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. Topics include: Conscious Capitalism, Social Enterprise, B-Corps, Circular Economy, Sharing Economy

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Why Confidentiality Will Unlock the Impact Economy

Just as there is professional privilege in law and psychology, we need clear guidelines for how negative information can be shared, discussed and addressed confidentially by enterprises with their impact measurement advisors. Without privilege, a fear of backlash fosters the (often willfully) ignorant perpetuation of negative situations in a social impact venture’s supply chain.

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SVN ‘Best Advice’ Series: Never Stop

Business advice for the mission-driven entrepreneur: Cheryl Contee, CEO of Fission Strategy, shares how she overcame the gender biases in the tech industry.

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Detroit Water Shutoff Crisis: Public Water Brigade Grows

The Detroit water shutoffs continue to grow each month, with the number surpassing 30,000 since January 2014. It’s given rise to international protests and criticism, but it has also spawned an awesome community network of volunteers and businesses working to ensure no one in Detroit goes without water.

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Is the ‘Uberization’ of the Economy Sustainable?

Although it’s probably too early to offer candidates for Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year, I’d like to suggest uberization as the word for 2015. But is the Uber innovation model others are so eager to adopt sustainable?

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Your Seafood: Now Fair Trade Certified

Safeway’s latest commitment brings the company up to par with your local farmers market when it comes to worker transparency.

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Activist Investors Will Shake Up Social Investing: Should We Worry?

Once called corporate raiders or asset strippers, activist investors are rewriting the rules of engagement for investors and investees. How will this affect the green, impact and social investing sectors as they continue their march toward mainstream markets?

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Your Poop: Now for Money and Science!

Two years ago, it wasn’t your common cure. But today, the nonprofit OpenBiome’s services are in great demand by doctors and hospitals. And its treatments, which have been known to cure one of the most common ailments of today relies on an even more common substance: poop.