many hands together

Conscious Capitalism in the News – August Roundup

In this August’s Conscious Capitalism in the News:  Indian school kids mail plastic back to manufacturers, blockchain meets impact investing, how to become a socially conscious investor, and more…

Socially Conscious Investing for Beginners:  How Do I Start? – Techbullion

Social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and the philosophy of conscious capitalism have made headways over that last decade. Why?

We all know that there are huge problems to solve which are not being effectively addressed by world governments.

The publicization of corporate scandals and the transparency of social media has made us all aware that we need to take responsibility for our planet, the people (all of us) and our financial health. Companies are stepping in to solve these problems. And these are the companies that are going to be around for the long game.

But what you might not be aware of is that socially conscious investing can be also quite profitable. And with its rise in popularity has come an increase in opportunities that make impact investing easy for everyone (not just accredited investors!)

Roboadvisors and online platforms allow anyone to invest. Some for as little as $50 to get started.

So, if you are interested in changing the world while changing your financial future, give socially responsible investing a look. Techbullion has some beginner tips that will help you better define your strategy.

Related:  Governments and Emojis Can’t Solve World Problems:  We Can

30% of all Food Globally is Wasted Per Year:  Start-Ups Develop Solutions – CB Insights

Why do we waste food?

There are many factors involved. And most of them have to do with the global supply chain.

Think about it. Produce and proteins have to travel many miles before making it to a store, and eventually to your plate. One third of all the food produced never makes it to your plate. This food waste costs the grocery business 18 billion per year.

Enter startups focused on solving global food supply chain problems. They are working on a variety of solutions. From oxygen-monitoring sensors inside freight containers to plant-based preservative formulas.

Preserving food through its journey from source to fork can help battle extensive food waste.

Yale, America’s 2nd Largest Endowment, Says “No” to Assault Weapons Retailers – Inside Higher Ed

A faculty member asked the university to divest from companies that make military-style assault rifles. The Yale investing community agreed, sort of. They decided not to invest in traditional retail distributors or promoters and dealers who sell assault weapons at gun shows.

Yale is taking a position that there is a distinction between retail distributors and manufacturers. They still believe that assault weapons “may be used for sanctioned purposes by the military and law enforcement.” Therefore, they won’t be divesting from the source of assault weapons, only from some of the weapon’s retailers.

Yale is committed to research, scholarship and education for the betterment of the world; this requires an environment in which teachers and students are free from gun violence and the fear of gun violence. – Yale Corporation Committee on Investor Responsibility

The new policy apparently won’t cause Yale to sell any of its current holdings.

Related:  Are There Guns in Your Wallet?

Sustainable Brands Rising to The Challenge – Forbes

Companies, and activists generally use the word “sustainable” in reference to environmental issues. However, more companies are now also addressing social issues in their environmental sustainability programs because they are realizing how interrelated they are.

Examples of sustainability initiatives include:

  • Developing sustainable products and services
  • Creating positions like Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Publishing sustainability reports
The greatest realization brands must make is that sustainability goes beyond caring for the environment.

88% of business school students believe that environmental and social issues are priorities in business. An increasing number of first-time entrepreneurs are building their companies around environmental protection. This has led to the rise of promising startups that focus on durable, eco-friendly and recycled products.

Consumer studies indicate that today’s consumers support corporate activism and are more likely to spend a bit more on a sustainable brand.

The greatest realization brands must make is that sustainability goes beyond caring for the environment.

Sustainability involves three major aspects — environmental, economic and social — each of which must be taken into consideration for a true sustainability strategy.

Related:  10 Quick Ways to Make Money While Helping the Planet

Open Call For Sustainable Solutions – Anheuser-Busch Invites Innovators to Help Solve Sustainability Challenges

Anheuser-Busch invites innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a passion for building a more sustainable future, to apply to its new 100+ Accelerator program. The program seeks to bring together creative minds from across the country to tackle some of the most pressing global sustainability issues.

The issues have been grouped into 10 specific challenges, developed with input from internal and independent experts around the world.

  1.     Every Single Drop

How can we address watershed conservation, improve water access, and reduce water wastage?

  1.     Smart Agriculture

Agriculture science is rapidly advancing yet many growers do not have access to that technology. How can we protect crops from disease and pests and how can we use technology to ensure zero waste occurs in the sorting of malt barley?

  1.     Close The Loop

What greener alternatives exist for packaging and how can we make sure that the collection and recycling of waste is more efficient in developing economies?

  1.     The Future of Brewing

How can we use technology at the various stages of the brewing process to increase efficiency and reduce waste?

  1.     Carbon Action

What are the cutting-edge renewable energy solutions for farms, how can technology be used to monitor energy and increase efficiency and what new solutions are there for removing carbon from the atmosphere?

  1.     Safer & Greener Logistics

How can smart, safe, fuel-efficient logistics transform the supply chain footprint?

  1.     Responsible Sourcing

How can we increase transparency of complex supply chains and what scalable solutions could enhance responsible sourcing practices?

  1.     Empowering Small Business

How can we effectively disseminate knowledge and transfer technology throughout the small businesses in our supply chain? How can we promote economic productivity through digital training and financial inclusion?

  1.     Waste To Wellbeing

The current food supply and how we consume globally is not sustainable. Can the millions of tons of grain and yeast co-product be repurposed and used to help feed those who need it?

  1.  All Hands

How can our company improve its working environment to make it more focused on recycling, conserving water, and travelling more efficiently?

Individuals or startups can submit their solutions to any of the ten challenges, with successful applicants to receive funding and other support including access to new networks and mentorship. Application forms and more details are available on the 100+ Accelerator website. The deadline for submissions is 12:00AM PST, September 14, 2018 .

Blockchain Meets Impact Investing to Tackle UN Sustainability Goals – Information Age

The Sweetbridge Alliance has been around since 2003. It is a group of small and large organizations and educational institutions working towards optimizing a sustainable supply chain ecosystem to help meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Global Goals set by the UN.

Blockchain-focused organization ixo have joined the Sweetbridge Alliance with a common aim for increased financial sustainability. Ixo’s mission is to build a trusted global information network that is owned by everyone, enabling anyone to become the creators of their own impact projects and stakeholders in other the projects they believe in.

Anyone should have the opportunity to participate in the fast-growing impact economy, to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that no person gets left behind. – Dr Shaun Conway, president and founder of the ixo Foundation

The implementation of ixo’s protocols will initially allow Sweetbridge to verify impacts relating to supply of capital, goods and services. This will eventually lead to the development of Sweetbridge’s cryptocurrency token, Bridgecoin (BRC), which would see these projects receiving low-cost loans.

We have long supported the Triple Bottom Line approach of using data and decentralised technologies to drive better outcomes through supply chains, not just for improving financial performance and reducing costs, but ensuring sustainable environmental practices and supporting the health and welfare of all workers and society in general. – Mac McGary, President of the Sweetbridge Alliance Network

Related:  Create Impact with a Unique, Ethical Engagement Ring

Indian School Children Mail Plastic Packaging Back to Manufacturers – Return To Now

Plastic waste is piling up in the streets and city councilors in India have come up with a solution.  They’ve asked school children to round up plastic packaging, and mail it back to the manufacturers.

Students from one middle school in the port city of Thoothukudi collected, sorted, and mailed more than 20,000 packaged food wrappers back to the companies who manufactured them in less than two weeks.

More than 50% of the wrappers came from a company called Britannia (owned primarily by Nabisco) which makes biscuits, bread and cakes.

Along with the wrappers, the students sent a letter:

“We are happy with the taste and quality of your products, but unhappy with the plastic packaging. We want to ensure a safe environment for our future generations and minimize our plastic footprint. We have decided to collect used plastic wrappers of your products and send them to you for safe disposal. Please help us savor your products without guilt, by introducing eco-friendly packaging.”

The companies also received a letter from Thoothukudi commissioner reminding them of a 2016 law which states that producers, importers and brand owners are responsible for collecting plastic waste left by their products, not municipalities. He has given them two months to come up with a plan to clean up their own mess.

Related:  Top 5 Ways to End Plastic in the Oceans

 

 

, , , , , , , , ,
Previous Post
Your Money In The News – August 2018
Next Post
Your Money In The News – September 2018

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

Menu
Disclosure: this article contains affiliate links. We keep you, the planet and its humans in mind when choosing affiliate partners. Here's our process for choosing partners, and how we pay our writers, developers, and artists.