(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the past two decades, there has been a lot of talk about the transformative power of technology in society, yet little attention has been paid to an emerging digital gap.
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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News & Blogs
There’s a lot we don’t know about what EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is up to these days, as he recently spent $25,000 of taxpayer money to have a “cone of silence” placed around his desk. We don’t know exactly what he’s saying, but it’s not hard to guess. Especially since a freedom of information request revealed who he is whispering to--fossil fuel executives, on a regular basis.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Wireless social tech wizards have a new chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes from the Vodafone Americas Foundation. The organization recently announced the 10th edition of its annual Wireless Innovation Project (WIP) in the context of SOCAP17 in San Francisco.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) In the US right now, less than 25 percent of schools teach computer science-related courses. Yet in less than five years, there will be one million more jobs requiring computer science skills.