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150 Corporations Take Action on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace - The Minute

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Corporate executives of 150 companies have joined in an unprecedented collaboration. They are committing their companies to open discussion on the issues of ethnicity and gender in the workplace.

Investment Platform for Women, Moxie Future, Launches - The Minute

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A newly launched website is billing itself as the world’s first responsible investment platform for women. Moxie Future was started to “fill the gap in the market” for information and support for women who want to invest for good returns while doing good.

The Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Speed - The Minute

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It has taken quite a while to read and absorb all the facts in Financial Times’ comprehensive article on the energy revolution. The report, titled “The Big Green Bang: How Renewable Energy Became Unstoppable,” lays out the evidence in great detail for an accelerating shift to clean power. Its sweeping thesis is simply stated: “After years of hype and false starts, the shift to clean power has begun to accelerate at a pace that has taken the most experienced experts by surprise.”

Investment in Health Care Rises Despite AHCA Bill - The Minute

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Investors in hospital stocks and bonds don’t seem scared off by the House’s American Health Care Act. Although the AHCA could cost the health care industry billions in revenue, it appears that investors believe the bill has no chance of becoming actual law, according to a report in Modern Healthcare.

Transparency in the Financial Sector: Cloudy Days Ahead? - The Minute

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Since 2008, many rules and laws have been put in place throughout the financial sector to prevent another global economic meltdown. The trend has been to increase transparency through more—and tougher—regulation. From stress tests for banks to the Dodd-Frank bill’s provisions to control financial risk, from new rules about fiduciary duties by investment advisors to requirements for large global banks to hold more capital, the global financial system has been pointed to more open practices.

Brands Take Stands: 13 Major Corporations Urge Support for Paris Agreement - The Minute

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In the most recent example of brands taking stands, 13 major corporations have written to President Trump urging him to keep the US signed on to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The letter, organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, was signed by BP, DuPont, General Mills, Google, Intel, Microsoft, National Grid, Novartis Corporation, PG&E, Schneider Electric, Shell, Unilever and Walmart.

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.

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