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Uneven Progress: How Attitudes and Actions Are Evolving and What Continues to Hold the VC Industry Back

Traditional VCs are less likely to prioritize or take action toward investing in multicultural-founded companies when compared to women or multicultural VCs.
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While we have observed a shift in attitudes and actions to address racial inequality in the VC space in the past year, that shift hasn’t prevailed among white men, who make up the majority of the VC industry.(3)

Frankly Speaking With Franchisees: Turning Obstacles to Opportunities

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Yum! Brands is a world-class family of restaurant brands with more than 2,000 franchisees who bring their own delicious flavors to the business and individual communities. Each one is unique and serves as the cornerstone of a new series called Frankly Speaking With Franchisees that documents their stories. Between them, they own 50,000 KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill restaurants in 150 countries and territories across the globe, making their voices integral to the company. 

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by Oscar Munoz - Executive Chairman, United Airlines
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Today, as we glimpse the dawn of a new year, thousands of specialized containers are being carefully loaded onto United aircraft, each one meticulously packed with doses of the lifesaving vaccine for Covid-19, each precious parcel handled with the love of our United employees who understand the gift of life it holds for so many people and families.   

Turning Intention Into Action

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VCs are taking important initial steps to implement changes around increasing diversity and are discussing ways to make additional changes that will help close the funding gap.

Shifting Attitudes and the Impact of Racial Injustice Conversations

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This year, more VC firms assigned greater value to the investment opportunity that multicultural-founded companies present, and say that they are more likely to invest in multicultural- and women-founded companies in the coming year.

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This year, more VC firms assigned greater value to the investment opportunity that multicultural-founded companies present, and say that they are more likely to invest in multicultural- and women-founded companies in the coming year.

Navigating COVID-19 in Bhutan: Providing Additional Capital to RENEW Microfinance Private Limited

by Claire Kelly, Whole Planet Foundation Regional Director for West Africa/Middle East
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partners (MFIs) have faced increasing demands from clients for both loans and savings withdrawals.  At the same time, many clients have faced difficulties in making repayments on their existing loans due to slowed business activity and/or travel restrictions and lockdowns.  In response to these constraints, Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partners have been working to provide as much flexibility for microcredit clients as they can.  This effort has included responses such as grace periods and restructured lo

GRI Backs EU Proposal for Separate Pillar on Non-Financial Reporting

Plans for EFRAG to broaden role requires establishment of a professional sustainability standard setting function
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As part of the European Commission review of the Non-financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), it is exploring how new European sustainability standards could be created and managed.  

The Commission has asked the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) to consider the changes needed to its governance, if it were to take on responsibility for creating non-financial reporting standards. Until now, EFRAG’s remit has been to advise on financial standards only.

Minority Small Businesses in Utah Get Help From Comcast Amid Pandemic Economic Woes

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Three years ago, ManCave owner Marcus Johnson began his foray into entrepreneurism, opening a barbershop in Layton.

But COVID-19 struck, and small businesses like his in Utah and across the U.S. entered a fight for survival amid the coronavirus pandemic, which impacted minority-owned enterprises disproportionally.

Victory Hemp Launches Campaign to Finance Regenerative Hemp Production

CrowdFarming Allows Everyday People to Invest in Sustainable Farming
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Victory Hemp has partnered with Steward, the world's first CrowdFarming platform™, to launch a campaign to finance regenerative hemp grain production. Crowdfunding through Steward is set up as a loan, not a donation, so everyday people can invest in sustainable agriculture and earn healthy returns. 

Visit the Steward project page now to read the details of this compelling story, including the challenges that regenerative hemp farmers are experiencing with the U.S. banking industry, and to learn of the lending opportunities available through this campaign (the minimum investment is $100). 

https://gosteward.com/projects/victory-hemp-foods/financing-u-s-regenerative-hemp-grain-production

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Victory Hemp has partnered with Steward, the world's first CrowdFarming platform™, to launch a campaign to finance regenerative hemp grain production. Crowdfunding through Steward is set up as a loan, not a donation, so everyday people can invest in sustainable agriculture and earn healthy returns. 

Visit the Steward project page now to read the details of this compelling story, including the challenges that regenerative hemp farmers are experiencing with the U.S. banking industry, and to learn of the lending opportunities available through this campaign (the minimum investment is $100). 

https://gosteward.com/projects/victory-hemp-foods/financing-u-s-regenerative-hemp-grain-production

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