(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Cancer is a major public health problem in Sub-Saharan Africa where sadly, the majority of children who are fighting cancer die. The mortality rate here is estimated to be as high as 90 percent. This is because of an inadequate healthcare infrastructure, along with a significant lack of expert physicians and other necessary healthcare workers trained to treat children with cancer.
FROM THE EDITOR
Income Equality from an Unexpected Source
Can you identify the area of finance that assumes as a basic principle “the just, fair, and equitable distribution of income and wealth?” If you guessed Islamic finance, you’re right. What's more, global Islamic finance in predominately Muslim countries throughout Africa and Asia now represents $1.9 trillion in assets, according to ImpactAlpha. This treasury was acquired through asset-based financing of tangible assets and communal risk sharing. A new report by the World Bank and Islamic Development Bank Group describes financial institutions in these countries as an “under-tapped resource” for the $3-$5 trillion dollars needed annually to achieve the shared prosperity targeted in the UN’s 2030 SDGs. There are some lessons for Western finance in this economic model.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Many companies around the world have signed on to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But the key to success lies in integrating these goals into their business models in a way that is productive, profitable and true to their core identity. The enormous breadth of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets could be a barrier for companies looking to integrate them and make an impact beyond business as usual.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Charities that focus on veterans will benefit from a partnership struck between Teak Media + Communication and Salute American Vodka. Teak will be in charge of launching Salute in major cities across the U.S. with an aim to become the number one spirit contributor to veteran’s charities across the country. For every bottle sold, one dollar will go directly to organizations that offer programs and services aimed at veterans.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Economic Forum includes financial literacy as one of six core ‘foundational literacies’ essential for students to thrive in the 21st century economy. Supporting the next generation to manage money is not only vital in securing their future, but also the future of business and the wider economy. Improved financial confidence and knowledge among consumers and employees benefits everyone.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has recently added a healthy dose of renewable energy to their portfolio.
The company has announced the signing of a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) that will allow their client, Sun Chemical, to cut electricity costs at its Carlstadt, N.J., production facility by roughly $400,000. This extends the energy savings the company has realized through their partnership with Schneider, which runs into the millions.
This highlights the direction that the company has taken in their recent...
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – There are so many trends in the news that it is difficult for businesses to keep track of everything and know what is relevant. Yet it is critical for business and its leaders to be able to recognise the underlying trends driving change, to evaluate their significance and stay ahead of—rather than follow—them.