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Unlocking the Power of Reporting: Businesses and the SDGs

By Peter Paul van de Wijs, GRI’s Chief External Affairs Officer
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From the inception of the Sustainable Development Goals (‘the SDGs’) through the UN’s 2030 Agenda, GRI has championed the participation of the private sector in measuring and achieving progress. And a huge incentive for companies to get involved is improving their ways of working by embracing sustainable business practices.

Withdrawing From Paris Agreement Will Hurt U.S. Economy and Communities Around the World

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November 5, 2019 /3BL Media/ - The Trump administration formally set in motion its plans to officially withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a step that is in stark contrast to the interests of thousands of investors and companies that have called for the U.S. to remain in the landmark accord and one that puts the U.S. at a significant disadvantage as the only country in the world not participating in the global pact, said the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres. 

Inspiring Women Leaders in IT

Jordi Botifoll, SVP Cisco America's, President Cisco LatAm, Co-Author: Luz Ma Murguia, Latin American Marketing Director, Cisco
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There is evidence that a shortage of technology professionals is undermining business performance. In a 2016 survey by Venture Beat, 65% of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and other business leaders said that difficulty in recruiting skilled IT professionals was harming IT modernization efforts. That was three years ago and since then, the gap has gotten even wider.

One solution – recruit more women.

How Community-Focused Municipal Bond Investments Can Drive Social Impact

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by Emily E. Robare, head of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) research on the municipal credit research team at Gurtin Municipal Bond Management 

'Keep the Tennessee River Watershed Beautiful Month' Results Were Remarkable

22,276 Pounds of Trash Pulled, 8 Proclamations and 25 Award Winners Across Four States
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October was recognized as ‘Keep the Tennessee River Watershed Beautiful Month’ across the four states of Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky—and there was quite a bit to show for it!

The results of the month’s celebrations include 22,276 pounds of trash removed, eight proclamations by four governors and four mayors, and 25 award recipients recognized in the 1st annual Ripple Effect Awards presented by Yamaha Rightwaters™.

Soil-to-Shelf Tech Platform Helping Build Sustainable Food Supply Chains Around the World

eKutir’s mobile app Blooom is giving smallholder farmers access to information, finance, sustainable inputs, services and markets, helping them increase productivity.
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NEW DEHLI, India – Indian social enterprise eKutir has joined Business Call to Action with a commitment to improve the livelihoods of 1 million farmers in five countries by helping them access the tools they need to increase production – and thus profit – through its farmer-centric e-platform Blooom by 2022. It also aims to create 1,100 economic opportunities as Blooom Entrepreneurs for rural women and men.

How L’OCCITANE Promotes an Holistic Approach of Development in Favor of Its Women Producers in Burkina Faso

By Justine Humbert, Biodiversity & Sustainable Ingredients Specialist, L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE
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It's quite something to be invited to New York to speak at the Business Call to Action Annual Forum. And it's a huge responsibility too, because I want to do justice to the women of Burkina Faso who work so hard to make shea butter for L'OCCITANE. Without them, I wouldn't have a success story to tell.
 
It was a humbling experience to meet these women in Burkina Faso and see how they live and work. From gathering the shea nuts through all the stages involved in making shea butter, it's a long, laborious process. I have nothing but respect for them.
 

Management Practices: The Key to Overcome Internal Barriers and Bring Inclusive Business to Scale?

Nazila Vali, Deputy Team Lead, Business Call to Action
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All companies starting an inclusive business want to reach scale, but how often do they examine their own management practices as a means of attaining it? Two years ago, we started our journey into inclusive business management practices by asking ourselves this precise question.

Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration: Distracting Buzzwords, or the Secret Ingredients for Inclusive Business Success?

By Nazila Vali, Deputy Team Lead, and Rabayl Mirza, Impact Lead at the Business Call to Action
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The words “collaboration” and “stakeholder engagement” get tossed around a lot these days – especially when it comes to the 2030 Agenda and our ambitious Sustainable Development Goals.

But what exactly do they mean and how should we go about it?

Loosely defined, collaboration is the process of working with others to achieve a common goal while stakeholder engagement is how an organization involves people who may be affected by the decisions it makes or can influence how the decisions are carried out.

From the Health of Workers to the Wealth of Business: Why the Shift Towards Employee Well-Being Matters

By Nazila Vali, Deputy Team Lead, Business Call to Action and Sahba Sobhani, Senior Private Sector Advisor at UNDP
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It’s only been 10 years since the concept of well-being and its measurement as a component of a country’s GDP was developed and discussed globally. Nobel Prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen were the pioneers who argued for the need for an array of carefully-chosen figures, with a better understanding of the role of each of those numbers.

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