Many egg-laying hens in the U.S. spend their lives in cages only 67 square inches. That is smaller than a sheet of letter-sized paper. Battery cages are so small that hens are unable to turn around, flap their wings or engage is normal chicken behavior such as nesting, perching or dustbathing. Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay eggs in nests.
FROM THE EDITOR
“Gender Equality” Bond Issue is Oversubscribed—by 20 Times
A $400 million “gender equality bond” issued by Australia’s QBE Insurance Group turned out to be beyond popular: applications of more than $8.25 billion were received for the offering. Adding to its “wow factor,” the QBE bond is the first-ever such bond to be issued in a G3 currency—US dollars, euro, and yen. “The funds raised will be invested in bonds issued by companies that have policies of supporting workplace gender equality,” reports Reuters, including those that have signed up to the United Nations seven principles on Women's Empowerment and entities referenced in the Equileap 2017 Gender Equality Report. The outsized interest in this gender-defined bond reflects the growing attraction for ESG-driven products by mainstream investors.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Last week, over 60,000 people from 170 countries attended the Web Summit – a major annual tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The week was fiercely charged with an energy of change, where over 2,600 of the world’s leading media came to share their stories.
(3BL Media and Just Means) — This is not just another story about an organic, fair trade clothing line. Yes, Indigenous is a luxury, ethical fashion B Corp that weaves low-impact dyes, organic fibers and fair trade wages into every piece. But this is a story about a community loving another; a company seeking balance for their spirits and the spirits of all beings. I guess you could call this a love story.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Looking forward, the dynamics of today’s electricity industry look a lot like the auto industry. You have your traditional players, who have been doing this for a long time, being challenged by tech-enabled upstarts coming out of an entirely different sector, with offerings that are quite compelling. The Tesla-EV parallel cannot be denied.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Organic food is bucking downward food market trends and gaining share year over year. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales have increased dramatically in the U.S. in recent years. In 2016, it generated sales revenue of $47 billion, including $3.7 in new sales. It now accounts for more than 5 percent of total U.S. food sales.
The future of the car industry is looking electric. The benefits of increasing investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure outweigh the costs by more than three to one, a new analysis by Ceres and M.J. Bradley & Associates has found. An infrastructure investment of $17.6 billion would yield $58 billion worth of benefits by 2035.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The US has 10 cities with a population of more than 1 million. China has 116, and that number is growing fast. Many of these cities are woefully underprepared for the challenge of supporting more people as an increasing number of people move to urban settings. Policymakers around the world are now recognizing the urgent need to build sustainable cities.