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
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B-Corps
Business Models
Circular Economy
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Want Better Stock Returns? Invest in Employee Satisfaction

How much is a happy employee really worth? I bet many companies still ask themselves this question, wondering what the real value of employee satisfaction is. Fortunately, the academia is here to help with a new study looking at the relationship between employee satisfaction and stock returns, using lists of the “Best Companies to Work For” in 14 countries as their database.

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Wikileaks Targets Australia with New Leak and More Controversy

Wikileaks’ disclosure last week that the Australian government was investigating high-ranking officials from Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam in relation to a banking scandal was felt by commercial markets around the world. Heads of state are asking questions and Wikileaks readership is way up.

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Human Values and CSR: Love, Compassion, Empathy and Altruism

Bonding with friends and others has some roots in our family love; those bonds result in our having empathy for both family and friends, and ultimately our community. Corporations do not experience compassion or empathy; people do.

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The Role of Touch in Business

According to one researcher, “Hugs have positive impacts on self-esteem, relationships and upon the body’s ability to cope with stress.”

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What Does Corporate Responsibility Mean When It Comes To NSA Data Requests?

The unsettling details revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden last year generated quite a stir in the press, and large tech and telecom companies faced a wave of consumer backlash in the wake of the ongoing story. It’s always easy to point fingers, but companies are often left with few options once the U.S. government starts putting the screws to them. So, how do NSA data requests fit in with overall corporate responsibility, and what is a company to do when faced with a request that seems to counteract its responsibility to consumers? We spoke with three key experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR) to find out the answers.

From left to right: Steve Sichak, SVP, Integrated Supply Chain at BD; Glenn Barbi, VP, Office of Global Sustainability; Greg Butler, Director of Global Supply Chain Stewardship.

How a New Jersey Company Brought Wind Power to Operations in Nebraska

Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BD), a New Jersey-based medical devices and supply company, recently established a unique partnership with the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to develop an option for renewable energy generation and usage in Nebraska, focusing on the needs of industrial and commercial businesses.

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Biomimicry Lessons for Business

At an event entitled “Biomimicry + the Regenerative Economy” held in New York City last week, experts Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins share lessons business can learn from nature.

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Video: Michelle Obama on Work-Life Balance

Apparently Michelle Obama brought baby Sasha with her to interview for a VP position at University of Chicago Hospitals. Truthfully, are the working parents among us really accomplishing as much as the workers out there without kids?

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ExxonMobil to Comply with LGBT Executive Order

Exxon, which according to government records won more than $480 million in federal contracts in 2013 and more than $8 billion since 2006, has long resisted pressure from civil rights groups and shareholders to enumerate LGBT protections in its formal equal opportunity corporate policy.

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Harnessing the Benefits of Employee Volunteerism at Mid-Size Companies

Since the global recession, companies of all sizes have embraced employee volunteerism as a fiscally responsible way to supplement their existing community giving initiatives. But it appears mid-size businesses may not be harnessing the full potential of volunteer programs and are overlooking the wide range of benefits they can provide…