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1 day 19 hours ago

Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed that "There is incredible opportunity for highly skilled jobs in agriculture." He was referring to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University, which showed significant demand for recent college graduates with agriculture-related degrees. Specifically, the report estimates there are 57,900 openings in the U.S. annually in related fields — food, agriculture, natural resources and environment — but only 35,400 qualified U.S. graduates annually. That's 22,500 unfilled roles annually. ...


3 days 1 hour ago

Blog by Kendyl Salcito, NomoGaia

Sugar. It’s such a labor-intensive crop that it drove the slave industry in the Caribbean for decades. Even in the two centuries since then, sugar has been at the center of allegations of forced labor, child labor and deadly working conditions.

Belize is home to perhaps the world’s most ethical sugar supply chain. It is nearly 100% certified by Fairtrade, from seed planting through sugar refinement — and on to rum production and ice cream churning.

Belize’s sugar industry is not without its issues, but the labor...


3 weeks 2 days ago

Guest blog by Claudia Quiroz, Quilter Cheviot/Old Mutual

Population growth is driving higher water demand, while changing weather patterns are decreasing the supply of fresh water across the world. These issues are causing utilities and regulators to consider numerous solutions, including new infrastructure (reservoirs, water pipelines and desalination), and new operating models in order to improve water efficiency.

According to the United Nations, the world population is set to increase to 9.6 billion people by 2050, and the demand for fresh water is expected to...


3 weeks 5 days ago

Guest blog by Brigg Patten

Almost by definition, farmland tends to be away from the city and thus far from the infrastructure of the urban environment. Thus, alternative power sources are incredibly important for farms all over the world (as well as off-grid communities). Solar plays a big role today, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Here are some ways solar energy is impacting micro farming:

1. Power Production and Income Generation...


1 month 3 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Maeve Miccio, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Global CSR policies will create new challenges and opportunities for internal collaboration

Companies worldwide will have to navigate through new CSR requirements. In India, for instance, the India Companies Act, a legislation passed into law in 2013, mandates that companies of a certain size donate 2 percent of their net profits generated by the Indian entity to social impact initiatives. While this has created an opportunity to increase the scope of companies’ existing programs, it has...


2 months 1 day ago

Guest blog by Mac Marshall, Monsanto

I’ve been back in the office for a few weeks now, but I’m still – for lack of a better phrase – basking in the glow of my Net Impact experience.

When I left for the conference in Seattle, I knew Net Impact is a marquee event where big ideas are discussed and where bold solutions are proposed. But nothing could have prepared me for the experience of being there in person.

Each day I go to work at Monsanto, we’re trying to solve...


2 months 1 week ago

Guest blog by Brendan Bechtel

America must renew its infrastructure to avoid economic decline. As Americans, we know that our basic infrastructure badly fails to meet the demands of the 21st century as we daily encounter crumbling bridges, pot-holed highways, outdated airports and other critical public facilities across the country. Indeed, The American Society of Civil Engineers grades U.S. infrastructure a D+. As recently announced, a highway bill is making some progress on Capitol Hill — and it’s a good start, yet a great deal more urgency is needed.

When I was working...


2 months 1 week ago

Guest blog by Ryan Steinbach,  Impact Business Leaders

As I stood in front of my booth at the Net Impact Conference Expo, I watched eager MBA students stride between tables. These aren’t your typical MBA students. They’re not interested in climbing the corporate ladder or the highest-paying careers. These MBAs want to use their degrees to create a better world.

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2 months 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by B Lab

In a lot of ways, business is the most powerful force on the planet.  It directly influences and interacts with everyone--they hire us, they sell to us, and they are created by us.  And unlike governments (which they also undoubtedly influence), they are not limited by the geography of borders; like the old British Empire, business is something on which the sun never sets, for better or worse.  While business has all too often been a bad influence on our world, that is not always the case, nor does it have to continue to be.  The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in...


2 months 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Emma White, Auvisa.org

Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya was constructed in the early 1990s in response to those were fleeing war torn countries like Somali, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, and Congo. Over the years, it has grown to be the largest such camp in the world, and with its size have come many problems facing the refugees who are staying in it. They range from lack of sanitation, child prostitution, sexual and gender based violence (female genital mutilation and early marriages) to prejudice against the disabled. Several agencies have sprung up to help alleviate these problems by...


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