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.

Economics
Conscious Capitalism
B-Corps
Business Models
Circular Economy
Sharing Economy

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Video: Meg Evans of Udemy Talks Diversity at Net Impact ’14

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.

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Video: Net Impact Student Ishara Emerson Talks Diversity at NI14

“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.

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Renewable Energy: “Development as Freedom” in Haiti and Beyond

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.

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Winning Against the Big Box Stores

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.

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VW on Track to Meet 2018 ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ Sustainability Goals

The world’s fourth largest auto manufacturer has been at the forefront of the industry’s drive to enhance its ecological sustainability of its operations. Having carried out more than 2,700 environmental sustainability projects at its factories, VW’s production processes are 17 percent “more environmentally compatible” than they were four years ago, according to a team of more than 250 environmental experts that conducted an interim evaluation of VW’s ecological sustainability program.

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Video: Judith Weisinger of Mills College Talks Diversity at Net Impact ’14

“Given all of the corporate crises [we’ve seen] over the past several decades, it’s important for businesses to step up and emphasize ethics and socially responsible leadership,” Judith Weisinger, associate professor of business at Mills College, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis last month.

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Video: Maggie Davies of Net Impact Talks Diversity at NI14

“Zooming out entirely: The global challenges that we face are massive and very complex, and it’s going to require everyone being involved,” Maggie Davies, chief of strategy and talent for Net Impact, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis.