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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John Birch Society Goes After Agenda 21

Agenda 21 has had a lot of critics over the years, but none so passionate as the John Birch Society, which sees the United Nations resolution as further proof that the organization is attempting to “establish control over all human activity.” Proponents of the 300-page resolution however insist it’s a blueprint for global sustainable development that is optional, non-binding and essential for the environment (oh, and our survival as well). So which is it? Read on, and then let us know what you think.

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Kidzania: Preparing Kids for a Better World

The world-renowned kids’ theme park, Kidzania, plans to launch its first U.S. destination in 2015. The idea has definitely caught on with the youngsters; Kidzania’s dozen (and growing) locations garner record sales and kudos from happy parents. The Mexico-based company doesn’t disappoint its commercial partners either, which are essential to Kidzania’s growing success, and provide untold hours of fun for their pint-sized visitors. Ah, to be a kid again …

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Impact Sourcing Creates Jobs and Advances CSR in Africa

Africa will soon have the largest workforce on earth, but the economy isn’t creating jobs fast enough to meet a growing labor supply. As our industries advance from analog to digital, there’s plenty of work to go around. With impact sourcing, we can bring digital work to disadvantaged communities.

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NPR’s Planet Money Tries Crowdfunding

As social media continues to drive what best-selling author Seth Godin refers to as our “connection economy,” successful alliances, like that between “Planet Money” and Kickstarter, will likely multiply.

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Fast Food Workers Strike – Is a Living Wage Really Possible?

Living wage proponents want to peg the minimum wage to the cost of living so that all workers, including those working in fast-food and retail settings can be assured a wage that will adequately cover their living expenses. While there is a fair amount of resistance to the idea in the U.S., the concept is catching on in the U.K., where employers report lower turnover and better worker attendance from happier employees. The companies are happy as well, since lower recruitment and retention costs mean better profits.

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How Can the U.S. Get More Women in the Boardroom?

A GMI Ratings survey, shows that, since 2009, the percentage of women on boards in the U.S. has risen just 1.9 percent. This is compared to a 3.3 percent increase in Nordic countries and a four percent increase in the rest of developed Europe.

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SBIO Semi-finalist 2013 Interview: Isidore Electronics Recycling

Isidore Electronics Recycling has three distinct missions – 1) create long-term, environmentally-conscious jobs in Los Angeles, 2) divert electronic waste (e-waste) from Los Angeles landfills, and finally, 3) reduce the recidivism rate in Los Angeles by hiring formerly incarcerated Angelenos as employees.

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Why Managers Should Meditate: It’s Good for Business

If you want to change the world, start first with yourself. Just as past performance does not indicate future financial returns, we cannot innovate our way to a sustainable future with old mindsets. This article will explore how increasing mindfulness yields positive triple bottom line results.

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SBIO 2013 Semi-Finalist Interview: EOS Climate

Joe Madden, a pioneer in the North American Greenhouse Gas Markets, and Jeff Cohen, a 2008 Nobel Peace Prize honoree, created EOS Climate in 2009. Their mission is to tackle climate change by managing greenhouse gases with market-based approaches.

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Financial Resources to Catalyze New Economy Solutions

This article is the first in a series that seeks to identify existing funds generating positive social and environmental impact along with a traditional bottom line; codifying existing financing strategies for the new economy.