(3BL Media/Justmeans) - First Lady Michelle Obama has unveiled plans for the most sweeping overhaul of nutrition labels on U.S. food packages in more than two decades. This announcement is part of Mrs Obama’s ‘Let's Move’ initiative to combat child obesity, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary.
INSIGHT & ANALYSIS
New Investment Formula: Collaborative Capitalism = (Triple Bottom Line) Profits
“Rich world” firms have invested $3 trillion in emerging economies since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the opening up of China, and growth surges in Brazil and India in the 1990s. Lately, this mega-deal is not going well. Political instability, sinking currencies, weak commodity prices, and slowing growth have caused Investments by rich world firms with above-average exposure to emerging markets to lag 40 percent behind the U.S. stock market for the last three years. What to do? First, a reminder: many of the problems are consequences of historic colonial capitalism and Great Power politics. The re-set button for those challenges must be continuously pushed. Secondly, a more collaborative capitalism that includes environmental, social, and governance issues at the local level as an integral part of business strategy would seem to be the best bet for increased profits—the triple bottom line kind.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations theme for this International Women’s Day is “Equality for women is progress for all.” Emerging markets around the world appear to be seizing the lead over developed countries when it comes to women in senior business management positions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Facebook is considering the use of high-flying, solar-powered drones to connect parts of the world that are currently without any Internet access. As one of the key supporters of the Internet.org initiative, Facebook is keen to bring Internet access to more than five billion people across the world that are still living without online connectivity.
Guest Blog by Michael Vaughan, CEO, The Regis Company
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Cotton production in the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan is responsible for grave human rights abuses, including the enforcement of child labour. During the cotton season, this country recruits over a million civilians to work in the fields without compensation. Schools are shut down, and children along with working professionals are faced with torture and arrest if they refuse to pick cotton under fatal working conditions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Brian Keane is a marketing guy. He understands how to sell things. And as president of SmartPower, a non-profit, solar marketing company, he knows how to sell residential solar to consumers.
When I spoke to him last week, he told me had had “cracked the code” on selling solar. He said he saw it as his job to sell solar power to “regular people” who will buy it, not as an expression of an identity or an ideology, but rather because it simply makes sense. Because, he said, “the fact that it's good for the environment is not a sufficient motivator for many people.”
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A group of 140 companies operating in California, including General Motors, Apple, eBay, Intel, Gap, Levi Strauss, Nestle, Symantec, The North Face and Acer, have placed their weight behind an ambitious Climate Declaration that exhorts policymakers in the United States to address the challenges of climate change with a sense of urgency.