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

Miller Center executive director Thane Kreiner posing with young social entrepreneurs in West Africa.

Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Observations from West Africa

Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University recently returned from a trip to Ghana and Sierra Leone. He shares his observations, in hopes of spurring conversation around how the capacity-developing world could better approach social entrepreneurship efforts.

Social enterprise, microfinance, Kiva, Leon Kaye, impact investing

Kiva Hopes to Raise $2M for Women Entrepreneurs By Midnight

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Kiva recently set a goal to procure $1 million in total loans for women entrepreneurs. The campaign has been so successful that the total reached well over $1.3 million at press time. So, Kiva has extended the campaign to midnight tonight with a goal of $2 million.

Polystyrene, Styrofoam, waste diversion, recycling, sustainable packaging, Leon Kaye

Packaging Industry Awards Grants for Polystyrene Recycling

The food packaging industry has realized that in order to avoid more polystyrene bans, it has to provide an alternative during an era when many cities and towns are confronting diminished landfill space. One trade group is in its second year of grants in an effort to expand polystyrene recycling.

State Farm volunteer moves boxes of food at the Houston Food Bank. How can your company scale CSR efforts globally? Read on for some ideas.

Top 4 International CSR Insights for Fortune 500 Companies

How can companies scale their corporate social responsibility programs internationally — without incurring extra risk? Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, Pamela Hawley, provides four key ideas for companies to keep in mind as their CSR programs expand.

Carbon Tax, Masdar, renewables, clean energy, solar, wind power, Leon Kaye

Why a Shift to Renewables Cannot Happen without a Carbon Tax

The clean-energy industry is unstoppable, right? Not so fast, say a trio of professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. They co-wrote a paper that says a carbon tax is crucial if the U.S. is to avoid risks related to climate change.

The word "corporatocracy has exploded in popularity in the 21st century and its definition is therefore iterating rapidly.

Doing Away with the Death Economy

The self-proclaimed “economic hit man” explains how he used optimistic modeling to get developing countries signed up for more debt then they could manage while lining his firm up for lucrative development contracts. It’s called the death economy, and John Perkins is back to explain how we can change things around.

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Cities Offer Work — Not Pennies — to Panhandlers

Two cities, pressured by rising homelessness and criticism about inhumane laws that “punish” the poor, are trying something new. Both are seeing some success, although advocates say that Albuquerque’s answer is a win-win for everybody.

EasyFoodStore, Easy Jet, Stelios Foundation, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Leon Kaye, United Kingdom, London, rents

EasyJet Founder’s Discount Food Store: A Symptom of London’s Growing Poverty?

Located in the London neighborhood of Park Royal, EasyFoodStore stocks only 76 white-label items. Classic British treats such as chicken curry, digestive biscuits, brown sauce, garbanzo beans, poppadoms and jelly babies are for now priced at 25 pence (36 cents) an item for the month of February, and they are flying off the shelves.

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New York Uber Drivers Rage Against the Machine

Earlier this week Uber drivers rallied in New York City against the company’s decision to cut fares by 15 percent for the popular UberX and UberXL services. As one driver put it: “They call us partners, but they’re treating us like slaves.”