Triple Bottom Line

Understanding People, Planet & Profit for Responsible Business

The Triple Bottom Line – the core of what we cover here at TriplePundit considers the social, environmental and financial performance of an organization. At it’s core, triple bottom line thinking ties the social and environmental impact of an organization’s activities to its economic performance.

Although all of TriplePundit’s articles attempt to address the systemic thinking that underlines the triple bottom line, the articles on this page have been chosen specifically for their more direct approach to the issue.

Read on below, or learn more on TriplePundit’s front page.

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Apple Skin Skies: The Fragile Reality of Global Warming Perception

Apple Skin Skies examines the idea that our atmosphere is thin relative to the size of the planet and the number of humans…
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Will McKinsey’s ‘Business of Sustainability’ Report Elevate the Triple Bottom Line?

McKinsey has a unique ability to frame a conversation.  During the last decade when a price on greenhouse gases seemed imminent, every Fortune…

Five Bold Ideas on Employment to Supplement the American Jobs Act

By Richard J. Crespin Last week, President Obama laid out a modest plan to nudge job growth. I don’t fault his modesty.  Given…
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Markets at Risk of a “Carbon Bubble”; Fossil Fuel Reserves, Companies Way Overvalued

A "carbon" bubble exists and massive misallocation of capital is taking place in world financial markets as fossil fuel reserves and the shares…
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Farmgirl Flowers: Organic, Local Flowers Delivered Right to Your Door

Christina Stembel started Farmgirl Flowers as a socially responsible alternative to the big guys. By working in close collaboration with stakeholders of all…
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Lessons Learned from a Newly Minted Certified GRI Reporter

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. By Mara Slade I consider myself a corporate change…
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Fair Trade Gold Glitters More Brightly

By Larry Bohlen The newest Fair Trade standard, gold and associated precious metals, made its debut a little more than a year ago.…
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Doubling Down on the Single Bottom Line

By Ryan Cabinte Daniel Altman and Jonathan Berman’s recent paper, The Single Bottom Line, caused a stir in sustainability circles last week, partially…
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Social Entrepreneurs Lag Behind Impact Investors

By Matt Evans Aron Jakab runs Fruit of Care, a social enterprise selling high quality design home decor like fruit scented candles produced…
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Can Capitalism Be Redesigned?

by Nancy Roberts From financial system meltdown to Arctic ice meltdown, the detritus of a capitalist system gone off the rails is all…
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Filling the Gender Gap – Educating and Training Women as Angel Investors

The glass ceiling is alive and well, especially for start-up entrepreneurs. According to American Express Open 29% of all US businesses are owned…
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How Incubators Will Help Start-Ups Lead the Clean Tech Revolution

As foreshadowed by GE’s Ecomagination reach-out to start-ups, it is expected that start-ups and not large corporations will lead the clean tech revolution.…
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Green as a Status Symbol: Why Increased Prices May Increase Sales

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here.…
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The Five Driving Forces of CSR: Can You Name a Sixth?

I take little credit for the intelligence of this post. Indeed, I give all that might be due to Werther & Chandler’s 2011…
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Fair Trade: It’s Tough to be an Ethical Consumer

No one ever said green would be cheap or easy. The sad truth of the matter is the average consumer’s commitment to greenness…