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Retailers Cite Low Wages as Major Threat to Business

The horrible irony is that many of these retailers, acknowledging that stagnant incomes hurt their sales, are part of their own problem. They pay low wages while lobbying aggressively to keep the minimum wage low.

Mikkel Vestergaard at Emusanda Health Centre

Vestergaard’s Success Secret: Its Culture

In my previous posts, I’ve already described the tremendous level of innovation that this company brings to bear, not only in its products, but also in its business models and distribution methods. But there is another element at play here.


Berkeley Takes on the Sugary Drink Industry

The sugary drink industry continues to get a bad rap. Blamed for promoting obesity, diabetes and bad eating habits, sugar-sweetened sodas are now the subject of two tax measures in California. They’re also experiencing decreasing sales in Mexico, where a tax on sodas is in effect. If Berkeley’s tax measure does pass, it could herald a change of heart regarding America’s favorite fizzy drinks.


The Carbon for Water Program’s Impact in Rural Kenyan Homes

On Friday, I made a number of home visits with Steve Otieno, Vestergaard’s country director for climate & water in Kenya. Steve manages the Follow the Liters campaign here. He also managed the Carbon for Water program, which, funded by carbon credits that were administered by Climate Care, provided nearly 900,000 LifeStraw family filters back in 2011. At each home, we learned how rural Kenyans were making use of their new gravity-fed water filters.


8 Companies Working to Eliminate Hunger

Thursday, Oct. 16, is World Food Day — an annual day of action against hunger. While spreading awareness on World Food Day is great, it takes year-round action to secure real change. With that in mind, this week we’re tipping our hats to eight companies that are working to eliminate hunger worldwide.