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What Happens When Big Business Media Reports on CSR

The WSJ has published a downbeat assessment of CSR. The article cited a study showing that CEOs exiting Fortune 500 companies were 84% more likely to be fired if they invested strongly in good corporate citizenry yet recorded below par financial results than CEOs at poor performing companies that spent less on “do-good” initiatives. This decidedly defensive claim was offset by an upbeat article in the Financial Times. It notes that a survey of 500 pension funds, foundations, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds found that two-thirds of big investors believe sustainable investing will grow in significance by 2022. Further, studies show a “remarkable correlation” between responsible investing and outperforming results. Who to believe? The wise CSR/sustainability professional will collate carefully from such “mainstream” sources to ensure an accurate reading of the pluses and minuses of CSR—and stay tuned to this space, which curates the CSR news.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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News & Blogs

If you have read enough of my posts, you know by now, that I'm not a big fan of the "stuff." I like spending money on experiences: food, music, art, wine, theatre. But stuff? Meh. I try to spend as little on "stuff" as I can.

So, you might be wondering, what do I do for gifts? Do I succumb to the stuff? Well ... on occasion, yes. But generally, I try and think outside the gift box! Here are some of my ideas:


As the UK celebrates a long Easter Weekend (and I recover from eating too many chocolate eggs), I wonder, what is the Easter message in the context of Sustainable Development amidst ongoing crises?


As I said in my last blog, the future of energy is being reshaped and some amazing new technologies are emerging. I am sharing a few of these technologies because they are imaginative and inspiring. They show just how ingenious scientists and entrepreneurs can be when they unite for a common cause. I am no expert, so if you run across something else or have something to add, please comment!


As I said in my last blog, the future of energy is being reshaped and some amazing new technologies are emerging. I am sharing a few of these technologies because they are imaginative and inspiring. They show just how ingenious scientists and entrepreneurs can be when they unite for a common cause. I am no expert, so if you run across something else or have something to add, please comment!

3) Algae to Energy


Recently, Ruchira has had a number of excellent blogs about reducing plastic. Not using plastic bags was one of her number one suggestions. Thinking of the absurdly enormous pile of plastic bags that are taking up space in my kitchen (since I don't know what will happen to them if I throw them 'away', I horde them until I can find some place to 'recycle' them - not immediately evident where I live), I have to agree.


Nassim Talib recently revolutionized thinking about large-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare events beyond the realm of normal expectations, known as “Black Swans”.


Last night I had a terrible dream that a skirt of mine had holes in it. (Actually not last night, because I'm writing this post a week ahead of time as I'm on vacation, but whatever.)

Why was this such a terrible dream? Because I don't buy clothes very often. I went a year without buying clothes, and since then, I've kept the shopping fairly limited.


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