“Oh really? There’s debate about open-source hardware? I’m going to keep shipping open-source hardware while you all argue about it,” said Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries, a $30 million, open-source hardware business.
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
Despite popular opinion, beneficiaries aren’t mismanaging the free cash, nor are they spending it on alcohol or gambling. They’re using it to change their lives.
The future of sustainable development is being shaped by events such as the U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights held earlier this month in Geneva, the Climate Change Conference in December, and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September. Considering that many corporations have greater turnover than the GDP of several countries and that 500 transnational corporations control roughly 80 percent of world trade, it is clear that we need business on board. The way these corporations are governed is essential for either positive or negative change of the system as a whole, depending on the chosen stewardship, which takes us to the central question: What is the purpose of the corporation?
Barcelona’s Reimagine Food gives a new meaning to disruptive technology. If we are what we eat, then this new culinary accelerator is liable to transform not just our food experience, but also the way we live.
Twelve companies – including DoorDash, VetPronto, Care.com, CareLinx, LeadGenuis, and Managed by Q – have now committed to taking action on one or more of the tenets of the Good Work Code, an overarching framework of eight values that are the foundation of good working conditions for freelance and independent workers.
Today, rather than being the world’s poster child for a fair and equitable economy, the U.S. — home of the American Dream — is one of the least equitable among Western nations. But why should business leaders care about the lack of upward mobility in America? As a successful businessman, Jeff Greene, founder of the Greene Institute, gives three reasons why.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics
As the number of connected devices we use continues to increase, it becomes increasingly critical to understand that we all have a role – consumer, corporation, manufacturer or recycler – in the environmental progress of electronics. The Green Electronics Council suggests three areas for continued focus.
Generation Z is the first generation born in the 21st century, with ages ranging from 2 to 19. They represent about 25 percent of the U.S. population, and have approximately $44 billion in annual buying power. If businesses and governments thought they had to change to adapt to millennials, then they should appreciate this: Gen Z is already working to change their world.
What will it take to build a thriving social enterprise sector that can lead the way to the next economy? Don Shaffer, president and CEO of RSF Social Finance, suggests a new, bold funding model.
As banks continue to restrict access to capital, sites like Kiva will continue to serve as disruptive options to traditional financing for small business owners.
Truth be told, conducting a full inventory of Scope 3 (also referred to as value-chain emissions) is a significant task. But it’s not as scary as you may think, says Sustrana CEO Jennifer Anderson. She sat down with Scope-3 accounting expert Don Bain to learn more.
We’ve just witnessed the member countries of the U.N. agree to 17 Global Goals that will, all going well, transform our world by 2030. No one individual, organization or government is able to tackle the SDGs. But effective partnerships can.
SPECIAL SERIES: In Our Sights: a Signed Climate Commitment in Paris
We speak with Joe Madden, CEO and co-founder of EOS Climate, about the complex process of carbon pricing, and why some believe that establishing a market-driven model will be the most effective in reducing carbon emissions.
The Federal Reserve has a very clear mission that includes three basic objectives: maximize employment, keep prices stable and keep interest rates reasonable. The Federal Reserve is also responsible for “containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets.” Given the objectives mentioned, take a moment to strategize on how you might convince the Federal Reserve to take a more active role in addressing climate change.