order a $3.25 latte, … Continued

Investing in Climate Change: Areas of Opportunity Spurred by a New Economy

By Chat Reynders – Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management The discussion around climate change and the severity of its impact may ebb and flow, but the effects are clearly manifesting in a variety of disruptions to physical, industrial and financial landscapes.  These tangible changes are bringing unique opportunities for innovative companies and savvy investors; as socially … Continued

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mHealth India: Untapped Potential & The Innovative Groups Paving the Way

By David Schafran As 3G sweeps a nation with over 670 million mobile phone connections, and Android phones become increasingly available, the opportunity for high value mobile enabled services is tremendous. Two industries that have already tapped into the ubiquity of mobile phones in a big way are entertainment and financial services, with applications ranging … Continued

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UK Minister Gives Glimpse of Big Society Bank

The UK’s Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, gave a preview of the government’s plans for funding its Big Society bank at the Good Deals 2010 conference this week. “We want to make it easier… for people who can see a way things can be done better,” said Hurd. He added, “The prize is … Continued

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Funding the Big Society: Just How Important are Social Impact Investment Metrics

The UK Good Deals conference kicked off with more warnings than aspirations for the future of social impact investment.  A panel made up of banks and charitable trusts expressed the need for metrics and a new multiplicative understanding of a social asset class– all big asks that hinge on behavioural change. One of the most … Continued