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With Hope That Plastic Will Be Eliminated, Man Starts 'Papers Be Green' Business in Tunisia

"The use of plastic bags will soon be prohibited in our country."
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After receiving a master's degree in mechanical engineering and with eight years of professional experience, Walid Gharsalli decided the time was right to start his own business.

And so, Gharsalli launched his own paper-packaging business, Papers Be Green. But he couldn't have done it without combining his work experience and mechanical skills, additional entrepreneurial training, and support from his government. 

Watch This Woman Turn Design Ideas Into Beautiful Wooden Sculptures and a Successful Business

The program is designed to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship.
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In 2015, Zina Ouled Si Ali launched her small business, Arjouan, a computer numerical control (CNC) engraving and cutting workshop that offers customized decoration articles and tailor-made furniture to its customers.

Based in the city center of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, Ouled Si Ali currently produces numerous items for local citizens and wholesalers. But her dream is to develop her market outside the governorate, in particular in the surrounding regions and large conurbations on the coast such as Sousse, Sfax, and Tunis, the capital of the country.

2 New Rules of the Sustainability Game

Here's how supply and demand are two sides of the same coin.
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Last month, BSR brought together a group of luxury brands at Paris’ Salon du Luxe conference to talk about the new rules of the game when it comes to desirability, sustainability and luxury.

In the past several years, the growth of the luxury industry has slowed, and aspirational brands such as Michael Kors and the Hoxton Hotels have disrupted the sector with different interpretations of “luxury” products and services, which offer more open and experiential approaches or less expensive products.

Aflac Japan

Watch video to hear from Aflac's June H. - Senior Vice President, Financial Services; Chief Accounting Officer
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Working with teams based in Aflac U.S. and Aflac Japan, June Howard utilizes her role to empower and inspire women in the workplace. In this section, we’ll reveal the strides Aflac Japan has made in promoting diversity within their workforce ranks, furthering conversations about ethical business and making a difference in the community.

Virtual 10K Aims to Help Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

Charity arm of Whole Foods is staging the race August 3-7.
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The 10K is hosted by Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit established by Whole Foods Market. The foundation pledges to give 100 percent of registration fees to “fund microcredit loans to lift entrepreneurs and their families out of poverty in 69 countries.” Many of the entrepreneurs are women in developing countries. Here’s a great infographic that highlights the work of the foundation.

Creating the Conditions for Inclusive Markets

How do we get to shared prosperity?
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Inclusive markets not only are possible, but can be made more possible. Find out how in new FSG report.

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Inclusive markets not only are possible, but can be made more possible. Find out how in new FSG report.

How Financial Institutions and Fintechs Are Partnering for Inclusion

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This report—produced in partnership with the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI)—examines how partnerships between mainstream financial institutions (e.g., banks, insurers, and payment companies) and fintechs are addressing financial inclusion challenges and expanding access to the formal financial economy for underserved segments of the global population, particularly in emerging markets. It incorporates insights from 24 in-depth interviews with people at the frontlines of this innovation and highlights 14 partnerships focused on financial inclusion.

Sappi North America's 2016 Sustainability Goals: Prosperity

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At Sappi North America, we are committed to operating our businesses in a sustainable manner. Together with the 2020Vision, Sappi’s global growth strategy, we use our sustainability goals program to set targets, initiate improvement actions and monitor progress.

Achieve or Exceed 12 Percent Return on Net Operating Assets

How Can We Get the ‘Buy-In’ Required from Investors to Make the SDGs Work?

by Tim Mohin
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Originally published by ESG Magazine

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations set a very ambitious and necessary agenda for achieving a better future for us all by adopting a set of 17 global goals: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs aim to end poverty and hunger, fight inequalities and injustice, and protect our planet.

And, if we want to realize these goals, it’s essential that we get “buy in” from investors around the world.

Qualcomm Wireless Reach is Improving Safety and Livelihoods for Fishermen in India

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To celebrate 10 years of changing lives, Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ is launching a new video each week showcasing one of its impactful projects and highlighting the engineers behind the technology. Check out this video to learn more about how the Fisher Friend mobile application is harnessing wireless solutions to enable a new generation of fishermen in India to earn their livelihoods in a safer and more profitable manner. You’ll meet Panneerselvam, a third-generation fisherman, and Kirk Burroughs, Senior Director of Technology.

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