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. Topics include: Conscious Capitalism, Social Enterprise, B-Corps, Circular Economy, Sharing Economy

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A Millennial’s Letter to Financial Services Industry

As millennials we want our work to have meaning for ourselves and the world, and we place a higher value on consumer goods that have some sort of beneficial social or environmental impact. Although we are generally more conservative in our investment decisions than previous generations (can you blame us?), we are willing to take on more financial risk if it increases exposure to ESG impact.


S&P Acknowledges Role of Income Inequality in Downturn

A new report, issued by mainstream economic authority Standard & Poor’s (S&P), acknowledges, perhaps for the first time, that the extreme level of income inequality in this country is actually hurting the economy. In fact, the revered oracle has actually cut its forecast for economic growth (from 2.8 percent to 2.5 percent) based on these conditions.


Tax-Advantaged U.S. Oil and Gas Companies Reap Huge Gains

U.S.-based oil and gas companies are reaping huge gains, thanks to advantages built into the federal tax code unavailable to other types of businesses, according to a study from Taxpayers for Common Sense.

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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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.