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Closing the STEM Gap Through Skilled Volunteerism

How pro bono service can build capacity while supporting diversity and inclusion
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Around the world, employers are seeking to enlist workers with relevant skills for existing and emerging roles in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM. According to the CECP 2017 Giving in Numbers report, workforce development and education, particularly as related to STEM, are two of the largest focal areas for corporate and foundation giving. These are also two of the largest mission focus areas for nonprofits.

To Reduce Post-Harvest Loss, Start With a Sustaining End in Mind 

What does success look like? For farmers, a successful season should look like a bountiful harvest translated into a bountiful profit.
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What does success look like? For farmers, a successful season should look like a bountiful harvest translated into a bountiful profit.

Visiting with a rice farmer in Bihar state in India at the end of harvest, it was easy to see that it had been a good year for rice. Awaiting threshing, bundles of rice were organized into stacks twice as tall as the farmer with the length and width of a small building. The farmer was pleased that yields had been good. However, the farmer knew that success had yet to be achieved.

Book Excerpt—The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward

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Stan Litow’s new book, The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward published by John Wiley & Sons, presents a fact-based assessment of the role that corporations have played in society both historically and currently and perhaps most important, offers a road map for a more promising future.

Contextualizing Global Energy Poverty

On the Prospects of Powering the Last Mile
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Access to modern sources of energy is fundamental to eradicating poverty and spurring economic growth. Energy touches every aspect of a household’s quality of life. Without access to electric lighting, kids huddle around smoky kerosene lamps to study at night—endangering both their health and education. Lack of refrigeration and gas or electric cooking also impacts a family’s health as it hinders food preservation, makes it harder to purify water, and brings more smoky pollutants into the home.

Cleaning Our Oceans Begins on Land

The Imperative of Tri-Sector Commitment to Eliminate Marine Debris
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By: Tamta Revazishvili, Catesby Wolski, and Laura Branker

John Holm of PYXERA Global Moderates Panel at NAEM Sustainability Conference

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Washington, D.C., August 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ – John Holm, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, represented PYXERA Global at the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) Sustainability Management Conference in Providence, RI, from July 30–August 1. The NAEM Sustainability Management Conference brought together leaders from the private sector, public sector, and academia to discuss the latest trends in sustainability as well as progress on the ways companies operationalize the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Raising Agrifood Yields Is Not Enough to Achieve Global Food Security

Solving Hunger Through Post-Harvest Loss Reduction
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People are still hungry. Despite decades of increasing agricultural yields in less-industrialized regions of the world, in large part thanks to the support from international agencies such as USAID, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hunger persists. According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, food production over the past five years has generally increased worldwide. We grow enough food to feed the world’s population. Why does food security remain so elusive?

Shedding an Outmoded Paper Trail in Serbia

The pursuit of e-Governance in Belgrade receives a pro bono assist from IBM
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Let’s time-travel to Serbia, circa 1999: it was a time before smartphones or Wi-Fi. The largest hard disk available had a 340MB capacity and cost USD$499. Meanwhile, the volume of printed paper generated for record-keeping and the demands of the modern age was reaching new heights with each passing day.

Gathering With Greater Purpose

How Sustainable Events Can Change the World
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In the aftermath of ‘Larry’s letter’—when BlackRock’s powerful chief executive Lawrence Fink demanded a shift in CEOs’ priorities toward more than just profit—as global businesses look for new ways to deepen their social impact, there lies a high-potential solution routinely lost in everyone’s blind spot: making all events, from Monday morning team meetings to weekend barbeques to convenings on the global stage, sustainable.

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