Impacting investments that aim to realize social and environmental good are rising rapidly and could restore flagging faith in markets, banks and governments, according to a report from the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce.
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.
Environmental issues and labor complaints at Chinese plants have put Apple under the microscope for the third year. Suicides, a plant explosion in 2011 and environmental pollution are raising questions as to whether Apple will be able to ensure labor and environmental policies are addressed in overseas factories it doesn’t own.
“Both the importance and the understanding of sustainability has grown dramatically over the past decade and a half,” said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the S&P Dow Jones Index Committee. Over the span the indices have become “the leading benchmark in the field,” he continued.
Consumers have the NRDC to thank for the latest disclosure on Foster Farms’ salmonella outbreak – if they have the stomach to read it, that is. More than 200 violations were levied against the companies plants in the past year for issues ranging from processing procedures to cockroaches.
In this video, Herman Miller’s chief engineer on the sustainability team, Thaddeus Owen talks about what sustainability means at the company. Specifically he discusses the concept of radical transparency across the company’s supply chain as well as with regards to the chemicals and other ingredients that go into Herman Miller’s products.
As scores of happy (and not-so-happy) fans know all too well, the pro football season kicked off last week. Now, after reviewing scores from week one, fantasy football owners must make sure they are asking the right questions to inform their lineups before a new round of games begin. As it turns out, successful workplaces and winning fantasy football teams have a lot in common. Max Chopovsky, founder of Chicago Creative Space, let us in on the following five tips for creating a successful team, both on and off the field.
Obviously, you can’t do much to convince a community that you’re local when you’re not. It would be foolish to even try. But you can involve yourself in the community and in the activities that support that community.
The U.S. solar market hit a major milestone in the second quarter of this year, with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy, according to a new report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Foresight may also involve predictions of how the law or fellow citizens will respond to our choices, as in the expectation of rewards or punishments. In the case of corporations, if they care about human moral values, foresight would go beyond the factors predicting financial profit/loss. It would also include predictions about impact on people’s health and well-being, on their families and communities, and on their self-respect.
Berkshire skeptics question whether such a large and tentacular entity can continue to thrive without its Oracle-in-Chief. Lawrence Cunningham, a law professor at George Washington University and author of the thoughtful “Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values” (Columbia Business School Publishing), is betting that it can. While Cunningham’s book works quite well as a testament to Warren Buffett’s unassailable vision and leadership, as well as to what Berkshire embodies and may continue to embody after Buffett, it comes up a bit short as an argument for why Berkshire’s greatness will outlive its leader.
Donald J. Munro of the University of Michigan asks: Can there be a trust relationship when the purchaser of a home loan does not know who owns the mortgage?
A University of Colorado study rejects the perception that women and individuals of color have fair opportunities for advancement in the workplace. The researchers note that women and minority execs suffer when they attempt to support diversity, undermining their own careers in the process. Finding viable answers, 3p correspondent Jan Lee proposes, is all part of meeting the needs of a sustainable and thriving marketplace.
The U.S. is playing catch-up, but notable progress is being made as 14 U.S. offshore wind projects are in the advanced stages of development, according to the third annual DOE assessment of the U.S. offshore wind market.
Imagine all the government buildings went LED: How much can we save a year in energy and other related costs then? The answer: Trillions.