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Encouraging kids to draw on themselves may save their life.


1.5 million children under the age of five die every year from preventable infectious diseases like diarrhea.

SoaPen is an exciting alternative to  bar/liquid soap or hand sanitizer for children.  This roll-on handwash acts as a teaching tool that encourages cleanliness in daily life. "Children use it to scribble on [dry] hands, which they later wash off with water," says co-founder Yogita Agrawal. "We came up with this idea when we realized that children love drawing on their hands, even if they do not like washing." 

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A conversation with Howard Schultz


The master of CSR - Howard Shultz has cred  generating financial returns and positive impact.  "We have 350,000 people working for Starbucks," he said. "They expect Starbucks as a company to have a point of view about what we stand for, what our core purpose is, and what our reason for being is. And our reason for being is not just to make money."   

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"Give Work" by Leila Janah: An important read in impact sourcing


"Impact Sourcing" is a game changer and an important consideration in supply chains.  As direct trash transfers make headway in the non-profit sector, sourcing goods and services to help achieve development goals generates an relative easy and important win-win for companies. 

Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, both ventures focused on using new sourcing techniques to reduce poverty. A Harvard-educated former management consultant, she has been profiled in the New York Times, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, and Inc. She was named one of Condé Nast’s Daring 25 and Elle’s 2016 Top Women in Tech, and Samasource was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016. She lives in San Francisco.   

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Renewable energy is taking off: bigger and better than ever


 Thomson Reuters released its inaugural Energy 100 list, which evaluates companies in the sector (both traditional and renewable) based on eight criteria, including innovation, environmental impact, social responsibility, and risk management. The top companies go "beyond the balance sheet," according to the report — in addition to their solid financials, they have created advanced sustainability programs, developed groundbreaking technologies, and benefited their surrounding communities.  

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A big move for food banks: from canned beans to fresh greens...


Food Banks' Massive Plan to Move From Canned Goods to Fresh Produce - By tackling our national problem of wasted fruits and vegetables, food banks think they can also get vital, nutritious to food to people who lack access. 

In the past year and a half, the nonprofit and parent organization of a network of 200 food banks launched an effort to mitigate food waste and close the nutrition gap by developing a new system to source excess produce and distribute it to its food banks across the country. Since 2014, before Feeding America launched this initiative, they’ve increased the annual amount of produce sourced by nearly 500 million pounds. 

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Vancouver has its first zero waste grocery store.


Recent studies project a 70% increase in urban solid waste with the greatest challenges in waste management expected in developing countries. This projected rise in waste – from 1.3 billion tons per year to 2.2 billion tons by 2025, is projected to cost between $205 billion to $375 billion per year. 

Vancouver is emerging as a major force in eliminating waste and the first zero waste grocery store is now open for business with expansion stores already in the works.  The Soap Dispensary & Kitchen Staples is first in class when it comes to innovation in waste management. 

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