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


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.


Research: Crime Stats, Staffing Problems Plague Walmart

Walmart’s recent downgrade by an equities research firm is only the tip of the news this week for the superstore retailer. Both inside its aisles and outside its doors, analysts say there may be a need for change. Is Walmart up to it?


Proposed California Bill Goes After Sugary Drink Makers

Sugary drinks may be next on the list for state regulation in California. A senator has proposed warning labels for all high-sugar drinks sold in the state. If it passes, will it prompt other food laws as well? Let us know what you think!


Six Caribbean Islands Sign On to Replace Diesel with Renewables

At a renewable energy summit hosted by the Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute, the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, and Saint Lucia all pledged to phase out diesel power and effect a transition to an energy infrastructure based on a mix of clean, renewable sources, energy storage systems, energy conservation and greater efficiency.

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Policy Points: Business Policies For a Sustainable Economy

A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are three important policies that will help–and specific actions you can take.


Redefining What It Means to Love Your Employees

These days, many organizations scale their businesses through teams of virtual employees–workers who are not physically present in the workplace. While this results in a great deal of positive outcomes for companies, particularly when it comes to global expansion and rapid growth, one challenge to be mindful of is a lessening sense of community and social connectivity in the work culture.


Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg and Getty Take On the Sexist Image

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has a mission: to revamp the way that women are seen in the media. To do that, she has teamed up with one of the world’s largest suppliers of commercial stock photos–to redesign the way that editors portray women on the page.

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The CSR Value Continuum: From Value Distribution to Shared Value Creation

“That is shared value not corporate social responsibility.” That is the reaction I received two weeks ago after sending a note about my value-centric approach to CSR and highlighting the economic sustainability inherent in CSR projects that have robust value propositions.


Mobile Technology: Helping to Stop Homelessness

Millions of us across the nation own and use cell phones to make our lives operate a little easier. And research shows that equipping homeless and low-income individuals with that same resource can have transforming results.

Haas students attend a "Lean In" event together at Facebook Headquarters, fall 2013.

Want to Help Women Achieve Leadership Roles? Bring on the Men

This past fall, I offered my Women in Business course at the MBA level, for the second year in a row. Again, the course filled, and again, males enrolled in the class as well as females.

A theme that strongly emerged from the course readings, lectures and discussions this year was the critical need to bring men into this hard work, both to raise awareness of and to educate them on the data, value and opportunities of investing in women, but also to include them in solutions and efforts.