“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.
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.
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.
“The topic of diversity is thrown around quite a bit. I think oftentimes we don’t fully appreciate or understand what it’s really about,” Jacques-Philippe Piverger, co-founder and CEO of MPOWERD, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference last month.
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.
“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.
“Simply having diversity does not produce results for the bottom line,” Tawanna Black, executive director of Northside Funders Group, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference last month.
How can product manufacturers and retailers protect themselves from the business risk of potentially adopting the next hazardous chemical to be regulated? And how can they show leadership in helping to move our economy to a toxic-free future?