The Pope’s recent invitation to social activist Naomi Klein to join his forthcoming high level environment conference is an indicator of the shifting sands which define the historical role of civil society, government and business. In turn, these shifting sands are why the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are capturing the imagination of business in a way that no aspect of the sustainable development agenda to date has managed to do.
On Monday, August 3, President Barack Obama and EPA Chief Gina McCarthy released the finalized version of the Clean Power Plan, a set of regulations designed to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from electricity generation. The New York Times called it “the strongest action ever taken in the U.S. to combat climate change.”
The recent shut-down of the once “disruptive” app HomeJoy, which had $40 million in funding, may be the sign of things to come as the gig economy evolves alongside the growing freelance movement.
A group of innovative thinkers from India and East Africa joined the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program in Silicon Valley earlier this month. The CEOs represent social enterprises working in agriculture, education, energy, health care, and water and sanitation. This week we learned more about these innovative thought leaders. Read on to be inspired.
A recently published Harvard Business School survey found that not only were daughters of working women more likely to be employed themselves, but they were also more likely to earn more. Sons of working mothers actually tended to become more attentive fathers, spending 7.5 hours a week more with their children and 25 minutes more on chores.
Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) has emerged as an area of interest in relation to maintaining adolescent girls’ school attendance, with the ultimate goal of reducing dropout rates and supporting adolescent girls to achieve better educational outcomes. But, with larger and larger amounts of funding and resources being put into MHM efforts, it’s increasingly important to make sure that the various approaches are backed by real impact data.
We sat down with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Portland Timbers and San Diego Padres to talk sustainability, the position sports teams are in to influence their massive audience, and how we can all live more environmentally-conscious lives.
Is it possible for modern market economies to effectively coexist with gift economies? Is the decentralization of industries via the sharing economy the happy medium?
With over 49 million Americans hungry and living in poverty, food security is one of our most defining social justice issues. This ad campaign by Great Nations Eat sheds light on this issue by encouraging people in other countries to donate to hungry Americans.
Even social enterprises often are focused solely on their external mission, overlooking their employees’ needs for empowerment and wealth creation that worker-owned co-ops and democratically-run businesses can offer. We need organizations designed to benefit society and employees at the same time! This article explains 5 innovative organizational forms that can maximize the benefit of your social enterprise for society and often forgotten, the employees.
Many companies are incorporating holistic wellness programs into their work environments. These programs include many aspects of optimal health, including physical, emotional and spiritual. For small businesses with limited resources, here are some ideas to easily implement a holistic wellness program into your company.
You’d think it would be a big deal if a scientist created a vaccine that could do away with addiction. So, what if I told you that we already had one?
Peter Fox-Penner, author of “Smart Power” and other energy policy books, discusses the Pope’s Climate Encyclical and its focus on broader economic and social change as opposed to carbon pricing.