This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.

How Islamic Finance can Contribute to the Global Economy

While not many ordinary Western consumers understand the principles of Islamic finance, an increasing number of Western institutions have begun to incorporate its principles into operations in some parts of the world.
Most people may know that Islamic finance bans interest, gambling and speculation, but not much more than that. What they don’t usually hear is that it also promotes the kind of focus on partnership and productive investment that seems to have been missing from the global boom of the first decade of the 21st century.

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Five Companies that Make Philanthropy Work, and Make Work Philanthropy

Virtually all jobs these days at least offer you the opportunity to volunteer or get involved with causes at work–and most of us really want a job at a company that gives back to the larger community. However, some companies go above and beyond. At these companies, known as social enterprises, every job is directly involved with having a positive impact on society. It is ingrained into the business model. This is the sweet spot.

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The Robin Hood Tax Debate

By Maggie Winslow The EU and UK are currently contemplating instating a financial transaction tax, sometimes called a “Robin Hood” or Tobin Tax.  The Tobin Tax was first proposed by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Tobin in 1974 (I like his work so much, I named my son Tobin).  The original proposed tax was on international … Continued

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The World Cup: How FIFA Benefits While Host Countries Lose Big

Countries and cities spend vast amounts of money to participate in the bidding process to host world sporting events. Along with the pride and glory and the opportunity to showcase one’s cities, nation, and culture, there is the perception that such events will create an economic boon in the country. Whereas this may be the case for developed nations, the prize for hosting soccer’s World Cup can turn into fool’s gold for developing countries and emerging markets.

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Opportunity Green Roundup: Perspectives from Heavy Hitters in CSR

This year, Opportunity Green showcased some of the most innovative companies working in the corporate social responsibility space. Leaders from IBM, Starbucks, KPMG, Dell, and Patagonia shared their biggest sustainability challenges and offered solutions. Below is a compilation of some of the innovative approaches they are using to make progress on sustainability issues for their organizations.

Motorola Asks: What is Abundance?

Along with the announcement of its new Android 4G WiMAX phone Motorola launched a provocative new ad campaign called Social 0.0 Lab that not only challenges the status quo, but suggests a new direction that a device like this might help to set. The campaign currently consists of a three part video, all in Japanese … Continued

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OWS — Dawn of a New Progressive Movement?

Police can break up the various “Occupy” encampments across the country but can they halt the movement? Probably not. As disorganized, disparate and disheveled as some would like to believe Occupy Wall Street and its regional allies are, the barn door is open and the horse is romping freely in the field. Or in this … Continued

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Tiffany & Co Launches Sustainability Website

In the past twenty years, the jewellery industry has faced numerous issues including blood diamonds, conflict gems and dirty gold. The industry and customers were also largely unaware of where their raw material came from and seldom cared. However, a lot has changed over the past few years and several jewelers have started to take note of these requirements as customers became … Continued

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2013 Ford Escape Boasts EcoBoost Engine and Greener Materials

Ford is emerging as an automotive sustainability frontrunner as they step up their strategy, efforts, and product line. One of their new offerings is the redesigned 2013 Ford Escape which has a new look, a new, green engine, and an array of recycled, reused and reduced impact materials. Earlier this year, sustainability expert Andrew Winston lauded Ford’s … Continued

Occupy with Aloha: a Hawaiian Singer’s Subversive Serenade at APEC

This past weekend, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum took place in Hawaii. Twenty-one heads-of-state came together to discuss how economic collaboration can lead to mutual prosperity. That’s right– they discussed trade barriers and all sorts of macro-economic issues that will eventually filter down to have major implications for regular folks. The summit was pretty big … Continued

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Solar Power Creating Jobs, Boosting Tennessee’s Economy

Times remain hard across the country, but solar power is a bright spot in Tennessee’s economy. The Volunteer State is Hemlock Semiconductor and Wacker Chemie polysilicon and Sharp Solar plants, and solar power projects are cropping up around the Tennessee Valley despite the state’s lack of a Renewable Power Standards (RPS).

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The BMW i3: Advancing Automotive Sustainability

With its first mass produced all electric vehicle, the i3, BMW has completely redesigned the EV concept. Instead of taking a car and simply swamping out the combustion engine for an electric drive system, BMW has rethought and redesigned the entire vehicle based on it’s most promising application – as an emission-free urban mode of transport that’s just as intelligent as it’s owner is likely to be.

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Renewable Energy Land Leases: How to get a Slice of the Pie

This post outlines key considerations for property owners to evaluate when leasing their land for renewable energy development. There are pros and cons to leasing your property to a renewable energy developer and/or owner to earn revenue. It is important to understand how to navigate the complexities of benefits and risks when dealing with newly emerging renewable energy development land leases.