Mike Bellamente, executive director of Climate Counts, and Mark McElroy, founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations have been working on a new approach to measuring sustainability performance. Using the new metric, called “context-based sustainability,” the two organizations just released what they call the “world’s first” science-based company rankings.
Category: New Economics
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.
A recent study suggests the connection between companies that have great corporate social responsibility records and irresponsible decisions by their management may not always be coincidental. The study, published in the Journal of Personnel Psychology also found that companies with previous stellar CSR track records were more likely to hire CEOs that try to put forth a good, moral image when problems occur.
The holiday season is the most wasteful time of the year. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of the year. What’s worse, we buy each other presents that do a lousy job of maximizing our happiness.
The study is not recommending the immediate closure of the Hanford nuclear plant, rather it recommends that the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) issue a request for alternatives, “to see if the unit can be replaced with long-term options that are less costly, less risky and better fitted to regional needs.”
The recent purchase of a Tesla Model S with bitcoin gives new meaning to the concept of an electronic purchase. At just 91.4 bitcoins, that $103,000 car proves that cryptocurrencies may no longer be just for earning a bit of chump change. Some think it may just be the answer for a stable global economy.
Money’s tight in Washington D.C. amid sequestration and ongoing federal budget battles, but the Obama Administration is maintaining its commitment to helping forge a U.S. renewable and clean energy manufacturing base. Energy Secretary Moniz on Dec. 12 announced $150 million in Phase II, 48C Clean Energy Manufacturing Program tax credits.
On Wed. Dec. 11th at 2:00pm PST, Nick Aster will talk w/ Haris Alibasic about how Grand Rapids, Michigan has become a sustainability leader amongst cities.
Companies will use their carbon price as a planning tool to “help identify revenue opportunities, risks, and as an incentive to drive maximum energy efficiencies to reduce costs and guide capital investment decisions.”
Sustainable business strategy is not just for MBA students – many classes have a mix of student disciplines. Dr. Deborah Rigling Gallagher of Duke University, talks about the challenges and rewards of these combined classes.
Sustainable MBA students want to work for responsible companies like Unilever, Nike, SAP and M&S, but what about the ‘bad’ guys? Wouldn’t it make more sense for these MBAs to take a job at the ExxonMobils, JP Morgans, BPs, Monsantos, and Lockheed Martins of the world?