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 en effect on company growth.

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

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Winning Against the Big Box Stores

Small businesses have powerful ways to differentiate themselves. Here are five suggestions I think can help you beat the big box stores, or national chains, in converting even more customers to the idea of shopping local.

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VW on Track to Meet 2018 ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ Sustainability Goals

The world’s fourth largest auto manufacturer has been at the forefront of the industry’s drive to enhance its ecological sustainability of its operations. Having carried out more than 2,700 environmental sustainability projects at its factories, VW’s production processes are 17 percent “more environmentally compatible” than they were four years ago, according to a team of more than 250 environmental experts that conducted an interim evaluation of VW’s ecological sustainability program.

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Video: Judith Weisinger of Mills College Talks Diversity at Net Impact ’14

“Given all of the corporate crises [we’ve seen] over the past several decades, it’s important for businesses to step up and emphasize ethics and socially responsible leadership,” Judith Weisinger, associate professor of business at Mills College, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis last month.

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Video: Maggie Davies of Net Impact Talks Diversity at NI14

“Zooming out entirely: The global challenges that we face are massive and very complex, and it’s going to require everyone being involved,” Maggie Davies, chief of strategy and talent for Net Impact, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis.

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Chevrolet Invests in Grasslands Conservation Carbon Credits

The first-of-its-kind grasslands conservation project brought the USDA together with ranchers, Ducks Unlimited and others in a public-private partnership that will avoid carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of taking more than 5,000 cars off the road.

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Global Internship Program Combats Youth Unemployment

“This isn’t just about getting these kids a job” says Scott Hudson Principal Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Outreach with the Alcoa Foundation , “It’s about giving them a leg up with real workforce skills. And maybe they’ll move on to study engineering or computer aided design later.”