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How Ecopreneurs Alleviate Poverty in Africa

Ecopreneurship is on the rise in Africa, creating local solutions to alleviate poverty and various environmental problems ailing the different countries on the continent. An “ecopreneur” is exactly what it sounds like, an entrepreneur whose business focuses on creating or selling sustainable goods or services. For those stuck in poverty, ecopreneurship could be the empowering

2019-06-19T03:40:19-05:00Tags: |

Investing with a Conscience: The Rise of ESG and What Really Matters to Investors

Socially responsible investing has really blossomed in the past few years. What used to be viewed as a niche investment philosophy is now firmly planted in the mainstream, with everyday consumers using their dollars to support companies that align with their personal values around sustainability and social progressiveness. But beyond the day-to-day choices, like what

We bought the company! Vermont takes leading role in employee-owned businesses

Jason Patnaude calls it the worst day of his life. Patnaude, 54, attended vocational school in Essex after graduating high school, leaving early to install Megabucks machines. Two and a half years later, he was let go when the machines became obsolete. "My daughter was three months old, we built a house, and bought a

80% of workers plagued by money problems, report finds

Dive Brief: Money is a major pain point for 80% of workers, according to a report commissioned by Ceridian, a global human capital management (HCM) firm. The first Pay Experience Report found that North American workers regularly face financial issues that hit hard at work and home. The poll of 1,891 full-time and part-time employees and contract

11 Million People Now Have Jobs In Renewable Energy

Eleven million people around the world were employed by the renewable energy sector in 2018, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports in the sixth edition of their Renewable Energy and Jobs series. This represents an increase of 700,000 jobs from 2017, growing nearly 7% in just one year. The greatest growth came from countries like Malaysia,

Does Medicine Really Expire?

Ever since 1979, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required that pharmaceutical companies put expiration dates on prescription and over-the-counter medicines. That doesn't mean your bottle of ibuprofen will go bad in the same way as, say, an expired carton of milk. The date that you see printed on a pill bottle is

2019-06-18T02:51:48-05:00Tags: |

Economic inequality: What’s new?

"I’m a capitalist, and even I think capitalism is broken,” said Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater, one of the largest private investment funds in the world. According to Forbes, Dalio ranks 60th on the list of richest people on the planet. “I believe that all good things taken to an extreme become self-destructive and that everything

Prescription for Poverty

New Oxfam research shows that four pharmaceutical corporations—Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & CO (MSD), and Pfizer—systematically stash their profits in overseas tax havens. They appear to deprive developing countries of more than $100 million every year—money that is urgently needed to meet the health needs of people in these countries—while vastly overcharging for their

2019-06-16T14:52:07-05:00Tags: |

7 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Financial Literacy

Managing your personal finances and understanding the concepts is critical if you want to maintain your financial well-being, so holes in your knowledge can come with serious consequences. Luckily, there are plenty of free online courses that can help you improve your financial literacy. Here are seven free online courses that everyone should consider taking. 1. Personal Finance

Off-Grid Solar Energy Use Is About to Explode

Off-grid solar energy is about to experience a rapid rise in employment as isolated communities rush to get connected, a new report Thursday revealed. The technology enables power generation without traditional infrastructure, a benefit that could fuel the drive toward near-universal electricity access. The renewable energy industry employed 11 million people globally in 2018, around

2019-06-16T14:48:29-05:00Tags: |

Meet the ocean cleanup company that’s removed 4.7 million pounds of trash

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans this week to eliminate single-use plastics nationwide as early as 2021, the latest move in a global effort to curb plastic pollution. While lawmakers are taking action on land, two surfers from Florida are fighting the battle on the water: Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze, who founded the ocean

Better Schools Won’t Fix America

Long ago, I was captivated by a seductively intuitive idea, one many of my wealthy friends still subscribe to: that both poverty and rising inequality are largely consequences of America’s failing education system. Fix that, I believed, and we could cure much of what ails America. This belief system, which I have come to think

Let’s stop the argument that financial education doesn’t work

About this time each year, I expect the predictable articles proclaiming that personal finance education doesn’t work. Pundits point to poor proficiency in financial literacy “tests,” and programs that show minimal change in consumer’s behaviors to support their position. They assert this education is useless, ineffective and a waste of time, and we should stop spending

Blue-collar capitalists

IDA TARBELL, the huge muckraker of the early twentieth century, not simplest wielded her pen against Standard Oil. She also feeble it to advocate for better versions of capitalism. In “Recent Ideals in Enterprise”, a e book from 1916, she explained how William Cooper Procter, a pioneering Episcopalian, launched profit sharing in 1887 and come

11% of English households ‘were still in fuel poverty

In 2017, 10.9% of households were still living in fuel poverty. A new statistical release from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shows despite the proportion of households in England struggling or unable to pay their bills having decreased by an estimated 0.2% since 2016, more than 2.5 million households were still

2019-06-14T07:08:24-05:00Tags: |

Morgan Stanley Study: Financial Wellness Reduces Employee Stress

Morgan Stanley at Work today released an employee financial wellness study conducted by the Financial Health Network on behalf of the organization. The study finds that financial wellness is an opportunity for employers to reduce employee stress, improve retention and engagement and set themselves apart in the marketplace. A survey of 1,000 full-time employees of

ESOPs rising: Employee ownership gaining traction

When people think of employee-owned businesses, large companies such as grocery chain WinCo — with scores of locations across the western U.S. — spring to mind, said Poncho Baker, the new CEO of Ritchie Trucking in Fresno. But for owners who want to see their business and life’s work continue, and for workers looking for

Generation of learners on inclusive green economy

As population numbers continue to grow and material resource use rises to unprecedented levels, the limits of today’s dominant model of economic growth have become increasingly apparent: extraction of material resources, including biomass, fossil fuels and non-metallic minerals has tripled since 1970, reaching an approximate 90 billion tonnes in 2019. A comprehensive overview of alternative

2019-06-13T14:57:13-05:00Tags: |