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A Roadmap to Growing Good Jobs

A new tool offers cities tailored options for driving dynamic growth and an inclusive economy
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The U.S. economy is continuing the continuing the longest expansion in history — unemployment is at record lows and wages are creeping up, but national averages can hide a lot of variety. Local policymakers in struggling cities certainly know this, as do regional planners. In many big cities, jobs are growing, but wages are declining as low-wage occupations dominate; in others, jobs are disappearing. Even boom towns have their own set of issues, from rising housing costs to growing inequality. And then there’s the perennial worry—how long will it last? 

Reimagining Growth that Delivers for Everyone

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Over the last 75 years, we have seen more than a billion people emerge from poverty and we have witnessed the creation of a global middle class. In addition, the proliferation of digital technology over the last few decades has created new ways for people to connect to the networks they need to advance and grow. However, the benefits of this economic and digital growth, while significant, have not been equally shared by everyone.

Whole Planet Foundation Field Officer Award for Asia and the Pacific: Highlights from Vietnam

by Claire Kelly, Asia Regional Director
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At the end of 2019, Whole Planet Foundation invited all partners in the Asia/Pacific region to participate in the field officer appreciation award. After a Foundation community vote, there are five grand prize winners and twelve honorable mentions. You will notice that all three of Whole Planet Foundation’s partners in Vietnam received the top recognition!  This blog spotlights the stories from our microfinance partners in Vietnam, however these winners are recognized alongside Ms. Elisabeth Kaisamy from South Pacific Business Development Fiji and Ms.

Infographic | Whole Planet Foundation and Partners Alleviating Global Poverty Through Microcredit 2020

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Every quarter Whole Planet Foundation aggregates field metrics from our microfinance partners who are disbursing and collecting microcredit loans to low-income entrepreneurs.

University of Ottawa AI Initiative Investigates Inclusion, Regulation

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A few years ago, a video of people using an automated hand soap dispenser — an otherwise mundane daily activity — went viral. The reason it caught attention: When one person put a hand under the sensor, the soap came out right away. But when a second person did it, the dispenser didn’t work at all.

UPS Infographic | How We’re Responding to Global Megatrends

Here are the principal dynamics shaping how UPS's global logistics network evolves in the future.
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UPS’s global logistics network carries 3 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) on a daily basis. Here are the principal dynamics shaping how that network evolves in the future.

Digital Green: Providing for Those Who Provide for Others

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The following is an excerpt from Cisco’s 2019 CSR report. To find out more or read the full report, click here.

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The following is an excerpt from Cisco’s 2019 CSR report. To find out more or read the full report, click here.

Collaborating to End Modern-Day Slavery

By: Méabh Browne , UK Regional Sustainability Manager
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Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

As part of Bechtel’s commitment to contribute 100 ideas to support the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we highlight the collective efforts of Building Responsibly members to promote worker welfare standards.

8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms

8.8: Protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment

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Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

As part of Bechtel’s commitment to contribute 100 ideas to support the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we highlight the collective efforts of Building Responsibly members to promote worker welfare standards.

8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms

8.8: Protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment

Corporate Giving By The Numbers

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Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), a coalition of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies, recently released its annual survey of corporate philanthropy and employee engagement in 2018 (Giving in Numbers). This year, 250 multi-billion-dollar companies with aggregate revenues of more than $7.9 trillion participated in the survey.  

Fifth Third Bank Announces Chicago-based Decennial Group as Partner for $30 Million Investment in Opportunity Zones

Bank also commits $20 million with Fallbrook Multifamily as partner
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CHICAGO, January 29, 2020 /3BL Media/ — Fifth Third Bank, National Association, announced today that Chicago-based Decennial Group will serve as a partner to help it invest $30 million in Qualified Opportunity Zones as part of its $100 million commitment announced last Friday. The funds will be used to develop projects in low-income urban and rural communities within the Bank’s footprint. The $100 million investment by Fifth Third Bank represents one of the largest made by an institution with a social impact investment strategy in Opportunity Zones.

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