The growth of Swasth India, a provider of affordable healthcare services to low-oncome households in the slums of Mumbain demonstrates the potential of social enterprise.
Sundeep Kapilla and Ankur Pegu established Swasth in 2008 to fill the gap in primary and preventive health services left by the government. In Mumbai alone, 32 million people a year fall below the poverty line due to the cost of their…
Your employees want to perform community service; they really, really do…but amidst their busy schedules they just can’t seem to find the time.
So how about making volunteering easier than ever by offering virtual volunteer opportunities? It's just one more tool that savvy companies are using to sharpen their employee…Continue
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On February 14 2013, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank and the largest development institution focused on the private sector, issued a $1 billion 3 year green bond. The triple-A-rated green bond has an interest rate set at 3 year US treasuries, which averaged 0.40% from January 1 to February 22 2013, plus 0.015%. IFC will use the bond to finance renewable energy, energy efficiency and projects which reduce GHG emissions in other ways, such as sustainable…Continue
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NEW YORK CITY, January 23, 2013. Pro bono pioneer, the Taproot Foundation, today announced the launch of its new program platform that will serve as a one-stop shop for nonprofits and businesses engaged in the pro bono marketplace, already valued at $15 billion. The Taproot Foundation looks to expand the market by increasing accessibility and professionalization of pro bono services.
Research conducted by FTI Consulting and the Taproot Foundation in 2011 indicated that the use of and…Continue
Corporate sustainability leadership positions are becoming more frequent, but as the profession is still in its youth, career paths within the field are unclear to most practitioners. This report, written by Verdantix in partnership with GACSO (Global Association of Corporate…Continue
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Most people are pushing to grow their businesses. Social media is a great example where it seems everyone and their dog is pushing for people to buy their products/services.
Pulling is simpler and more attractive. And nothing pulls like purpose particularly if you are pulling in a clearly defined niche or niches.
A lot of people still think that profit is the reason for being in business. In the 21st century having profit as the reason for the existence of your…
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ROHAMU FARM ENTERPRISES (RFE)
Approximately three billion people live in rural areas of developing countries of which 2.5 billion are involved in agriculture as farmers and at least 1.5 billion live and work on small family run farms. Therefore, small holder and family farming is the overwhelmingly dominant mode of agricultural and pastoral production throughout the major developing regions of the world notably Africa.
In Uganda, there many rural places where people live in…Continue
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The World Economic Forum (WEF) – an independent international organisation - confirmed that rising greenhouse gas emissions remain as one of the three biggest threats to global stability in 2013. The recently published annual WEF Global Risks Report 2013 raised the profile of the three biggest global dangers for the year: severe income disparity, indebted state of governments and rising greenhouse gas emissions. The annual review is…Continue
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These actions can be understood in terms of their contribution to the broad policy goals embodied in sustainable water management:
Direct operations and supply chain management is the innermost level of policy engagement, focusing on improving plant performance and water-use efficiency to reduce physical water risk and to ensure a credible basis for higher levels of water policy engagement.…Continue
I am in no doubt that success in business has a lot to do with standing out from the crowd in our niche/s. Niche/s are key. As my friend and colleague Gihan Perera says Niche guys finish first!
Who are you serving? Who is your tribe? Who is your niche?
My niche is open-hearted and open-minded business owners and leaders who
*Truly believe that when you look after your people they will look…
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After nearly a year of research, Ecotech Institute revealed the first-ever “Clean Jobs Index,” which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were more than three million clean jobs available…Continue
The Super Bowl is among the largest sporting spectacles in the world as well as the largest television event in the United States (111 million viewers in 2012). On 3 February 2013, Super Bowl XLVII claimed its place in history, not because of the Baltimore Ravens narrow 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers or Beyoncé’s half time show, but because of a power surge at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana that caused a blackout stopping the game for 34 minutes during the…Continue
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From a recent study and research by Corporate Citizenship, they have identified corporate foundations in England and Wales have rapidly increased since 2006; despite recent economic recession. Corporate foundations are evidently becoming popular for companies; from reputable viewpoints of ‘giving something back’ to their next step for the CR strategy as motivational factors.
With tough scrutiny the financial sector…Continue
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A global survey of 250 heads of sustainability conducted by independent analyst firm Verdantix finds that, in 2012, the highest brand preference for sustainability consulting was achieved by Ernst & Young, for sustainability assurance by KPMG, for sustainability software by Microsoft and in the not-for-profit category by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).…Continue
Do you run an innovative programme in nutrition, water or rural development?
Nominate it for the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value and benefit from an investment of up to CHF 500,000 (approx. USD 530,000)!
The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value rewards innovative, commercially viable, and high impact schemes related to nutrition, water or rural development.
Specific fields of activity may include: agriculture,…
We’ve Got to make a shift! The news that we will surpass 4 degrees in global temperature is dire news. How do you feel with a 4 degree temperature, that’s 102 degrees? Life cannot sustain that. We ALL live in a fairly narrow temperature band.
As critical as removing carbon is, there is more than one way to skin a cat…the use of biochar is very promising! This is an example of reframing problem from energy to carbon reduction.…Continue
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A guest post on how-matters.org by Rajasvini Bhansali
It had been six months since I started my new role as a management advisor for a network of youth polytechnics in rural Kenya. The Wakamba village elders in Maseki village where I lived had named me Mutanu meaning “one who smiles a lot.” My career, coursework, and …Continue