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UK using mining heritage to secure sustainable development in Africa

On the 6 February 2019, visitors to the biggest mining conference in Africa, Mining Indaba, were invited to an industry dialogue between important figures in mining, agriculture, finance and government. This panel discussion, hosted by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) aimed to: •  forge a holistic, responsible approach to mining •  delivering mutual

2019-02-16T16:06:28+00:00Tags: |

How gender lens investing is becoming a roaring business trend

When Prince Charles announced a $100 million fund with the aim of reaching thousands of women and girls in South Asia to provide them support in the form of education and professional opportunities in the next five years, the British Asian Trust (BAT) was tasked with playing the role of the investment banker for the

In Business for Ourselves

William Flynn started Franklin Street marketing 32 years ago and had a number of partners over the years. In 2015, when he started thinking about retiring, he transitioned the firm to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) where, instead of selling to a new buyer or closing shop, he turned the firm into an employee-owned business. “This

New molecules reverse memory loss linked to depression, aging

New therapeutic molecules developed at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging. These molecules not only rapidly improve symptoms, but remarkably, also appear to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss in preclinical models. "Currently there are no medications to treat

2019-02-16T16:15:18+00:00Tags: |

6 Social Good Companies Changing the World In Innovative Ways

There are science-backed reasons to get involved in efforts we’re passionate about — research has found that helping others through generosity can make us happier and more financially successful. Businesses, too, can reap those benefits through social entrepreneurship, setting out to change the world through innovative thinking. These six social good companies are prioritizing the well-being of people

Paying for success: The story of how Utah became a leader in social impact investing

A Utah preschool program that has helped hundreds of severely at-risk 4-year-olds avoid costly special education programs is making waves across the country. And it didn’t cost taxpayers a penny to pilot the program. The Utah High Quality Preschool Program, which launched in 2013, uses a new model called “pay for success” in which private

How small farmers could be leading the way towards sustainable agriculture

Agriculture is a leading cause of climate change, but it is also undeniably affected by it. Farming must therefore change in order to keep up with global demands, while reducing its environmental impact. Without these necessary changes, it’s estimated that by 2030, the impacts of climate change will be even worse, causing yields to decline

2019-02-14T08:31:09+00:00Tags: |

Artificial leaves convert carbon with 10x efficiency of nature

Artificial leaves mimic photosynthesis -- the process whereby plants use water and carbon dioxide from the air to produce carbohydrates using energy from the sun. But even state-of-the-art artificial leaves, which hold promise in reducing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, only work in the laboratory because they use pure, pressurized carbon dioxide from tanks. But

2019-02-14T08:25:15+00:00Tags: |

On Why 100 Million Americans Are Financially Stressed And Will Likely Stay That Way

In January 2016 I founded a tech start-up help Americans make better financial decisions. I’ve since learned that most people are stressed out because they save little, have enormous debt, don’t know where their money goes and feel they’re not on track to meeting their long-term goals. I also found that the reasons for this are so

This Supermarket Is the Largest Employee-Owned Company in the World

Think about stock options and chances are, you picture the founders of successful startups whose shares are worth hundreds of millions on paper. As it turns out, the largest employee-owned company in the world is far from Silicon Valley. It’s Publix, a chain of more than 1,200 supermarkets based in the Southeast. The private company, which is based

Collaboration sparks sustainable electronics manufacturing breakthrough

Simon Fraser University and Swiss researchers are developing an eco-friendly, 3D printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors that can be used and disposed of without contaminating the environment. Their research has been published as the cover story in the February issue of the journal Advanced Electronic Materials. Additionally, 3D printing can give flexibility to add or embed functions onto

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Reducing risk, extra returns, and being nice with it. That’s ESG

FOLLOWING last week’s column on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, what are the issues to look out for when screening for the best returns and best funds to choose? In the ‘beginning’, we had ethical funds, sustainable funds and socially responsible funds. Now we have the term ESG. Ethical funds avoided anything that did

Financial Wellness Programs Take Center Stage with Employers

Five years ago, employers were just starting to provide workers with financial benefits beyond their retirement plan, but now financial wellness appears to be firmly entrenched in the benefits space, according to a recent report. Nearly two-thirds of employers say they are very likely to take steps in 2019 to create or focus on the

ACCEND Construction launches in Chicago

ACCEND Construction LLC has opened its doors for business in Chicago. The general contracting firm is led by Andy MacGregor, president, an industry veteran who has headed some of Chicago’s largest projects in this space. The company will use an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), making it one of the few general contractors to offer every

On Philanthropy: Understanding the “why” of impact investing

Impact investing is the rapidly expanding approach to financial markets that seeks to do well and to do good. It attempts to generate positive financial and social returns. Sustainable, responsible and impact-investing assets now account for $12 trillion of the $46.6 trillion in total assets under professional management in the United States. This is one of every four

Here’s How Much America’s Rising Income Inequality Is Costing Social Security

Just a few weeks into the 116th Congress, Democrats’ takeover of the House of Representatives has already exposed the huge gulf between what American voters want and what the previous House leadership and the Trump administration have thrust upon them in recent years. Congressional Democrats’ bold agenda—such as higher taxes on the rich, universal health care, and expanding Social Security—has

From the big stage to the political arena: It’s time for employee ownership to get its closeup

Liberalism is ascendant, at least in the Democratic Party. New Gallup polling just out shows that for the first time, more than half of Democrats identify as “liberal” as opposed to “moderate” or “conservative.” The left’s newly minted hero Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is becoming the right’s new favorite foil. Her Green New Deal and amplification of

MIT’s New Policy Suggestions to Make Cures Accessible and Sustainable

Today, the MIT-based Financing and Reimbursement of Cures in the US (FoCUS) consortium released a series of large-scale policy and practice recommendations for financing new and upcoming curative and durable treatments to ensure broad patient access and healthcare system sustainability. The recommendations were released at a FoCUS-hosted conference at the National Press Club. The conference

2019-02-13T07:26:12+00:00Tags: |

100% Renewable Energy Across Europe Is More Cost-Effective

No pun intended here, but in this climate of scientific denial, it’s time to listen to independent research again! Energy Watch Group and LUT University combined their resources to work on a new research that proves the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The study has simulated a full energy transition

2019-02-13T07:12:53+00:00Tags: |