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Admiration Earned

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Hollender

Fortune magazine released its annual list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" this week, and it's hard to say which is more incredible: some of the companies that made the list or those you won't find anywhere on it.

How to Get Away With Murder: Guidant and Corporate Criminal Justice

Michael Santos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

After the Guidant Corporation sold flawed heart defibrillators which killed six people, prosecutors negotiated a fine of $296 million -- just 1% of what Boston Scientific paid to acquire it after the investigation began.

GE's Dirty Green Jobs

Brendan Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

Recent abuses suffered by GE's "green" workers -- who are now suing GE -- confirm our worst fears that there's little guarantee so far that green jobs are going to be good jobs.

HER Project - Making Women's Health Care A Global Reality

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aron Cramer

Ever since Al Gore was focused on NAFTA, not climate change, debate has raged over whether globalization has helped or hurt workers, communities, and ...

Missions That Matter

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Hollender

In the book Bill Breen and I just finished, The Responsibility Revolution, we talk about "missions that matter" as a critical dimension of responsible and sustainable businesses.

The Responsibility Revolution

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Hollender

As the headlines continue to chronicle new lows in business behavior, we have no choice but to rethink corporate responsibility. It's more critical th...

Modeling Corporate Climate Action

Wood Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wood Turner

Every week, another company seems to be launching a new effort to reduce its climate impact. The steady ticker of corporate action toward energy efficiency, renewable energy investment, carbon neutrality, and extraordinary technological innovation tells a remarkably different story than our stuck-in-the-mud politics and lightweight public discourse on climate.

Mr. Toyoda in the Spotlight

Bill George | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill George

Mr. Toyoda: You are the definitive leader of one of the largest and (once-) most trusted brands in the world. People expect you to act like it today. This is a prime opportunity to right the ship.

Top Businesses Cause $2.2 Trillion In Environmental Damage, report estimates

The Guardian | Juliette Jowit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The cost of pollution and other damage to the natural environment caused by the world's biggest companies would wipe out more than one-third of their ...

The United Corporate States Of America

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steven G. Brant

We have been handed the basic tools for replacing the old values that make corporations "evil" with the new values that will make corporations "good". The Citizens United ruling need not be so bad.

A Time for Action: Jobs, Prosperity and National Goals

Ralph Gomory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ralph Gomory

I believe that our government should adopt two national economic goals: To be a productive nation steadily growing a large per capita GDP and to share widely the prosperity made possible by that productivity.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

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Kill A Company, Face Murder Charges: The Fair Consequence Of Corporate Personhood

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rob Warmowski

Today's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, led by corporate enthusiast and Bush appointee Chief Justice John Roberts has fully removed the pre...

After Citizens United -- The Money is the Message

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Transparency will only follow from the Citizens United equation if we have netizens united to share information, track the money, connect the dots between special interests and policy, and enhance new media efforts in campaigns.

Resetting CEO Reputation

Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross

It is now time for CEOs to stand up and start rebuilding reputations, thereby resetting the path to future economic progress and moral authority.

It's the Sustainability, Stupid

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Becker

Consumer trust in business has dropped dramatically in the last two years. A transitory marketing campaign and TV media buy is not going to win back consumers. What can work is a long-term focus on sustainability.

Nation's Top Polluters: We're Green Too!

Tom McNichol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tom McNichol

Don't expect any of these companies to admit they have a poor environmental record. In fact, to hear the top polluters tell it, they're as green as Al Gore.

Corporate Philanthropy Strong In 2010, Despite Economy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

2009 was a year for businesses to trim the fat. But this year may be a different story, at least in the generosity department: a new study finds 65% o...

10 Sure Fire Ways to Make Your Life 100 Times Better

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
B. Jeffrey Madoff

My grandmother was a wise woman. She would tell me, "Live each day, one at a time." When I asked her how else you could live, she would take a sip from the flask under her apron and shrug her shoulders.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape: Chevron's Spy Games Unraveling

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Given the overwhelming scientific evidence against the company, a potential $27 billion judgment possibly a month out, news of the "scandal" was seen by many as a fourth-quarter Hail Mary, if not something more sinister.

What We Can Learn About Working With People From Working With Horses

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

No one wants to be forced to do anything or dominated or made fearful or intimidated or coerced. No one. Not a horse, not a person.

Illinois Family Sells Company, Gives 6.6 Million Dollars In Bonuses (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Toan Lam

Laurence and Florence Spungen and their four children sold their PEER Bearing company last fall and gave the money to employees as bonuses (some bonuses were six figures) based on years of service.

The Triumph of Symbolism over Substance

Tom Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

To favor symbolism over substance is to allow the proverbial tail to wag the aphoristic dog. And that's never a good idea.

The Real Modern Pirates? MNCs Beyond the Rule of Law

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

The most common modern pirates are multinational corporations operating beyond the rule of law. The U.S. can and should take firm measures against this kind of piracy, just as we have against the Somali pirates.

Avoiding the Wrong Goals

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Self-deception is such a powerful force in our lives that we cannot guarantee, even if we do spot it in action, that we'll be able to resist its subtle lure.