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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Horrors! Seattle is Moving to a $15/hour Minimum Wage

On June 2 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage, making Seattle the first major city in America to take this type of action to address income inequality.

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Business Inspired By Nature

Ought business to be striving for more than just limiting its harm? I think we intuitively know it can, yet it requires courage to break rank from our mainstream approach and current mindset.

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SolarCoin: Good for the Environment but Not Social Equity?

SolarCoin rewards solar power producers. Handing out digital cash to people with solar panels can benefit our electricity systems and the environment, but there might be more equitable ways to incentivize clean energy.

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Interview: Jeremiah Owyang, Crowd Companies

Jeremiah Owyang talks about the collaborative economy – why it’s important, why it’s both a threat and an opportunity for traditional companies, and what it has to do with sustainability.

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Report: Government Could Catalyze Growth in U.S. ‘Impact Economy’

Employing an estimated 10 million people and generating revenues of some $500 billion, Deloitte Consulting’s GovLab lays out the reasons why, as well as how, the federal government could spur growth and development of the U.S. “impact economy.”

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Finland Aims for 80 Percent Emissions Cuts with New Climate Act

Finland contributes little in the way of global carbon emissions, but is disproportionately feeling the effects of climate change. Passage of the national climate change act reinforces and builds momentum as Finland moves to build a healthy, vital low-carbon economy and society.

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Investor Ready Cities: From Delhi to Chattanooga

It’s almost a cliché these days to say that infrastructure development is a crushing and highly complex problem, mainly because there’s so much to do but not enough financial resources available to do it. The trick, then, is how to address infrastructure needs.

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PwC: Sustainability is Moving Into the Investment Mainstream

Eighty percent of institutional investors surveyed by PwC’s Resource Institute said sustainability factored into one or more investment contexts in the past year. As their numbers grow, institutional investors are pushing corporations to enhance their sustainability reporting and disclosure.

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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.