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Deadly coronavirus takes greater toll U.S. black households Black wages and employment were gaining before the virus began taking its toll and reversed the trendRacial issues raised by pandemic and Floyd death may help policymakers prepare for next...
ESG-focused enterprises and other firms accessed the government’s pandemic relief funds, aided by the KPMG Spark accounting system, but some nonprofits are worried the monies may prove insufficient if there is another outbreak.The U.S. government made almost...
Social enterprise founders are making changes in the wake of the pandemicA more nimble approach sets companies up for future successBusinesses everywhere are facing challenges and opportunities; pivot execution may dictate who survives Businesses,...
GameAbove Capital aims at investing in minority- and women-owned businesses with a focus on sustainability.Started by CapStone Holdings, GameAbove is deploying $50 million amid the economic downturn that is hurting small and medium-sized companies.COVID-19’s spread is exacerbating...
New corporate bond fund aims to do for capital markets what gender-lens investors did for equity marketsTargeting capital markets for gender-lens investing could recruit another C-suite ally for gender equality: the CFO charged with raising funding for...
Advocacy groups urge the U.S. government to disclose information about a taxpayer-funded venture to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with the private sector.Public Citizen and other groups have raised concerns that pharmaceutical companies may be able...
Lockdowns and quarantines have limited access to period products, especially in emerging marketsSocial enterprises are finding creative ways to distribute products and educate consumersReusable period products, which are also more environmentally sustainable, are becoming a better option
Americans benefit from receiving a larger portion of the over $1.2 trillion kept by charitable foundations to offset the economic pain brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, says a nonprofit organization.Institute for Policy Studies is part of...
Coronavirus lockdown opens new paths for online educationThe edtech field may see its growth accelerating even faster because of pandemicThe world of education and worker retraining has been upended by the coronavirus, with many changes that could...
COVID-19 may speed up modernization and design at U.S. nursing homes The high death and infection rates at nursing homes drew attention to severe problems there One-third of all U.S. deaths related to COVID-19 are nursing home residents...
Investors seek to eject McDonald’s board members over their approval of what stakeholders say is an excessive pay package to a former CEO, accused of violating company policy.The fight over executive pay comes at a time when...
RBC Global Asset Management got $7.5 million from a California-based pension fund in early May to deploy in its flagship impact investing initiative, says the firm. RBC GAM says its impact investment project has...
Pandemic highlights need to invest more in women utilizing so-called “gender lens”Investing in women has proven lucrative while boosting women’s socioeconomic standing and promoting gender equalityInstitutional investors used the gender lens as part of their criteria to...
Three networks have formed to coordinate responses to the pandemic from impact investorsCoordinating to share vital information and best practices helps the response on the ground and strengthens the sector’s post-COVID futureCreating better and tighter feedback loops...
Growing number of conservatives, especially millennials, joining a concerted effort to battle climate change Climate-change-fighting conservatives plan to support investment in renewable energy efforts, including solar and wind power, while also encouraging energy innovations.Democratic groups question whether the...
Startups led by women attract more venture capital, but gap remains wideOpportunities for non-technical female entrepreneurs are growing, Partech says  While the overall number of female-led startups getting cash increased, the percentage of dollars invested remains stagnant
U.S. workers received a 5.6% bump in earnings from March to April, driven by low-wage job losses.The increase in earnings is due to the economy shedding mostly low- income jobs, which shifted the average earnings higher and...
As the economy gears up, some will remain working from home. Teleworking is a strategic business initiative and could help fight climate change, experts say. Now that telecommuting has been embraced, it’s here to stay. With...
Unconscious bias, including racial bias, is heightened in a crisis (like the pandemic)If investors focus on low-risk, familiar strategies, they may be unintentionally continuing biased decision-makingBlack business owners have been especially hard-hit in the coronavirus, and there...
Governments are turning to contact tracing apps to curtail pandemic, raising concerns over privacyGovernments of all levels are seeking apps that track people’s movements.The issue of privacy may continue to be a sore one as technology enables...
Blockchain technology can help further sustainability issuesThe inexpensive technology offers a network that provides secure information instantly availableThe low adoption rate of blockchain technology has to do with a digital divide in the world where only some...
Ocean Spray’s cranberry farmers have gone through an extensive auditing process to verify their efforts to grow crops in a sustainable way, says the company.The verification process enables farmers to put in place new solutions to drive...
Asset managers are pumping out ESG-related information that is not focused on what investors want to see, says a communications company. A search engine and social media survey shows investors are looking for issues...
A consumer group calls on pharmaceutical companies to freeze drug prices during the COVID-19 pandemic and says the U.S. government should regulate medicine cost increases.The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has increased prices for existing drugs on a yearly...
India’s massive informal sector has had no protection as the country’s economy has been nearly paralyzed by the lockdown imposed to ease the COVID-19 outbreak.Agriculture and healthcare are sectors that impact investors might want to explore in...
As retailers, restaurants and corporations around the world return to the work, they’ll be managing ESG risk in new ways — with an emphasis on the S, or social factorsThe potential liability from COVID-19 may leave companies...
White House effort to open meat plants cheered markets, while others worried about worker healthU.K.’s FAIRR, unions, see missed chance to tackle problems in industryMeat packing industry hit hard by pandemic, with plant closures and thousands of...
Concerned investors have contacted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, ahead of a proposed rule change that could make it difficult for stakeholders to influence corporate behavior.The proposed SEC rule change could make it difficult for less-wealthy...
Microshare’s tracking service, originally aimed to help sustainability, is attracting attention for its potential to help companies contain the effects of COVID-19.The Philadelphia startup is one of several firms pitching tracking tools to companies and governments.The advent...
Texas has bought medical technology from companies, including PerkinElmer, to help boost its COVID-19 testing capacity. PerkinElmer is a medical equipment company with a focus on social and environmental impact.Texas is one of several states that is slowly...
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