(3BL Media/Just Means) - A recent report by World Hunger highlights how the 2008 economic crisis has caused hunger to increase in the United States. Particularly worrying is the fact that, in this period, children were at times in the year “food insecure” in 9.9 percent of households that include them.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Wars can have a devastating impact on food security of a region. Agriculture gets hampered due to flight from the land by farmers, reduced supply of inputs, and damage to irrigation and storage infrastructure and agricultural equipment. Flour mills, food processing units and bakeries typically operate at a low capacity or become defunct in such conditions.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - The fashion business may appear shallow to many people, an image that is reinforced by media reports of sweatshops, horrific fur farms and environmental pollution through pesticides used on cotton crops and massive amounts of disposable fashion that ends up on landfills.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The U.S. dairy industry is playing a vital role in creating a sustainable food system. Dairy farmers in all 50 states are adopting innovative means to address economic, environmental and social challenges. While milk production in the country has quadrupled since 1944, but the industry uses 90 percent less cropland, consumes 65 percent less water, and emits 63 percent fewer greenhouse gases.
(3Bl Media/Justmeans) – Environmental sustainability is not just about saving the planet. For private companies, it is also a viable way to reduce costs, improve productivity and revenues, foster employee and consumer loyalty, and strengthen brand image to build a stronger competitive advantage over time.
Guest Blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets Media
Interview with Joe Keefe, President and CEO, Pax World Funds
Women working in global supply chains are most at risk for being victims of unfair practices, violence, and slavery. The United Nations recognizes this and has created the Women’s Empowerment Principles to help companies view these issues through the gender lens.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Green activists have raised concerns for a long time about the growing apparel and footwear consumption worldwide and its adverse impact on the environment. Some of the leading manufacturers and retailers in the apparel and footwear industry are responding to the challenge by investing in green innovation to reduce their environmental footprint.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Other than a few backward-looking politicians in Washington and their followers, most of us are well past arguing over whether the world is dramatically and fundamentally changing, and are onto the next thing, which is: what are we going to do about it? Resilience has become the next mindset supply stop on the road to the future. Whether it’s businesses or communities, this is the thing that is going to be most needed going forward.
The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) was founded in 2014 to pursue this idea with a vision of “new solutions for new realities.” Hence they established the Global Resilience Challenge, inviting groups and organizations to showcase their efforts “on bringing together people and organizations from across sectors to collaborate on innovative and transformative solutions to the toughest resilience challenges.” From among those submitting proposals, cash awards would be given to a select few to allow them to implement their plans. Specifically, the teams would focus on the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and South and Southeast Asia, with “locally driven, high-impact solutions that can build resilience at scale.”
One of the recently announced winners was Mahila SEWA Housing Trust (MHT), an organization that was set up in 1994, “to combine the skills of technical assistance, legal knowledge and income generation opportunities with the housing finance expertise at SEWA Bank to serve the poor self-employed women members.” The trust’s mission is premised on the idea that “Self employed women workers and producers are economically very active and contribute to the growth of the economy. They are mainly involved in production, trading and the service sector. However, in spite of their hard work and their contribution to the country's gross domestic product, they do not have access to financial services, which would help them to upgrade their own work and productivity.” Video.
SEWA (which stands for “self-employed women’s association) Bank was founded in 1972 by Elaben R. Bhatt. One of Ms. Bhatt’s lessons learned, was described in this statement. “Organization of these poor women is the best guarantor as member sisters give moral strength and confidence to each other.” Bhatt is the recipient of numerous prizes and honorary doctorates, including a Radcliffe Medal, the Global Fairness Initiative Award, and the Niwano Peace Prize.