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Olympic Officials Want to Clear the Air

The International Olympic Committee issued a statement yesterday and acknowledged for the first time that air pollution could affect the health and performance of athletes at this summer's Olympics in Beijing. (I wouldn't be surprised if you see more doping cases at this years Olympics to try deal with the conditions) The International Olympic Committee also stated that it would monitor air quality daily during the Games to determine whether to postpone certain outdoor events. Air-quality… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on March 18, 2008 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Peace Without Borders

Tens of thousands of people, some reports say up to 100,000, gathered at the border between Colombia and Venezuela this weekend for a free concert held to call for peace after the region's worst diplomatic crisis in decades. Colombian rock star Juanes, who organized the event, said, "We are all citizens who believe that the future of a country is not only a matter for a president, a government, but also for us...We are part of it - the movement of the citizens."

Colombia, Venezuela,… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on March 17, 2008 at 9:31am — No Comments

Bangkok Recommendations on Accessible Tourism in Asia and the Pacific from ICAT 2007

Bangkok Recommendations on Accessible Tourism in Asia and the Pacific

We, the representatives of Governments, tourism business sector and tourism-related professional organizations, accessibility experts, disabled people's organizations and other civil society organizations, met in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 -24 November 2007 at the Second International Conference on Accessible Tourism,

Appreciate the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Ministry of Social… Continue

Added by Scott Rains on March 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Story of Greed - Subprime

Here are a couple of slides what greed can do. Click on the link. (You maybe have to click again on picture to zoom depending on your browser):

The Subprime World

Added by Dan Johnson on March 10, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

PepsiCo Donates $1million to UNCF

PepsiCo committed $1 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) at the organization's 64th Anniversary Dinner in New York last week. The money provides financial support to UNCF's 39 member institutions and scholarships to students at over 900 colleges and universities across the United States.

Indra Nooyi, CEO and chairman of PepsiCo, said, "PepsiCo is a proud supporter of UNCF and has been for sixty years. We are committed to expanding opportunities to help minority students… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 10, 2008 at 5:50am — No Comments

Investors Pressure Companies on Climate Change

The Financial Times reports today that US Airways and SouthWest Airlines are both facing resolutions that call on them to report on strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, part of 54 climate change-related resolutions filed by investors this year. Other companies, such as Best Buy, RiteAid, Kroger and Standard Pacific and Centex are also being asked to give details of their efforts to assess and reduce their output of greenhouse gas.

Mindy Lubber of Ceres, a non-profit… Continue

Added by Brad Ewing on March 10, 2008 at 5:41am — 1 Comment

World of (Green) Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company's new World of Coca-Cola® building in Atlanta achieved official “green” status as an environmentally friendly building this week when it was awarded a “Gold” rating by the U.S. Green Building Council… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 7, 2008 at 4:14am — 8 Comments

SRI Assets Surge 18% from 2005-2007

According to the new edition of the Report on Socially Responsible Investing Trends in the United States, published by the nonprofit Social Investment Forum (SIF), socially responsible investment assets increased more than 18%, while all investment assets under management edged up by less than 3% from 2005 to 2007.

Social investing has enjoyed healthy growth from the $2.29 trillion documented in 2005 to $2.71 trillion in total assets under management "using one or more of the three… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 6, 2008 at 4:09am — No Comments

$100 Million for 10,000 Women

In an announcement at Columbia University yesterday, Goldman Sachs said it would invest $100 million into educational projects over the next five years for the thousands of women entrepreneurs in developing countries who may lack the formal education, management skills and financial savvy to take their business to the next level.

Goldman is teaming up with a coalition of top business schools, including Wharton, Columbia, Harvard, and Thunderbird School of Global Management is teaming… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 6, 2008 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Microfinance Banana Skins 2008

A new report sponsored by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and Citi Foundation surveys more than 300 respondents from 74 countries on the perceived risks facing the growing microfinance industry. Focusing on MFIs with more than $5m in assets which are profitable and capable of commercial, "Microfinance Banana Skins 2008," identifies the top 29 risks facing the industry, many of which appear to be linked to factors directly under MFIs' own control.…


Added by Development Crossing on March 5, 2008 at 5:55am — No Comments

How Companies Think About Climate Change

McKinsey has come out with another survey which looks at how executives think about climate change and its effect on their business and strategy going forward. Interestingly, while 60% of surveyed executives regard climate change as strategically important, and most consider it important to product development, investment planning, and brand management, more than one-third of them say their companies "seldom or never consider climate change when developing overall strategy."…


Added by Development Crossing on March 4, 2008 at 11:55am — No Comments

Cheetahs vs. Hippos in Africa

This "grab-you-by the throat speech by Ghanaian economist George Ayittey unleashes an almost breathtaking torrent of controlled anger toward Africa's corrupt leaders and the complacent populace that allows them to… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 3, 2008 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

Ethical War between Marketing Heavyweights

Advertising Age has a new article this week discussing the latest battle between Procter & Gamble Co. and Unilever, two heavyweights in the CPG industry. Unlike most "battles" between corporations, this one appears to be a little different from what we are used to. Why? Well, its basically "a race to show who's best at saving the world." The article discusses the growing importance, and money, that the two companies are placing in the area of "ethical marketing," with some real projects… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 3, 2008 at 8:54am — No Comments

Climate Change College

"Are you cool enough to keep the arctic from melting?" Ben & Jerry's partnered with the World Wildlife Fund a few years ago to form the Climate Change College, an innovative way "to inspire grass-roots practical action on climate change." From the website:

Each year one candidate per participating country wins a place on the Climate Change College to put their own creative solution on climate change into action. The prize consists of a 9 month business mentoring programme (worth… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 3, 2008 at 5:09am — 3 Comments

Chocolate is Divine

Fairtrade business Divine Chocolate Ltd., which is part-owned by Ghanaian cocoa-farmers co-operative Kuapa Kokoo, is offering a Divine 45g bar with any Fairtrade Latte, Cappucino or Americano coffee on all Virgin Trains for £2.20 during Fairtrade Fortnight. Late last year, Divine Chocolate Ltd was recognized with the Best Social Enterprise of 2007 award at the annual Enterprising Solutions Awards, organised by the Social… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 3, 2008 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Soaring Food Prices Lead to US Aid Cuts

The Washington Post reported this weekend that due to soaring food prices, the US Agency for International Development was drafting plans to cut down the number of recipient nations and the amount of food provided to them. The article states:

"USAID officials said that a 41 percent surge in prices for wheat, corn, rice and other cereals over the past six months has generated a $120 million budget shortfall that will force the agency to reduce emergency operations. That deficit is… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 3, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

No impact from Energy Saving Day

E-Day asked people to switch off electrical devices they did not need over a period of 24 hours, with the National Grid monitoring consumption.

It found that electricity usage was almost exactly what would have been expected without E-Day.

Colder weather than forecast in some regions may have led to higher use of heating, masking any small savings.

The event also received very little publicity,… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on March 1, 2008 at 12:39am — 2 Comments

Are you a Fidelity mutual fund shareholder?

If so, you will have an opportunity very soon to cast votes for genocide-free investing. Investors Against Genocide reports the following:

Legal counsel for Fidelity Investments has confirmed that shareholders of many Fidelity mutual funds will vote at their March 19 meeting on a shareholder proposal which asks the mutual fund giant to ensure that its investments are genocide-free. Thanks to a recent decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) denying Fidelity's… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on February 29, 2008 at 10:06am — No Comments

We Are Together (Official Trailer)

"Filmed over three years, We Are Together tells the remarkable and moving story of a group of children who use music to overcome hardship and loss. It is the story of an orphanage, unlike one you've ever seen before, and of the drive of these remarkable young singers and their teachers to make it to London for a series of concerts." Learn more… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on February 29, 2008 at 7:01am — No Comments

Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition Awards

More than fifty plans entered the competition originally and included for-profit enterprises ranging from crop stabilization in Africa, a sustainable cosmetics company, environmentally focused hardware stores and television stations, ventures that hired the underserved and recently released from jail, and local and international health projects. More than 10 countries were represented, and students and graduates of more than 50 universities were involved.

More than 100 reading judges… Continue

Added by Jonny H on February 27, 2008 at 6:51pm — No Comments

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