Sustainable Business

Chevening and Gurukul Programmes Alumni Reunion January 2024

Individuals from the Chevening Research, Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship Programme (CRISP), in conjunction with the Gurukul Programme alums who studied at Oxford University held their first ever joint reunion, recently, in Kochi, India.  Including Chevening administrators and staff from Oxford, we had 28 who came from all over to attend.

Chevening is an organization established

2024-02-14T12:28:03-06:00

How To Make America More Affordable

For the last two years, the debate on the economy has centered around inflation.

After reaching a 40-year high last summer, inflation as measured by economists is now approaching normal levels. But despite the rapid slowdown, millions still feel squeezed by a decades-long affordability crisis.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans struggled to afford sky-high prices

Interview with Amita Dahiya, Project Lead (Entrepreneurship) Centre for Gender Equality and Inclusive Leadership, XLRI

John Hoffmire: I’m always interested to hear how someone’s career evolves and, in some ways, changes direction. I often refer to such a career path as “following the current” as in the current of a river. It seems like your career has been a bit like that, would you agree?

Amita: Yes, I think I would agree that

Inequality and Poverty

While the steep rise of inequality in the United States is well-known, long-run data on the incomes of the richest shows countries have followed a variety of trajectories. Here are four articles, written by Joe Hasell for Our World in Data, that explore a wide range of indicators on inequality and poverty

When US labor laws fall short, inequality in the workforce grows wider

A while ago, researchers at Oxfam set out to answer a question: if we compare labor laws in the US to peer nations, how does the US stack up? We figured the answer would be “not so great.” We didn’t anticipate just how poorly the US is doing.

It turns

Economic ratings are poor – and getting worse – in most countries surveyed

As the global economy continues to weather high inflation, energy prices and interest rates, majorities of adults in 18 of 24 countries surveyed by Pew Research Center this spring rate their nation’s economic situation poorly. A median of 70% of adults across these countries say their nation’s economic situation is bad. Just 29% offer positive

Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2022

According to the Federal Reserve Board’s May 2023 report Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2022, nearly four in 10 US adults reported that they couldn’t cover a $400 emergency expense with cash, savings, or a credit card paid off at the next statement.

The Federal Reserve Board noted, the higher savings aren’t

Businesses Addressing Poverty in India

India is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a fast-growing population and economy. However, it still faces a enormous challenge of poverty. According to the World Bank, in 2018, about 44.8% of India’s population lived below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day.  Those are the most up-to-fate figures since India

Creating Sustainable Jobs: A Key to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Breaking the cycle of poverty requires addressing the root causes of poverty and providing individuals and communities with the resources they need to build better lives. One of the most effective ways to do this is by creating sustainable jobs that provide stable employment opportunities and access to the resources needed to build assets and

Half of American households have no retirement savings

In 2019, about half of American households had no savings in retirement accounts, according to the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). These accounts include individual retirement accounts; Keogh accounts; certain employer-sponsored accounts, such as 401(k), 403(b), thrift savings accounts; and pensions.

Personal saving has grown more important as

Two improvements for American workers

Two improvements for American workers

The Covid-19 pandemic was terrible. But it did contribute to two improvements in the lives of working Americans on both sides of the wage spectrum.

First, low earners. “After a brutal few decades in which low-wage jobs proliferated and the American middle class hollowed out, the working poor have started earning

Fashion industry’s four largest women’s empowerment programs form new initiative RISE to scale impact

It’s time to take action to support women workers in global supply chains

BSR’s HERproject, Gap Inc., P.A.C.E, CARE and Better Work have come together to form a new initiative called RISE: Reimagining Industry to Support Equality in order to scale impact and accelerate equality for women workers in global garment, footwear and home furnishings supply chains.

The

Gender pay gap in U.S. hasn’t changed much in two decades

In honor of Women’s History Month, we will feature articles that focus on women this month.  This one’s from the Pew Research Center by CAROLINA ARAGÃO

The gender gap in pay has remained relatively stable in the United States over the past 20 years or so. In 2022, women earned an

What you need to know about better business – 2023 Davos

  • More than 1,400 business leaders from across industries came together in Davos for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2023.
  • The theme was ‘Cooperation in a Fragmented World’ and it’s never been more important for private-public cooperation to find solutions to the myriad challenges facing the world today.

How worker ownership builds community wealth and a more just society

A recent help-wanted ad for a laundry worker in Cleveland contained some unusual language, asking prospective candidates: “Have you ever wanted to work for a company that is 90 percent employee-owned? What about a company that offers a program to help you become a homeowner?” The ad went on to identify Evergreen Cooperative Laundry as

Here’s how 16 social innovators are leading change at Davos

  • Social innovation is needed now more than ever as multiple crises drive inequality further and slow progress on tackling climate change.
  • The Schwab Foundation’s Social Innovators of the Year 2023 includes both business and government leaders, and collective change orchestrators.
  • Through innovative and collaborative approaches, these 16 change

What is Participatory Capitalism?

The Macmillan Dictionary defines participatory as allowing or encouraging everyone to take part in something. The Collins English Dictionary says that capitalism is an economic and political system in which property, business, and industry are owned by private individuals. So, one can properly assume that participatory capitalism is encouraging everyone to take part in an

2022-07-04T13:11:27-05:00

CSV


We are at the initial stages of starting CSV. Please, if you know of temporary firms in the US and Europe that place international graduates with employers, please contact John Hoffmire at hoffmire@wisc.edu. We are especially trying to place graduates with programming and other computer technology skills.

Visit the CSV website

2021-12-08T11:31:40-06:00

Social Entrepreneurship: Building a Better World Through Food

Photo by Erin Ng Photography

This article will describe five social enterprises that provide food and cultural opportunities to customers while employees have a chance to gain valuable experiences, fair wages, and benefits.

Scampia, Italy – The aroma of Italian-Romanian Roma cuisine wafts through a theater in a crime-ridden neighborhood. Before the show, people line up

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