One might assume that handling trash every day for a living might be a smelly job. But for the motley crew of designers, nerds and captain planet-pushers at upcycling firm TerraCycle, trash is a profitable problem that keeps on giving.
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.
Congress might be deadlocked over the minimum wage debate, but some companies aren’t waiting. Ikea recently announced it will raise its average minimum wage in its U.S. stores to $10.76, a 17 percent over the current wage and $3.51 above the current federal minimum wage.
For a special holiday edition of 3p Weekend, this week we’re focusing on companies that embody the spirit of July Fourth by bringing independence into the heart of their business models.
As uncovered by Symantec, Dragonfly is a sophisticated cyber espionage campaign targeting a broad range of key Western energy and power industry providers. The sophistication of the cyber attacks smacks of state involvement.
A few years before Tony Hayward resigned as head of BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the previous BP CEO, John Browne, was forced to bow out from the company over a much different scandal: He was outed as gay by a British tabloid. Now the former executive has written a book about his experience, “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business,” and is advocating for the rights of gay and lesbians in the workplace. Released in May, ” the book includes an open letter to CEOs about why promoting an inclusive environment for LGBT employees isn’t solely a civil rights issue or moral imperative for companies – it’s a smart business decision.
“Climate change poses a severe risk to global economic stability, but it doesn’t have to be like this,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We believe it’s possible to reduce emissions and deliver jobs and economic opportunity, while also cutting health care and energy costs. This report provides powerful evidence in support of that view.”
The Koch Bros. recently dropped $25 million into the UNCF. What’s the return: Presumably good, well educated graduates. Oh, and a couple of seats on the scholarship selection committees.
In drawing inspiration from nature, we may step beyond our narrowed-down view of life and recognize the intrinsic patterns and reciprocal relations in our midst. These patterns can often seem confusing or complex for our reductionist mind, yet for our intuitive logic they are quite natural to cohere with. In applying this inherent logic of life, we no longer need to superficially bolt-on sustainability initiatives to unsustainable modus operandi.
Besides money and merchandise, there’s something else that every business produces: environmental damage. Here are a few tips on how you can go green, without having to spend all of your green.
Online apps are nifty, especially when you can manage a new startup in a major city from the other side of the world with relative ease. But the city of San Francisco is fighting back against a new startup that allows drivers to auction off public parking places to the highest bidder. In this case, San Francisco also has its bylaws on its side, since such transactions come with a hefty fine for both drivers and the business. And that, says the city’s legal office, can get awfully expensive for the startup.
Symantec wants you — and the young people of America — to know that not only is this career path well-paying and approachable, but also, in many cases, it doesn’t even require a college degree.