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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Sustainability Reporting: What Does ‘Good’ Look Like?

Sustainability reporting has become commonplace for businesses that want to communicate with and engage their stakeholders. However, amidst the deluge of information available, it can be difficult to determine what makes a report relevant and valuable.

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Native Americans, Renewable Energy and Environmental Justice

The potential is apparent, but will renewable energy actually revise the legacy of natural resource development and environmental justice for Native Americans? Renewable energy development in Indian country may give Native American tribes a long sought after leg up and go a long way towards resolving deep seated socioeconomic and environmental ills. Whether or not this potential is realized is an issue in and of itself, however.

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Policy Points: 3 Progressive Initiatives That Are Good For Businesses

By Richard Eidlin Voluntary corporate sustainability initiatives and social enterprises are essential, but are not game changers by themselves. In addition, we need laws and regulations that guide our economy toward sound, long-term decision-making, with full recognition of social and environmental externalities. As business leaders, we can and must support policy change to help make … Continued

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What is Climate Justice?

According to Green For All, climate change is more likely to adversely affect communities of color and low-income individuals. Sixty-eight percent of African Americans live within 30 miles of a coal plant. One in six black children has asthma, compared to the national average of one in ten. These statistics speak not just to the threat of climate change, but to the question of how we ensure that each community has the right and the ability to protect itself against climate instability.

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Biomimicry: Designing Startups with Nature’s Help

What do the syrphid fly, the Shinkansen bullet train and the underwater modem all have in common? They are all examples of biomimicry – advancements that have been made through studying and imitating nature’s good sense. As some designers are finding, many times the prototype already exists. You just have to ask Mother Nature for the key.

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Why GDP Growth No Longer Reduces Unemployment

A version of this piece originally appeared on The Daly News By Herman Daly Economic growth used to be seen as the means to attain full employment, in fact, full employment was a major goal of U.S. policy. Today that relation has been inverted – economic growth has become the end, and if the means … Continued

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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?