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

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How to Make Corporate Giving a Foundation That Strengthens Your Business

Like a lot of good deeds, corporate philanthropy doesn’t just benefit the recipients. It also benefits those who are giving. Make corporate giving a foundation of your business, and you’ll find that it can improve the morale of your employees and the health of your company.

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Southeastern Cities Look to Max Out the Triple Bottom Line Returns of Recycling

Recycling is a growth industry, but rates in the U.S. lag compared to those of other industrialized nations. Under the aegis of the Southeast Recycling Development Council, manufacturers across the Southeast are joining with local governments and NGOs to spread the word and boost recycling rates.

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Wind Power Is Reducing Electricity Rates; Pays Back Tax Credit 17 Times Over

Wind energy is now the cheapest means of generating electricity in many parts of the U.S., thanks in no small part to the wind energy PTC, which expired Dec. 31. Yet despite the triple bottom line benefits and advantages the industry is bringing to U.S. society, there are those in Congress who not only continue to oppose renewing it, but continue to support subsidies and tax breaks for oil, gas and coal.

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Southeast Manufacturers Join to Spur Job Creation Through Recycling

Recycling is a growth industry, but recycling’s beneficial economic impacts in terms of job creation and boosting local economies are underappreciated and undervalued. Short on supplies of recycled materials, manufacturers in the Southeast have joined with local governments and NGOs to spur residents to recycle more.

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Lowe’s Settles California Toxic Dumping Suit for $18.1 Million

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control just spent six years investigating hazardous substance dumping by one very large string of stores — and it paid off. Last week, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse was fined a total of $18.1 million for illegally dumping hazardous substances into the landfill — at more than 100 of its stores.

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Shocker: 89 Percent of Fast Food Workers are Victims of Wage Theft

As if it’s not enough that so many minimum wage workers can’t make ends meet on an honest day’s work, many also find themselves performing work for free or less than they’re due. A new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates shows an overwhelming majority of fast food workers, 89 percent, have experienced wage theft.

Meet Me at the Corner of ‘And’ and ‘Why’

Recently the University of Washington Milgard School of Business Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility convened a summit for thought leaders in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability leadership to discuss the role of “and” and “why” in CSR and how these two important concepts intersect.

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How LinkedIn Can Help You Score a Sustainability Job

Did you know that 97 percent of HR and staffing professionals use LinkedIn to search for candidates and that 77 percent of all job openings are posted there? Making the most of your LinkedIn profile will be one of the best investments you’ll make in your job search and ongoing career and network development.

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Towns Impacted by Dan River Coal Ash Spill Continue to Struggle

Danville, Va. is just miles downstream from where a pipe connected to a coal ash pond owned by Duke Energy failed and spewed toxic sludge into the Dan River last month. Although the city is adamant that its water treatment plant is filtering the toxins and the water is safe to drink, the future of business dollars that are linked to the Dan’s tourism is still unknown.

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Oil Spill Shuts Down Houston Ship Channel on Exxon Valdez Anniversary

The memories of one of the country’s worst environmental accidents was marked with yet another spill, this time off the coast of Galveston Bay, Texas. The 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska is being memorialized by clean-up crews in Texas as they struggle to protect an essential estuary, recreation and commercial fishing area.