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.

Conscious Capitalism
Business Models
Circular Economy
Sharing Economy


Why Insecure Data Is Bad for the U.S. Economy

Recent revelations of NSA spying, laws that prevent IT companies from protecting the confidentiality of customers’ information and data hacking are driving clients to move their company data out of the U.S., a step that some experts say will cost the country billions of dollars in the near future.

Adapt to Crowd-Sourcing or Risk Losing Relevancy

“The 20th century economy was powered by big corporations that standardized everything because they never really knew their customers,” explains Brian Chesky, the 32-year-old founder of sharing economy darling AirBnB. “The 21st century economy will be powered by people.” Once again, it’s time to adapt or die.

Do activists really care about money? Some companies think so, but 3p contributor Henk Campher offers another perspective.

The Quick & Dirty: Activists and Money Don’t Mix

I’ve worked with many companies on stakeholder engagement and help many of them understand activists and activist campaigning — and they are as guilty of getting it wrong as the activists themselves. No, I take that back. They get it wrong more often than activists. Let me share one thing that every company consistently gets wrong: Activists do it for the money.

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Where’s the Community Accountability in Impact Investing?

The concept of impact investment — which has the explicit purpose of supporting economic and community development — is receiving a growing amount of attention from an increasingly diverse set of financial players. This emerging trend is one of the most exciting and potentially problematic, trends I’ve seen over the last decade.

Earlier this summer, the Global Reporting Initiative welcomed a new chief executive, Michael Meehan.

Q&A with the New Head of GRI, Michael Meehan

Earlier this summer, the Global Reporting Initiative welcomed a new chief executive. I was privileged to chat with Michael Meehan on the phone about his thinking.

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Shrugging Off the Libertarian Fantasy

The point is that the Libertarian view of big government and massive government intervention as the source of all evil is not realistic or grounded in the way a complicated and globalized world works.


Sacred Business Beyond Capitalism

Capitalism is only a particular manifestation of the way business may be conducted. In fact, some may view it as a corruption of business, which undermines economic and social resilience. It is what the anthropologist and cyberneticist Gregory Bateson insightfully understood as the ‘original corruption’ which pits us against Nature in an evolutionary cul-de-sac of selfish ascendance.

Public relations

PR Firms Take a Stand on Climate Change

A number of the largest PR firms came out, in response to surveys administered by the Guardian and the Climate Investigations Centre, and collectively announced that they will no longer represent firms that want to spread messages denying the reality of man’s role in the disruption of the climate.


India Makes CSR A Requirement for Companies

India, the world’s largest democracy has taken CSR to a new level: it’s mandated it as a requirement for companies that meet certain financial limits. And not everyone is happy about the new revision to its companies act.