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Latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Headlines: July 8, 2020
By admin July 8, 2020

The COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) pandemic continues to pose serious challenges to health systems, governments and the population at large.  Staying on top of the latest news and information is critical. With that in mind, we will continue to provide regular updates via this blog and our COVID-19 Response Team.   Global Numbers: 12m million cases, 545,777

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Did Russia Place a Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan? What You Need to Know
By admin July 1, 2020

Did Russia place a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan? Did the Trump administration know and, if so, what did they know and when? This is the story that is currently sending the White House, all of Washington, the Pentagon and the media into a tailspin. The allegations could not be more damaging. As the

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Celebrating Pride Month 2020
By admin June 28, 2020

As New York City celebrates 50 years of Pride parades, TBG joins the #LGBTIQ community in celebrating #PrideMonth. Love is love. While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted most parades, many are finding ways to participate and celebrate anyway. So,we want to wish Happy Pride to everyone. Here are some good articles: New York City Celebrates

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COVID-19 Infections Hit New Peak in U.S.
By admin June 25, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is worsening in the U.S. with infections rising in at least 21 states — and six states hitting record infections just yesterday. A total of 2.3 million Americans have now been infected while more than 122,000 have died. The situation could not be more grim. As noted here, there “were 38,672 positive

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Carbon Capture Innovators Take the Stage
By admin June 24, 2020

Carbon capture is not exactly a new technology but some innovative companies are redefining it and creating a new field — Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS). One particular company leading the way is Cemvita, which calls itself a company “developing economical carbon-negative solutions for a sustainable future.” Cemvita partners with “[its] clients using the

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Celebrating Juneteenth
By admin June 19, 2020

As a Black-owned firm, we take special pride in celebrating #Juneteenth. We stand with all #Americans of every race, ethnicity, orientation and gender in the fight for racial, economic and social justice. Click below for some curated articles/pieces and links from leading African-American writers and journalists, organizations and institutions. List of Juneteenth celebrations: https://www.juneteenth.com/worldwide.htm Ebony

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DACA Milestone: Dreamers Win Supreme Court Decision
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DACA has been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. In a landmark decision, the Dreamers won a monumental decision. NYT excerpt below: “The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration may not immediately proceed with its plan to end a program protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation, dealing a surprising setback to one of President

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IEA’s Sustainable Recovery Plan (2021-2023): Propelling a Green Recovery
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The International Energy Agency (IEA) has presented a Sustainable Recovery Plan (2021-2023) focusing on a series of “once in a lifetime” actions that can be “taken over the next three years to revitalize economies and boost employment while making energy systems cleaner and more resilient”. The Plan is positioned to achieve a range of significant

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Is the U.S. Experiencing a COVID-19 Second Wave? Nope, the U.S. is Still Stuck In the First Wave
By admin June 17, 2020

As of right now, 21 U.S. states are experiencing a spike in infections. So, is the U.S. experiencing a second wave? No. Despite the Trump administration’s posturing, the U.S. is actually still deep in the throes of the first wave. NPR notes the following: “Just weeks after parts of the U.S. began reopening, coronavirus infections

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TBG Statement: Fighting Racism
By admin June 8, 2020

As an African-American-owned firm, The Bassiouni Group unequivocally condemns racism (in all its forms), human rights violations, police brutality and the senseless murders of George Floyd and countless African-Americans. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the protesters who are fighting for racial, social and economic justice. It is time to fully acknowledge the deep wound of systemic

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Re-Imagining New York: Can We Build a Sustainable Economy and Recovery?
By admin May 27, 2020

New York state is now in the middle of a phased reopening and New York City is close to reopening…but what is going to drive the economic recovery once COVID-19 subsides? Is it “business as usual” or something better? Can NYC unlock trillions of dollars and thousands of new jobs via the Sustainability Economy? Why

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Volkswagen and Corporate Racism: What’s Behind It?
By admin May 22, 2020

The Volkswagen racism debacle is not the first and it probably won’t be the last. Corporate racism is an insidious and systemic problem. In the last few years, we’ve seen a number of companies tripping up in the same way – H&M had the infamous “monkey hoodie” scandal. We had the Gucci and Adidas scandals and

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Contact Tracing: New Jersey City Sets the Gold Standard
By admin May 21, 2020

Contact Tracing is a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 and Paterson, a low-income city of 150K has quickly emerged as a pioneer. As this New York Times article points out, Paterson is setting the gold standard. Key excerpts below: “States and cities around the country have begun with varying degrees of success to

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Clean Climate or Cleaner Climate? What Will the Post-COVID Environment Look Like?
By admin May 19, 2020

The climate is cleaner and greener these days. So, is the environment making a comeback? From Delhi to Beijing, the  COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in cleaner skies as emissions drop to record low levels. But will it last once COVID-19 subsides and human/industrial activity ticks back up?  The answer is a little complicated. Let’s consider

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What African Countries Are Teaching the West About Fighting the Coronavirus
By admin May 18, 2020

    COVID-19 was expected to significantly impact African countries. However, as this New Yorker article points out, many African countries are doing a lot better and can provide some key lessons for Western countries that are usually lecturing the African continent. Some key excerpts below: “African governments, unlike their Western counterparts, aren’t relying on common

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How to Reimagine Business After COVID-19
By admin May 14, 2020

Businesses must adapt to survive COVID-19. With lockdowns being relaxed and reopening on the agenda,  how can you restart and reimagine business after COVID-19? What key functions should you prioritize? How do you rebuild revenue and operations? What does “agile” really mean? Click here to access an excellent (and succinct) post from GZERO Media. Quick

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Managing Through COVID-19: Integrated Solutions for Government and Business
By admin May 7, 2020

PDF: TBG — COVID-19 Response Team — Overview of Solutions Although some countries (or states/provinces) are now moving to relax lockdown/quarantine measures, COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) continues to pose serious challenges to health systems, governments and the general population. Given that we are dealing with a pandemic that is still relatively unknown, it is clear that much

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Fighting COVID-19 Onboard: How and Why Airlines Must Adjust to the New Reality
By admin April 30, 2020

In fighting COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the airlines’ new face mask requirement is a step in the right direction. But in order to fully “upgrade”, airlines will have to do a lot more to address hygiene and bacteria concerns. Planes can serve as bacterial/viral “super-carriers” and so airlines will become the key testing and proving ground for

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What is Contact Tracing and Why is it Needed to Combat COVID-19?
By admin April 29, 2020

Credit:  Photo by Ramon Costa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images We have been talking to the Infectious Disease Epidemiologists (“Disease Detectives”) on our COVID-19 Response Team about the important of Contact Tracing. So, what exactly is Contact Tracing and why is it so important? Per this article, it’s a tried and tested method of determining who has

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Earth Day 2020
By admin April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day! Just some useful numbers to keep in mind: 120% — Sustainable brands outperform the market by 120% (Interbrand — Best Global Brands) 12.2 Trillion — Sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth up to US$12T and increase employment by up to 380 million jobs by 2030. Worth keeping in mind for

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COVID-19 Response Team
By admin April 15, 2020

  Are you able to effectively respond to and manage through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic? We have mobilized our Crisis/Emergency Management Team to support governments, institutions and corporations with actionable solutions drawn from the frontlines. Get guidance from our leading Epidemiologists and Public Health, Crisis Management, Emergency Response, Humanitarian Response, Evaluation and Data Management experts.

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Covid-19: The Economic Response
By admin April 4, 2020

In a matter of weeks, the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has transformed Western democracies. States have shut down businesses and sealed people indoors. With the expected slowdown in the economy and dark clouds of a global recession, governments around the world are scrambling to find a financial cure that would stimulate the economy and midgate the

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Dark Green Side of the Novel Coronavirus
By admin March 27, 2020

Although it seems from an entirely different era, it was only last month when we covered the gathering of the world’s leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Unlike in other years, this year’s conference was dedicated mostly to sustainable development and climate change. Indeed, When reading these lines, it is hard to believe

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Corporate Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
By admin March 24, 2020

As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is felt here in New York City and across the globe, The Bassiouni Group (TBG) is taking all necessary measures to ensure that our workplace, people and clients are safeguarded and that we have the strictest protocols in place for business continuity. We have taken the following

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Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19): Lessons from Effective Humanitarian Action
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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic requires strong and decisive leadership. Governments can learn from the UN’s humanitarian response experiences. In this article, Dr. Bassiouni shares his experiences as a former UN Humanitarian Coordinator, and how the lessons from Somalia, Ethiopia, Israel and other countries can inform the response today.  Excerpt below: “The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has

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Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19): Corporate Heroes
By admin March 20, 2020

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacting and transforming lives all over the world, there has never been a more important time for corporations to demonstrate Social Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship through action. With your help (use the #CorporateHeroes hash-tag), we want to start tracking and listing all of the companies that are *proactively* taking measures

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Coronavirus and Emerging Markets
By admin March 17, 2020

Unfortunately, global financial markets are finally catching up to the threat posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as they now act as a litmus paper that shows the risk and uncertainty of rapidly approaching global recession. Interdependence between economies – resulted from interlinked supply chains and tourism – means that the outbreak cannot be considered an

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International Women’s Day 2020: Continuing the Fight for Gender Equity
By admin March 8, 2020

Today marks International Women’s Day 2020. It’s worth noting the following facts about Women’s Leadership and and how “women as leaders and decision-makers at all levels are critical to advancing gender justice and gender equality—and to furthering economic, social, and political progress for all.” When women are meaningfully represented and engaged in leadership bodies—such as legislatures,

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A Bright Future for Solar Energy
By admin February 21, 2020

Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested on Twitter that Tesla’s solar roof technology would be made available worldwide during 2020. After a surge in the company’s electric tiles sales, Musk announced that “the world is ready for the next energy revolution”, referring to the electric vehicles revolution Tesla had initiated almost a decade

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Welcome to #TBG2020: Twenty Global Innovators, Twenty Companies, Twenty Stories
By admin February 20, 2020

    Today, on February 20, 2020, we’re excited to launch #TBG2020, a new series that will showcase some of the most dynamic innovators who are solving key challenges around the world – from Kansas to Kenya to Kazakhstan. Throughout 2020, the #TBG2020 series will take you into our world and you will meet the

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bazos Commits $10 Billion to Fight Climate Change
By admin February 18, 2020

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Monday via instagram that he will commit $10 billion to create the Bezos Earth Fund. This fund will support scientists, activists, and NGOs. Bezos stated that he will begin issuing grants this summer. Bezos said, “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside

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World Urban Forum Recap
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  With increasing concern about the global climate crisis and unprecedented urbanization, this year’s World Urban Forum theme of “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation” was especially apt. Over 540 events occured, with 13,000 participants discussing the importance of using cities in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  This year’s outcome, the

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Decoding a massage from the markets: yield curve inversion
By admin February 14, 2020

On Tuesday evening, February 4th, President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address in front of Congress. While noting economic achievements, among them, is the U.S.-China “Phase One” trade deal that had induced a wave of optimism amongst analysts across the political spectrum. However, amid celebrated achievements, the markets delivered a very different

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Coranavirus Outbreak: China and WHO Mount National and Global Response
By admin February 5, 2020

The World Health Organization(WHO) officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on January 30th, 2020. The very next day, the U.S. declared a public health emergency over coronavirus and restricted entry into the U.S. from China. Because of the increase of cases, WHO indicated that the coronavirus outbreak could become a

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Amazon & India: What Did We Learn?
By admin February 1, 2020

Earlier this month, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, flew to India in an attempt to reignite Amazon’s ambitions for global dominance of e-commerce overseas. During his visit, Bezos announced that the firm would invest $1 billion in digitizing small and medium-sized businesses in India, bringing its total investment in the subcontinent to $6.5 billion.

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QuickPoll: What’s Your Number One CSR/Sustainability Priority in 2020?
By admin January 31, 2020

CSR/Sustainability executives, what is your number one priority in 2020? Check below and let us know what else is on your mind.

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Assess & Optimize Your CSR/Sustainability Program: CSRx from TBG Purpose
By admin January 30, 2020

How is your CSR/Sustainability program performing? Where are you making progress and where are you falling behind? What are your goals and are they aligned? Are you using the right metrics and reporting standards? Are you fully compliant? What measures do you need to put in place now – at the beginning of the year

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Davos 2020 Recap: Climate Change, Climate Change, Climate Change
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This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos placed climate change clearly on the agenda, signaling a shift that businesses are realizing the real consequences for their profits. In fact, the Wall Street Journal described the event as a “climate change conference this year.” At the conference, many climate topics were addressed, such as sustainable development,

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TBG Welcomes Winter/2020 Internship Team
By admin January 28, 2020

We are excited to introduce you to The Bassiouni Group’s Winter/2020 Internship Team: Yunzhen Wang — MPA “21 (International Finance & Economic Policy), Ines Boussebaa — MPA “20 (Sustainable Development, Energy & Environmental Policy), Yuval Bresler — MPA “21 (International Finance & Economic Policy and Management),and Chunyan Qiu — MPA “20 (Environmental Science & Policy).

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Wall Street Wakes Up to Sustainability: BlackRock Makes $7T Commitment; Goldman Sachs Pledges $750B
By admin January 24, 2020

Wall Street is finally waking up to Sustainability and Sustainable Finance & Investment. So, if you’re still denying science/climate change and living in a cave somewhere, you may want to digest the recent news from BlackRock. The world’s largest money manager is putting Climate Change/Sustainability at the center of its investment strategy with environmental sustainability

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Emerging/Frontier Markets: What’s in Store for the Next Decade?
By admin January 2, 2020

It’s no secret that we are big proponents of Emerging and Frontier Markets. While some advisors and investors  maintain a myopic focus on North American and European markets, we will continue to promote Emerging Markets (EMs) and Frontier Markets (FMs), which now represent approximately 60% of global GDP (source: IMF/using PPP measures). During the last

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Top Ten Critical Tips for CSR/Sustainability Executives
By admin November 22, 2019

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Sustainability is now a fixture at most companies but that doesn’t mean the path is well-worn or easy to navigate. Most CSR executives are often charting a new course (with little support) and dealing with the day-to-day challenges of implementation, measurement and improvement. Leading the way as a CSR/Sustainability leader requires vision

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An Effective CSR/Sustainability Program Can Increase Market Value by 4-6%
By admin November 7, 2019

Did you know that effective CSR can lead to a 4-6% increase in a company’s market value? Implementing an effective CSR/Sustainability program is not just a “nice” thing! Good business is good business! #TBGPurpose #CSRLeaders #TheBassiouniGroup  #CSR #CorporateSocialResponsibility #CorporateResponsibility #CorporateCitizenship #Sustainability #SustainableBusiness #Sustainable #Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs #ThursdayThoughts Source: “Project ROI: Defining the Competitive and

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Rapid Business Assessment — Contact Us Today!
By admin November 4, 2019

Whether you’re a startup, a growing SME/SMB or multinational, you need  practical, growth-focused solutions to successfully navigate the global economy. So, CONTACT US NOW for a rapid assessment of your situation and needs. Why choose The Bassiouni Group? We have 500+ experts in over 150+ countries — and they’re proficient in over 100 languages. We combine business/market

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Rep. Elijah Cummings: A Profile in Leadership
By admin October 25, 2019

Very powerful and moving speeches by Pres. Obama and Pres. Clinton at Chairman Cummings’ funeral today. Pres. Obama said that we “have an obligation (as citizens) to root ourselves in good soil” and noted that “being a strong man includes being kind”. That is a simple and powerful lesson. This sense of strength and compassion

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Debates Don’t Matter: The Case for a Presidential Leadership Test
By admin October 16, 2019

So, you made it through the 3-hour Democratic Debate on Tuesday night. Well done. Have some Gatorade to rehydrate. Our guess is you’re now asking yourself this question: Just why do we use debates as a key indicator when determining “Presidential readiness?” Do we really learn anything, especially when you have 12 candidates on stage

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Introducing TBG’s 2019 Summer Internship Team
By admin July 22, 2019

TBG is excited to introduce the Summer 2019 Internship Team. This accomplished group of graduate students will be assisting TBG on our ongoing projects covering Consulting (Business, Institutional, CSR/Sustainability), Investment and Trade and will tackle numerous sectors from Agriculture to Cleantech/Energy to Infrastructure Development.Learn more about our each intern below.   George Khoury — Columbia University

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3 Basic Ways That Artificial Intelligence Can Affect Businesses (No Technical Knowledge Required)
By admin July 3, 2019

The word ‘Artificial Intelligence’ or ‘AI’ has increasingly been a spotlight of the business world since early 2010. According to Statista, global revenues from AI for enterprise applications is projected to grow from $1.6 billion in 2018 to 31.2 billion in 2025. The growth in AI investment is a global trend: The UK announced approximately

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Can Libra Alleviate Poverty in the Developing World?
By admin July 2, 2019

  In late June, Facebook unveiled its plans for a new blockchain-based currency, Libra. Expected to launch in 2020, Facebook claims that its new digital currency has the unique potential to advance financial inclusion and create economic opportunity for billions of people around the world.   So what sets Libra apart from existing cryptocurrencies and

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How Venture Capital Investors Are Changing the Clean Energy Landscape
By admin May 30, 2019

At its inception, venture capital (VC) investing was huge in clean tech, pledging billions of dollars to eventually produce a wave of startups between 2006-2008. However, VC investment in clean technologies plummeted in 2012, after investors took a number of losses from bad bets, as well as dealing with fallouts from the 2008 financial crash.

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