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Cutting America's High Health Care Costs: A Prescription – The Minute



Competition is reducing costs in health care. That’s the argument in a recent Fortune article by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Exhibit A is the health insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act. An evaluation by Kaiser Health News of the 2015 premiums for plans in 34 states with federally operated exchanges shows that in counties with no new insurers in the market, premiums increased an average of seven percent. In those with at least one new insurer, premiums increased just one percent.

Emanuel cites a previous example where increased market competition has resulted in decreased costs. Medicare Part D, which went into effect in 2006, established a competitive market for drug benefit plans. Today, there are over one thousand Part D plans, and the Congressional Budget Office reports that the program has cost $197 billion less than projected, 50 percent below original estimates. Competitive bidding for durable medical equipment, also included in the Part D law, has resulted in savings of 42 percent. This program will expand under the ACA in 2016. Sounds like competition is the right prescription for healthy cuts in U.S. health care costs.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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KEYWORDS: Health, Business & Trade, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Kaiser Health News, Congressional Budget Office, Medicare Part D

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Rebound in Clean Energy Investment in 2014 Beats Expectations – Video

SOURCE: Bloomberg


Surges in investment in offshore wind in Europe, and solar in China and the US, helped to drive the 2014 global clean energy total up 16% to $310bn. Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Seb Henbest, Angus McCrone and Luke Mills discuss the reasons for this upward trend and the different performances between regions, sectors and types of investments.

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, esg, Bloomberg, New Energy Finance, Clean Energy, sustainability

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What is Design for Social Innovation?

Guest Blog by Cheryl Heller

SOURCE: Justmeans


Guest Blog by Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair, SVA’s MFA program in Design for Social Innovation 

This interview with Cheryl Heller was conducted by the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program (taking applications now) and explores what it means to design for social change—a path Cheryl has dedicated her life to and writes about periodically.

DSI: How do you define design for social innovation?

CH: Design for social innovation is really interaction design in the broadest sense; it’s interaction between people that takes responsibility for positive, systemic impact. It can take any and every physical or visible form but it inevitably begins with the invisible dynamics and forces that drive human behavior. It takes place within the communities and systems it’s working with, not outside them.

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Cheryl Heller works with business leaders to transform organizations and industries – eliminating complexity, developing strategies and campaigns that energize communities and shift behavior. She has helped grow businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated moribund cultures, and designed strategies for dozens of successful entrepreneurs. She has founded two companies, worked for some of the most discriminating clients in the world, and is now, along with her private practice, Founding Chair of a pioneering educational program that will produce the world’s next design leaders: MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA in New York. She is blissfully married and loves to kick box.

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Education, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts (SVA), Cheryl Heller, design, Social Change

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Fostering a More Promising and Productive Future Through Mentorship Programs

SOURCE: Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship


In 1897, Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist credited with leading the enormous expansioMentoring-079109-editedn of the American steel industry, appointed the 35-year-old Charles M. Schwab as his successor as president of Carnegie Steel. Schwab had started as a low level engineer at the company and first impressed Carnegie with his talents as a pianist at a party. This jump-started a close mentoring relationship between the two, and in a relatively brief period of time, Schwab was groomed to follow Carnegie as head of the company. Schwab’s business success even after he left Carnegie Steel is largely credited to Carnegie’s interest in his high-potential protégé. Member company EY’s thought leadership on mentoring will be released later this month, and they will be joining the Center and fellow member companies on February 4 at noon to discuss their major findings, specifically around youth mentorship, and the ways in which companies can put the insight into practice.

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Mentoring, menotrship programs, Boston College Webinar, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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2015 AIAG Corporate Responsibility Summit

Sustainable Best Practices Throughout the Value Chain

SOURCE: Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)


January 20, 2015 /3BL Media/ – REGISTRATION IS OPEN for “Sustainable Best Practices Throughout the Value Chain”.

Effective corporate responsibility practices are built on a foundation of knowledge, regular training and peer-to-peer collaboration. The AIAG Corporate Responsibility Summit is unique opportunity to build your knowledge base and bring cost-saving instruction back to your organization. Stay ahead of the CR curve by engaging with forward-thinking leaders in the field and by discovering new insights and industry best practices.
Join us at the 2015 Corporate Responsibility Summit to learn best practices on:

  • Societal Connection: Why society cares and how it drives our industry to react
  • Emerging Issues: A look at developments on the horizon that could impact your business
  • Leadership: What lessons can be learned from industry-leading companies to create a successful CR model for your organization
  • Global Regulations & Standards: Which ones impact your company’s CR practices and ability to import/export
  • Conflict Minerals Reporting: Guidance for conducting due diligence and developing a thorough Conflict Minerals Report (CMR)
  • Risk Assessment: How to identify risks
  • Sustainability Self-Assessments: How to properly identify and effectively mitigate CR risks
  • Transparency: How to create a sustainability report that highlights your company’s CR success

This event will benefit manufacturing professions representing OEMs and suppliers of all sizes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to shape the future of CSR, Sustainability, global purchasing and Supply Chain with your industry peers, register now!

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Ethical Production and Consumption, supply chain, Automotive Industry Action Group, Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers, AIAG, Conflict Minerals, GRI, GHS, environmental sustainability, global working conditions, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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SOURCE: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.


Recent Research Conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute Attempts to Answer Important Questions for Company Management

In the months of October, November and December each week we will be releasing the top 10 GRI sustainability aspects from three different sectors. The results are based on G&A’s “Sustainability – What Matters?” analysis of 1,246 sustainability reports, across 35 sectors, for their level of disclosure around 84 GRI Performance Indicators, and 37 GRI Aspects.

The next three Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects released are for the Waste Management and Water Utilities sectors. We list them here for your ease of access.

Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Waste Management Sector
Sustainability – What Matters in the Waste Management Sector? 

Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Water Utilities Sector
Sustainability – What Matters in theWater Utilities Sector?

Top Story of the Week

Attention Boards & CEOs: The Conference Board Has Important Insights to Share To Help Your Company…Survive and Succeed!   
(Thursday, January 5, 2015)
Source: Hank Boerner – Chairman, G&A Institute The Conference Board is one of the most prestigious and important (for corporate managements) of our membership business associations, as well as credible research think tank on management issues and topics. The Board has long had corporate governance in focus and has been a major factor in helping to advance effective, responsive, accountable governance in the USA. The Conference Board was one of the early organizations serving boards, C-suite and key functional managers to expand the governance research and advisory services to include social and environmental issues & topics: ESG is on the of the agenda for many aspects of Board operations.

13 Sustainability Trends for 2015      
(Thursday – January 08, 2015)
Source: Just Means – 2015 will be a critical year for the progression of sustainability movements. As the United States prepares for a Presidential election in 2016, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) disseminates their Fifth.

Sustainability in Focus

GRI investigates sustainability reporting future      
(Friday – January 09, 2015) Associated Profiles : UN – Global Reporting Initiative GRI
Source: - The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched a new project aimed at promoting and improving discussions on sustainability reporting and disclosures. As part of the Reporting…

Challenges In Effective Sustainability Reporting; 2015 And Beyond      
(Friday – January 09, 2015)
Source: CSRWire – As 2015 kicks off a New Year and new planning cycle for the gathering of data to support corporate reporting on ethical and sustainable business practices it is worth taking a few moments to reflect on key issues from 2014 and…

Hershey on fast track to achieving cocoa sustainability goal      
(Friday – January 09, 2015)
Source: – The Hershey Co. said 30% of all the cocoa it sourced globally in 2014 was independently certified and verified, putting the company on the fast track to achieving its goal of sourcing 100% of its cocoa supply from certified and…

Four reasons why Americans are stumped on sustainability       
(Thursday – January 08, 2015)
Source: The Guardian – A recent survey by Domtar and Taylor Nelson Sofres Global found that most Americans care about sustainability but are confused about specifics..

This is just a sample of some of the articles from this weeks SustainabilityHQ Highlights.  You can view the full Highlights by using the following links. Sustainability | ESG, Highlights for the Week of January 14, 2015

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KEYWORDS: Media & Communications, business & trade, G&A Institute, GRI, Governance & Accountability Institute, SWF, Sovereign Wealth Funds, SustainabilityHQ, environmental, esg, governance, social, sustainability

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Is Nature the Largest “Company” on Earth?

by Sangeeta Haindl

SOURCE: Justmeans


Can we put a price on nature? If so, how? Over the past few years, diehard conservationists and bottom-line businesses believe you can do just that. They believe that putting a cost on nature is the best answer to global environmental decline because they believe that until now, old-style protection of nature has failed to stop the destruction of habitats and the dwindling of species. It has failed mainly because there has been not enough money and/or commercial interests in conservation.

TD Economics explores the benefits we receive from natural capital in its latest environmental economics report, “Valuing the World Around Us: an Introduction to Natural Capital.” The report highlights that the advantages can be significant, citing two examples: first the urban forest in New York City provides nearly $150 million in annual benefits, including air quality, energy savings and wet-weather flow control. Secondly, the rivers and wetlands of British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Valley provide more than half a billion dollars in benefits each year. To make these calculations, TD Economics has its own definition to capture the direct and indirect benefits arising from the current and future stock of natural resources.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum.

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Business & Trade, Venture Philanthropy, funding, Cause Global, Green Companies, nonprofit organizations, Social investment, TD Economics, natural capital

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Global Investment in Clean Energy Rises 16% in 2014 – The Minute



Bloomberg New Energy Finance is reporting that three hundred ten billion dollars was invested globally in green energy last year, a rise of sixteen percent over 2013. That amount almost matches the record total of three hundred seventeen billion, set in 2011. It should be noted that due to decreasing costs, the dollars invested in 2014 bought almost double the clean electricity capacity than in 2011.

Solar power, with its rapidly dropping costs, was the main driver, attracting over half the total funding for the first time. Solar investment rose by twenty-five percent in 2014, while wind power rose by eleven percent, to one-third of all investment. The nineteen point four billion invested in offshore wind projects was a record for that category. Energy efficiency and electric vehicle investment increased ten percent.

Measured by country, China was the leader, with clean energy investments rising thirty-two percent to ninety billion dollars. The U.S. was second, up eight percent to fifty-two billion, while Japan was up twelve percent to forty-one billion. Europe saw investment rise only one percent, but to a big number, sixty-six billion dollars. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video Source: Global Investment in Clean Energy Rises 16% in 2014

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