What happens if you introduce technology into the way farmers grow and harvest mint in India? Will it make it more profitable for farmers and offer a better quality of life? Mars, a major purchaser of menthol and peppermint oil, was banking on it. And it now has the stats to show it will.
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Mining giant Rio Tinto is moving fast to sell off its last remaining coal operations. The company has put its Australian operations on the market, and once those assets are sold, the $33 billion mining juggernaut will no longer include coal within its global business operations.
Renters in many cities, such as in San Francisco, where the average rent is approaching $5 per square foot, have had enough of sky-high housing prices. And therein arises the YIMBY (yes in my backyard) movement, which seeks streamlined housing policies so that cities can become more affordable.
A big defeat for long-termism, and win for a continued focus on quarterly returns, came earlier this year, when General Electric (GE) decided to retire Jeff Immelt in favor of a replacement who would focus on earnings per share.
Cheap solar panels from overseas have fueled the recent boom in solar installations, but U.S. solar panel manufacturers have struggled to compete. Tariffs will reward one part of the industry while hurting the other. And the decision now lies on U.S. president Trump’s desk.
Move over, Bessie. A new vegan milk made from pea protein is the latest product to nudge its way into revenues that once were reserved for the dairy industry. Ripple Foods aims to make big waves and likely will. Its two experienced founders have discovered a way to make a milk that has the same amount of protein as dairy milk, but none of the carbon emissions associated with the dairy industry.
Do the many economic benefits of new buildings outweigh the environmental harm they can cause? Could we reduce new buildings’ environmental footprints while still retaining their financial advantages?
What’s in YOUR electronics? Greenpeace wants you to know which companies are really keeping up with their green technology promises. Just out in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, the Guide to Greener Electronics serves up the latest assessments of tech companies that have promised a greener path to addressing climate change.
Visa announced the launch of its new foundation this week and with it, a contribution of $20 million to World Women’s Banking. Its aim is to develop new products and services for women entrepreneurs in underserved communities. But not everyone feels microloans with large repayment percentages by for-profit companies are helping struggling business owners. Can Visa break that cycle?
A real assets investment company, a cattle ranch, and a community-development bank all share the dream of turning western forests into carbon sinks and riding the whole thing to the bank.
The demand for palladium, which sent prices surging over $1,000 an ounce, is being driven by the automotive industry, which covets palladium for its effectiveness in catalytic converters – the exhaust emission control devices in cars that turn toxic gases into less harmful pollutants.
The SOCAP panel “Looking Beyond Venture Capital: Understanding the Need for Alternative Deal Structures,” explored other types of capital that could be more appropriate for social enterprises beyond VC or straight debt.