Social Entrepreneurship

FAO and Google Maps Join Hands to Combat Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Earth observation satellites can transform the way countries can assess, monitor and plan the use of their natural resources, including monitoring deforestation and desertification. However, many countries still rely on time-consuming and error-prone manual methods. There is an opportunity to allow these countries to improve operations with cost-effective solutions.

BCBS Gives $350M to Community Health Initiatives

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The corporate responsibility to invest in health can extend much beyond the workplace. Quality of health has a direct relationship with the local communities where people live, work, play, and learn. Some researchers have also found a connection between the health of a company’s employees and the health of the community where it operates its business. 

Arby’s Embeds Purpose into its Business Strategy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability reporting has become a mainstream business activity in recent years. The UN Global Compact figures show that about 12,000 organizations now report their impact. While annual sustainability reporting is a time-consuming exercise, it serves as a key communication with various stakeholders who are increasingly interested to learn about a company’s sustainability efforts and on-ground impact.

Microsoft Backs Startups to Improve Internet Access to Communities

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – More than half of the world’s population still lacks access to the Internet. Improving connectivity in developing regions of the world continues to be a global challenge that requires creative solutions. Involving local entrepreneurs who understand the needs of their communities and deploying innovative technologies can help to deliver sustainable connectivity in these regions.

Conflict-free Gold Supply Chain for Mobile Phones

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Gold is an essential material in many of today’s gadgets, with the electronics industry being the third largest consumer of gold globally, after jewelry and the financial sector. Used in the printed circuit boards of smartphones, gold is also one of the four conflict minerals identified by the Dodd-Frank Act, which put a spotlight on trade in gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten  that finances rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Business Case for a Healthcare Sustainability Index

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Healthcare industry can become greener if those involved in healthcare purchasing have access to relevant sustainability data. Such information can transform hospital procurement, saving money for everyone involved. It will not only reduce impact on the environment, but also help to improve the health of patients, promote more sustainable healthcare products and services, and spark innovation throughout the supply chain.  

Ontario Unveils Plan to Promote Social Enterprises

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Social enterprises use business strategies to achieve a social or environmental impact. While generating revenues from the sale of goods and services, social enterprises also expressly intend to create positive outcomes, and measure their results. As their business grows, so does their social impact.

Sustainable Hotels on Track to Become the Norm

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability in the hotel industry is no longer an optional incentive. As travelers continue to become more aware and take the potential environmental impact into account before choosing a hotel, it is clear that sustainable hotels are fast becoming the norm.

Microsoft and Facebook Partner to Develop Clean Energy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), low-carbon sources must produce most of the world’s power by 2050 to minimize the risks of climate change. Renewables, which have a 30 percent share in power generation today, must grow to 80 percent by 2050. Conventional fossil fuel energy must be completely phased out by 2100.


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