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IBM/Dow pro bono collaboration with International Medical Corps aims to improve sanitation, hygiene behavior in Ethiopia

Two global corporate powerhouses will apply their respective core competencies and corporate citizenship commitments jointly in the Wolayta, Ethiopia community. [Read More]

Patagonia apparel appeals to distinct, growing market, doing well while “doing good”.

Rose Marcario, Patagonia chief executive officer, “tells all” about unusual commitment to advancing sustainability: [Read More]

Can the public relations profession help solve international issues and tensions?

The September 2014 Eighth World Public Relations Forum in Madrid will be very ambitious. Themed “Communication With Conscience”, it will address seminal societal questions: [Read More]

President raises the stakes on "inversion" tax savings when U.S. companies shift hqs abroad.

From the presidential "bully pulpit": strong condemnation of companies "cherry-picking" nation's tax laws by moving headquarters to lower-tax countries. [Read More]

Even if you think that government mandating CSR ”can’t happen here”, might it happen elsewhere?

Reflect on India's new comprehensive approach to corporate law and governance. Because other countries -- including a few of India's fellow BRICS? -- may find it attractive. [Read More]

New York Times business columnist Eduardo Porter's assessment of CSR today gives it heft, and, implicitly, invites analysis.

"Motivating Corporations To Do Good" on the lead page of The New York Times Business Section today will likely spark wide-ranging comments and spirited debate. So here's an opening salvo. [Read More]

Doubters Alert: If even now you think CSR/Sustainable Development isn't for real and isn't here to stay, reflect on what's happening in China

Those of us who remember CSR's early days will recall that it was somewhat optimistic to think that the business model would be established generally -- and certainly not in Communist China. Now, we have to think again. [Read More]

In yet another creative derivative of traditional capitalism, a private equity firm is cleaning a polluted Alabama lake -- as a long-term $ investment.

There are, of course, costs for the social benefits of environmental cleanup. Can you fund that profitably? A progressive private equity firm says "yes" and is paying the bills. [Read More]

Celebrity mainstream economist endorses "benefit corporations" and has even more "un-mainstream" ideas on business/non profits

You're probably familiar with Robert J. Shiller, especially if you care about home prices. Now he is offering advice on morphing business and social organizations. [Read More]

"Small business", family business flexing muscles, making headlines on the minimum wage and religious values/ health care benefits.

We know, of course, that small business has great economic clout -- creating jobs, inventing products and serving communities. But now small companies, as well as closely-held family enterprises, are major players in the national discourse on low-paid workers and controversial health care benefits in the Affordable Care Act. [Read More]

Accenture, endorsing the "circular economy", adds its considerable weight to potential positives of CSR/Sustainable Development

It's fashionable for too many CSR/sustainable development commentaries these days to be defensive. So an "opportunity" analysis/projection in that space is refreshing. That's what Peter Lacy, managing director of Accenture's Asia Pacific Strategy and Sustainability Services, presents in his commentary, "The circular economy's trillion-dollar opportunity" just published by Eco-Business Asia Pacific. [Read More]

Symantec with Net Impact confront "terrifying statistic": nearly six million young Americans (16 -24) out of school/out of work. Tech diversity inadequacies too.

When a creative company and a well-networked non-profit link to address a major social problem some very good things may happen. [Read More]

Despite progress at Bangladesh apparel factories, formidable obstacles remain

No one said it would be easy. Even in the wake of the deadly Rana Plaza factory collapse last year it was clear: Good intentions had to overcome conflicting interests. Now, reality bites. [Read More]

New research links CSR with stock price. Communication is a key factor.

Although it's the newest in a long list of research projects attempting to link CSR and stock price, its prestigious provenance makes Professor CB Bhattacharya's work worth pondering. [Read More]

Heavy-hitters in business and finance prescribe risk management, market solutions -- i.e. carbon dioxide tax -- to divert "the coming climate crash".

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. -- who knows quite a bit about society-threatening "bubbles" -- now warns that "we're staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy." [Read More]