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.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – America’s business drive to a low-carbon economy has been picking up momentum over the last few years. The recently concluded Climate Week NYC 2015 presented an excellent opportunity for companies to showcase their corporate sustainability leadership before global business and governmental heads.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Though the world economy is still weak, it seems that U.S. consumers view their own current economic conditions favourably. While most Americans' personal financial situation probably doesn't change dramatically from one year to the next, an improving economy and soaring stock market are likely help them feel better about their own situation.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has given a stark warning that climate change poses a huge risk to global stability.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leaders from 193 nations recently converged at the United Nations in New York to adopt 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide global policy and funding for the next 15 years. These Global Goals, which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will require everyone to do their part: governments, civil society, and the private sector.