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.

Making Ideas Happen

Building Your Personal Business Model

I am a dreamer. I love imagining new possibilities and often find myself asking the “what-ifs?”. Having spent the past 5+ years working in the strategic business consulting world, I was ready to begin exploring the prospect of launching my own business.

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Steady-State Economy: Are we closer than we think?

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Ilana Lipsett With consistently high unemployment and an on-again, off-again recovery, the political buzzwords these days are jobs and growth. But when we are fueling that economic growth by using up … Continued

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Could Sustainability be Scannable?

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Jared Brick Three months ago I couldn’t tell you what a QR code was, how to use one, or why I ever needed to.  But, since I finally grabbed a smartphone … Continued

KFC Builds Eco-friendly Restaurant But Menu Stays the Same

KFC’s newest restaurant in Indianapolis is designed to use 25 percent less energy and water. The Indianapolis restaurant is part of KFC’s E3 initiative “which looks at Economically responsible ways of saving energy and being environmentally aware,” said Roger McClendon, Chief Sustainability Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc., the parent company of KFC Corporation. The Indianapolis … Continued

Unilever’s Latest Sustainability Efforts

Unilever, the large British/Dutch multinational company, is going all out when it comes to sustainability, including purchasing renewable energy. Unilever’s goal is to more than double its use of renewable energy to 40 percent of its total energy requirement by 2020. Last month, Unilever Canada announced its agreement with Bullfrog Power to purchase 59,000 megawatt … Continued

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Birther Debate dead, Could Climate Change Debate be Next?

By Boyd Cohen, CO2 IMPACT Good old Donald Trump.  We all know there is no way he will ever be President of the U.S. and I think he knows it too. But that doesn’t mean he can’t use his media smarts to grow his brand.  Mr. Trump managed to briefly make a media storm out … Continued

American Budgetary Politics: Taxes, Deficits, and the Notorious “Laffer Curve”

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Katie Grote “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” wrote Benjamin Franklin, but in today’s America is that still true?  Even with our debt-to-GDP … Continued

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BP Oil Spill: How to Make an Environmental Disaster Disappear

Think of an unspoken race with family, friends, and colleagues to be the “first to know” about everything. Subscribe to TweetDeck and a feed reader and watch our complicated world unfold 140 characters at a time. When you see your acquaintances, impress them with your awareness of what’s trending—an uprising in the middle east, the rediscovered prowess of honey badgers, or green bean casserole. Substantive or not, just stay on top of the trends. Wait, what was that about an environmental disaster?

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Ecological Economics: Evolution of a Paradigm

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Elze van Hamelen Classical economics as a discipline can be traced back to the publication of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations in 1776 (Mark, 2007). It is no coincidence that … Continued

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BP Files Blame-Sharing Lawsuit Against Gulf Partners

April 21st marked the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. BP used the occasion to file a legal action against Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron International in advance of a closely approaching deadline for parties to file claims against each other. The lawsuits, which total over $40 billion (an amount … Continued

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Nonprofit Human Sustainability: A Competitive Advantage?

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Val Miranda Attention all values-based workers! There is a nonprofit down the street that pays like Google and lets you work from home. It offers flexible hours, a great work environment, … Continued

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Intel Secures LEED Silver, Bets on Algae

Intel is the first semiconductor or industrial technology company to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for a manufacturing complex. As a result of Intel’s long history of energy conservation, its Ocotillo, Arizona site was awarded the silver LEED certification without any substantial building … Continued