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

Urban_dynamics_Seattle_Wa_PatrickMcNally

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.

Uber

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.

a newsletter

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.

netbenefitsnocarboncvr

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.

Maryland families gather at the Bethesda Business Walk in 2010.

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.

Keystone_XL_pipe_ShannonRamos

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?

BYOD

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.

6235421713_a6a6d948e5_z

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.

Ali Zaidi

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.

HP_CSRwire_3p_logos

June 4: HP Live Twitter Chat from #SB14sd

How does a company that has been practicing responsible citizenship for 75 years drive even more impact for people, the economy and the environment? By making its citizenship efforts and business strategy fully and inextricably intertwined.

Join TriplePundit, CSRwire, and HP for a Twitter chat – live from Sustainable Brands ’14 in San Diego. You can participate from home using #livingprogress!

Volkswagen-NILS-preview-05

Volkswagen Lays Out Vision of ‘Sustainable Mobility’ in 2013 Sustainability Report

VW is making substantial progress in realizing the strategic goals laid out in its “Think Blue” strategy. As its 2013 group sustainability report shows, the multinational auto and transportation manufacturer’s sustainability initiatives course through all its operations, and extend well beyond factory doors.

MtSignalSolar

World’s Largest Single-Axis Solar PV Plant Goes Live in Southern California

Abengoa’s 206-MW Mount Signal Solar, built for Silver Ridge Power, will deliver clean, renewable electricity to some 72,000 homes in the San Diego area. The U.S. sustainable energy market now accounts for 28 percent of Abengoa’s overall business, and it’s turning to U.S. capital markets to raise as much as $600 million in a yieldco IPO.

These Indian vultures are only one species that may be threatened by so-called 'cheater economics.'

Op-Ed: The Hidden Costs of ‘Cheater Economics’ on Human Health

‘Cheater economics’ enables polluting products to be sold cheaper than many clean products and includes subsidies for fossil fuels, pesticides and toxic chemicals. Cheater economics tolerates pollution externalities, as economists have noted.