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Mars Launches Farmer Income Lab to Tackle Issue of Smallholder Farmer Income

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  • Collaborative ‘Farmer Income Lab’ aimed at helping to improve income levels amongst smallholder farmers
  • Oxfam announced as first member of the Farmer Income Lab’s ‘advisory panel’.  The Lab will commission research, inspire discussion and work to create solutions  to build supply chains where  farmers thrive
  • Mars’ Chief Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin says the industry ‘must do more’ to tackle low income—wants Farmer Income Lab to help foster deeper collaboration across the industry
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  • Collaborative ‘Farmer Income Lab’ aimed at helping to improve income levels amongst smallholder farmers
  • Oxfam announced as first member of the Farmer Income Lab’s ‘advisory panel’.  The Lab will commission research, inspire discussion and work to create solutions  to build supply chains where  farmers thrive
  • Mars’ Chief Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin says the industry ‘must do more’ to tackle low income—wants Farmer Income Lab to help foster deeper collaboration across the industry

Growing Sustainable Business Leaders

By Mac Macartney
Blog

Business leaders across all sectors are feeling the tug, the dip and pull of something deep beneath their feet. A future so uncertain they can no longer ignore it. It is not the erratic, unpredictable and irascible vagaries of the new US president, a resurgent Russia, a fractured European Union or the growth of disaffected communities around the world. It is the quaking of our earth on the brink of exhaustion.

Points of Light Civic Accelerator Invests $100,000 in Two Startups Advancing Economic Mobility for Underserved Populations

Twelve ventures addressing ways to improve economic mobility of underserved communities around the country graduate from The Civic Accelerator
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ATLANTA, June 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in SpringFour (Chicago) and The Virtual Scholarship Center (Atlanta) – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both ventures are focused on financial well-being and economic mobility to help more individuals and families succeed.

Unreasonable Impact | Rescuing Old Clothes From Landfills by Turning Them Into New Fabric and Fuel

by Brittany Lane
Blog

Jeplan envisions a circular world in which we take all used or unwanted personal belongings, recycle the materials, and then sell them as new products. Starting with cotton and polyester, this company is reimagining waste disposal, which reduces the use of petroleum and diminishes carbon emissions. Based in Japan, Jeplan has established collection points around the country in collaboration with major retail and apparel brands to gather discarded clothes.

HP VIDEO | Rosette’s Story: Reinventing Impact in Haiti

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With limited access to clean water, people living in Haiti rely on bottled water. But because proper disposal methods aren’t in place, plastic bottles litter the land, canals, and shoreline. To help address this problem, HP has partnered with Thread International and the First Mile Coalition on a program that turns plastic bottles collected in Haiti into recycled plastic that is used to produce Original HP ink cartridges.

HP Creates Social and Environmental Impact in Haiti with Launch of Ink Cartridges Made from Recycled Bottles

Collaboration with Thread International and the First Mile Coalition reflects HP’s strategy outlined in the company’s new 2016 Sustainability Report
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  • HP releases first Original HP ink cartridges made with plastic from bottles recycled in Haiti
  • Joint initiative aims to improve the lives of the children who collect recyclable materials by providing them with educational opportunities, including scholarships, as well as full access to medical care and health and safety trainings
  • By making Haiti a starting point of the supply chain, HP is going beyond the boundaries of its sustainable legacy by enabling social and environmental change
  • HP releases 2016 Sustainabilty Report—its first full year of reporting HP Inc. data since the separation from Hewlett-Packard Company in November 2015
Press Release
  • HP releases first Original HP ink cartridges made with plastic from bottles recycled in Haiti
  • Joint initiative aims to improve the lives of the children who collect recyclable materials by providing them with educational opportunities, including scholarships, as well as full access to medical care and health and safety trainings
  • By making Haiti a starting point of the supply chain, HP is going beyond the boundaries of its sustainable legacy by enabling social and environmental change
  • HP releases 2016 Sustainabilty Report—its first full year of reporting HP Inc. data since the separation from Hewlett-Packard Company in November 2015

Congressman Helps Sleeping Bag Factory ‘Exxel’ at Creating U.S. Jobs

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The chief executive officer of Exxel Outdoors swam against the tide of manufacturers moving their businesses overseas – a calculated risk that has led to continued success over the last 17 years at a sleeping bag factory in rural Alabama.

Meet the Team Making Eyewear for America in Brooklyn

Along the shore of New York’s Upper Bay, the buildings of Industry City stand in a huddle that overlooks the Brooklyn Waterfront.
Blog

On the fifth floor, M Factory buzzes with the busy energy of an eyewear manufacturer.

This type of space is rare to see in the U.S., for a very specific reason: Most eyewear manufacturing is done in Italy or China, and always has been. This is also one of the reasons why what M Factory is doing in Brooklyn is so exciting: Crafting quality, affordable eyewear is not something typically done in the United States.

Enabling a Science-Driven Supply Chain

by Lara Birkes, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, HPE
Blog

Existing systems and technologies that power our supply chains are evolving at a highly accelerated rate. When we think manufacturing, our minds recall the revolutionary Ford assembly line, or the Toyota production system a century later. Now, we are already at the next overhaul of not only transforming manufacturing, but also our entire supply chain. As the amount of data available for collection increases exponentially, technology is advancing our ability to compile, analyze, and learn from this data at a deeper level than ever before.

MetLife Foundation | Lean for the Social Sector

Applying Corporate Lean Management Expertise to Power Nonprofit Organizations
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High-quality products and services, minimal cost, minimal waste. Every organization strives for this combination.

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