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
Conscious Capitalism
B-Corps
Business Models
Circular Economy
Sharing Economy

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The Quick & Dirty: You Can’t Lead from the Middle

We’ve seen trust in business continue to drop radically. Yes, it seems unfair that business gets targeted, but is it really that unfair? Do business show true leadership on these issues, or do they dance around the tough challenges?

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A Guide to the Different Forms of Impact-Backed Finance

Recent years have seen a burst of innovation in the social finance sector with impact investors putting capital behind many of the most exciting and effective new approaches. In this blog, part two of a three-part series on impact investing in finance, we look at the different kinds of finance and chart the growth of a sector on fire.

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What’s the State of Shared Value?

If I were to sum up this year’s Shared Value Leadership Summit in one word, that word would take the form of a question: How?

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The Future of Investable Social Finance

With the beginnings of a track record to back up its claims, finance remains a solid bet for impact investors. The future looks positive as a new generation of impact-backed financial service providers hone their skills, diversify their products and discover untapped markets of underserved clients in different parts of the globe. In this blog, part three of a three-part series on impact investing in finance, we chart the future of investing in social finance.

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The Urban Dynamic: Enhancing Cities via Public-Private Partnerships

The concept of how to build a successful, enduring city is changing – and with good reasons, say the authors of the new report, ‘Investor Ready Cities.’ This first segment of our special series discusses why innovative methods are now necessary, and some of the successful strategies, like public-private partnerships, that are helping to create vibrant cities of tomorrow.

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Is it Time to Stop Calling Uber a Disruptive Innovation?

While obviously Uber seems to meet the definition of disruptive innovation as most people understand this concept, it would be interesting to see if Uber actually meets the criteria for disruptive innovation defined by the person who actually coined and popularized the term – Prof. Clayton M. Christensen.

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Investing in a Sustainable American Workforce

One of the (multiple) challenges that deters investment in rural low-income communities is the availability of a skilled and ready workforce. Created by Congress, the Federal New Markets Tax Credit program is designed to incentivize investment in places that desperately need sustainable jobs — and to serve as a seed for success that will ripple through the community and spur even more employment.

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Brookings Delves Into Low and No-Carbon Electricity Technologies

Absent a high-enough price on carbon, a carbon tax, or direct levies on fossil fuel suppliers, “nuclear, hydro and natural gas combined cycle have far more net benefits than either wind or solar,” according to Brookings’ Charles R. Frank, Jr. The assumptions underlying and supporting the analysis highlight the shortcomings of economic models and thinking, however.

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Families, Futures and All Things Sustainable

This article focuses on succession in family businesses between one generation and the next, and what the relevance of sustainability might be in terms of influencing that succession process.

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Private Oversight of Keystone XL: For Scrutiny or For Budget?

The feds have added two new oversight requirements for Keystone XL’s approval, citing construction concerns. But TransCanada must pay for the additional tally-takers. While the federal government would get to approve the new contractor, the agency that makes that approval decision is planning to cut back staff in June. Hey, is this a new way of increasing oversight with less federal dollars?

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How a ‘BYOD’ Policy Can Save Companies Money

The bring your own device trend (BYOD) has gained much popularity throughout the last few years, and it’s no surprise why. The movement has many benefits, but what makes BYOD so appealing for many companies is the potential to save money.

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Demographic Tumult is Creating a Sustainable Economy

A demographic tumult is pushing America toward a sustainable economy. This demographic tumult is the nexus of an aging boomer generation, the emergence of the millennial generation as America’s economic powerhouse and the growing role of women.

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Crowdsourcing and CSP Energy Storage Headline DOE Push to Achieve SunShot Goals

Last week was a busy and eventful one for the solar energy industry as market participants from across the U.S., and around the world, gathered in Anaheim, Calif. for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) “SunShot Grand Challenge Summit 2014.” Among the highlights: The Energy Department launched a $1 million solar “soft costs” innovation crowdsourcing contest and $10 million in R&D funding for six thermochemical energy storage projects.