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.

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What’s Really in Your Organic Brew?

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 Inna Volynskaya Being a responsible beer geek, you opt for a Berkeley-brewed Bison or one of those super green Oregon breweries to quench your thirst. Or maybe you unknowingly bought something … Continued

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Interview: SunRun’s Lynn Jurich on “Pocketbook Environmentalists”

How many companies can boast of a 100%+ annual growth rate in customers, especially  in today’s economy? Would you be even more impressed if the answer was a solar company? SunRun is hot, hot, hot. They have grown in just a couple of years to a leadership position in residential rooftop solar systems with over … Continued

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Impacting The Three P’s By Competing Domestically With Food Imports

By Fergus McGrath Total US food imports have doubled in the past decade, from $43 billion in 2001 to $86 billion in 2010. As our national budget and economy continue to sputter, introducing the idea of enrolling entrepreneurs to become domestic food producers and compete with foreign competition for our citizens’ dollars would have a … Continued

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A Genuine Measure: GDP vs Genuine Progress

The Gross National Product was the official measure of production in the United States until 1991. At that point, GNP was replaced by it’s close cousin Gross Domestic Product.

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Sustaining Traditions for Sustainability

Although I was born in Redwood City, California, the first eight years of my life took place in a small town 45 minutes South of one of Mexico’s largest cities, Guadalajara.

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Asking for Directions: Communication at a Crossroad

The most ordinary events in one’s journey through life can bring us to a crossroad that has the potential to greatly alter one’s perspective and path. In 2004, three such events brought me to such a crossroad, one which called my identity into question.

Ford Credits Green Vehicles as Driver Behind Earnings Jump

Ford Motor Company is feeling pretty good about itself these days. The company just announced its best quarterly profits this century. Profits reached $2.55 billion, up, 460 million, or 22% from a year ago. Rising demand for their new line of fuel-efficient vehicles, along with an improving economy, were seen as the main drivers. “Our … Continued

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Fair Trade: It’s Tough to be an Ethical Consumer

No one ever said green would be cheap or easy. The sad truth of the matter is the average consumer’s commitment to greenness is mostly tied paradoxically and perversely to the cost of a gallon of gas. So when pundits across the pond wonder whether Fair Trade is still a useful eco-brand, the question answers … Continued

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Trek To Recycle Carbon Fiber Bikes

Though on the one hand the bicycle is perhaps the most basic form of transportation, on the other, it’s possible to spend several thousands of dollars on a bike made from the lightest, most high performance composite aerospace materials available. Manufacturers of high performance bikes have sought frame materials for lightness, strength, and comfort that … Continued

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Greening Pro Sports: Rallying for Recycled Plastic Rally Towels

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 Izabel Loinaz As it has been said, every challenge offers an opportunity.  This easily can be said for the professional sports industry in the US. The Challenge: Annually, millions of swag … Continued

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The Sufficiency Economy: a Thai Solution to Economic Sustainability

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 Somsak Boonkam The economy is a major force driving our lives, from the purchasing decisions we make to the public and private institutions we support. It determines how wealthy nations and … Continued

Might As Well Face It: We’re Addicted to Growth

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 Adrian Assassi That’s right, addicted. In our recent and current times, we as a species have witnessed population growth, economic growth, and technological growth at a rate that is mind boggling. … Continued

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Creating a Shared Vision of a Positive Future

It’s the year 2050 and everyone is a cyborg. We are fighting over the earth’s remaining precious resources, including the last drops of naturally fresh spring water.

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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.