All That Performative Environmentalism Adds Up

My newly adopted home state is on fire again: Scorching heat and lightning strikes have sparked dozens of fires across California, burning an area the size of Rhode Island. Iowa is reeling from a deadly derecho. The Mountain West is suffering through a severe drought. Towns and cities all over are experiencing one of

Sustaining Sustainability: How Small Actions Make a Big Difference

In recent years, sustainability has become a popular buzzword — but it still doesn’t always have a seat at the strategy table. Until that happens, benefits will not accrue to either firms or to society, says C. B. Bhattacharya, a professor of sustainability and ethics at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University

Corporate sustainability must give way to corporate responsibility

Today we consume more than twice as much as our relatives did only 50 years ago. In the US, this means generating upwards of 500 billion pounds of garbage every year that’s trucked to one of our 10,000 landfills. This accelerated consumption is exhausting global ecosystems, depleting 30% of global resources and nearly 60% of animal populations since the

We Shouldn’t Always Need a “Business Case” to Do the Right Thing

I’ve been a consultant for almost 20 years, advising companies on complex challenges in ethics, risk, and responsibility. Each year several clients raise the same issue: the need to get buy-in from a skeptical senior executive in order to demonstrate a concrete benefit that will follow a proposed investment in an ethical business initiative or function.

The Business Case for Sustainability

Today’s executives are dealing with a complex and unprecedented brew of social, environmental, market, and technological trends. These require sophisticated, sustainability-based management. Yet executives are often reluctant to place sustainability core to their company’s business strategy in the mistaken belief that the costs outweigh the benefits. On the contrary, academic research and business experience point

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The Future of Social Impact Education in Business Schools and Beyond

Coming soon: Business schools—once reserved for those who wanted to pursue careers as bankers, consultants, and CEOs—now boast a wealth of social entrepreneurship and social innovation courses. More and more students are seeking out these courses with a hope of creating high-impact future careers. This increase in demand for social impact courses leaves universities and

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Yunus addresses social business meetings in Canada

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus suggested that some part of development aid could be exclusively devoted to financing social business initiatives or sustainable enterprises that address social needs while unleashing the creative energies of communities.

The Bangladesh economist made the call in an hour-long meeting with Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Friday.

Yunus also attended a

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What Aristotle Can Teach Firms About CSR

Recently, I spoke with senior leaders at a Fortune 500 firm. It’s a leader in philanthropy, but the executives feel all their corporate giving goes unappreciated. “We do all the right things, but the public always criticizes us,” they told me. “What’s wrong?”

That’s something I hear more and more. The public has grown increasingly skeptical about the motivations

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Taking care of workers health ‘corporate responsibility’

The Netherlands ambassador in Bangladesh has called upon the garment factory owners to take care of their workers health, even in the interest of  “business profit”.

“These workers are your assets- working to their fullest capacity and potential in order to make your factory more profitable,” Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere said on Thursday in Dhaka.

“But they are often misinformed

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