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Patagonia Just Made Another Major Move To Save The Earth And Your Wallet

Patagonia’s cult following is thanks to more than just a need for durable outdoor clothing and an enthusiasm for normcore style The company also has some pretty stellar earth-friendly business practices, like donating all $10 million of its Black Friday sales to grassroots environmental groups. It’s about to get even better. Starting in April 2017, shoppers will be able to bring their used Patagonia merchandise [...]

LinkedIn brings refugee assistance program to the U.S.

As a social network dedicated to improving the economic and professional status of its members, LinkedIn constantly looks to help people land their dream job and move up in the world. This includes people no matter where they come from or background, namely refugees. In February, the company launched a program called Welcome Talent with the aim of connecting refugees to internships in their host country. [...]

Philanthropic Giving by Ultra Rich on the Rise

Individuals with an ultra-high net worth (UHNW) constitute a mere 0.004 percent of the world’s adult population. Many of these ultra-wealthy individuals are involved in philanthropic activities and gift-giving, primarily motivated by a personal sense of fulfillment. In 2015, global giving by the ultra rich grew by three percent, according to a new report from Wealth-X and Arton Capital. The report titled “Changing Philanthropy: Trend [...]

Try, Try Again: Starbucks Weathers One Boycott After Another

by Tina Casey on Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017 New Economics   The recent surge in boycotts prompted TriplePundit to explore why some consumer-driven exercises in social activism work, and some don’t. A good case study is Starbucks. The company has become a prime target for boycotts over the past several years, and it is facing yet another consumer backlash after pledging to hire thousands of refugees. The [...]

ImpactAssets Releases Annual IA 50 Impact Investment Fund Showcase

ImpactAssets has released its 2016 impact investing showcase, the ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50), a free online resource for investors and financial advisors. The sixth annual list provides a diversified overview of fund managers representing private debt and equity investments that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns. Fund managers included in the IA 50 2016 manage an estimated $10.6 billion in assets [...]

Coming Together to Address Racism and Homelessness

[This is the transcript of a talk delivered by Jeff Olivet in San Francisco on October 17, 2016 at the kickoff of the Center for Social Innovation's national racism and homelessness initiative, SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities)] When I began as a street outreach worker two decades ago, I was told that homelessness was a problem of affordable housing. It certainly is that. I [...]

This Humanitarian Group Had To Lay Off More Than 140 Staffers After Trump’s Refugee Ban

International humanitarian aid organization World Relief says it has been forced to lay off more than 140 staff members in the wake of President Donald Trump’s drastic restrictions on refugee resettlement in the U.S. The Baltimore-based nonprofit has also made the “difficult decision” to close five local offices that have collectively resettled more than 25,000 refugees over the past four decades, it announced this week. Just [...]

Primary funding: the social enterprise turning profit into pencils for schoolchildren

Restocking the stationery cupboard is right up there on the list of dull office tasks but the social enterprise Yoobi promises to increase the feel-good factor by matching each item bought with a donation to an underprivileged schoolchild. Indeed one of the features of social enterprise – businesses that exist for a social purpose – is that they create funding and resources to help to [...]

9 Parents On How They’re Teaching Their Kids To Resist Bigotry

For progressive parents, the 2016 election was devastating, especially for those of us whose kids had gotten involved in the election process. While raising kids under a Trump regime is less than pleasant, the next four years will certainly offer up many opportunities for teaching moments with our kids. This is how nine real parents plan to teach their kids kindness, acceptance and yes, resistance moving [...]

13 Sustainability Newsletters Worth Your Time

by Mary Mazzoni on Friday, Feb 17th, 2017 Corporate Responsibility The early days of the Donald Trump administration have been anything but boring. Many of us open our news apps with baited breath these days, as the incoming administration delivers policy after policy that sends the broader sustainability community into an uproar. But amidst the cries that the sky is falling, the discerning reader can [...]