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 en effect on company growth.

Economics
Conscious Capitalism
B-Corps
Business Models
Circular Economy
Sharing Economy

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World Bank Steers Clear of Coal

In a recent policy directive, entitled, “Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All,” the mega-financial institution said that they would focus on the poor, offering financial solutions or guarantees, while helping “client countries realize affordable alternatives to coal power.”

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Seattle Mayor Blocks Whole Foods Construction

Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn has blocked Whole Foods Market from obtaining access to an alleyway that the company says it would need to construct its new West Seattle store. The mayor has insisted that Whole Foods isn’t paying a fair wage to all of its employees – and must. The company insists it is. Who should we believe?

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Oklahoma Hospital Stirs Controversy with Online Prices

Health care is a hot topic these days – and not just for patients who are struggling to cover medical bills. One Central Oklahoma hospital that has been posting prices for dozens of surgical procedures is forcing a closer look at the reasons why U.S. has some of the most expensive health care in the world. And no, it isn’t the cost of surgical materials.

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Climate Change Threatens Electricity Production

There is a growing trend around the U.S.: changing conditions from a warming planet are causing disruptions in our power supply. The U.S. Department of Energy this month released a report showing vulnerabilities to our energy sector from climate change.

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Should GM Lose Sleep Over Tesla?

GM CEO Dan Akerson told Bloomberg last week the company is taking a look at Tesla Motors to gauge the Silicon Valley EV manufacturer’s long-term threat.

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The Urgent Need to Forge a ‘Low-Carbon, Water-Smart Electricity Future’

The U.S. can meet its energy and water needs by pursuing a “renewables-and-efficiency” path, according to a new report from the “Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative” (EW3). It would conserve freshwater resources and mitigate climate change, making the U.S. energy sector and society more resilient to climate and environmental change, but it will require concerted action today by stakeholders throughout society.

Will We Ever See the End of Land Grabbing?

Growing pressure on the world’s land demands a joined-up approach from industry, agriculture and nature, says Ben Goldfarb. But is it a pipedream?

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Seth Godin: Using Story to Connect Consumers and Brands

At the 2013 Go Further with Ford trends conference, speakers from Pixar, Ford, and Story came together to present a cohesive, compelling session about how story plays a big part in design, marketing and even the physical act of buying.

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With Biomimicry: A Regenerative Economy Free From Environmental Debt

Building long-term costs into the price of goods, with less regard for short-term quarterly earnings would burn wide swaths in “business as usual.” Goods would become expensive, and companies would avoid environmental damage in order to bring consumer costs down. Afterward, regeneration will allow the seedlings of a new, sustainable, and abundant economy to emerge.

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Town Bans Nudity but Keeps Fracking

One small community in southeastern Illinois seems to have its priorities squarely on track. For the town of Fairfield, the danger of fracking, or “hydraulic fracturing” to the nearby water source is not potential pollution, toxicity or other ecological issues, but – nudity. It’s amended its bylaws to make sure that thing stay orderly and clean in the historic town, while it prepares for Illinois fracking boom.