Social Entrepreneurship

Companies Driving Progress on UN Sustainable Development Goals

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world’s current rate of action may not be enough to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To reach the goals, the private sector, representing 60 percent of the world’s GDP, has a key role to play. Business can be the swing factor: the actions companies choose to take have the power to amplify change – for good and for bad.

Comprehensive Assessment Tool Launched for the Philanthropic Community

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Philanthropic professionals have a responsibility to be a strong steward of the resources with which they are entrusted, and to get the right elements in place for a measurable impact. They must also define a strategic results framework with clear outcomes to help the funders tell the larger results story from efforts and dollars throughout.

Gender Diversity Linked to Investment Performance: CFA Institute Study

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Research studies in the past have indicated that companies that rank high in terms of gender or ethnic diversity have a greater likelihood of achieving financial returns above their national industry average. Diversity appears to be a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over a period of time.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Honors Excellence in Corporate Citizenship

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to a Nielsen survey report, 55 percent of global consumers are willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are perceived as good corporate citizens. These companies attract and retain employees more easily, and enjoy a stronger backing from investors and other stakeholders.

Food Companies Collaborate to Scale Sustainable Agricultural Solutions

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable agriculture requires a broad range of skills and technical knowhow to deal with the inherent challenges. To engage with the farming communities and develop feasible local solutions, collaboration among the buyers can make a real difference.

Global Investors Adopting ESG Integration: DJSI Review

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), 1,500 investors representing over $60 trillion in assets under management have committed to integrating sustainability into their investment decisions. Investors increasingly recognize that Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are important contributors to financial performance.

Data Centers Move Toward 100% Renewable Energy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – As more digitization occurs in daily life, corporate and cloud data centers have become increasingly large consumers of power. Data centers in the U.S. now consume about two percent of the total power produced in the country. In 2014, U.S. data centers consumed energy equivalent to the amount consumed by about 6.4 million average American homes that year, according to a recent U.S. Department of Energy study.

Companies can Improve Consumer Satisfaction by Offering Green Choices

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the U.S., indirect carbon emissions of products and services that consumers purchase are double the direct emissions from home energy use and personal travel. Growing awareness of this reality is leading to an increased consumer preference for greener products and services.

Microsoft Partners with BGCA to Close Skills Gap in Computer Education

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Technology is integral to almost every aspect of life today, but not many people have technical skills. This is resulting in fewer job opportunities at every level. Lack of access to computer science education is a part of the problem. Less than 25 percent of high schools in the U.S. offer computer science classes. Only 2.5 percent of U.S. high school graduates go on to study computer science in college, and only one in five of these graduates is female.


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