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2 weeks 1 day ago

Guest blog by Joe Arvai, Erb Institute, U of Michigan

If there’s one group that’s basking in the long shadow cast by President Trump’s ill-fated decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, it’s business.

In story after story, reporters and pundits are hailing businesses – large and small – as the would-be saviours of much needed progress...


3 weeks 20 hours ago

Guest blog by Victoria L. May, Washington University

There is a growing need for interdisciplinary approaches to address many of the modern challenges to advancing research, innovation and technological development. This creates a call for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education—not just in our classrooms, but also in our economic potential. As careers in STEM grow, we recognize the importance of equipping students with the 21st century skills necessary for them to thrive.

The development of these skills is the driving force behind the efforts of Washington University’s Institute for School...


3 weeks 3 days ago

By Kathleen Furore

Shoppers who visited the Kroger store in New Castle, Indiana last December had the chance not only to buy groceries, but also to adopt a pet from the New Castle-Henry County Animal Shelter.

The store even paid the $95-per-pet adoption fee, and handed out free pet food and toys to customers who took home a furry new family member.

That event is just one example of how retailers are reaching out in ways that go beyond merchandising — and it demonstrates how the concept of corporate social responsibility has made its way to the pet category.

“Research shows that consumers expect the...


1 month 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets

Backing out of the US Commitment to the 2015 UN Climate Accords signed in Paris by 195 nations, President Trump himself risks derailing his own brand and Trump-branded properties worldwide. This additional unforced error, is warned against by his top advisors, from Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn and a host of corporate chiefs to Ivanka and Jared Kushner. Trump seems influenced by the Breitbart alumni in the White House: Steve Bannon, Jeff Session's henchman Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka and others.  Breitbart's fake news operation and the Trump campaign, funded by Renaissance...


2 months 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Cargill CEO Dave MacLennan has joined 29 other major company chief executives as a signatory to an open letter published in the Wall Street Journal, urging the Trump Administration to keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Based on our vast experience doing business all over the world, we believe there is strong potential for negative trade implications if the United States exits from the Paris Agreement,” said the collective CEO statement....


2 months 1 week ago

Guest blog by Bob Willard, Sustainability Advantage

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define a world that promises a flourishing future for human civilization on spaceship Earth. Some companies already embrace the SDGs as their aspirational environmental and social goals. Other companies hesitate, in case attaining some or all the goals’ 169 associated targets by 2030 would be at the expense of company success. There are 12 trillion reasons why their hesitation is unjustified.

In...


2 months 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets

Watching the recent White House Correspondents dinner in Washington reminded me of a chapter in my Building a Win-Win World (1996, now an e-book), where I identified the rise of "mediocracies" and their "attention economies" as part of humanity’s Information Age. These political/economic trends emerged in full view, partly as a result of Russian disinformation and "fake news", in the US 2016 election. Media in all forms now dominate over political parties, finance, corporations, academia, science, government agencies and civic organizations.  Attention is their...


2 months 4 weeks ago

Guest Author

Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community

Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a feeling that business should more accountable and trustworthy, the lack of which arguably contributed to some people’s decision to vote leave in the referendum last year.

But behind every seemingly faceless corporation are real people, working to make a difference to their communities, employees, the environment and society as a whole.

This week is Responsible Business Week...


4 months 3 weeks ago

Reputation Institute (RI) has announced the company’s annual Global RepTrak® 100 rankings. Based on over 170,000 ratings collected in the first quarter of 2017, the survey by the provider of stakeholder measurement, membership and management services is the largest corporate reputation study of its kind. It includes comparative ratings, trends by demographic cuts, and unique insights into which companies are best regarded by stakeholders as well as what drives trust and supportive behaviors such as willingness to purchase a company’s products, recommend the brand, invest in or even work for the company. 
 
The top 10 companies in RI’s...


6 months 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Kathryn Beaven, Director of Global Sustainability, DP World

Business leaders over the centuries have dreamt of long term business success. Some planned for it. Some achieved it. Most will cite a commitment to it as part of their make-up, with strategies to get there and plans to weather oncoming storms.

For that to happen, businesses today and tomorrow must also be committed to the long-term success of the communities they operate in. No business works in isolation and today’s Generation Y expect far more than our ancestors ever did.

That’s why sustainability is front of mind for many global...


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