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Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa

(3BL Media and Just Means) - When I make dinner tonight, I’ll walk over to my stove, turn a few knobs and be eating in twenty minutes or less. Easy, clean, safe and cheap. However, those four adjectives do not describe the way most people, women and children in particular, in developing nations experience cooking.

Emergency Health Care Improved by Innovative App

(3BL Media and Just Means)- "One picture is worth a thousand clinical words," said Crystal Law, MIT Alumna, former EMT and Co-Founder of Twiage.

My Five-Minute Vacation: Organic, Fair and Delicious

“There is no such thing as a socially responsible business because that term
suggests that an enterprise has reached a destination and there is no more work to be done."

Honest Tea co-founder and TeaEO, Seth Goldman.

Coca Cola is the David that the Slingshot Needs.

"The Slingshot is the little tool that David needs to defeat Goliath"—Dean Kamen.

One Company’s Story: Getting From Sustainability to Flourishing

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Over the past few weeks, I’ve had some great opportunities to travel, meet new people and learn a lot. I went to Kenya and followed the folks at Vestergaard, makers of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets for malaria prevention as they rolled out a new campaign to address waterborne illness.

Then I went to Cleveland to attend the Flourish and Prosper Conference as Case Western. At the conference, I met Lyell Clarke, CEO of Clarke, an Illinois-based company that, like Vestergaard, also makes mosquito control products. Not one to pass up a coincidence, I followed up with Lyell for an interview, especially when I learned what an exemplary company he runs, particularly in the area of sustainability.

Lyell told me the story of the transformation that he and the company went through, more or less together, that resulted in a convergence between personal values, and a revised set of corporate aspirations that has made Clarke, not only more successful, but also a far more satisfying place to work.

They had licensed a new organic molecule from Dow Agrosciences for a larvacide that could potentially be safer than anything used in this application before. The problem was that the molecule was highly unstable and they needed to come up with a stable formulation. It took eight years of development, but they finally did. It was a great achievement that eventually led to the Natular™ product, which won the President’s Green Chemistry Award in 2010.

The breakthrough in the lab, led to a bigger breakthrough that redefined the company.

“We were doing well, had significant market share, but I wasn’t feeling satisfied. I began to ask myself, what are you handing over to the next generation? We’re a third generation service and distribution company going back to 1946. Is there something else I could hand over that this millennial, my son John Lyell Clarke the 4th, would want to be part of?”

Clarke engaged a strategy consultant who suggested he take his staff on a retreat.  This was back in 2008. They called in the whole company, around 160 people, even those working in other countries.

Vestergaard To Reach 125,000 Kenyan Children with "Follow the Liters" Program

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Western Kenya is a huge agricultural region, with equatorial temperatures and ample rain. Sugar and tea are both grown commercially, along with corn, sorghum and millet. Many fruits and vegetables are also grown and sold  in market stalls along the roadside and in town The two rainy seasons are a boon to farmers, to be sure, but they come with a price.

Apple, Nike, Kohl’s, Nestle, Jamba Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – About one in eight American women, or nearly 12 percent, will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, the U.S. had more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer. About 85 percent of the breast cancer cases occur in women who have no family history of the disease. These are some of the statistics shared by the American Cancer Society for 2014.


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