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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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.

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Wine Shortages Coming? Look to Canada

Now would be a good time to pick up that special bottle of French Bordeaux wine that you had on your list – and a couple of extra for the wine cellar. Morgan Stanley Research has just released a report that projects a global shortage in wine production.

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Hurtling Toward a Nine Billion Head Count

Some say the world is on a one-way trip toward a nine billion population count by 2040, with no way to turn back. But is the simple reality of numbers the whole story or is it more about resource constraints, especially at the current rate of unbalanced consumption?

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Sustainability in the Global Marketplace: Business-Almost-as-Usual?

When we talk about the mainstreaming of sustainability, we need to also ask if sustainability stands up to the global-equity test. At the global level, can we consume and develop our way to a sustainable future? The challenge now is for business education to keep pace with the global nature of sustainability and to confront some deep-seated and unquestioned assumptions.

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Beleaguered JPMorgan Chase Wants to Buy Its Own Ph.D. Program

JP Morgan’s recent offer of $17 million to the University of Delaware in exchange for the right to have a say in the running and outcome of a Ph.D. program in financial services analytics have some faculty scratching their heads. Should a private company’s employees have a seat on the dissertation committees of Ph.D. candidates? Should it be able to say yea or nay on how a program is run? It’s a curious question for the subsidiary of one of America’s biggest financial institutions – especially one that’s just held settlement chats with the Justice Department.

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Patagonia Launches Resale Outlets for Pre-Loved Items

Patagonia is no stranger to the concept of corporate social responsibility, and last month’s announcement of its new “Worn Wear” resale concept fits right in line with its proactive, eco-conscious image.

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NYC’s Plaza Hotel Says Citi Bike Racks Must Go

Residents and guests at Manhattan’s prestigious Plaza Hotel are upset with Citi Bike. Earlier this month it launched a lawsuit against the city and Citi Bike, in an effort to dislodge the bright blue and gray bike rack from its Fifth Avenue location. The suit is only one of several battles being waged by residents that like their streets just the way they are, thank you.