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1 year 9 months ago

Guest blog by Brigg Patten

Social responsibility is a set of ethical ground rules that an organization or individual has an obligation to the community or society at large. It stipulates a duty for every individual to perform so it maintains a balance between the ecosystems and economy. It focuses on the idea that companies should not be focused only on profit, but developing a positive relationship to the society which they operate out of. Generally, green companies have made social responsibility an integral part of their operations.

Some investors use a company’s social...


1 year 9 months ago


Guest blog by Tane Clark

Energy efficiency is defined as ‘’using less energy to provide the same service." In 2016, energy efficiency is a primary concern for many countries. With diminishing fossil fuel resources and rapid population growth, there are several reasons why countries all over the globe are looking to improve their energy efficiency. Not only is energy efficiency important for environmental matters – it is also linked with economic competitiveness. By many measures, an economy’s level of efficiency is a significant indicator of its proclivity to modernise.There are countless ways that companies can...


1 year 10 months ago

 

Blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets Media

Since the crises of 2008, the global financial system has shaken many societies, causing job losses, homelessness, sluggish economies, overhangs of unrepayable debt with central banks trying stimulative exercises to substitute for failing fiscal policies and political will.  Financial markets retreated into risk-averse, short-termism while needed long-term investments in infrastructure maintenance and redevelopment stalled.  Meanwhile, risks in the real world proliferated: water shortages, severe weather events and...


1 year 10 months ago

Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed that "There is incredible opportunity for highly skilled jobs in agriculture." He was referring to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University, which showed significant demand for recent college graduates with agriculture-related degrees. Specifically, the report estimates there are 57,900 openings in the U.S. annually in related fields — food, agriculture, natural resources and environment — but only 35,400 qualified U.S. graduates annually. That's 22,500 unfilled roles annually. ...


1 year 10 months ago

Blog by Kendyl Salcito, NomoGaia

Sugar. It’s such a labor-intensive crop that it drove the slave industry in the Caribbean for decades. Even in the two centuries since then, sugar has been at the center of allegations of forced labor, child labor and deadly working conditions.

Belize is home to perhaps the world’s most ethical sugar supply chain. It is nearly 100% certified by Fairtrade, from seed planting through sugar refinement — and on to rum production and ice cream churning.

Belize’s sugar industry is not without its issues, but the labor...


1 year 10 months ago

Guest blog by Claudia Quiroz, Quilter Cheviot/Old Mutual

Population growth is driving higher water demand, while changing weather patterns are decreasing the supply of fresh water across the world. These issues are causing utilities and regulators to consider numerous solutions, including new infrastructure (reservoirs, water pipelines and desalination), and new operating models in order to improve water efficiency.

According to the United Nations, the world population is set to increase to 9.6 billion people by 2050, and the demand for fresh water is expected to...


1 year 11 months ago

Guest blog by Brigg Patten

Almost by definition, farmland tends to be away from the city and thus far from the infrastructure of the urban environment. Thus, alternative power sources are incredibly important for farms all over the world (as well as off-grid communities). Solar plays a big role today, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Here are some ways solar energy is impacting micro farming:

1. Power Production and Income Generation...


1 year 11 months ago

Guest Blog by Maeve Miccio, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Global CSR policies will create new challenges and opportunities for internal collaboration

Companies worldwide will have to navigate through new CSR requirements. In India, for instance, the India Companies Act, a legislation passed into law in 2013, mandates that companies of a certain size donate 2 percent of their net profits generated by the Indian entity to social impact initiatives. While this has created an opportunity to increase the scope of companies’ existing programs, it has...


2 years 18 hours ago

Guest blog by Mac Marshall, Monsanto

I’ve been back in the office for a few weeks now, but I’m still – for lack of a better phrase – basking in the glow of my Net Impact experience.

When I left for the conference in Seattle, I knew Net Impact is a marquee event where big ideas are discussed and where bold solutions are proposed. But nothing could have prepared me for the experience of being there in person.

Each day I go to work at Monsanto, we’re trying to solve...


2 years 1 week ago

Guest blog by Brendan Bechtel

America must renew its infrastructure to avoid economic decline. As Americans, we know that our basic infrastructure badly fails to meet the demands of the 21st century as we daily encounter crumbling bridges, pot-holed highways, outdated airports and other critical public facilities across the country. Indeed, The American Society of Civil Engineers grades U.S. infrastructure a D+. As recently announced, a highway bill is making some progress on Capitol Hill — and it’s a good start, yet a great deal more urgency is needed.

When I was working...


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