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A Prescription for a Sick Healthcare System - The Minute

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Ever wonder why everyone agrees that the current US healthcare system is seriously sick, but that nobody seems to agree on the remedy? A commentary by the editorial director of Modern Healthcare, Merrill Goozner, lays out a diagnosis and the prescription for a cure in direct terms.

Renewable Energy Use and Investment Continues to Rise - The Minute

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There’s more evidence that the trend lines for renewable energy will continue to rise, despite the Trump administration’s focus on coal and other carbon fuels. The numbers tell the story. Five states now get at least 20 percent of their electricity from wind. All five are traditionally Republican: Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

US Restaurants Ranked for Sustainability in New National Survey - The Minute

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Starting this summer, restaurant-goers will be able to view the sustainability rankings of their choices through a new list organized by The Good Food 100 Restaurants project. A who’s who of noted restaurant chefs have bought into the new rating system, which measures their practices throughout the supply chain. Scores are based on self-reported annual food purchasing data from a survey completed by participating chefs and restaurants.

Energy Companies Aim for Profits Despite Rollback of Clean Power Plan - The Minute

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Clean energy companies are counting on profits, despite the Trump Administration’s recent executive order to cancel the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The principal reason is economics. Prices in the wind and solar industries have fallen so much that renewables now compete with fossil fuels.

Business Schools Innovate in Sustainability Education - The Minute

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As sustainability in its various forms becomes more integrated into business practices and strategies, business schools are adapting their programs to better prepare the sustainability professionals of the future. McGill University in Montreal is a good example.

Citigroup Uses Ethicist to Guide Corporate Decision Making - The Minute

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Following the financial meltdown of 2008, many steps have been taken to prevent a similar crisis, among them the Dodd-Frank bill and a red alert attitude at the Federal Reserve. Big bank Citigroup has come up with its own, innovative solution: a company ethicist. The position is filled by Dr. David Miller, a former banker turned theology student who is now a Princeton professor.

Business Adopts “The Many are Mighty” Model for Innovation - The Minute

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The big idea of James Surowiecki’s manifesto, The Wisdom of Crowds, is working its way into business strategy. That book explains how a diverse collection of independent individuals is more likely to make certain types of decisions—and predictions—better than individuals or experts. Its thesis has helped fuel an explosive growth in business partnerships and collaborations, in open competitions and crowdsourcing efforts.

Gender Budgeting: A New Approach to Financial Equality - The Minute

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There’s a new term for a radical but common sense approach to economic policy: gender budgeting. It’s a technique in which governments analyze fiscal policy by noting different effects on men and women, according to a recent article in The Economist.

Healthcare Organizations Address C-Suite Gender Gap - The Minute

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While the Affordable Care Act hogs the healthcare news headlines, another issue is quietly getting some attention: the industry’s C-suite gender gap. Although women hold seventy-five percent of all healthcare jobs, they are just twenty-six percent of hospital CEO positions. At Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, the numbers are equally low: women make up just twenty-one percent of executive roles and twenty-one percent of board members.

Big Food Companies Invest in Small Startups to Meet Consumer Demand - The Minute

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The change in consumer tastes toward food that is fresher, more natural, and healthier is causing big food companies to place bets on small food companies to help change their traditional product lines. Kellogg’s and General Mills are among the companies that have launched venture capital funds to invest in startups that are contributing new products, recipe ideas, and marketing innovations to their ranges. Campbell Soup and Tyson Foods have dedicated $125 million and $150 million, respectively, to their in-house venture funds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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