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

Toyota’s Social Innovation Umbrella

Latondra Newton just took on a new role and has been asked to unite – for the first time – Toyota’s North American social innovation activities: philanthropy, community relations, diversity and inclusion. We sat down with Newton at Net Impact ’14 to find out what that means.

Report: Native Peoples at High Risk from Extractive Industries

First Peoples Worldwide has issued its second annual report on indigenous peoples’ rights around the world. This year it reviews the response of corporations in considering the rights of Native peoples, and which companies have stepped up to the plate to ensure better dialogue with local communities.

How Businesses Should Respond to a Shifting Consumer Mindset

In general, millennials — or those who reached adulthood around 2000 — value transparency, causes and sustainable business practices. As these influential consumers come of age, it naturally follows that organizations will need to rise up to meet them where they are — especially when it comes to green business practices.

How to Achieve Higher Productivity in Only 4 Days, Without Bosses

There are currently 35 members in our working team, and the solution to common productivity problems is simply to work directly without managers. In our company, we are all software engineers who work autonomously four days a week, for a total of 32 hours, as freelancers.

Chevron Lobbyists Lose Richmond Election Bid

Last week’s election results in oil town Richmond California may not have been as much about who won as who didn’t. Chevron Oil invested more than $3 million to convince voters to pick its candidate. Here’s the surprise: Chevron lost.

The Business Risks of Water Shortages

The world’s biggest businesses are increasingly exposed to water risk while responses to calls by large investors for increased reporting and accountability have stagnated, according to CDP’s latest annual global water report.

ExxonMobil, MIT Hook Up on $25 Million Energy Initiative

ExxonMobil will collaborate with MIT on a “wide range” of projects, including research to improve and expand renewable energy sources and find more efficient ways to produce and use conventional hydrocarbon resources.

Why Would a Company Fund STEM Skills Development?

From the business perspective, what motivated Time Warner Cable to invest heavily in STEM skill development through their Connect a Million Minds program? I asked their VP of Community Investment, Milinda Martin, how it fits in with the business agenda.

Engage and Excel: How Corporate Responsibility Improves the Bottom Line

Business leaders may be aware of the positive impact of an engaged workforce on productivity, but they might not recognize the power of CR initiatives to increase involvement levels. Shannon Schuyler of PwC looks at proven results of this approach with best practices for encouraging engagement through CR.

Shell Seeks 5 More Years for Arctic Drilling

Despite spending eight years and $6 billion — with no oil production to show for its efforts — Shell Oil is asking the U.S. government for another five years to drill in the Arctic.