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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DOE Funds Clean Energy Projects on Native American Tribal Lands

The DOE is investing over $7 million in clean energy/energy efficiency projects spanning nine Native American Tribes. From Alaska to Arizona and east to New York, the projects are not only expected to enhance energy efficiency, security and environmental quality, but generate green job and business opportunities and save tribal communities money.


Imagine If Harvard Took on Climate Change

The most likely reason for Harvard to reject pleas from 72 percent of its student body and millions of climate change advocates? The fossil fuel industry and its owners give big, and their influence is pervasive.


Nestlé: Helping Us Pass On the Salt

Nestlé said this month that its planned salt content reductions support a World Health Organization salt target of no more than 5g of salt per person, per day, by 2025.

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Making Sustainability a Human Imperative with a New MFA Program

The MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA is working to make sustainability a human imperative by focusing on changing human systems instead of physical ones. The goal is not to create expert inventors or engineers, but leaders who can inspire new thinking, behavior and collaboration among large communities of people.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.