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Consumers Energy Helps 10,000 Small Businesses Through Program that Rewards Energy Efficiency

Grand Rapids Ministry Helps Reach Milestone; Businesses Save $21M Annually
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JACKSON, Mich., September 20, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Consumers Energy has helped 10,000 small businesses across Michigan lower their costs through an eight-year-old program that rewards them financially for taking steps to use less energy.

Perseverence Pays Off in Huehuetenango

Meet Microentrepreneurs in the Highlands of Guatemala
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Hiball Energy, IZZE, Naked Juice, Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, Reserveage, Seventh Generation, and Surya Brasil met in Guatemala to witness microcredit in action.  Together these companies have contributed $1.9 million to Whole Planet Foundation in support of impoverished entrepreneurs like the women pictured here in Huehuetenango.  

For First Time, 10,000 Ghana Cocoa Farmers Able to Receive Premium Payments by Mobile Phone

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  • Payment of 2 million Ghana Cedis (GHS) is made to 10,000 Ghana cocoa farmers via mobile phone
  • Licensed Buying Company (LBC) makes first premium payment since it was established
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  • Payment of 2 million Ghana Cedis (GHS) is made to 10,000 Ghana cocoa farmers via mobile phone
  • Licensed Buying Company (LBC) makes first premium payment since it was established

Resiliency is Preparedness

Collaboration between cities and the private sector can prepare us for physical, social and economic challenges.
Blog

Scott Tew | Ingersoll Rand 

2 New Rules of the Sustainability Game

Here's how supply and demand are two sides of the same coin.
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Last month, BSR brought together a group of luxury brands at Paris’ Salon du Luxe conference to talk about the new rules of the game when it comes to desirability, sustainability and luxury.

In the past several years, the growth of the luxury industry has slowed, and aspirational brands such as Michael Kors and the Hoxton Hotels have disrupted the sector with different interpretations of “luxury” products and services, which offer more open and experiential approaches or less expensive products.

Aflac Japan

Watch video to hear from Aflac's June H. - Senior Vice President, Financial Services; Chief Accounting Officer
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Working with teams based in Aflac U.S. and Aflac Japan, June Howard utilizes her role to empower and inspire women in the workplace. In this section, we’ll reveal the strides Aflac Japan has made in promoting diversity within their workforce ranks, furthering conversations about ethical business and making a difference in the community.

Virtual 10K Aims to Help Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

Charity arm of Whole Foods is staging the race August 3-7.
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The 10K is hosted by Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit established by Whole Foods Market. The foundation pledges to give 100 percent of registration fees to “fund microcredit loans to lift entrepreneurs and their families out of poverty in 69 countries.” Many of the entrepreneurs are women in developing countries. Here’s a great infographic that highlights the work of the foundation.

Creating the Conditions for Inclusive Markets

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Inclusive markets not only are possible, but can be made more possible. Find out how in new FSG report.

How do we get to shared prosperity?
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Inclusive markets not only are possible, but can be made more possible. Find out how in new FSG report.

How Financial Institutions and Fintechs Are Partnering for Inclusion

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This report—produced in partnership with the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI)—examines how partnerships between mainstream financial institutions (e.g., banks, insurers, and payment companies) and fintechs are addressing financial inclusion challenges and expanding access to the formal financial economy for underserved segments of the global population, particularly in emerging markets. It incorporates insights from 24 in-depth interviews with people at the frontlines of this innovation and highlights 14 partnerships focused on financial inclusion.

nuun hydration Runs with Whole Planet Foundation to Fund Microcredit Loans for the World’s Poor

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Whole Planet Foundation welcomes nuun hydration as a new member of the $10,000 Fund and as a sponsor of this year’s Virtual 10K Run, which aims to raise funds for microlending projects in 69 countries. “Our mission at nuun is simple in that ‘we inspire everyone to move more,’” says Kevin Rutherford, CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) at nuun hydration.

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