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Social inequality more impactful on well-being than income inequality

Boston Consulting Group’s Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) suggests that the correlation between well-being and social equality is stronger than that between income equality and well-being. Likewise, those individuals in countries with high levels of social equality tend to be happier than those without. SEDA makes an objective measurement of well-being by examining and analyzing

How to feed the world without destroying the planet

Ensuring healthy diets for an expected global population of nearly 10 billion people in 2050, while at the same time improving the world those people live in, will require sweeping changes to farming and how we produce food, according to a new report. “There is a pathway to achieve this but the challenge is even bigger than

20 overlooked benefits of distributed solar energy

A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy -- from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. The paper offers a new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits. The study, published in Nature Sustainability, was conducted by researchers from the

2019-07-19T09:38:48-05:00Tags: |

9 Things Beginner Investors Should Know About Impact Investing

All investing has an impact. Impact investing, or the pursuit of making tangible positive change through your investments, has become a hot topic in the investment world. What you may not realize is that whether or not you’re consciously investing for change, your investments are making an impact, says Megan Schleck, CEO of the investment

The Key to Achieving Environmental Sustainability Goals

Companies increasingly believe that addressing environmental sustainability is a strategic and integral business imperative. This is evidenced most recently by the volume of companies with Earth Day announcements including going carbon net neutral or eliminating plastic packaging. Yet, only four percent of companies are successful in achieving their environmental sustainability goals, according to Bain &

2019-07-19T09:28:54-05:00Tags: |

33% of Americans Are Making a Major Money Mistake

Retirement is a period of life that’s apt to cost money. It may not cost quite as much money as your working years, but seniors still have bills to pay. And they need money to pay them. Unfortunately, 33% of Americans are making no effort to build a nest egg for retirement, according to KeyBank’s

Dietary supplements don’t improve heart health or put off death

In a massive new analysis of findings from 277 clinical trials using 24 different interventions, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that almost all vitamin, mineral and other nutrient supplements or diets cannot be linked to longer life or protection from heart disease. Although they found that most of the supplements or diets

2019-07-18T09:47:41-05:00Tags: |

Socially responsible investing: is it a thing in 2019?

With a large variety of investment opportunities available, it can be quite difficult to decide where to invest your money. There are many aspects to consider, including the return, dividends, risk, inflation, taxes and diversification. However, there are some investors who purposely choose to make it even more complicated. Today, people are becoming more conscious

What’s your sustainability moonshot?

There’s a story about the 1969 Apollo moon landing that I haven’t been able to confirm. It may well be apocryphal. But it’s a good story, nonetheless. The story as I heard it took place soon after President John F. Kennedy gave that historic speech in May 1961, four months into his presidency, committing the United States

The Exploitation Time Bomb

Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality—posing a threat not only to economic growth, but also to democracy. Since reducing inequality became an official goal of

Staff stock options plan can help bridge the wealth gap

Remember when they said that a rising tide lifts all boats? Well, that wasn’t entirely true. Africa had some of the fastest growing economies in the world posting an average of 5.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) growth between 2000 and 2010, adding about Sh7.5 trillion annually to GDP. McKinsey Global Institute even described

La Crosse commits to 100 percent clean, renewable energy

La Crosse is the fifth city in Wisconsin to adopt the goal to move away from fossil fuels. Today, Mayor Tim Kabat joined local leaders in announcing the City of La Crosse’s goal to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. On July 11, the La Crosse City Council unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal

2019-07-17T05:39:35-05:00Tags: |

Making sustainable medical devices: five top tips

The need for sustainable manufacturing practices is more pressing than ever and medical devices are no exception. Medical Technology caught up with thought leaders from across the industry to pull together five top tips for manufacturers. According to the UK Government, plastic waste in the oceans is set to treble within the next decade. Everyday

2019-07-17T09:31:01-05:00Tags: |

Safe, cheap and sustainable: Clean water technology for Africa

Mozambique is one of 16 sub-Saharan countries belonging to the Southern Africa Development Community. Around 40% of the community's population has no access to safe water - that's around 130 million people. The small town of Ressano Garcia, near the border with South Africa, illustrates the gravity and urgency of the situation. "Right now, 14,000

2019-07-16T05:15:34-05:00Tags: |

Study says: Trees ‘most effective solution’ for climate change

According to a newly published study in the journal Science, planting billions, if not trillions of trees globally could be the single most effective way to fight climate change. The proven ability of trees to capture and absorb carbon dioxide has made them a valuable and relatively cheap tool in the fight against climate change. According

Artificial Intelligence: Charting a new course for financial wellness

The past few years have been a race for relevance for wealth managers, with the financial services sector undergoing massive changes. Customer expectations, regulatory developments and the increasing impact of technologies are driving a paradigm shift in the market. Therefore wealth management organizations are assessing their growth strategies and identifying ways to capitalize through new

Why Social Impact is a C-Suite Issue

Solving the most pressing issues of our time has a colossal price tag. Today, the global impact investing market has reached $502 billion – which is excellent – but that’s nowhere near the $5 to $7 trillion that’s needed to achieve the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals over the coming decade. Whether it’s feeding the 821 million undernourished

How To Perform A Mid-Year Financial Wellness Check-In

Moving the financial knowledge needle in a positive direction can be a difference maker as you work to build your financial wellness foundation, but real change requires more than just knowing what to do with your money. You have to be ready to take action to improve your overall financial well-being and have the confidence