Leading HMO Kaiser Permanente’s recent decision to halt the use of chemical flame retardants has been more than a wake-up call to the U.S. chemical industry. It has also been a growing inspiration to those who are already looking for sustainable healthcare options.
It’s no secret that finding a job after being released from prison is an often insurmountable task, leading to skyrocketing recidivism rates across the country. While many companies are hesitant to hire the formerly incarcerated, a number of enterprises are taking a chance on these men and women — and, in turn, giving them a second chance at life.
Ashoka has always been the world’s leader in developing the idea of a social entrepreneur. It is an international non-government organization looking to develop a world where everyone is a change-maker. Here, is a a brief illumination of the challenges and mission of Ashoka’s São Paulo, Brazil branch.
Federal budget sequestration continues to cut into Interior Department funds and investments, compromising potential economic, social and ecological benefits and investment returns. President Barack Obama is urging Congress to fully and permanently fund the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), something Congress has done only once in the legislation’s 50-year history.
Earlier this year, on this forum, I proclaimed that 2014 would be The Year of Impact Investing. Now that half the year is in the history books, it’s fair to ask if 2014 is living up to that billing. Let’s take a look at what the first six months of the year have produced.
Announced by the president and launched last week, the Tribal Climate Resilience Program should benefit American Indian tribes and the nation economically, socially and environmentally.
There’s conflict within every system, but we can learn to respond with grace and creativity – argues Jeremy Mathieu, a student of the martial arts and sustainability professional.
While some still view climate change as some distant or unidentifiable threat (and others simply argue its effects “won’t be so bad”), the impacts of rising tides and surging temperatures are already changing lives around the world.
Coca-Cola’s Project Last Mile leverages the company’s vast distribution network to increase and improve the delivery of medical supplies to 10 African countries by 2019.
New regional-scale, science-driven approaches to governance of coastal marine zones need to be implemented in order to address the declining health and productivity of tropical coastal waters and the more than 1.3 billion people – most in developing countries – that depend largely on them for food and livelihoods, according to a group of leading environmental and marine scientists.
Senior Program Officer Kristen Scheyder describes the Citi Foundation’s efforts to increase investment in CDFIs (community development financial institutions) through a joint project with Aeris, the information service for community investors.
SolarCoin is a novel strategy for accelerating investment in solar power, but it’s not inherently socially equitable. Fortunately, there are ways to increase access to SolarCoins for those without the wealth to invest in solar or trade currencies.
Can a corporation pray? Can it attend religious services? Is it free to don religious garb? In other words, can a corporation exercise religion? All of those are questions raised by the Hobby Lobby case.
On June 2 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage, making Seattle the first major city in America to take this type of action to address income inequality.