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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Gap Raises Minimum Wage for US Employees

Gap, Inc. will increase the minimum hourly rate it pays American employees from $9 per hour in 2014 to $10 per hour in 2015.


India’s Train Odyssey for Entrepreneurs

Jagriti Yatra, or the “Journey of Awareness,” is equipping young entrepreneurs in India with skills for success in social business, says Charukesi Ramadurai.


If In-N-Out Can Pay (a Lot) More Than Minimum Wage, Why Can’t McDonald’s?

In-N-Out Burger, a fast food chain in California and the Southwest, starts its employees off at a wage of $10.50 an hour. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez makes a good point. If In-N-Out Burger can do it–remain profitable and still provide what has arguably been deemed a superior product–why can’t McDonald’s?


Monsanto Shareholders Defeat Resolutions for More Transparency

Monsanto shareholders followed the advice of the company’s board last month and voted down two resolution calling for more consumer access to information about GMO products. Nevertheless, the pressure seems to be mounting on the company, which conceded after the vote that it needs to do more. But does that mean it will back federal labeling standards?


Integrating Women in Business: Becoming a Modern Day ‘Branch’ Rickey

Wesley “Branch” Rickey was an innovative professional sports executive, best known for breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson in 1947. There was no statute officially banning African Americans from Major League Baseball, only a universally recognized and unwritten rule that no club owner had dared break.

Similarly, although there is no rule or law that women should not serve as CEOs, board members or senior-level managers of large corporations, culturally entrenched sexism exists and inhibits a woman’s ability to climb the corporate ladder.


Research: Crime Stats, Staffing Problems Plague Walmart

Walmart’s recent downgrade by an equities research firm is only the tip of the news this week for the superstore retailer. Both inside its aisles and outside its doors, analysts say there may be a need for change. Is Walmart up to it?


Proposed California Bill Goes After Sugary Drink Makers

Sugary drinks may be next on the list for state regulation in California. A senator has proposed warning labels for all high-sugar drinks sold in the state. If it passes, will it prompt other food laws as well? Let us know what you think!


Six Caribbean Islands Sign On to Replace Diesel with Renewables

At a renewable energy summit hosted by the Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute, the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, and Saint Lucia all pledged to phase out diesel power and effect a transition to an energy infrastructure based on a mix of clean, renewable sources, energy storage systems, energy conservation and greater efficiency.

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Policy Points: Business Policies For a Sustainable Economy

A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are three important policies that will help–and specific actions you can take.


Redefining What It Means to Love Your Employees

These days, many organizations scale their businesses through teams of virtual employees–workers who are not physically present in the workplace. While this results in a great deal of positive outcomes for companies, particularly when it comes to global expansion and rapid growth, one challenge to be mindful of is a lessening sense of community and social connectivity in the work culture.


Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg and Getty Take On the Sexist Image

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has a mission: to revamp the way that women are seen in the media. To do that, she has teamed up with one of the world’s largest suppliers of commercial stock photos–to redesign the way that editors portray women on the page.