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What is the Responsibility of Responsible Business to Government?

Deregulation and tax reform—those are the two main issues that business was looking to the Trump administration for new, business-friendly policies. What business was not looking for from the Chief Executive turns out to be more significant: policies on immigration, climate change, transgender rights, and race that have driven CEOs away from the White House. A group of leading top level executives have demonstrated the power of business to speak out and push back against Trumpian positions on issues that affect society by issuing statements on these political issues. “Today, to keep silent is to jeopardize the reputation of the company,” says Nancy Koehn, of Harvard Business School, quoted in the NY Times article,  “The Moral Voice of Corporate America.” Read the insightful details about this sea change in business behavior here.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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News & Blogs

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – ESG investing is fast becoming a mainstream area within the investment industry. An increasing number of investors are now adopting the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and choosing companies that score high on ESG performance. Investors inclined towards responsible investments operate on the belief that in the long run addressing ESG issues will preserve and boost their portfolio returns.


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Federal climate change policy is a mess. President Trump announced early in June that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is skeptical of climate change. He told executives from the coal industry that he would create a team of researchers to look into the science behind climate change.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Animal welfare global NGO has published a new report highlighting the grueling conditions in which elephants exploited in tourist settings in Asia are kept. The problem concentrates in areas where elephants are used for rides and performances offered as tourist attractions.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A new report by Mighty Earth shows what is responsible for the widespread manure and fertilizer pollution, causing one of the largest ‘Dead Zone’ on record in the Gulf of Mexico this year made headlines globally. Much of this pollution comes from the vast quantities of corn and soy used to raise livestock, which has contaminated water from the Heartland of America to the Gulf.


2 weeks 4 days ago

(3bL Media/Justmeans) — BMO Financial Group was named the winner of the Thomson Reuters/S-Network ESG Best Practices Award for 2017 at the annual “Summer in the City/CSR Investing Summit,” held in New York City. The award recognizes the company for “superior ESG ranking and corporate best practices.”


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Measuring and reporting on CSR goals and performance is no longer a mere promotional exercise for responsible companies. Informing stakeholders such as consumers, employees, investors, partners and government agencies is now integral to the sustainability strategy of businesses that recognize the value of CSR communication.


2 weeks 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — My father’s mother, Grandma Hazel, was a modest, practical woman. Truth be told, as an adolescent I found her to be obnoxious, opinionated and stuck in her ways. (Twenty-five years later, and I’m pretty certain after a glass of wine or two, my inner circle may describe me with these same three words.) Her home was simply decorated, her fashion sense non-existent; she couldn’t care less about trends or technology.


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