(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leprosy is a disease that many of us associate with Biblical times, a disease that surely must be extinct by now. Sadly that’s not the case. 31 January was World Leprosy Day, a yearly date to raise awareness of the disease and its impact on impoverished communities.
FROM THE EDITOR
Responsible Investment Indices Outperform, Again
The numbers keep coming, in report after report, adding up to show that Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) tracking socially responsible indices have outperformed those that track the parent indices. The latest evidence comes via UBS Global Asset Management. It finds that outperformance by socially responsible investment has been a fact on a global scale over the last five years, according to Financial Times Advisor. An ETF is a security that tracks an index or index fund; it trades like common stock, and undergoes price changes as it is bought and sold. In other words, it reflects market value (just as regular stocks are,—or were—supposed to). The bottom line is becoming conventional wisdom: investing in an SRI fund doesn’t limit returns—in fact, it can enhance them.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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Blog by Kendyl Salcito, NomoGaia
Sugar. It’s such a labor-intensive crop that it drove the slave industry in the Caribbean for decades. Even in the two centuries since then, sugar has been at the center of allegations of forced labor, child labor and deadly working conditions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Mobile apps are transforming the way a company can connect with consumers and influence their purchase habits and choices. An Iowa State University study showed that there is a direct link between app use and purchase activity. Google calls app users and other connected consumers “Generation C,” a powerful new force in consumer culture.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In recent weeks, the world has lost many musical, film and television legends—from Bowie to Lemmy to Natalie Cole to Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman and others– to cancer. The global statistics are also devastating. More than 14 million people worldwide are told they have cancer each year.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There are many forces at play on both sides of the challenge to rein in carbon emissions before it’s too late. Some of the most important, like the plummeting price of oil, or China’s need to protect citizens by reducing air pollution, are not even directed at the problem. Still, they both have enormous impact.
Another such trend is the recent decision by Chinese leaders to initiate a supply side reform in their economy. What this means is that at the beginning of the 13th Five Year Plan, the...
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Since the Industrial Revolution kicked off just over 200 years ago, we have been pumping massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, one of the major causes of climate change. Scientists say that it is best to keep the number of parts per million under 450 if we want to avoid the worst of global warming.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A growing number of companies around the world are aiming to get the most out of their capital, maximize employee performance, and make a judicious use of resources to make the world a better place.