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 en effect on company growth.

Economics
Conscious Capitalism
B-Corps
Business Models
Circular Economy
Sharing Economy

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Southeast Manufacturers Join to Spur Job Creation Through Recycling

Recycling is a growth industry, but recycling’s beneficial economic impacts in terms of job creation and boosting local economies are underappreciated and undervalued. Short on supplies of recycled materials, manufacturers in the Southeast have joined with local governments and NGOs to spur residents to recycle more.

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Lowe’s Settles California Toxic Dumping Suit for $18.1 Million

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control just spent six years investigating hazardous substance dumping by one very large string of stores — and it paid off. Last week, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse was fined a total of $18.1 million for illegally dumping hazardous substances into the landfill — at more than 100 of its stores.

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Shocker: 89 Percent of Fast Food Workers are Victims of Wage Theft

As if it’s not enough that so many minimum wage workers can’t make ends meet on an honest day’s work, many also find themselves performing work for free or less than they’re due. A new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates shows an overwhelming majority of fast food workers, 89 percent, have experienced wage theft.

Meet Me at the Corner of ‘And’ and ‘Why’

Recently the University of Washington Milgard School of Business Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility convened a summit for thought leaders in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability leadership to discuss the role of “and” and “why” in CSR and how these two important concepts intersect.

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How LinkedIn Can Help You Score a Sustainability Job

Did you know that 97 percent of HR and staffing professionals use LinkedIn to search for candidates and that 77 percent of all job openings are posted there? Making the most of your LinkedIn profile will be one of the best investments you’ll make in your job search and ongoing career and network development.

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Towns Impacted by Dan River Coal Ash Spill Continue to Struggle

Danville, Va. is just miles downstream from where a pipe connected to a coal ash pond owned by Duke Energy failed and spewed toxic sludge into the Dan River last month. Although the city is adamant that its water treatment plant is filtering the toxins and the water is safe to drink, the future of business dollars that are linked to the Dan’s tourism is still unknown.

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Oil Spill Shuts Down Houston Ship Channel on Exxon Valdez Anniversary

The memories of one of the country’s worst environmental accidents was marked with yet another spill, this time off the coast of Galveston Bay, Texas. The 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska is being memorialized by clean-up crews in Texas as they struggle to protect an essential estuary, recreation and commercial fishing area.

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ExxonMobil to Report Publicly on Carbon Asset Risk

It seems like a huge deal for a several reasons: The oil major is publicly acknowledging the potential impact of carbon emission limits on its business model and revealing how it assesses the “risk of stranded assets” from climate change, and it did so at the behest of two shareholder groups.

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Feds, State Investigate Duke Energy for Illegal Pumping of Coal Ash

Southeast power company Duke Energy is under investigation and facing at least eight state citations for environmental pollution in North Carolina. Its troubles began in February when a holding facility for coal ash burst and polluted the Dan River. Now its facing more problems after an environmental group managed to catch photos of it pumping toxic sludge into a Cape Fear River tributary.

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New EPA Emissions Standard Saves Lives, Creates Jobs

New fuel efficiency and emissions standards are creating stronger automotive jobs in the U.S., as research and development firms wind up to meet the challenges, refineries retool and American manufacturers build new components.

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EU Renewable Electricity Rises Above 23 Percent But Employment, Investment Falters

The EU continues to be a world leader when it comes to the production and use of renewable energy but fiscal and economic challenges, including reductions in, or the outright elimination of, feed-in tariffs led to drops in sectoral employment, economic activity and investment indicators, according to EurObser’ER’s 2014 EU Renewable Energy Barometer.