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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Equitable Origin: Ethical Trade Certification for Oil and Gas Companies

There’s fair trade chocolate, and fair trade bananas. So why not fair trade oil and gas? Can a company that markets the very substance that the IPCC says is bad for world health really become an ethically traded commodity? Actually yes, says Equitable Origin, which has great hopes for improving the environment and indigenous rights in South America.

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Wanted: Triple Bottom Line Leaders

Joe Fusco, VP at Casella Waste Systems and board member for the UVM SEMBA, talks about integrating sustainability into his company and what he looks for in a future business leader.

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Atlanta’s Power to Change Program Shows That Building Retrofits Mean Business

Atlanta’s involvement in the Better Buildings Challenge and its partnership with the DOE gives the city’s building owners the tools to reduce operating costs, make their property more attractive to potential tenants, and demonstrate leadership not only in Atlanta but throughout the nation.

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DOE Funds Clean Energy Projects on Native American Tribal Lands

The DOE is investing over $7 million in clean energy/energy efficiency projects spanning nine Native American Tribes. From Alaska to Arizona and east to New York, the projects are not only expected to enhance energy efficiency, security and environmental quality, but generate green job and business opportunities and save tribal communities money.

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Imagine If Harvard Took on Climate Change

The most likely reason for Harvard to reject pleas from 72 percent of its student body and millions of climate change advocates? The fossil fuel industry and its owners give big, and their influence is pervasive.

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Nestlé: Helping Us Pass On the Salt

Nestlé said this month that its planned salt content reductions support a World Health Organization salt target of no more than 5g of salt per person, per day, by 2025.

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Making Sustainability a Human Imperative with a New MFA Program

The MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA is working to make sustainability a human imperative by focusing on changing human systems instead of physical ones. The goal is not to create expert inventors or engineers, but leaders who can inspire new thinking, behavior and collaboration among large communities of people.

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Conserving Biodiversity Sounds Good, but What Does It Really Mean?

Most nations have not only failed to deliver on International commitments, but lack the basic capacity to realize agreed-upon goals, according to the new UN Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services. Faced with a looming crisis, IPBES chairman Zakri Al Hamid, speaking at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, called on 300 scientists spanning 72 countries “to get through to policy makers, politicians, captains of industry and the general public.”

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Four Lessons from BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey

Last week, BSR and GlobeScan published their fifth annual State of Sustainable Business Survey report. One of the world’s largest annual surveys of corporate sustainability executives, this report provides an interesting look into the state of sustainability in business.

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Fracking’s Red Queen Effect Means Even More Drilling

Declining productivity of fracking wells in shale gas formations could lead to the need to drill more than 6,000 additional wells annually, introducing industrial hazards into more rural and non-industrial communities.