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19.04.2015 EverGlow Biodegradable Soap

SmallBizTrends highlights EverGlow:
Founded by Cynthia Ndubuisi, the Nigerian company produces biodegradable dish soap. And while it might not seem like the most novel concept to people in some parts of the world, liquid soap isn’t as readily available in Ndubuisi’s home country.

So, the company has been able to make a pretty big impact on the market there. She even started a second project called Kadosh Production Company, which helps Nigerian farmers decrease waste and increase profits.

18.04.2015 Mothers & Daughters in Design : One of Each

From Design Indaba:
Meet Pauline and Tamburai, the mother and daughter duo and creators of African-inspired, one-of-a-kind handbags.

17.04.2015 Miami Brings Sustainability Leaders Together at Recycling Energy Forum Expo

(3BL and Just Means) Sustainability in Florida gets a bad rap. I understand that. Compared to New England, California and Europe, Florida overall lags in conversations about sustainability in business, government and education. Jesse Rittenhouse and Iraklis Kalamenios, co-founders of the Recycling Energy Forum, are working to change that.

Friday, April 24th hosts the first cross-sector Recycling Energy Forum Expo at the Kovens Conference Center in Miami, Florida. Freebee, Whole Foods Market of North Miami, the City of North Miami, Florida International University, and Zipcar are a few of the partners and sponsors of the expo. According to Rittenhouse, the goal is to bring together academics and students with private industries, government, and the public, encouraging them to leave their silos and share their innovations and solutions for a cleaner and healthier world. 

“It's key to educate one another across industries because most everything is connected in one way or another. If we ignore those externalities then we are being harmful to our environment and to ourselves,” says Rittenhouse.

The Recycling Energy Forum Expo will center on reducing waste and the life cycle of products and operations. Speakers include Leisha John, America’s Director for Environmental Sustainability from Ernst & Young. Her presentation called, Going for Zero: Achieving a Zero Waste Office, will shed light on what major companies have done to eliminate waste streams. Rittenhouse believes that though recycling is the last line of defense in reducing waste and pollution, many people have yet to consider it. And if they aren’t committed to recycling, they won’t be open to refusing, reusing, reducing or repurposing either.

“If a person doesn't even consider recycling, then we still have a long way to go to educate and support a system that is the most widely recognized and minimum standard to reduce waste,” explains Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse and Kalamenios have a vision for Miami to become a hub for alternative energy development and a city where the consideration of the collective impact of actions--or inactions-- is understood. They see a huge opportunity for smarter product design and more efficient life cycles to lead to a cradle-to-cradle process of thinking, and an awareness of our environmental footprints.

“Miami is rapidly developing into one of the largest, most visited cities in the world. Although it appears that we are behind many major cities in areas of sustainability, we have the advantage of being a relatively young, growing city that can learn, invest in, and take the best from other cities to create and adapt solutions,” explains Rittenhouse.

After the expo, Rittenhouse and Kalamenios will continue promoting the work of sustainability leaders through their soon-to-be B Corp, Recycling Energy Forum (REF). REF is a full service, boutique marketing agency that focuses on making purposeful connections for sustainable organizations. They are planning to host the second Recycling Energy Forum Expo in Germany next year.

“I believe collaboration will be key to help us all solve our sustainability issues. Challenges and potential collaborations like these are why I get up every day and I hope to work with more people who also believe that sustainable business is the only right way to do business,” says Rittenhouse.

I look forward to great collaboration at this event and encourage those of you in South Florida to join me! Read the speaker line-up for the expo. Register for the expo. Exhibit your company, school or NGO. Learn about REF.

 


 

 

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17.04.2015 FORUM2015: Getting Readers to Go Beyond the “Like” Button

Two top Public Radio International journalists shared how their very popular web site gets readers to take positive action after reading a story.

17.04.2015 The lucrative comedy business

The BBC reports:
With the advent of multichannel TV networks in many countries, aspiring comedians are getting more exposure, and more money, than ever before. From Lagos to Nairobi to Cape Town, comedy in Africa is increasingly big business.

16.04.2015 How to Really, Truly Integrate Sustainability Into Your Business

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SustainAbility’s recently released research See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance proposes a solution to the stalled state of sustainability reporting and transparency. See Change highlights three key elements that must be addressed in order to gain the most value from transparency and reporting efforts: materiality, valuation of externalities and integration. This is the last in a three-part series that explores those elements.

Earlier in this series we explored how materiality and the valuation of externalities enable companies to focus their transparency efforts and leverage the value of sustainability reporting. This final article discusses how companies can apply materiality and externalities valuation to integrate sustainability across the business.

True integration of sustainability means that material issues effectively are addressed within business functions and seen as critical to the company’s viability. Integration enables companies to understand internally, and — where relevant — communicate externally, how they create value and to better manage performance on critical issues.

Simply put, an integrated company is one that will be better positioned to thrive in a sustainable future. It also means that bolted-on CSR or sustainability departments, and even the word “sustainability” itself, will become a thing of the past. So how does a company become integrated?

A number of initiatives foster integration. These include integrated reporting, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (4AS) and the Benefit Corporation movement.

Integrated reporting and integrated thinking
The integrated reporting movement, guided by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), helps companies understand and communicate the ways in which their business models create value. This is not just about reporting; ideally, a company must demonstrate what is referred to as “integrated thinking” in order to report in an integrated manner.

Practically speaking, the IIRC’s framework serves as an instigator to gather colleagues from across departments to better understand the interconnections between material issues, and to take steps toward further integrating the management of these issues across the business.

While there aren’t many examples of truly integrated companies and integrated reports that reflect this integration, a few companies stand out, including Philips and SAP. We also profile The Crown Estate and Itaú Unibanco (PDF), and their approach to integration, in our See Change research report.

A4S and CFO Leadership
With companies’ growing understanding that sustainability issues often are tied to material risks, the role of the CFO is evolving from pure financial planning and reporting to the wider lens of value creation. One initiative that aims to engage CFOs in this new role is The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) CFO Leadership Network, which brings together CFOs to “embed the management of environmental and social issues into business processes and strategy.”

The network recently has published four guides to help the finance and accounting community take practical steps to integrate sustainability into their business processes and decisions. The guides cover topics such as embedding sustainability into capital investment appraisal and natural and social capital accounting.

Members of the network include companies such as The Crown Estate, Danone, Marks & Spencer, Royal DSM, Sainsbury’s and Unilever.

Benefit Corporations foster integration
Another initiative helping companies integrate sustainability into the core business is the Benefit Corporation (B Corp) movement fueled by non-profit B Lab. This initiative also expands current measures beyond financial value to include environmental and social worth.

Today most businesses legally are obliged to maximize benefit to shareholders, as stated in their articles of incorporation. In contrast, Benefit Corporations alter their articles of incorporation to allow them to serve a more holistic purpose. Benefit Corporations can make decisions in more integrated ways that take into account the interests of society and environment along with the financial bottom 
line.

In the U.S., benefit corporation legislation allowing for this change has passed in 27 states and the process is underway in 14 other states. There are over 1,550 registered Benefit Corporations, including Patagonia and Method.

Challenging yet rewarding
Integrated reporting, CFO engagement and Benefit Corporations are three initiatives that drive sustainability integration. However, there are certainly challenges. A significant barrier is lack of incentives and policy architecture. As long as the purpose of a company is to maximize value to shareholders and the financial implications of key externalities are discounted, it will be difficult for senior leadership to push for increased integration.

However, the potential benefits of integration — improved resilience, more informed decision-making and better investor engagement over the long term — are promising. We propose some practical guidance in See Change, summarized here.

  1. Establish senior-level governance structure for cross-functional discussions on material issues.
  2. Leverage existing tools (IIRC’s framework, 4AS CFO Leadership Network, Benefit Corporation status), to structure further engagements with investor relations, risk management, and those responsible for corporate strategy.
  3. Include sustainability performance data in the company’s annual report and financial performance in relevant sustainability communications.
  4. Highlight interconnections across environmental, social and financial areas and how they relate to the business model and value creation.
  5. Publish regular narratives and data about the integrated strategy and performance and produce an integrated report.

Ultimately, true integration means that the business not only has incorporated sustainability into the core business model, but that the business model itself is sustainable. Effective transparency — including a focus on material issues and related externalities — can inform and enable integration, and in the long-term support the evolution of business to be the creators of and participants in a sustainable future.

This article originally appeared in What’s Next, SustainAbility’s column for GreenBiz.

16.04.2015 FORUM2015: Scale Over Scalability — How Government Can Help

INDIA AT THE CROSSROADS THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 No discussion on making change happen in India would be complete without a discussion of government. However, in a session about India coming to an inflection point, government’s role in scaling social enterprises was front and center. In a panel comprised of social entrepreneurs […]

16.04.2015 FORUM2015: Ebola Readiness, Not Response

NEVER AGAIN? THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC’S WARNING ABOUT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE GAPS THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Ebola might happen again. Or, a different disease might strike. We must be prepared. We must have health systems strengthening. Local governments must be ready. But they need outside help. Those were the main messages of today’s moving […]

16.04.2015 FORUM2015: Entrepreneurs On Triumphing Over Adversity

DOWN IS NOT DEFEATED THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 This session, moderated by Diana Aviv (President and CEO, Independent Sector), brought together an incredible panel of social entrepreneurs to discuss how leaders can overcome personal and professional hardships and develop a deep sense of resilience and self-belief in the toughest times. Panelists included […]

16.04.2015 FORUM2015: Explain Your Value-Add When Partnering

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FOR IMPACT AT SCALE THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 In this session, Bhaskar Chakravorti led a group discussion of methods by which social enterprise organizations can initiate and structure high-impact partnerships with both global and local corporations and governments. Several participants, especially Timothy Cross of YouthBuild USA, shared some invaluable insights […]

16.04.2015 The Next Hot Trend On Campus: Creating Innovation

Brad Lukanic in Fastco via Adafruit:
image via Fastco
As tomorrow’s global citizens enter higher education with words like “make,” “hack,” and “prototype” embedded in their vocabulary, they are fueling a powerful movement toward “learning by creating.”

Faced with the shifting ambitions of students and changes in institutional funding streams, colleges and universities are embracing “learning by creating,” allowing them to leverage the traditional spirit of an educational community with students’ growing entrepreneurial focus. In response, these institutions are adopting powerful new models to erode the boundaries of historically siloed disciplinary thinking and empower new levels of discovery.

A number of colleges and universities around the world are leading the way as they introduce learning facilities billed as “innovation + incubator + maker centers.” These centers focus on multi-disciplinary inquiry that can foster partnerships with industry and fully leverage available grants and funding for research. Advancing these new models can help universities recruit fresh talent, establish new partnerships for success and promote an environment where emerging leaders can explore the complex social challenges of our time.
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16.04.2015 Support Puku: The Most Stylish Charging Device

In the African hardware space,on Indiegogo Puku co-founded Meck Khalfan:
"A portable charger that is as stylish as it is powerful"

15.04.2015 How To Pick A Good Blog Post Topic

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I have to say, one of the joys of working in marketing is the ability to write and share my own thoughts, expertise and opinions on a weekly basis. I absolutely love writing and plan to do so for as long as my fingers can type. Of course, it all looks more fun when you are first diving into blogging… read more →

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15.04.2015 A “Sandesh” from the field

Debanjana and Parikshit, Rang De chapter members in Kolkata, recently completed a field trip to Sandeshkali (near Kolkata). Here they write about their experience and share some important observations.

With the "Rani " SHG in Sandeshkali

The evolution of Rang De over the past 5 years in particular has ben staggering but its presence in Kolkata was absent. When we first decided on initiating a Kolkata chapter, it felt like a good idea to understand the model right down to the grass root level. And thus the idea of visiting one of the fields with one of Rang De’s Kolkata based field partners was born.

We met Chinmoy Naik, who, along with Antony Mondal, took us to the village of Sandeshkhali, a fair bit outside the realms of Kolkata and the urban living ways.… Read further

13.04.2015 SustainAbility Recertifies as a B Corp and Honored as 'Best for Workers' by B Lab

In April 2013 SustainAbility became the third Certified B Corporation in the UK. This month we have recertified and we are proud to have made the grade with an even more rigorous Impact Assessment from B Lab.

In the last two years, the B Corp community has almost doubled in size to over 1,200 Certified B Corps, across 121 industries and 38 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business, not just to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.

Certified B Corps also create higher quality jobs and today, for the second year in a row, SustainAbility has been recognized for creating the most positive overall employee impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for Workers’ list. The B Corp Best for Workers list honors businesses that earned a worker score in the top 10% of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses around the globe.

The B Corp ‘Best for Worker’ list sets the gold standard for high impact companies and demonstrates any type of company can use business as a force for good. It is part of the ‘Best for the World’ series, which has inspired the Best for NYC campaign, the first municipal public-private impact partnership in the world to support businesses to create more high quality jobs and improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods, all while strengthening their bottom-line.

Additional 2015 Best For Workers Honorees include Cooperative Home Care Associates, a worker-owned cooperative based in the Bronx, Venezuelan biotechnology firm ETAVENCA, America’s oldest flour brand King Arthur Flour and Kansas-based MAX Insurance. The 98 ‘Best for Workers’ companies come from 31 different industries such as manufacturing, insurance, software development, education and healthcare. 35% of honorees are based outside the US, with companies operating in emerging markets such as Brazil, Ghana, and Venezuela. (Full list at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)

“Today’s honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best for the world. We hope many will take the first step by using the B Impact Assessment to measure and manage their impact with as much rigor as their profit,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the independent third party standard used to generate the comparable assessment of corporate impact.

B Lab simultaneously released separate lists recognizing the companies ‘Best for the World’ (overall impact), ‘Best for Community’ (community impact), and ‘Best for the Environment’ (environmental impact). A total of 350 companies were named 2015 Best For the World Honorees, including Natura, d.light designs, Roshan New Belgium Brewery, Method Products and Seventh Generation. The 2015 Best for the World Honorees represent nearly one-third of all B Corps, displaying a wide range of excellence throughout the community.

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. These companies use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at bimpactassessment.net.

13.04.2015 Global Ideas News Brief: Nigeria's new leader

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Governance

Nigerian Politics - Please Don't Expect Miracles
The Economist
The president-elect faces enormous tasks, starting with halting corruption

Can Nigeria’s Former Dictator Become a Democrat?
NYT
Last time Muhammadu Buhari came to power, on Dec. 31, 1983, he seized it. The coup came at a time when Nigeria’s economy was reeling from plunging world oil prices, corruption scandals and security challenges.

Libya's Civil War - An Oily Mess
The Economist
As negotiations fail to progress, one side tries to grab the oil revenue

'Iraq is Finished'
The Atlantic
Tribal leaders reflect on the enemy destroying their country from within.

Iran's Incremental Revolution
The Atlantic
Through rap music and nude sketches, ordinary Iranians are quietly resisting their regime.

The Roadblocks to Normalization
The Atlantic
Despite a productive meeting between President Obama and Raul Castro, fully restoring ties with Cuba will be a complex and lengthy process.

Urban renewal

Urban Regeneration - Polishing the City of Gold
The Economist
As badlands get cleaned up, the poor still get pushed to the margins

Economy

India's Push to Resume Ore Mining Stymied
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
A price slump in the global market for iron ore has thwarted a quick fix that could have given India’s economy a boost.

Global development

'Rate my aid' and other ways that TripAdvisor could revolutionise development work
The Guardian
Journalists, consultants, civil servants; there’s no end to the things that a developmental version of the travel website would be useful to rate

Financial inclusion

Driving Financial Inclusion at 4G Speed
Huffington Post
Base-of-the-pyramid financial services providers in emerging markets are increasingly using data analytics to pioneer new products for reaching the unbanked.

Women and girls

Meet the global feminists changing the world for girls from Kenya to Egypt
The Guardian
Feminists from around the world report on life for girls in their countries

Innovation

This Clever Platform Is Helping Waste Pickers Solve India's Growing Trash Problem
Fast.Co.Exist
Bangalore waste pickers now separate organics from recyclables at local homes and offices—and make a lot more money.

Funding

The Seven Commandments of Funding
The Stanford Social Innovation Review
Discusses the seven important principles of funding aid campaigns.

Healthcare

How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?
Freakonomics Podcast
A lot of the conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that. With the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

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13.04.2015 Breaking Bread Together: tackling social isolation & hunger with food waste

Food poverty in the UK has increased by more than 160 per cent in the past year, according to some estimates. Yet, 98 per cent of edible surplus food is thrown away by grocers and retailers.

“In the UK, an estimated 20 million tonnes of food is wasted each year across the supply chain (from plough to plate) with at least 400,000 tonnes of this thrown away at retail level,” according to FoodCycle, which served more than 31,000 meals last year to people in need.

With the help of volunteers working at community hubs, FoodCycle sources surplus food from retailers and prepares hot, nutritious meals for vulnerable community members. Different from a food bank, FoodCycle also tackles social isolation – its communal dining events help people build social connections, which has shown to be a key factor affecting community resilience and even individual life spans.

“We serve a three-course meal, cooked from scratch, which will often include up to five portions of fruit and vegetables,” said Steven Hawkes, Communications and Fundraising Manager at FoodCycle. “It is also incredibly important to us that we’re serving good food, not just any food. Even though they are ‘surplus’ ingredients, everything we use is perfectly edible.”

FoodCycle was recently named a winner of the Makers of More challenge, launched by Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers. We sat down with Steven to discuss the challenges of putting surplus food to work and how sitting down to eat together can also strengthen communities.

1. Why is so much food wasted in the UK? 

Food is wasted for all sorts of reasons – at a household level it’s often due to cooking too much, not using leftovers, and buying too much to start with. Meanwhile at a retail level, waste can occur due to mislabelling, product or packaging damage, shelf life date expiration, and over-ordering.

FoodCycle works with supermarkets, greengrocers and other retailers to source perfectly edible surplus food in a safe and responsible way. This food would otherwise be sent to landfill, anaerobic digestion, or composting. We take these ingredients (mainly fresh fruit and vegetables) to a local kitchen space, and our volunteers turn them into healthy three-course meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation in the community.

2. What are some of the challenges FoodCycle faces with sourcing or preparing surplus food?

All sorts really! To start, it was a challenge to convince retailers to donate their

surplus food and to start new partnerships with charities and community centres. We’ve learnt a lot over the last five years and built up that essential trust and credibility. We’re now in conversations with all major supermarkets and have a much more robust expansion model of social franchising.

A day-to-day challenge is not knowing what food we’ll get each day – but that can also be a hugely enjoyable part of volunteering! Our volunteers collect the ingredients just a few hours before serving a three-course meal for around 40 people so it’s always a challenge. We have to make the most of whatever surplus we get from retailers that week. There are some things we almost always get (bananas, salad leaves, bread) but most ingredients will be totally unpredictable: from a sack of potatoes and a glut of mushrooms one week to kilograms of aubergines and lemons the next!

Because of this, our volunteers need to be creative and resourceful in the kitchen – it’s a bit like Ready, Steady, Cook but on a much bigger scale! Of course we do encourage volunteers to buy some ingredients: often pasta, rice, lentils, or dairy products to make sure the meals we’re serving are as tasty, balanced, and nutritious as possible.

3. FoodCycle works with community partners in order to deliver hot, nutritious meals to those most in need. Can you tell us about one such community partner and how they have been crucial to making an impact?

We serve FoodCycle meals to people at risk from food poverty and social isolation, which in practice means that we build a partnership with a local community group working with vulnerable individuals.

For example, our Islington Hub works with the local MIND centre and serves to people affected by mental health issues, and our Leeds Hub works with refugees and asylum seekers at a local community centre.

We work with five vulnerable groups at our projects across the UK: homeless people, older people, people affected by mental health problems, low-income families, and asylum seekers/refugees.

As well as the immediate benefit of a healthy meal, many FoodCycle service users really value the social side of our meal. For people that live alone this might be the only time in the week that they get the opportunity to sit down and eat with others.

4. Sharing a meal tackles both food poverty and social isolation. How has sitting down and eating together affected the communities FoodCycle serves?

Eating with others has huge social benefits – it helps people to connect with each other, it relaxes people, it encourages mindful eating, and it’s fun. Ultimately it’s the best way to enjoy food – and we believe everyone deserves the right to this. Our FoodCycle Hubs bring people together at the dining table - many of whom live alone and will eat alone for the rest of the week – to enjoy a nutritious three-course meal in a friendly and welcoming environment.

  • Some examples of the benefits of sharing a meal include:
  • 85% of our guests have made new friends since coming to FoodCycle
  • 87% of our guests feel more part of the community since coming to FoodCycle
  • 54% of guests are now interested in volunteering or being involved in other activities in their community

By providing a sit-down meal in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, we work to reduce social isolation – as people who often feel excluded get the chance to mix with others and feel valued as part of their community. This can have a huge community benefit: food brings people together in a way that nothing else really can.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Virgin.com. Find out more about FoodCycle.

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13.04.2015 Bold in Action: Learning on the Job

“There’s a broken pipeline between school and work. We’re saying, for some students, let’s give them another option. For all students, let’s encourage real world learning.”

Meet 2013 Echoing Green Fellow Kane Sarhan, co-founder of Enstitute. Kane’s early, exciting career opportunities led him and his co-founder to build the first national apprenticeship program for twenty-first century careers in technology, business, design and entrepreneurship. Learn more about Kane and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship.

 

This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green Fellows. Learn about their organizations, their moments of obligation, and how Echoing Green supports their work, on our YouTube channel.

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