Stories About The Bottom Billion

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Combating Child Labor on India’s Tobacco Farms
Combating Child Labor on India’s Tobacco Farms

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Child labor and other labor abuses are recurring problems characteristic to tobacco-growing and other agricultural communities in countries such as India. But Philip Morris International’s Agricultural Labor Practices is creating a step change.

Trending: Partnerships Laying More Groundwork for Circular Plastics Economy
Trending: Partnerships Laying More Groundwork for Circular Plastics Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The US’ biggest beverage companies have invested into ensuring they get ‘Every Bottle Back’ for recycling; Bluewater is helping Londoners ditch single-use bottles; and SC Johnson and Plastic Bank are broadening the Social Plastic ecosystem.

How Rebalancing Power Dynamics Can Create More Sustainable Value Chains
How Rebalancing Power Dynamics Can Create More Sustainable Value Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - From growers to sellers and consumers, there’s no doubt coffee touches billions of people every single day. But as coffee prices continue to decline, how can we address the underlying power dynamics that are driving unsustainable practices?

SB’19 Madrid Offers Tasting Menu of ‘Moonshot Thinking’ for the Future of Humankind
SB’19 Madrid Offers Tasting Menu of ‘Moonshot Thinking’ for the Future of Humankind

THE NEXT ECONOMY - At SB’19 Madrid last week, a diverse array of innovators in various fields demonstrated the notion that asking the right questions and being willing to use imagination to find solutions to the climate crisis and other pressing global issues can turn a Moonshot into reality.

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How Kohler Has 'Tapped' an Internal Flow of Entrepreneurial Ideas
How Kohler Has 'Tapped' an Internal Flow of Entrepreneurial Ideas

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - To help address the need to provide access to clean water and sanitation around the world, Kohler launched an internal “Shark Tank”-style social innovation competition — and many of its 38,000 employees are loving the chance to share their big ideas.

Could Air-Based Foods Be the Alternative Diet Trend That Saves the Planet?
Could Air-Based Foods Be the Alternative Diet Trend That Saves the Planet?

CLEANTECH - “We are already seeing a shift from animal-based to plant-based protein. The next evolution — from land-based to air-based protein — will allow us to [feed] a growing population without needing to remove rainforests or natural habitats.”

A Cleaner, ‘Greener’ World: Hilton Expands Soap Recycling for Global Handwashing Day
A Cleaner, ‘Greener’ World: Hilton Expands Soap Recycling for Global Handwashing Day

WASTE NOT - Hilton properties have collectively recycled four million pounds of soap, resulting in 11 million soap bars being distributed to communities in need in 127 countries. Starting today, soap recycling is now a brand standard across over 5,300 Hilton properties.

94 Mayors Recognize Global Climate Emergency, Support Global Green New Deal
94 Mayors Recognize Global Climate Emergency, Support Global Green New Deal

LEADERSHIP - At the C40 Summit in Copenhagen, mayors of 94 cities herald a Global Green New Deal to “drive an urgent, fundamental and irreversible transfer of global resources away from fossil fuels and into action that averts the climate emergency.”

Trending: Public-Private Partnerships Foster Solutions for Climate-Resilient World
Trending: Public-Private Partnerships Foster Solutions for Climate-Resilient World

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance has launched six new financial instruments for climate-related projects in developing countries; while the World Economic Forum has convened public and private partners to launch the Coalition for Climate-Resilient Investment.

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A 100-Year Journey: Achieving Sustainability for All in the Coffee Industry
A 100-Year Journey: Achieving Sustainability for All in the Coffee Industry

BUSINESS CASE - Global demand for coffee continues to rise, but climate change is expected to shrink suitable land for Arabica coffee beans by 50 percent by 2050. Japan's Key Coffee is working to protect the future of coffee, starting in Tana Toraja, Indonesia.

New, UN-Backed Chocolate Bar Enables Consumers to Directly Impact Farmer Livelihoods
New, UN-Backed Chocolate Bar Enables Consumers to Directly Impact Farmer Livelihoods

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Other Bar is an experiment in influencing consumer behaviour through quantifiable proof of impact. If it can prove that consumers will buy and be loyal to impactful products, the hope is that bigger brands will want to follow suit, turning their marketing dollars into impact.

Ask First, Give Second: The One-for-One Giving Model Gets a Revamp
Ask First, Give Second: The One-for-One Giving Model Gets a Revamp

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ideally, Western companies should adopt an attitude of *Ask First, Give Second*. We’d all benefit if we empowered those who will receive the donations to determine what they need most, rather than making that decision for them.

Mastercard, Clothing Giants Partner to Help Garment Workers Secure Financial Futures
Mastercard, Clothing Giants Partner to Help Garment Workers Secure Financial Futures

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - By partnering with companies with labor-intensive supply chains, Mastercard is creating digital solutions to give workers more control and transparency over their earnings and savings.

New Partnership Aims to Improve Hygiene, Nutrition in Indian Children
New Partnership Aims to Improve Hygiene, Nutrition in Indian Children

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The collaboration between Unilever-Lifebuoy and The Power of Nutrition aims to reach mothers and expectant mothers in rural India via mobile app, to reduce infant mortality and boost overall health through handwashing.

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Good Fashion Fund Seeks Sustainable, Scalable Supply Chain Solutions
Good Fashion Fund Seeks Sustainable, Scalable Supply Chain Solutions

SUPPLY CHAIN - If we are to really shift the textile industry from one that is harming workers, local communities and the environment to one that is circular and sustainable, scalable solutions will be necessary.

A 10-Step Plan for Halving Food Loss and Waste by 2030
A 10-Step Plan for Halving Food Loss and Waste by 2030

WASTE NOT - The **UN** set a global goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Alarming figures show just how big of a challenge remains. The size of the prize is huge. So, too, must be the action to seize it.

How Dow Is Helping Global Communities Tackle Plastic Waste
How Dow Is Helping Global Communities Tackle Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - By helping to incentivize, develop and scale circular and environmentally beneficial projects, we can maximize the value of waste, empower communities and create a more sustainable future.

Rebbl Documentary a Case Study on Benefits of Ethical Supply Chains
Rebbl Documentary a Case Study on Benefits of Ethical Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Rebbl’s approach shows that creating value through an ethical supply chain is possible — but it requires companies to really understand the situation on the ground, listen to local communities and create win-win solutions.

Clothing Giants Join Forces to Fight Gender-Based Violence in African Factories
Clothing Giants Join Forces to Fight Gender-Based Violence in African Factories

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Levi Strauss, The Children’s Place and Kontoor Brands have launched a pilot program aimed at ending gender-based harassment at five factories owned and operated by supplier Nien Hsing Textile Co., in Lesotho.

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Abbott Partnership Brings Shared Value for Health in Rwanda
Abbott Partnership Brings Shared Value for Health in Rwanda

COLLABORATION - A pioneering collaboration aims to bring testing and primary care closer to home for more people in rural Rwanda — and globally.

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