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Luxury fashion brands are upcycling and embracing resale to reduce the industry’s massive pollution problem This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free...
Luxury fashion brands say they are fighting waste through partnerships with online consignors and starting in-house resale shopsBy adopting the circular economy model, fashion can cut its massive carbon footprint and create loyal customersThe pandemic has led to a huge spike...
Pandemic highlights differences between infection rates among ethnic groups.Medical experts are turning to “precision medicine,” or tailored treatment informed by genomic data.The World Economic Forum unveiled an initiative that aims to boost the use and collection of...
How social enterprises are better connecting people to their communities.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every morning, subscribe here.
Ethiopia is building a dam to generate cheap hydroelectric power, frustrating Egypt’s attempt to guarantee its water supply. The prospect of cheap electricity is expected to generate economic development and create business opportunities in Ethiopia and neighboring countries.Access...
SolarX, a West African renewable energy equipment provider, raised its first round of capital this year. About 57% of the continent’s population does not have access to reliable electricity, which creates obstacles for everyday life and commercial business activities. The...
Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté was awarded the 2020 Mandela Prize by the U.N. for his work fighting against harmful practices against women.An estimated four million girls worldwide are forced to undergo female genital mutilation each year. It has...
In his new book, “Impact,” Sir Ronald Cohen writes about how to bring stakeholder capitalism into the mainstream.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to...
Philanthropies are growing more dependent on a small number of billionaire donors. The Giving Pledge debuted 10 years ago to encourage the world’s richest people to boost their altruism, but their giving hasn’t kept pace with their growing...
Meet the social enterprises pandering to your pets.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every morning, subscribe here.
Marianna Vardinoyannis was awarded the 2020 Mandela Prize by the United Nations. She is being recognized for her humanitarian work, including expanding access to health care for children. Vardinoyannis says the world needs to work together to offer all...
George Floyd’s death while being arrested by Minneapolis police sparked a range of reactions from peaceful protests to property destruction, from individual soul-searching to countless discussions about racial inequality around the world — including among the impact...
Actis is finding profits developing a green shopping mall and bringing power to millions in Cameroon, something it’s repeating throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.Actis has invested in renewable energy projects — in countries including Mexico, India,...
Catalytic capital is a cost curve bender in impact investing.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every morning, subscribe here.
On the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, impact investors are looking at disability inclusion funding as the next frontier.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the...
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says the travel tech company lost 80% of its business in six weeks as the coronavirus pandemic crushed the travel industry. Chesky outlines how he guided Airbnb’s pandemic response with the company’s core principles,...
The creative economy and its local flavor is the next frontier for impact investors.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every...
Impact investors, increasingly interested in the creative economy, are convening a community to identify new investment vehicles for $1 billion. With COVID-19 keeping everything local, impact investors see a new link between the creative economy and economic development. The...
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai will all testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee and its Antitrust Subcommittee as questions about their business practices take center stage. 
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the United Nations General Assembly, says cooperation is still the best solution to tackle the pandemic affecting the worldRecently, the U.S. moved to withdraw from the World Health Organization, one of the globe’s...
Tech for good is taking over the robot takeover.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every morning, subscribe here.
A recent push to broaden workforces focuses on people of color, and may downplay women, older workers and those with disabilities who also bring variety to a company.  Working towards diversity requires being specific about the groups included...
Upward Farms, an indoor agriculture company, raised $15 million to boost its operations. Vertical farming companies are booming amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has increased demand for locally grown greens. The company aims to increase the diversity of bacteria...
Lab-produced food sales gain as health and sustainability concerns grow.Perfect Day, which produces dairylike products in a lab, recently raised $300 million in funding.Lab-grown meat, for example, could reduce the use of energy by as much as...
COVID-19 threatens to reverse some of the progress made in fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, speakers said at the 23rd International AIDS Conference. Because of the pandemic, the conference took place online for the first time since it...
Project Sage 3.0 reports that 138 funds have invested $4.8 billion with a gender lens. And women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America are gaining access to capital. We look at a...
While the U.K. moves to ask retirement funds to disclose their portfolios’ carbon footprint, U.S. authorities may limit pension plan managers’ ability to factor in environmental, sustainability and governance issues in their investment decisions.
Figuring out when tech is “mission-driven” and making life better rather than just easier usually depends on your values. Sometimes, like when Code for America develops systems that help nonviolent juvenile offenders clear their records, it’s clearly...
Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s and House Democrats’ climate crisis plans aim high —  and very wideThe plans call for $6.7 trillion in investments to build a clean energy economyWhile technology exists to achieve the Democrats’ goals, many...
With online learning becoming at least part of education for the foreseeable future, edtech continues to be a growth sector amid the pandemic. Accelerators like LearnLaunch and BoomStartup will certainly be busy.  This article...
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