Social Investment for an Inclusive Future: Creating the World We Want to See

As the U.S. experiences a reckoning around social justice issues and the novel coronavirus pandemic further illuminates the existing disparities in our systems, the need to ensure an inclusive future that uplifts everyone is greater than ever.    In this series sponsored by Cisco, we’ll take a closer look at the importance of driving toward an inclusive future and the role businesses play in creating it. The first step is to make sure that a company’s operations, products and services serve equitable ends. After that, a company should consider how it can use social investments to build partnerships with the social entrepreneurs and nonprofits that have the expertise to address the complicated problems of inequality and critical human need. (Image credit: insta_photos/Adobe Stock)

Content from this campaign

Innovation & Technology

From Farm to Fork: How Technology Can Help Lift Smallholder Farmers Out of Poverty
The world produces enough food to feed every individual, yet almost 690 million people continue to go hungry. The irony is that many of those who are undernourished spend their days growing food for others. Smallholder farmers, who cultivate less than 5 acres of land, constitute a large portion of the world’s poor living on less than $2 a day, according to World Bank estimates.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

This Nonprofit Helps Parents and Teachers Overcome Language Barriers to Make Distance Learning Doable
The U.S. education system has a persistent achievement gap along racial and ethnic lines — and the coronavirus pandemic is making matters even worse.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

This Program Trains Survivors of Human Trafficking for Careers in Tech
Picture this: a tech company deploying projects built and developed by survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence.

Innovation & Technology

How Technology Can Empower Communities to Counter COVID-19 Misinformation
As every nation struggles to contain COVID-19, one of the most pressing challenges for governments, public health officials, and humanitarians has been the fact that misinformation about the pandemic seems to spread almost as quickly as the virus


Founded by Young Entrepreneurs, Oorja Brings Affordable Clean Energy to Smallholder Farmers
In rural India, smallholder farmers often struggle to earn a living. They are also largely dependent on highly polluting diesel fuel, the dominant source of energy across northern and eastern India, responsible for 5 percent of the country’s carbon emissions.

Responsible Business & Employee Engagement

Cisco Demonstrates How Social Investment Can Power an Inclusive Future
Worldwide, 650 million people still live in extreme poverty. More than 1.5 billion people lack access to banking and financial services, and 617 million youth lack basic mathematics and literacy skills.
TriplePundit logo

More from TriplePundit

  1. Avocados: The Farm-to-Table Journey of America’s Favorite Fruit
    Americans love avocados, but most don’t know that more than 80 percent of the prized green fruits that arrive in the U.S. come from one place: Mexico...
  2. Your Corporate Guide to Responsible Waste Management
    So, your company wants to reduce its landfill waste. Now what? As sustainability reaches top of mind for investors and customers, more companies are...
  3. Building More Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains, Today and Into the Future
    More and more companies are looking to measure and mitigate the full scope of their greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with changing regulations...
  4. Decarbonizing the Maritime Industry
    In 2018, countries within the International Maritime Organization — the U.N. agency that regulates global shipping — pledged to reduce the carbon...
  5. Force for Good: Giving Back to Communities Nationwide
    Stakeholders increasingly expect companies to be a positive force in the communities where their employees live and work — not just with philanthropic...
  6. The ONE HOME, ONE PLANET U.S. Event Inspires Action for IKEA and Purpose-Driven Leaders
    IKEA brought leaders together to envision a better and more sustainable future at the ONE HOME, ONE PLANET U.S. event in March. The goal of the two...
  7. Carbon and Beyond: The ESG and Sustainability Trends Shaping Business Today
    These days stakeholders are asking more and more about how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors impact business, and companies are...
  8. Equalizing Care: Busting Disparities in the Healthcare System
    Gaps in equal access to effective healthcare have long been the norm in the U.S., but many weren’t aware of how bad the problem really was until the...
  9. Lead on Purpose: How Values Drive Business in Uncertain Times
    2020 was a turning point for many Americans. Now more than ever, consumers look to businesses to have a positive impact on society. In fact, 60...
  10. Impact Through Action: Integrating ESG Into a Business
    Today’s stakeholders expect companies to do more than just make money. In 2021 polling, 83 percent of consumers said companies should be actively...