The Impact Entrepreneurs program at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration is applying the unique effectiveness and rigor of business practices to the work of creating a more just and resilient world.
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 an effect on company growth.
Sales of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles almost doubled in the U.S. between 2012 and 2013, with an 84 percent jump to 96,600 of the vehicles sold.
“Overall, our findings suggest that more attractive CEOs receive higher compensation for a reason: They create value for shareholders through better negotiating power and visibility,” says Joseph Halford, an economist at the University of Wisconsin.
Environmentalists have called General Mills’ recent announcement that its regular Cheerios were non-GMO a major victory. But it’s not what’s in the oats that counts, but rather what this admission could hold for future manufacturing practices.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.