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. Topics include: Conscious Capitalism, Social Enterprise, B-Corps, Circular Economy, Sharing Economy

Fast food workers strike for higher wages in New York City last summer.

3p Weekend: 10 U.S. Companies That Pay Above Minimum Wage

With the federal minimum wage increase a hot topic on everyone’s mind, TriplePundit rounded up 10 U.S. companies that pay each of their employees a living wage. You may be surprised by who made the list.


Energy Efficiency Contributes to Dwindling Electricity Demand, Study Says

Previous estimates predicted less than 2 percent growth in U.S. energy demand going forward, due in part to policy changes and industry standards surrounding energy efficiency. However, a new report shows an even worse picture for the traditional purveyors of electricity. Use has actually been falling since 2007 and continues to do so.


Bhutan: Transforming the Environment One LEAF at a Time

The CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, paid a visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan last week to discuss a new fleet of government vehicles for the tiny Himalayan country. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Ghosn have reached a deal in which Bhutan will be come the new platform for highlighting the versatility and eco-compatibility of the Nissan Leaf.

Peter Thiel

Libertarian Billionaire Peter Thiel Supports Raising the Minimum Wage

The prevailing thinking is that conservative Republicans are against raising the minimum wage. However, that is not true for all conservative Republicans. Certainly not for Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal who recently said in an interview that he supports a California ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage.

Steve Jobs

Lawsuit: Silicon Valley Under Scrutiny for $9 Billion in Wage Theft Conspiracy

An antitrust investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice has led to a class action lawsuit against top tech companies. Filed on behalf of more than 100,000 Silicon Valley employees who claim wage suppression agreements robbed them of about $9 billion since 2000, the suit names Apple, Google, Intel and other major tech giants.


Is the Sharing Economy Bad for the Real Estate Market?

Airbnb and the sharing economy are in trouble again, this time with members of a small Texas town that put their faith and support into its success. The problem? Rental costs are skyrocketing, and it’s due to Airbnb’s unconventional business model, says one resident.


CSR and Financial Performance Linked, Moskowitz Prize-Winning Scholar Reveals

Caroline Flammer, assistant professor in general management at Ivey Business School at Western University (London, Ontario), was recently named the 2013 Moskowitz Prize winner. Her complex research makes a bold and clear conclusion–that the adoption of corporate social responsibility (CSR) shareholder resolutions leads to an increase in shareholder value and enhances long-term operating performance.


The Latest in Sustainable Textiles

One of the world’s greatest culprits in environmental pollution is something we use every day and probably give the least consideration to its environmental impact: Our clothes. We take a look at some of the key materials used in sustainable clothing, and talk to Henry Schwab, CEO and CFO of Synergy Organic Clothing about his company’s dedication to sustainable methods.


Yerdle’s Critics Miss the Point

Some critics say yerdle is a bait and switch that’s waiting to charge you money. It’s a half truth that misses the beneficial mission of the company.

Gap store

Gap Raises Minimum Wage for US Employees

Gap, Inc. will increase the minimum hourly rate it pays American employees from $9 per hour in 2014 to $10 per hour in 2015.


India’s Train Odyssey for Entrepreneurs

Jagriti Yatra, or the “Journey of Awareness,” is equipping young entrepreneurs in India with skills for success in social business, says Charukesi Ramadurai.


If In-N-Out Can Pay (a Lot) More Than Minimum Wage, Why Can’t McDonald’s?

In-N-Out Burger, a fast food chain in California and the Southwest, starts its employees off at a wage of $10.50 an hour. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez makes a good point. If In-N-Out Burger can do it–remain profitable and still provide what has arguably been deemed a superior product–why can’t McDonald’s?


Monsanto Shareholders Defeat Resolutions for More Transparency

Monsanto shareholders followed the advice of the company’s board last month and voted down two resolution calling for more consumer access to information about GMO products. Nevertheless, the pressure seems to be mounting on the company, which conceded after the vote that it needs to do more. But does that mean it will back federal labeling standards?


Integrating Women in Business: Becoming a Modern Day ‘Branch’ Rickey

Wesley “Branch” Rickey was an innovative professional sports executive, best known for breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson in 1947. There was no statute officially banning African Americans from Major League Baseball, only a universally recognized and unwritten rule that no club owner had dared break.

Similarly, although there is no rule or law that women should not serve as CEOs, board members or senior-level managers of large corporations, culturally entrenched sexism exists and inhibits a woman’s ability to climb the corporate ladder.