Did you know that the unemployment rate is 12% in Ghana and 40% in Kenya? At DEMO 2013 last week, I caught up with Maxwell Donkor who is working to solve this problem. Donkor is the founder of mPawa, who matches bottom of pyramid workers with employers.
Unilever’s health soap brand, Lifebuoy, announced plans to expand its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign to villages and communities in 17 countries.
A San Francisco nonprofit has come up with an ingenious way to make free showers and lavatory access available to the city’s poorest citizens. Retired MUNI buses will be converted into mobile shower stations. And the startup is being fueled through donations with remarkable success.
A report just out by the UC Berkeley Labor Center says that low-paying fast food jobs cost taxpayers $7 billion a year in benefit programs designed to support low-income families. Programs like Medicaid, SSI and food stamps are lifelines for workers who aren’t being paid enough to feed and clothe their families.
Across numerous countries, the economic contribution of the not-for-profit sector has been on the rise since the late 1990s. With growing interest in social enterprise, many not-for-profit managers increasingly understand that generating their own income allows them to fund the good work they do (as opposed to traditional approaches that depend on grants and philanthropy).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records suggest that the recent outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella Heidelberg could have been anticipated far in advance. Was this a slip-up in company protocol, or a set of procedures that were designed but never firmly put in place by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service? The USDA may know, but most of its staff is still on furlough.
Businesses in all industries have the power to effect change, from Walmart to B Lab to Zipcar, each with its own approach. Some companies are showing huge numbers conserving energy, water and natural resources, while others are investing in their workers by treating them well. The more innovative ways businesses think to reach out to and motivate people, the more we will see change.
Target is teaming up with the makers of GoodGuide to develop a Sustainability Product Standard to rate thousands of products for health, transparency and overall environmental impact, the companies announced last week.
After years of battle, the FDA is finally withdrawing veterinary drugs that contain arsenic. But it isn’t doing so because of public opinion or because food safety organizations have been pushing for years to have them withdrawn. The FDA has pulled them because the manufacturers asked them to.
Oregon-based natural foods company Pacific Food is donating line time at its factory to produce a minimum of 24,000 cartons of soup per month exclusively for the Oregon Food Bank – totaling 576,000 free meals a year.
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By the time you finish reading this article (let’s say 5 minutes from now) 20 children around the world will die because of diarrhea or pneumonia. This is 2 million children every year. Unilever’s Lifebuoy wants to change this reality in a new campaign also representing a new era of partnerships.