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Corporate Sustainability

4 Obstacles on the Way to a Circular Economy

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Vishal Agrawal, Atalay Atasu, Luk Van Wassenhove The concept of circular economy is a grand, sweeping vision, which we hope will lead to better bu...

On Climate, Corporations Need to Grow a Soul

Auden Schendler | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Auden Schendler

Can you imagine the big banks saying: "Hey, Obama! Break us up! We need regulation!" Of course not. That's because corporations almost never take positions that threaten their short-term self-interest.

What Makes Public Disclosure Effective?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Miron Avidan, Dror Etzion and Joel Gehman Hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is a technology employed in the production of oil and gas from unconve...

Is Sustainability Like Being Pregnant?

Michael Stausholm | Posted 06.26.2016 | Business
Michael Stausholm

If you are into business news, you can´t turn on your tv, read a newspaper or browse the internet without hearing about sustainability. But what does...

Linking Our Agendas: The Sustainable Development Goals and Creating Shared Value

Paul Bulcke | Posted 06.20.2016 | Business
Paul Bulcke

The challenges the world faces today are so daunting that a new, closer, more collaborative effort is imperative if we are to have even the smallest chance of overcoming them.

Engaging Employees Through Corporate Social Initiatives

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 06.17.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Christiane Bode and Jasjit Singh The current debate regarding corporate social engagement has moved past whether a firm ought to engage in sustain...

Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Andrew J. Hoffman As a business school professor, when my students ask for career advice, I often recall Mark Twain's words: "The two most importa...

Could Corporate Sustainability Result in a Big Short on Humanity?

Mark Coleman | Posted 05.10.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

A tremendous amount of progress has been made, particularly with regard to the increased awareness of climate change, water scarcity, human rights, an...

How Can We Address the Whale in the Boardroom?

Mark Gough | Posted 05.05.2016 | Green
Mark Gough

Deciding where to go on holiday, what to have for dinner, or even what type of coffee to drink in the mornings; we make thousands of decisions every day. But what do we base our decisions on?

What is the business case for the Sustainable Development Goals?

Nicola Ruane | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
Nicola Ruane

What is the business case for the Sustainable Development Goals? This was the question that I answered at a recent event at the UN in Geneva to bring...

When Values Create Value

Javier Saade | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
Javier Saade

Shareholder value is the ultimate yardstick in capitalism, no doubt. But what happens when a company's value creation mechanism is directly aligned with a mission that resonates and that is rooted with a greater social aspiration?

Is Fear Interfering With Corporate Climate Action?

GreenBiz Group | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
GreenBiz Group

Yes, companies package up their sustainability commitment, they put information about it on their websites and they might even run some ads telling consumers to do a thing or to like their brands better because they're good to the planet -- but I'm not seeing much actual engagement.

Climate Action After Paris: Not the Yellow Brick Road

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 03.04.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

"Follow the yellow brick road". So Dorothy is told in the classic 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. Alas, if the world's economies only had such a clear and singular path to follow subsequent to the recent promising Paris Climate Accord.

Major Works in the Field of Corporate Sustainability

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 02.18.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

As the planet's population continues to increase and to grow wealthier, pressures on natural resources and the environment will only become more intense. Corporate sustainability, once seen as window-dressing or even subversive, has become a core part of many corporate strategies.

Why Systematic Risks Present Global Opportunities

Georg Kell | Posted 02.16.2016 | Business
Georg Kell

The prevailing zeitgeist has turned towards the dark side. And that is not only because of spreading terrorism, power fragmentation and global warming. A gloomy economic outlook and populist politics are contributing more than their fair share.

A Wake-up Call to Business: Act on Climate Risk in Supply Chains to Realize Financial Benefits

Paul Simpson | Posted 02.15.2016 | Business
Paul Simpson

There's no denying that the United Nations climate conference, COP21, charts a new course of direction for the world economy.

Can Executive Compensation Push Firms to Harm the Environment?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 01.28.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

The recent passage of the Paris Agreement generated by the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference highlights the global consensus on the importance of reducing our environmental harm. A significant part of the problem, and thus solution, is business.

Rise of the New Sustainability

Carrie Norton | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business
Carrie Norton

What do you think of when someone says "sustainability"? The latest green product? A company trying to greenwash bad behavior (or justify higher price...

Changing America's Culture of Greed

John W. Traphagan | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Traphagan

Every vote for a candidate from the right in the current political climate is a vote for more of the same -- extreme wealth and power concentrated in the hands of a very small segment of the population.

How 19 Big-Name Corporations Plan to Make Money Off the Climate Crisis

Mother Jones | Jenny Che | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Climate change will have some pretty ...

Looking Back at Paris: Investing in Nature Gains Traction as Climate Solution

Mark Tercek | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Mark R. Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature's Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek. The negotiation...

The Paris Climate Agreement: Deliverance or Disappointment?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

The most common question I was asked in Paris: Is the agreement a triumph, as the negotiators and heads of state declare, or another weak pronouncement that will do little to stave off climate catastrophe? The answer is both.

Paris Climate Agreement an Air Horn in the Coal Mine

Kevin Grandia | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Kevin Grandia

If pure play coal companies weren't getting pummelled enough by the global drop in demand for their product, an agreement to reduce global greenhouse ...

Walking the Talk?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Lin Lerpold, Uta Hönemann and Elisabet Ålander Volkswagen's "Dieselgate" has intensified the debate on corporate sustainability greenwashing. A...

Your Move, Nestle: When the CSR Spotlight Dims

Marianne Smallwood | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Marianne Smallwood

In initiating the public examination of its flaws, and in working with an organization like Verite, Nestle has already gone a more honorable and transparent route than other companies have done. But while it has taken the first step towards being a more responsible company, Nestle's commitment to funding a long term strategy -- and how it pushes beyond the inevitable road blocks ahead -- will determine its ultimate footprint and legacy.