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How do you balance the need for investment returns with desire for a better planet?

On the one hand, there is trust -- investors' belief that their portfolio managers will generate maximum returns on their investments. On the other hand, there is uncertainty -- the great uncertainty -- inherent in the roiling global society projecting climate change. Enter new, refined investment risk management. [Read More]

Can Today's Paris Climate Change Summit Succeed? China's Leaders, Under Duress, Are Key

"Kyoto" failed on climate change. So did "Copenhagen". What, in Paris, is different now? [Read More]

"Smaller Footprint, Giant Task" explains business sustainability in the real world

Unilever CEO Paul Polman, "a roving sustainability evangelist" personifies the fast-spreading, challenging sustainable development/corporate social responsibility business model. [Read More]

Contemporary "alchemists" transform an oil spill into environmental advances in Brooklyn

This green progress took a long time, but it may well have positive repercussions for generations of young students. [Read More]

The global sustainability movement is making sustainability reporting an imperative for business and society

"Research has found that companies that operate transparently differentiate themselves from competitors." [Read More]

Kristen and Katelynn -- and some 50,000 others -- taught us what "yes, you can" really means

First came several Marathon participants with "disabilities" -- arms pumping their specially-equipped handcycles -- to the admiration of the cheering crowds lining 26 miles of New York City streets, bridges and parkland. [Read More]

Widely-shared responsibility for CSR/Sustainable Development also requires public relations communication stewardship.

Public relations professionals take heart: Planned and recently-published research sponsored by The Arthur W. Page Center aims to confirm your central role in advancing the positive role of business in society. [Read More]

As fathers, are Joe Biden and Paul Ryan work/balance groundbreakers?

"It's all about family." [Read More]

Juicy headlines in influential media (read, The New York Times) can inhibit support for CSR

Case in point: "Social Responsibility That Rubs Right Off" -- headline in a lengthy article in yesterday's Business Section of The New York Times. [Read More]

Reasons Why UN’s “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” Can Succeed

United Nations, September 29 – Now comes the hard part: Implementing the UN’s “supremely ambitious” 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. [Read More]

On CSR, "It's smart to dig around and find out which CEOs have daughters," says U. of Miami finance professor.

Companies led by CEOs with daughters spend 13 percent more of their net profits on corporate social responsibility than those with CEOs who don't have daughters. [Read More]

At UN “2030 Agenda” Leaders Urge Private Sector-NGO-Government Partnerships To Address Poverty, Immigration, Climate Change, Peace

United Nations, September 28 – There is now a rising global tide for private sector-NGO-government partnerships and collaboration to address major social issues. [Read More]

UN charts new CSR Era: Launches "Transforming our world -The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"

United Nations September 25, 2015 -The 70th annual United Nations General Assembly today launched -- by acclamation -- a historic global blueprint for addressing the world's most challenging social problems. [Read More]

More immediate than the "The Pope vs. Capitalism", business is confronting today's herculean refugee crisis

Just in: An early example of response to the two-day-old UN business pledge program: Building on earlier commitments, the UN Global Compact Network Brazil has just pledged to redouble its efforts. The network, which has been addressing the plight of refugees from Syria and West Africa, will offer an October 1st webinar for some 700 members/signatories to raise awareness on potential responses to the refugee crisis. It is also expanding its training for potential employers and piloting a much-needed mentoring program for women refugees already in the region, partnering with UN Refugee Agency, UN Women and companies such as Foxtime and Emdoc. [Read More]

Global Interdependence is Changing The Work of the Supreme Court -- And Many Others.

Listen up: "Something very important is going on". [Read More]