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Snap-shot: A three-day visit is enough to convince this Yank that Canadians have rightly valued news and action on environment and CSR/sustainable development/shared value.

Granted, it was in Alberta where environmental and corporate citizenship issues abound. And granted too, that it was a relatively short visit. But this reporter came away with a strong impression that is quite likely to last: [Read More]

In conflict zones, people's visceral needs eventually trump violence.

After weeks of violent clashes in their city and other parts of eastern Ukraine, thousands of steelworkers in Mariupol have said "enough is enough". [Read More]

Foreign-owned Ho Chi Minh City apparel factories are severely damaged or destroyed, sparked by China-Vietnam maritime dispute.

A "spark" is all that's needed for violent conflict to break out when "societal tinder" is place. [Read More]

Business For Peace, now on the ground around the world, is getting traction with the media.

It's only seven months old, but the UN Global Compact's Business For Peace platform is making a difference in seventeen regions around the world. Media is beginning to notice. [Read More]

Excellent CSR/Sustainable Development "outreach" initiatives can be offset by one major operational deficiency.

The recent series of tragic oil train accidents wreaking havoc on communities reminds us that corporate citizenship also relates to operational efficiency protecting all stakeholders. [Read More]

New university research presents insights on "Bad Apple CEOs"

Company shareholders and stakeholders have a new "head's up" on choosing -- or keeping -- the organization leader. [Read More]

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart's "Responsible Leadership"; "Business For Peace"; and Chinese companies' IPOs -- today's surprising juxtaposition in the evolving global business-in-society confluence.

As its formal publication date in the U.S. approaches, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart's new book "makes for intriguing reading" (see Guardian Sustainable Business @ at time when "China I.P.O.s Mount" (read New York Times story @ What's going on?

Sir Mark in "Responsible…

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"Shared Value" Business Model will surge in May

Business leaders convening in bustling New York City and the snowy resort city, Banff, Canada, next month will have ample opportunity to gage the fast-spreading impact of the "Shared Value" movement "bringing business and society back together." [Read More]

If you care about the world "post 2015", check out this summary of a debate at the UN between so-called "haves" and "have-nots"

It was called the "Joint Thematic Debate/Forum on Partnerships". And it was, indeed, a debate - spirited, but with good will -- on how necessary, but difficult, multi-stakeholder partnerships may be when addressing the looming existential challenges for global society [Read More]

Business In Society is pleased to report new co-branding of CSR video programming with UNGC's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

PRME's April Newsletter announces PRME/Business In Society co-branding of CSR video programs. [Read More]

Don't let good intentions, outcomes on LDC development get ensnarled in USAID-contractors in-fighting

Dr. Rajiv Shah just wants to help poor people around the world. But Dr. Shah, head of the $20 billion United States Agency for International Development, is getting enmeshed, like Laocoon of Greek mythology, in some heavy going. [Read More]

When does company incompetence or fraud cross the line to "criminal"? Current G.M. tragic cases may re-open this Pandora's Box.

If you are a CEO, it may keep you up at night: Could one, or several, of your many employees be doing something that will seriously embarrass and penalize the company? Could it even rise to a criminal offence with major reputational damage, costly settlements and, in severe cases, jail time? [Read More]

New Social Progress Index: It’s “an innovative example of increasing collaboration”

For the moment, never mind which countries are #1, #16 and number #132 on the new Social Progress Index . Our question today, people, is what can business do – what should it do – to help make life more livable in the countries where it operates. [Read More]

An Ideal Global Symbiosis: Women's Empowerment and Economic Development

A powerfully influential voice, that of Bill Gates, has just been added to experts endorsing the idea that women's empowerment and economic development are correlated. [Read More]

CSR sustainability "acorns" and "outliers": worker co-ops "Benefit Corporations", foundations, etc

Capitalism continues to evolve. Traditional for-profit companies' operating policies and budgets addressing social issues are rightfully getting increasing attention. But open the CSR/Sustainability aperture wider and other major "players" appear. [Read More]