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Tips to Reduce How Much Pesticide Enters the Environment

Growers face many challenges in running a vegetable operation, from managing labor to dealing with changing weather conditions. They also must consistently produce high-yielding crops that meet buyers’ strict conditions and quality standards. The presence of insects, as well as damage caused by these pests, can render a crop unmarketable. Lettuce, for example, may not

2019-04-24T07:09:10-05:00Tags: |

Diversity and Inclusion: Turning Shared Value into Shared Success

As vital as it may seem today, the idea that corporations should meet the needs of underserved communities and integrate social good into their DNA—rather than address it separately through philanthropy—is far from common. Indeed, the need to break down the walls between profit and purpose helped spark the impact investing movement. However, our company, Prudential,

Value, growth, impact: how the lean startup approach can transform social enterprise

The lean startup framework has been used to transform the field of entrepreneurship, and is now being adopted by large enterprises as well. A number of social innovators and funds are also advocating and implementing the lean startup model for the social enterprise sector. Ann Mei Chang provides a comprehensive framework and extensive case studies

The Financial Rewards of Selling to Employees

Our April issue of Oregon Business magazine featured a column by Bob Moore, the founder and president of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. Moore wrote about his decision to “give” ownership of his company to employees through an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. The column provoked readers to take Moore to task for describing his decision to

Michigan mulls lifting barrier to solar energy on farmland

As states consider the compatibility of utility-scale solar projects on farmland, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is revisiting a state policy that the industry says has acted as a barrier. Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program provides tax incentives to landowners who keep land under contract for agricultural practices for decades. In 2017, under

2019-04-24T07:20:34-05:00Tags: |

Public Tax Returns? No, Just Those of the Well-Off

Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's reluctance to make his income-tax returns public recently caused a minor fracas within the Democratic Party. Eventually, he capitulated, and the world discovered that Sanders makes about a half-million dollars a year. This revelation is unlikely to cost Sanders support among voters -- after all, Sanders’s policies would raise taxes

Employees’ money worries drain employers’ bottom line

Many employees are still struggling financially, even though the economy is better and unemployment is down. How bad is it?  Statistics show that 80% of U.S. workers are living paycheck-to-paycheck. That causes their own financial stress and creates a problem for employers as well. Whether it’s student loans, car payments, mortgage/rent payments, credit card debt,

As demand for ESG investing grows, so too does the need for high-quality data

Climate change has already begun to affect business, with extreme weather, flooding, wildfires and drought threatening company assets and supply chains. As the environment evolves, companies that improve their energy efficiency and create new products and services will survive and companies that are slow to change will struggle. The financial services community is keenly aware

The shockingly simple way to make packaging more sustainable

If you quickly scan through the products under your sink–counter spray, window cleaner, dish soap–they all have one thing in common: Water is their main ingredient. Until now, few consumers thought this was a problem. But as a growing number of people become increasingly aware of both climate change and plastic pollution, the outsize environmental impact

Evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction

Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth. The extinction 252 million years ago was so dramatic and widespread that scientists call it "the Great Dying." The catastrophe killed off more than 95 percent of life on Earth

2019-04-23T08:06:41-05:00Tags: |

Thermodynamic magic enables cooling without energy consumption

Physicists at the University of Zurich have developed an amazingly simple device that allows heat to flow temporarily from a cold to a warm object without an external power supply. Intriguingly, the process initially appears to contradict the fundamental laws of physics. If you put a teapot of boiling water on the kitchen table, it

2019-04-22T08:02:45-05:00Tags: |

Huawei’s claim of 100% employee ownership false, may be state-owned

A recent research paper examining Huawei’s ownership structure published Monday refutes the company’s claim of being wholly owned by employees and says that the identity of the actual owners is unknown, and may potentially include the Chinese government. Authored by Donald Clarke of George Washington University and Christopher Balding of Fulbright University Vietnam, the report states that

Inequality Will Eventually Hurt the Rich, Too

Income inequality is harming the economy. Most people spend whatever extra money they earn. The rich, however, are disproportionately likely to save any additional income, which means that income concentration saps consumer demand and threatens the viability of new investments—just as in the 1920s and 1930s. We used to know this. Marriner Eccles, the former

An investing strategy that doesn’t cost the earth

Protesters took to the streets of London this week, in the name of rebellion against governments' perceived lethargy in the face of climate change. Whether their strategy of bringing areas to a standstill actually achieved anything is doubtful. But for savers who want to bring about change in a more pragmatic way, investing wisely could

FPWAs Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline Report 2019

A new report by FPWA details the criminalization of poverty. The health and human services sector can disrupt the “poverty to prison pipeline” – but only by becoming aware of the key role they can play in battling poverty, according to the report. “Although the majority of health and human services providers do not currently

2019-04-22T10:51:08-05:00Tags: , |

How are we doing with the environment-related Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2015, the United Nations’ 193 member states established an agenda for the future: 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to meet by 2030. The goals encompass economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. To evaluate environmental targets, the United Nations in 2018 identified 93 indicators: statistics such as the material footprint of nations, the national

2019-04-19T08:08:17-05:00Tags: |

Community renewables – on to version 2.0?

In 2014, the government set out a strategy for a million homes to be powered by community energy schemes by 2020, according to the Community Energy Manifesto produced by a coalition of 20 community energy projects and affiliated groups. “Four years on, that vision has been abandoned with only 67,000 homes powered by community energy,”

2019-04-19T07:54:48-05:00Tags: |

Oxfam America leader talks poverty and inequality

In a talk aptly named “Inequality and the Injustice of Poverty” on Tuesday night, President and CEO of Oxfam America Abigail Maxman challenged her audience of around three dozen students and professors in Kresge Auditorium to consider the challenge that these two forces pose today. “The gap between the richest and the poorest has reached

2019-04-19T07:33:05-05:00Tags: |