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.

Economics
Conscious Capitalism
B-Corps
Business Models
Circular Economy
Sharing Economy

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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.

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Celebrating Planet and People on Earth Day

Today, social responsibility is considered a fundamental tenet of Earth Day. Even more striking is the role of business in the environmental discussion. On April 22, 2013, both the social and business cases for environmental sustainability were powerfully emphasized at the first-ever REDD+ Talks.

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Academic & NGO Partners Bring Climate Change Planning to China’s Yunnan Province

In recent years, more and more non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have discovered that climate change is severely influencing poverty-stricken regions of the world, many of which have made an effort to develop solutions in response to these negative impacts. Over the past 12 years, Green Watershed has worked to prevent increased detrimental environmental damage in the Lashi Lake area (below is the map of the area) and to maintain a sustainable way of living for local residents.