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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by John

<p>Of course you know what your business or organization does. Right? It goes without saying. After all, it&rsquo;s what you do every day. But I caution that if you&rsquo;ve worked for your current organization for more than a couple of years, you may now suffer from what Chip and Dan Health called &lsquo;the Curse of Knowledge&rsquo; in their book <em>Made to Stick</em>.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Scruffy. Sandals. Tie-dye. Granola. Grateful Dead. Fair trade?<br /> <br /> Even a few years ago, most people associated sustainable consumption with a sort of neo-hippie San Francisco liberal archetype.

<p><img src="http://www.mistersustainable.com/images/capitol175.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="10" vspace="5" align="right" />If we really want to get a stranglehold on global warming before it strangles us, we must reform national energy policies (or lack thereof) in the capital of every industrialized nation, especially the United States.</p>

by John

In too many uncomfortable ways, the current 'mortgage meltdown' we're experiencing in the United States is eerily familiar to the dot-com bubble a few years ago. In both cases voices of moderation (i.e.

<p>I work for myself because I like to think for myself.&nbsp; I'm one of those awkward souls that organisations in the West are going to have to learn to live with, if we're going to find a way to compete in a globalised world.<br /> <br /> I tend to have my own opinions, and I'm not very good at towing the party line.&nbsp; But I'd argue that the awkward squad are just the kind of people who will help to make change happen.<b

by Osbert

<p>Looks like rocky times ahead for all of us - financial markets in turmoil, fuel and food prices soaring, unemployment rising. The US and Europe are facing a long period of recession, with knock on effects across the globe.<br /> <br /> What does this mean for businesses that are trying to be responsible?

It is no secret that effective networking is one of the single most important aspects of successful job-hunting. I have spent the past five months building my network to both learn about the green realm and hunt down the perfect green job. I've always cringed at the word "networking," as the term connotes forced conversations and social climbing.