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3p Weekend: These 10 Social Innovators Are Sure to Inspire

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.

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Waste Management Helps Businesses Turn Waste into Opportunity

Waste Management sustainability services is proof that sustainability pays. Since 2003, the company has delivered more than 157 million in direct cost-savings to customers. It works across all industries to turn waste, a traditional cost center, into solutions that benefit businesses, their customers and the environment.

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Will Amazon Dash Buttons Kill Sustainable Consumption?

Amazon announced earlier this week that its Dash buttons are available now for all of its Amazon Prime members. For $4.99, members can buy a button connected to a specific brand and use it to reorder products of that brand. The Dash mantra is as simple as the service: Just press and never run out. But before you start daydreaming of an effortless future, where smart devices make your life so much easier, I’d like you to ask yourself – is this utopia or dystopia?

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Study: Daughters of Working Mothers Earn More

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.

From rides to homes, the sharing economy is taking off. But, like all other companies,

A Safety Net for the Sharing Economy

As more companies join in this disruptive business model, they must ask, “How will we keep our workers and contractors safe?”

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Shopping for Furniture? Check the Labels

It is now possible to buy new furniture made without toxic flame retardants, but some furniture on the market may still contain these chemicals. Luckily, new labeling systems can help customers decide. Judy Levin of the Center for Environmental Health wanted to test the marketplace, so she conducted an unscientific review at Bay Area outlets of three major national retailers.

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The First Malaria Vaccine in History is Now Not-for-Profit

Scientists have been working to significantly lower child mortality in the Sub-Sahara for years, where disease and malnutrition kill millions each year. The new malaria vaccine, the first to successfully target a parasite, is a collaborative effort that could lead the way to lowering the cost of that humanitarian goal.

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Clif Bar Founders Invest in Farm-to-Food Truck

While Clif Bar continues to thrive under CEO Kevin Cleary, co-founders Kit and Gary were ready for a new challenge: food and wine. The Clif Family Winery and Farm was founded in 2004 and has flourished in recent years, in line with Gary and Kit’s departure from the day-to-day at Clif Bar. The three-acre farm grows a variety of heirloom veggies including tomatoes, corn and peppers that are used to stock their popular Bruschetteria food truck, which is often found stationed outside their tasting room, Velo Vino.

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UPS Drives Toward 1 Billion Miles with Alternative Fuels

UPS CSO Rhonda Clark talks about their latest CSR report, driving toward 1 billion miles with alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, and the day-to-day challenges of CSR efforts at UPS.

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Bloody Myths: Why I Don’t Think Sanitary Pads Impact Girls’ Educational Outcomes

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.

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How Sports Are Influencing Sustainable Practices

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.

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Big-Time Companies Hop Aboard the Climate Pledge

Thirteen well-known companies have signed President Barack Obama’s climate pledge, each promising to tackle environmental issues in its particular field. Here are their commitments.