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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5 Ways to Make Sustainability Reporting More Sustainable

As we move into 2015 and face another year of corporate efforts to improve impacts, manage risk and engage with the new opportunities that sustainability brings, what can companies do to embed reporting practice in a sustainable manner?

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Report: U.S. Lags on Embracing the Sharing Economy

Approximately 80 million Americans took part in the sharing economy last year – from donating unwanted clothes to charity to renting movies from Netflix, marketing firm Leo Burnett estimates. But sharing, borrowing and renting may not be as popular as the media buzz around collaborative consumption would have us believe. According to a new report from the global advertising agency, over 50 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they would still prefer to own, rather than share.

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Are Nonprofit Hospitals That Sue Poor Patients Breaking the Law?

Healthcare is expensive, not only for patients but apparently for nonprofit hospitals, some of which in past years have taken to suing their poorest patients when they can’t pay their bills. But that’s not the way it is supposed to go, says one senator, who is now demanding answers.

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Solar PV: Own or Lease?

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory tackles the issue in two new studies.

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U.N. Global Compact Expels Hundreds for Non-Compliance

The U.N. Global Compact, the United Nations’ sustainability initiative, won some and lost some at the end of 2014 — literally. While its membership is now up to more than 8,000, it is still having a problem with ensuring that members file the very reports that show whether the UNGC is succeeding in its goals. The expulsions for 2014 amount to just under 8 percent of UNGC’s total membership.

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Battle Climate Change With Sustain:Green’s New MasterCard

Sustain:Green launched a MasterCard that rewards its users with carbon offsets, giving individuals a way to reduce their carbon footprint and fund the Mata No Peito rainforest preservation project in Brazil.

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Income Disparity and Sustained Economic Growth

President Barack Obama made middle-class incomes a focal point in his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Today, 3p economic correspondent Bill Roth offers five compelling ideas for creating sustained economic growth through growing middle-class real income.

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Wind Power, Polar Vortexes and Price Gouging

Wind power saved electricity consumers across the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic at least $1 billion over just two polar-vortex days last year. However, opportunities for market manipulation and price gouging are opening up, according to recent reports.