“The real problem with our [current] economic compass is that it points in exactly the wrong direction,” writes Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and chief scientist Amory Lovin. “Most businesses are acting as though people are still scarce and nature abundant… But the pattern of scarcity is shifting; now, people aren’t scarce, but nature is.”
Category: New Economics
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
Big Muddy Workshop, Inc., a landscape architecture and green infrastructure design services firm, is an unusual example of a small company that used changing local climate conditions to expand its expertise and develop new services for its clients.
Victoria’s Secret’s bad press day last week could be called a teachable moment for businesses. The fix, apparently, isn’t just in offering an apology when it reaches a viral storm.
As many as 30 environmental, animal welfare and consumer groups have come forward to urge Foster Farms to resolve the problems in its factories that are causing outbreaks of salmonella Heidelberg. Investigations into the outbreak, which started as far back as 2012, are still ongoing.
The question is no longer whether a sustainable economy is developing. In 2014, the question is: Which companies will be the revenue growth winners?
SPECIAL SERIES: The Rise Of The Sharing Economy
The sharing economy is revolutionizing many industries. Taxis are taking it kicking and screaming. This isn’t going to help them.
This is another story about a group of business leaders who have gotten together to try to do something about climate change. Before you roll your eyes and click on, check out who is on the committee.
Nest does a lot of things – but the fact that it makes simple, beautiful, thoughtful and desirable products that help people make their lifestyles more sustainable didn’t factor into the acquisition or the purchase price. Is that a problem for sustainability enthusiasts?
It’s rare when the courts shine such a bright light on the challenges and foibles of class-action litigation. But two recent suits involving a debt-settlement firm suggested that the problem isn’t necessarily in whether class action really works, but how it’s applied, and who is allowed to benefit.
Sustainable cities, or “smart” cities, focus economic and technological resources on conserving water, improving energy efficiency, reducing waste and enhancing their citizens’ quality of life. Innovations for renewable energy, the development of efficient waste management systems and community planning for smart growth ensure the viability of cities for years to come.
Debt is not always bad. It all depends on what it is used for and how it is managed. If the reasons and the goals are sound, debt can be good — really good. This is something business owners understand particularly well. For a business, the typical goal is increased profits down the road. But what are the right goals for federal debt?
SPECIAL SERIES: Mobile Innovation
To boost security awareness in the mobile for good space, YTH is teaming up with the Vodafone Americas Foundation to compile research-based resources for nonprofits and social good organizations that are interested in developing mobile apps, text messaging services and mobile-first websites.