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

Investing in a Sustainable American Workforce

One of the (multiple) challenges that deters investment in rural low-income communities is the availability of a skilled and ready workforce. Created by Congress, the Federal New Markets Tax Credit program is designed to incentivize investment in places that desperately need sustainable jobs — and to serve as a seed for success that will ripple through the community and spur even more employment.

Brookings Delves Into Low and No-Carbon Electricity Technologies

Absent a high-enough price on carbon, a carbon tax, or direct levies on fossil fuel suppliers, “nuclear, hydro and natural gas combined cycle have far more net benefits than either wind or solar,” according to Brookings’ Charles R. Frank, Jr. The assumptions underlying and supporting the analysis highlight the shortcomings of economic models and thinking, however.

Families, Futures and All Things Sustainable

This article focuses on succession in family businesses between one generation and the next, and what the relevance of sustainability might be in terms of influencing that succession process.

Private Oversight of Keystone XL: For Scrutiny or For Budget?

The feds have added two new oversight requirements for Keystone XL’s approval, citing construction concerns. But TransCanada must pay for the additional tally-takers. While the federal government would get to approve the new contractor, the agency that makes that approval decision is planning to cut back staff in June. Hey, is this a new way of increasing oversight with less federal dollars?

How a ‘BYOD’ Policy Can Save Companies Money

The bring your own device trend (BYOD) has gained much popularity throughout the last few years, and it’s no surprise why. The movement has many benefits, but what makes BYOD so appealing for many companies is the potential to save money.

Demographic Tumult is Creating a Sustainable Economy

A demographic tumult is pushing America toward a sustainable economy. This demographic tumult is the nexus of an aging boomer generation, the emergence of the millennial generation as America’s economic powerhouse and the growing role of women.

Crowdsourcing and CSP Energy Storage Headline DOE Push to Achieve SunShot Goals

Last week was a busy and eventful one for the solar energy industry as market participants from across the U.S., and around the world, gathered in Anaheim, Calif. for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) “SunShot Grand Challenge Summit 2014.” Among the highlights: The Energy Department launched a $1 million solar “soft costs” innovation crowdsourcing contest and $10 million in R&D funding for six thermochemical energy storage projects.

June 4: HP Live Twitter Chat from #SB14sd

How does a company that has been practicing responsible citizenship for 75 years drive even more impact for people, the economy and the environment? By making its citizenship efforts and business strategy fully and inextricably intertwined.

Join TriplePundit, CSRwire, and HP for a Twitter chat – live from Sustainable Brands ’14 in San Diego. You can participate from home using #livingprogress!

World’s Largest Single-Axis Solar PV Plant Goes Live in Southern California

Abengoa’s 206-MW Mount Signal Solar, built for Silver Ridge Power, will deliver clean, renewable electricity to some 72,000 homes in the San Diego area. The U.S. sustainable energy market now accounts for 28 percent of Abengoa’s overall business, and it’s turning to U.S. capital markets to raise as much as $600 million in a yieldco IPO.

Op-Ed: The Hidden Costs of ‘Cheater Economics’ on Human Health

‘Cheater economics’ enables polluting products to be sold cheaper than many clean products and includes subsidies for fossil fuels, pesticides and toxic chemicals. Cheater economics tolerates pollution externalities, as economists have noted.

SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood

MSC Sustainable Seafood Standards Yielding Economic, Environmental Benefits

High in Europe and North America, awareness of, and demand for sustainable seafood is growing worldwide. Just over 10 percent of fisheries are now certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, and that’s bringing economic, as well as environmental, benefits to seafood industry participants and consumers, according to the latest facts and figures from the MSC.