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2014 Skoll World Forum: As It Happens

The Guardian

The Guardian's Social Enterprise Network brings you the latest news, tweets and updates from the 2014 Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship.

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The Guardian's Social Enterprise Network brings you the latest news, tweets and updates from the 2014 Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship.

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Looking Beyond GDP as the Measure Of Success

Bloomberg

Skoll Foundation CEO & President Sally Osberg discusses the new Social Progress Index, how it ranks countries by social and environmental performance and how it’s a better measure of economic growth than GDP. She speaks to Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.”

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Skoll Foundation CEO & President Sally Osberg discusses the new Social Progress Index, how it ranks countries by social and environmental performance and how it’s a better measure of economic growth than GDP. She speaks to Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.”

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New Zealand Tops Social Progress Index, World's Biggest Economies Trail

Thomson Reuters Foundation

New Zealand came first in a global index published on Thursday that ranks countries by social and environmental performance rather than economic output in a drive to make social progress a priority for politicians and businesses.

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New Zealand came first in a global index published on Thursday that ranks countries by social and environmental performance rather than economic output in a drive to make social progress a priority for politicians and businesses.

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We’re Not No. 1! We’re Not No. 1!

New York Times

In the Social Progress Index, the United States excels in access to advanced education but ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation and 31st in personal safety. Even in access to cellphones and the Internet, the United States ranks a disappointing 23rd, partly because one American in five lacks Internet access.

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In the Social Progress Index, the United States excels in access to advanced education but ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation and 31st in personal safety. Even in access to cellphones and the Internet, the United States ranks a disappointing 23rd, partly because one American in five lacks Internet access.

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Economic Growth Does "Not Automatically" Lead To Social Advancement: New Social Progress Index

Skoll Foundation

Economic growth does not always result in social progress, according to a major new global index published today by US-based nonprofit the Social Progress Imperative, and released at the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. The Social Progress Index 2014 ranks 132 countries based on their social and environmental performance. Higher GDP per capita does bring benefits, particularly on ‘Basic Human Needs’. But rising incomes do not guarantee improvement on ‘Ecosystem Sustainability’, ‘Health and Wellness’ and ‘Opportunity’.

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Economic growth does not always result in social progress, according to a major new global index published today by US-based nonprofit the Social Progress Imperative, and released at the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. The Social Progress Index 2014 ranks 132 countries based on their social and environmental performance. Higher GDP per capita does bring benefits, particularly on ‘Basic Human Needs’. But rising incomes do not guarantee improvement on ‘Ecosystem Sustainability’, ‘Health and Wellness’ and ‘Opportunity’.

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The Citi Foundation Launches Pathways to Progress

Citi

The Citi Foundation recently announced Pathways to Progress, a three-year $50 million initiative to unlock economic opportunity for 100,000 low-income youth in 10 cities across the United States. Pathways to Progress is the largest single commitment ever made by the Citi Foundation, and aims to develop opportunities for low-income urban youth to set education and career goals and develop visions and blueprints for their professional future.

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The Citi Foundation recently announced Pathways to Progress, a three-year $50 million initiative to unlock economic opportunity for 100,000 low-income youth in 10 cities across the United States. Pathways to Progress is the largest single commitment ever made by the Citi Foundation, and aims to develop opportunities for low-income urban youth to set education and career goals and develop visions and blueprints for their professional future.

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Social Causes Come Calling

Wall Street Journal

Shareholders are driving changes in corporate policies and disclosures unthinkable a decade ago, on issues ranging from protecting rain forests to human rights. Even the threat of a proxy vote can be enough to bring company executives to the negotiating table.

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Shareholders are driving changes in corporate policies and disclosures unthinkable a decade ago, on issues ranging from protecting rain forests to human rights. Even the threat of a proxy vote can be enough to bring company executives to the negotiating table.

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Want to Fight Human Trafficking?

Devex

“There is no silver bullet in the fight against trafficking,” Cecile Flores-Oebanda, founder and executive director of the Visayan Forum Foundation. The head of VFF shared with Devex six best practices learned during the organization’s successful campaign against human trafficking, which has helped more than 70,000 trafficking victims or potential victims over the past two decades.

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“There is no silver bullet in the fight against trafficking,” Cecile Flores-Oebanda, founder and executive director of the Visayan Forum Foundation. The head of VFF shared with Devex six best practices learned during the organization’s successful campaign against human trafficking, which has helped more than 70,000 trafficking victims or potential victims over the past two decades.

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Grocery Giant Commits to Zero-deforestation Policy for Palm Oil Sourcing

Mongabay News

“Safeway is sending a strong message to its suppliers that safeguarding the environment is a business priority,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “Shoppers don’t see where the palm oil used in hundreds of products comes from, but often it’s harvested in ways that destroy rainforests and leads to climate change. Safeway’s new policy protects the company and its shareholders from reputational harm associated with environmental destruction.”

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“Safeway is sending a strong message to its suppliers that safeguarding the environment is a business priority,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “Shoppers don’t see where the palm oil used in hundreds of products comes from, but often it’s harvested in ways that destroy rainforests and leads to climate change. Safeway’s new policy protects the company and its shareholders from reputational harm associated with environmental destruction.”

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Matt Damon: ‘Real Opportunity’ to Save People through Clean Water

ABC News

Matt Damon spoke with ABC News’ Cecilia Vega during an interview on “This Week,” about his philanthropic efforts to provide worldwide access to clean drinking water, and information about the importance of toilets.

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Matt Damon spoke with ABC News’ Cecilia Vega during an interview on “This Week,” about his philanthropic efforts to provide worldwide access to clean drinking water, and information about the importance of toilets.

 

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