“To me, diversity is being able to bring different sources of inspiration to the debate,” MBA student and Net Impact member Mariana Negrao said.
Category: New Economics
This category is about the relation between business economies and sustainability and CSR. Company economies have great impact on how much effort they put into their CSR strategy and incorporating green strategies can have an effect on company growth.
“It’s critical that anyone looking to be sustainable enact guidelines of diversity within their own organizations,” Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and founder of the Hult Prize Foundation, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis.
This week, the advocacy group Ceres hosted a conference call in which they, acting as a spokesman for a wide array of companies across numerous industries, presented a letter of support for the EPA rule signed by 223 companies.
“We’ve all been in situations where we were either an insider or an outsider,” Antoine Andrews, director of global diversity and inclusion for Symantec, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Laura Clise, who serves as director of external communications and corporate citizenship for Areva, moderated a panel on diversity and inclusion at the Net Impact conference in Minneapolis last month. She even wrote a 90-second rap to kick things off. (If your day could use a boost, do yourself a favor and check it out here.)
“I think we’ve done an effective job, for the most part, in changing the complexion of the people in organizations. I don’t know if we have diversified the realities of [those] people,” Hayes-Greene said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
A survey by BFG Consulting suggests that the organic food industry has some education to do. The majority of those quizzed purchase organic food, but a remarkably small number can actually say why it’s called that. Yet organic sales continue to swell, year after year.
Asheen Phansey, who heads up the Sustainable Innovation Lab at French software firm Dassault Systèmes, talks about gender diversity in the tech sector at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Education is a key component of the diversity conversation, and disruptive, skills-based education platforms like Udemy offer intriguing prospects outside of traditional two- and four-year colleges. As part of our Talking Diversity video series, Meg Evans, manager of social innovation for Udemy, discusses how a diverse workforce helped the company grow.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales results point to consumers consuming better but is it enough to prevent irreversible climate change and mass extinction?
“Diversity is all about quantity and getting people together … Inclusion is really about quality: getting those people, from those different backgrounds, and actually inviting them to the table and talking with them,” Net Impact community member and college student Ishara Emerson said.
Rapid development of distributed renewable energy resources offers much more than a means of addressing climate change, particularly in impoverished nations. It can be a keystone in enhancing individual liberty and freedom and the establishment of open, inclusive market economies and democratic forms of government.
Small businesses have powerful ways to differentiate themselves. Here are five suggestions I think can help you beat the big box stores, or national chains, in converting even more customers to the idea of shopping local.