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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World Bank: Climate Change Policies Will Boost Global Economy

“Climate change poses a severe risk to global economic stability, but it doesn’t have to be like this,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We believe it’s possible to reduce emissions and deliver jobs and economic opportunity, while also cutting health care and energy costs. This report provides powerful evidence in support of that view.”

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When Does Generosity Become Educational Control?

The Koch Bros. recently dropped $25 million into the UNCF. What’s the return: Presumably good, well educated graduates. Oh, and a couple of seats on the scholarship selection committees.

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Natural Business and True Sustainability

In drawing inspiration from nature, we may step beyond our narrowed-down view of life and recognize the intrinsic patterns and reciprocal relations in our midst. These patterns can often seem confusing or complex for our reductionist mind, yet for our intuitive logic they are quite natural to cohere with. In applying this inherent logic of life, we no longer need to superficially bolt-on sustainability initiatives to unsustainable modus operandi.

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San Francisco: No-Go to Sharing Economy Parking App

Online apps are nifty, especially when you can manage a new startup in a major city from the other side of the world with relative ease. But the city of San Francisco is fighting back against a new startup that allows drivers to auction off public parking places to the highest bidder. In this case, San Francisco also has its bylaws on its side, since such transactions come with a hefty fine for both drivers and the business. And that, says the city’s legal office, can get awfully expensive for the startup.

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SolarCoin: How Digital Eco-Money Can Be More Equitable

SolarCoin is a novel strategy for accelerating investment in solar power, but it’s not inherently socially equitable. Fortunately, there are ways to increase access to SolarCoins for those without the wealth to invest in solar or trade currencies.

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1 Million Hectare Reforestation Project Planned for Panama

A groundbreaking alliance of Panamanian organizations launched a reforestation/sustainable development plan that would see 1 million hectares of land planted in trees. Produced by Panama’s Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON), the Panama Association for Reforestation (ANARAP), and the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (CCIAP), the 20-year plan would help strengthen local communities and economies, as well as help Panama mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Ohio Stalls Green Energy Projects

The Ohio government put a double whammy on renewable energy this past week, freezing its renewable portfolio standard and inserting a last-minute rule in the state budget bill. Changing the siting rule for wind turbines puts $25 billion in wind energy projects in serious jeopardy.

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Mars Coral Reef Restoration Empowers Indonesian Islanders

In reviving Pulau Badi’s coral reef ecosystem, Mars’ project replaces destructive fishing practices and offers islanders alternative livelihoods, including captive breeding of seahorses and abalone.