(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who volunteer about the emotional benefits of doing charity. Now, new research confirms it. A joint study by health insurance UnitedHealthCare and online volunteer engagement network VolunteerMatch shows that employee volunteerism does have positive effects on the health and wellbeing of the people who participate.
FROM THE EDITOR
Market Boom for New Building Energy Management Systems
Residential and commercial buildings account for 39% of total US energy consumption and 38% of CO2 emissions. It makes sense that companies would buy in to new energy management systems to reduce use and emissions, reports Energy Management Today. Building energy management systems (BEMS) integrate software, hardware, ICT technologies and services to help monitor, control, and automate building functions, resulting in effective energy efficiency management. A new report from Global Market Insights projects that the global building energy management systems market will grow to more than $6 billion in the next six years. Notable BEMS players include Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, IBM, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Toshiba. Once again, business finds opportunity in innovation.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Although climate change poses serious economic risks, many investors lack clear information about which companies are most exposed to the risks and which are best prepared to counter them. According to Michael Bloomberg, without risk disclosure, it is difficult to correctly price the financial impacts of climate change.
Interview with Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, Bamboo Capital Partners
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Pet guardians often would love to bring their pets to work. Some companies already allow staff to work with their furry friend, with great results in terms of social interactions and well-being. One of the biggest supporters of workplace pet-friendly policies is Purina, which has launched a campaign to encourage other businesses to allow their staff to bring their furry friend along to work
(3BL Media/JustMeans) The Central Valley is California’s heartland, a 400- mile long place full of farmland. It has some of the fastest growing cities within our most populous state, and two of them, Stockton and Sacramento, are vulnerable to major flood events.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Marketing has gone through some major changes in recent years, driven by consumer expectations about how businesses should behave. It’s no longer about getting people to like your products, it’s about getting them to love your entire company. The days of brand image where you could say one thing and do another are over. The job for companies now is to build brands that people can really believe in and want.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) traditionally play divergent roles in an economy. While the primary goal of companies is to maximize shareholder wealth, NGOs are driven by the goals of social benefit. But over the last two decades, companies and NGOs have been able to find increasingly common ground as social benefit becomes integral to a sustainable business strategy.