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.

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Business Models
Circular Economy
Sharing Economy


Report: Taxpayers Pick Up $7 Billion Tab for Underpaid Fast Food Workers

A report just out by the UC Berkeley Labor Center says that low-paying fast food jobs cost taxpayers $7 billion a year in benefit programs designed to support low-income families. Programs like Medicaid, SSI and food stamps are lifelines for workers who aren’t being paid enough to feed and clothe their families.


Harvard University: Endowments Shouldn’t be Ruled by Climate Change

Harvard University maintains the largest collegiate endowment fund in the country, partly due to its investments in oil and gas development. Climate change activists say it’s time for Harvard to divest. But the university’s president isn’t so sure. We put some of her reasons under the microscope for a closer look at what fueling a change in today’s endowment fund strategies.

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CEOs Report Frustrated Sustainability Ambition

More than two thirds of CEOs (67 percent) believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, while the same percentage report that the private sector is not making sufficient efforts to address global sustainability challenges, according to a survey by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture.

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Asian Energy Expansion Means We’re Probably Too Late to Avert Climate Change Disruption

Home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and populations, an energy forecast for Southeast Asia bode ill for efforts to curtail fossil fuel emissions. Coal-fired power generation is projected to account from nearly 60% of new power generation among ASEAN countries while dependence on imported oil will double as the regional economy triples and population grows 25% to 2035, according to an IEA rep.

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Venture Capitalists Invest More Funding in Solar

Solar energy project funding and capital raised by third-party solar finance companies have exceeded that for all of 2012 through 3Q 2013, according to Mercom Capital’s Q3 2013 Solar Funding and M&A Report.

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Kiva and Fair Trade USA Launch Innovative Loan Program for Small Coffee Farmers

This is part of a series on “The Future of Fair Trade,” written in collaboration with Fair Trade USA. A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. To follow along with the rest of the series, click here. October is Fair Trade … Continued


Why Translation is a Key Tenet of Natural Capitalism

By Nigel Topping Natural capitalists and financial capitalists don’t often come face to face, but the World Forum on Natural Capital will bring these two groups together. Of course, some are members of both communities. What will happen? But let’s assume that the natural capitalists have a shared mission to accelerate corporate behavior change to create … Continued


Airbnb Faces Trouble in New York Again

After what it celebrated as a “victory for the sharing economy,” and the reversal of a $2,400 fine against one of its owners by a New York City inspector, Airbnb is facing more challenges – this time from the state. Airbnb is fighting the NY attorney’s right to its user records, but the battle could just spell an even greater risk: the loss of confidence by those users that don’t want to run the chance of having their rental records perused by government inspectors.

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Sustainable MBA Students Bring Passion and Knowledge to Their Education

It’s 2013, and sustainability has moved into the mainstream as a critical lens through which business opportunities (and risks) can be viewed. Not surprisingly, MBA students interested in sustainability are a very different breed than they were 14 years ago when Darden first began offering the elective, Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Brits to Buy Solar Arrays with their Ektorp Sofas

Hold on, I need to look at my list here. I need to buy some Swedish meatballs, a couple chairs, some new food containers (I can never keep those lids around), and of course, solar panels. Can’t forget the solar panels. By the summer of 2014, British residential customers will be able to march right … Continued