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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Organic Earthbound Farm Sells to WhiteWave for $600m

WhiteWave, parent company to Horizon Milk, Land O’ Lakes and Silk, has finalized the purchase of a new company: Earthbound Farm. The $600 million acquisition signals a new direction for the dairy and beverage company and makes it the largest organic produce manufacturer in the U.S.

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Five 2014 CSR Game-Changers

In 2013 corporate social responsibility moved from “do good” actions to a business best practice. This year, these five CSR game-changers will accelerate the links between profits, environmental responsibility and social good.

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DOE Says No to Reversing Rule that Raises Carbon Costs

Will the Obama Administration’s increase in cost for carbon help or hinder projects like Keystone XL? Opponents are saying that it will make it harder for such projects to move ahead. (But then, only if you believe there’s really a detrimental cost to carbon.)

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Redefining Sales for Ethical and Sustainable Business

Many business people talk passionately about growing their businesses. Yet, in the same breath, they also speak about their dislike of sales. This is like holding aspirations of winning the New York City Marathon, yet, having an aversion to running.

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McResource Site Advises Employees to Skip the Burgers and Fries

McDonald’s pulled its employee website last week after it came to the realization that it was actually advising its employees that it was unhealthy to buy its Big Macs. Calling a hamburger, fries and large drink “unhealthy” may have seemed OK in comparison to a sub and salad, but it didn’t go down well with McDonald’s administration.

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2013’s Best Sharing Economy Concepts

Critics said the sharing economy wouldn’t last. Worse, many said it wouldn’t make an impact. But 2013 was clearly a successful year for lodging, transportation and crowdfunding companies that thrived on the collective spirit of community. We’ve amassed a short list of our favorite concepts. Take a look and then leave a comment telling us yours.

Resolution 2014: Make My Investment Portfolio Responsible

Sustainable and responsible investing is an investment discipline that considers environmental, social and corporate governance criteria (ESG) to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.

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Study: 51 of 100 Top Companies Emitting Unsustainable Levels of CO2

If a company pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 15 percent by 2020, is that good? Better yet, is that enough? Climate Counts and the Center for Sustainable Organizations just released what they call the “world’s first” science-based company rankings, aiming to answer questions like these.

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Women in CSR: Donna Sockell, University of Colorado

Donna Sockell, former executive director and founder, Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado-Boulder and current head of the “Curriculum Think Tank,” talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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“World’s First” Science-Based Company Rankings Released

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.