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Take more control of personal finances with a reality check

Trying to make ends meet, dealing with credit card and student loan debt and paying unexpected bills while saving for retirement can be challenging regardless of where you are in life. It’s not surprising that personal finances are employees’ number one source of stress, according to MetLife’s 17th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study. Luckily,

Employees Now Own AMS Retail Solutions

It's not every day that you walk into work and the company President announces, "You now own the company!" However, that's what happened at AMS Retail Solutions (AMS) in Mooresville, NC, to kick off the company's 20th Anniversary year. The nearly 500-person retail merchandising consulting firm works with large, global brands across all 50 states and Canada. Today, AMS rolled

Consumers Do Buy Sustainable Products

For years, brand managers have groused that while consumers say they intend to buy sustainable products, in store they don’t actually purchase them. This conventional wisdom has been used by many brands as justification for not making their products more sustainable. NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business just completed extensive research into U.S. consumers’ actual

2019-06-25T06:33:58-05:00Tags: |

Global Impact Investments Show Healthy Growth: Study

The impact investing market continues to grow and mature, according to the Global Impact Investing Network’s ninth annual investor study. The 266 investors that participated in the study collectively manage $239 billion in impact investing assets, which they allocate across geographies, sectors and instruments. GIIN said this figure represents nearly half the total impact investing market as measured

Why ESG Investing Is Here to Stay

There’s bad news and good news about sustainable and impact investing in the U.S., says Andrew Lee of UBS. The bad: Adoption is slow, with just 12% of U.S. investors owning sustainable investments. The good is that sharp growth may lie ahead. UBS expects adoption to increase by 58% within five years. Sitting down with

In Hong Kong, the man with a novel solution to its housing, poverty issues

HONG KONG: He was visiting the homes of the underprivileged when he met a mother and son living in a unit in a building waiting to be redeveloped. “The son was doing his homework, and I noticed that behind him, water was dripping. It had a foul smell, like sewage … The mother was mopping

Four Things You Should Know About Sustainable Cooling

Asia is home to five of the top nine countries with the biggest populations facing significant cooling-related risks: India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia. This year’s Innovate4climate (I4C) will have a priority focus on how to deliver sustainable cooling to keep people, food and medicines safe. First, cooling is vital for both health and prosperity

2019-06-24T07:31:05-05:00Tags: |

More than half of the world’s poor are children

As global leaders prepare to discuss progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at the U.N. High Level Policy Forum (HLPF) in early July, the holy grail of the agenda—eradicating extreme poverty—may well seem elusive and complex. On the one hand, there is much to celebrate: Since 2016, according to the World Poverty Clock, the ranks of Earth’s

5 ways to fight wealth inequality, according to economists

The rise of income inequality and the struggles of so many families to get ahead have shaken American politics across the spectrum. President Donald Trump invokes the plight of “the forgotten people.” Liberals call for massive new government programs. Wall Street titan Jamie Dimon proposes “a Marshall Plan for America.” Ideological conservatives warn of a

Persistent poverty endangers health in 20% of UK children

A recent study shows that one in five children in the UK have a higher risk of developing adolescent mental health disorders or physical illness because of persistent poverty. This alarming scenario comes from a new paper published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. In 2016-17, about 4.1 million children, or 30%, in the

2019-06-23T07:57:32-05:00Tags: |

Lifting Haiti’s Poor One Nutritional Shaved Iced Cone at a Time

The World Poverty Clock records more than 597 million of the world’s population living in extreme poverty. The UN’s top Sustainable Development Goal, SDG1 is “Ending Extreme Poverty”. And one social enterprise is shifting the paradigm of poverty reduction, offering the poor a self-help business model. The Portsmouth, NH based nonprofit organization Social Ventures Foundation

2019-06-23T07:49:01-05:00Tags: |

Fostering Economic Resilience Through Financial Inclusion

Checking your bank account should feel like part of a daily routine, but unfortunately for many Americans — and billions globally — this is far from reality. Basic banking products and services to facilitate daily life remain unavailable to millions in the U.S., thanks in large part to how traditional banks have continued to misunderstand

Growing Universe of Impact Investors Satisfied With Results

The Global Impact Investing Network’s ninth survey of impact investors finds most are achieving their goals for positive social and environmental impact as well as for financial returns. The annual snapshot of the market reveals an industry that’s growing steadily and is increasingly diversifying, in terms of the types of investors as well as the

America’s Renewable Energy Capacity Greater Than Coal

Despite how the United States has endured ongoing political tensions in the face of climate change, this exciting new report says that the nation is actually becoming greener than ever. According to an analysis by the conservational group SUN DAY Campaign, newly-added electrical generating capacity from renewable energy sources – such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower,

2019-06-21T06:56:50-05:00Tags: |

Bernie Sanders Wants Companies to Give Employees Ownership

Bernie Sanders, one of the leading Democratic candidates for the presidency in 2020, recently revived his push to give American workers more ownership of the businesses they work for. The Vermont senator told the Washington Postlate last month that businesses should be required to put some of their stocks into employee-controlled funds, so workers get dividends. Two other

People, planet and profits: Impact investing exceeds $500bn

In a world where the dual scourges of immense poverty and global warming often overwhelm even the most optimistic people, investors of a new breed are stepping into the breach and staking hundreds of billions of dollars on solving the massive problems facing humankind. But this path to positive impacts isn't just about doing good. It's also about making

5 Examples of Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Today, social entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in size, scope and support. An unprecedented number of organizations are using entrepreneurship as a strategy to address social problems like poverty, at-risk youth and hunger. Social entrepreneurs are developing creative and innovative organizations that give people the tools, education and resources to become an entrepreneur. As entrepreneurs, they