The Bottom Billion

This month, we dive into the work being done to create opportunities and help level the playing field for the populations of the world’s poorest countries.

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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.

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.

Can a Mobile App Help Barry Callebaut Eradicate Poverty in the Cocoa Supply Chain?

SUPPLY CHAIN - Big data is now helping Barry Callebaut improve its farmer support programs in typically low-tech environments such as cocoa farms.

New Book Shows How, 10 Years In, Sharing Economy Is Improving Millions of Lives

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Published to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sharing economy, 'Generation Share' captures 200 untold stories of how sharing models are saving and transforming the lives of millions across the world.

New Film Highlights South Africa’s Unsung Plastic Waste Heroes

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new short documentary explores the lives and livelihoods of the young men indirectly serving the environment through recycling as a means of income.

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Meet the Team Re-Imagining Food Security in Ethiopia

SUPPLY CHAIN - In conversation with Dr Tomaso Ceccarelli and Dr Elias Eyasu Fantahun — winners of the 2019 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security.

Small Decision, Big Impact: New Campaign Highlights Ripple Effects of Drinking Honest Beverages

MARKETING AND COMMS - Honest's new campaign showcases the brand’s purpose-driven DNA and longstanding mission to democratize organics and promote economic opportunity — as well as its expanding portfolio.

The Balancing Act of CSR: Meeting Community and Stakeholder Expectations

WALKING THE TALK - While some proponents of CSR would like to believe that all CSR efforts can be beneficial in some way, the facts indicate otherwise. CSR is not black and white, and not all CSR proposals are created equal.

Discerning Offsetting: The Right Projects Can Take You from Carbon-Neutral to Climate+

BUSINESS CASE - By making informed decisions on carbon credit selection, sustainability-minded companies can go beyond simply being carbon neutral — to inspire customers and employees alike with life-changing impacts.

SB’19 Detroit: Brands Influencing Better Behaviors, Legislation, Supply Chains

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - On the fourth and final day of SB’19 Detroit, a host of brands shared lessons learned from efforts to engage consumers on everything from more sustainable food choices and healthier masculinity to much-needed changes in policy.

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AI, Biomaterials, Circularity: The A-B-Cs of a Flourishing Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - On Monday and Tuesday at SB’19 Detroit, dozens of encouraging stories and divergent strategies emerged from the growing roster of organizations on a mission to improve some of our most common products and services.

BASF, Estée Lauder, RSPO Partner to Enhance Sustainable Palm Oil Production

SUPPLY CHAIN - The goal is to improve farmer livelihoods and their sustainable production of palm oil and palm kernel oil, through continuous education and technical support on implementing and maintaining sustainable palm oil practices.

The Body Shop’s Fairly Traded Recycled Plastic Highlights Human Side of Plastic Crisis

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Body Shop is launching its first Community Trade Recycled Plastic from Bengaluru, India. Along with fighting plastic pollution, the initiative aims to drive social change and help empower people.

Study of Diamond Mining Reveals Impact on Local Communities, Challenges Stereotypes

SUPPLY CHAIN - Trucost finds the world’s large-scale diamond producers infuse billions of dollars in benefits into communities, provide higher than national average wages and are working to minimize environmental impacts.

Prudential Pledges $180M to Promote Financial Wellness for Opportunity Youth

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Largest private sector investment to date will prepare next generation of global workforce with education and training, build financially stable communities and help break the cycle of poverty.

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KadAfrica: Cultivating Young Ugandan Women’s ‘Passion’ for Fruit Farming

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Not only can girls earn money for themselves and their families, they can also access farmer training and classes on a range of subjects, including financial literacy, reproductive health, farming and entrepreneurship.

Solar Mamas: Empowering Women to ‘Flip the Switch’ to Better Health, Renewable Energy

CLEANTECH - Law firm Hogan Lovells has partnered with Barefoot College International to empower mostly illiterate women from off-grid areas around the world by training them as solar engineers, or “Solar Mamas.”

Wisdom Fund Aims to Close Lending Gap for Women

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - New impact investment vehicle provides funding to underserved women of color and low-income women entrepreneurs across the US.

Hilton Challenges Its Hospitality Teams to Step Up Soap Recycling

WASTE NOT - Hilton is ramping up its soap-collecting efforts around the world, with a goal of recycling 1 million bars for Clean the World to distribute on Global Handwashing Day (October 15).

Values-Based Investment Platform COIN Offers Portfolios Aligned with SDGs

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Backed by John Hancock, COIN offers customers eight Impact Areas to invest in with as little as $50.

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