The most recent Opportunity Index evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and then drills down to almost 2,100 U.S. counties based on performance in community, health, economics and education. It’s not all bad news!
Over and over – from the proposed ban on transgender military services members to the proposal to end DACA protections for America’s DREAMers – CEO activism made 2017 a year when business leaders moved out of their comfort zones to take public stands for causes they believe in and issues they care about.
This list includes top picks for impressing the socially conscious entrepreneurs in your life with gifts that serve a higher purpose: transforming business into a force for good.
Oxford University’s Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment (GBC4WEE) initiative is striving to improve the economic inclusion of women worldwide; joining the program are companies including Coca-Cola and Walmart.
A community in the Houston area has a new flood prevention plan in the works. It involves lovingly remaking the city’s defunct golf course into a recreation area with 5 big pits to hold floodwaters during hurricanes and torrential downpours. It’s the latest rethink as to how to keep Houston cities green and safe in the face of worsening climate change.
The last federal body charged with addressing community resilience to climate change received the ax from the Trump administration. In the last two years the panel had succeeded in attracting a private sponsor of scientists and doctors and was on its way to amassing data on ways to implement better resilience in local communities.
SPECIAL SERIES: Making Agriculture "Climate Smart"
Every year on December 5 we observe World Soil Day (WSD), a day meant to raise awareness about the importance of healthy soil as well as a day to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. At its essence, this day celebrates the life-giving power of food.
Sexual abuse allegations and lawsuits against media mogul Harvey Weinstein have plunged the Weinstein Company into an image crisis. The “white knight” acquisition proposal that may have the best chance of salvaging both the company’s assets and its image, say experts is an unlikely bidder: a 62-year-old Latina with a savvy eye for investments that will hasten social change to the country’s biggest economic drivers.
Airbnb insists that its platform can help more families worldwide build wealth, and during the UNTWO Conference on Jobs and Sustainable Growth in Jamaica, the company announced that it is launching more programs designed to make the tourism sector a more inclusive one.
SPECIAL SERIES: Dreamforce 2017
The question remains – is college right for everyone? Education leaders recently met during Dreamforce in San Francisco to talk about how post-secondary learning could and should evolve this century – including one organization that is disrupting the traditional academic model.
The question many businesses are forced to ask themselves is how to enforce human rights compliance across an increasingly complex global network if the current system isn’t working. A great first step would be to stop enforcing, and start engaging. In other words, a little less stick and a little more carrot.
On October 25, Caesars Entertainment and TriplePundit hosted a Twitter chat to discuss corporate social responsibility at Caesars. We got so many great questions that we ran out of time to answer them all. Read on to see the other things folks were curious about, plus our responses.
SPECIAL SERIES: Dreamforce 2017
Nonprofits are finding that they need to be held accountable to a different standard than what was acceptable in the past. But this change could actually open up opportunities to generate more social impact faster and with more meaning, as discussed during the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
Companies can make the holiday season memorable by “giving back.” But those companies that invest in a culture of giving that doesn’t end at the holidays can strengthen their ties to the community and foster strong team dynamics.