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Why Is There Still Green In My Funds?

The green message needs some honing to go mainstream

By Marc Stoiber

This article is based on a speech I presented to the Canadian Socially Responsible Investment Forum June 20, 2011. 

About two months ago, Joel Makower posted a story titled ‘Green Marketing Is Over.’ Makower believes green marketing as we know it has failed us – the great green consumer revolution simply hasn’t materialized, and green products continue to limp along as niche players.

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Boards in a Time of Crisis

The phone hacking scandal in the UK raises questions about the role of its corporate board.

By Lucy P. Marcus

What role does the board play in times when a company is involved in a crisis that has an impact on the community?

I don’t mean “brand management” or “reputation management”. I mean cases like the one we are seeing now with the News of the World hacking scandal in the UK, or last year with the BP oil spill, where real people are harmed and whole communities are affected.

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NGOs dissatisfied? Fine with me…

New Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights are just out from the U.N.

By Christine Bader

Last month, the U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles for business and human rights.  Despite overwhelming support of the principles from many previously-opposed camps — business lobbyists and socially responsible investors, trade unions and corporate law firms — a number of civil society groups expressed disappointment with the Council’s decision.

Human Rights Watch lamented the absence of “a mechanism to scrutinize how companies and governments apply these principles.”  The Child Rights Information Network believes that due attention hasn’t been paid to — you guessed it — children’s rights.

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Zero Net Emissions With Economic Growth? Europe’s Greenest City Shows the Way

Originally posted on the CSRwire website.

By Francesca Rheannon

Växjö, Sweden has been able to slash its carbon footprint by a third while nearly doubling its GDP.

Summer is houseguest time out here in the Hamptons. So it was that I recently found myself hosting a young friend from Sweden – in the U.S. as a Visiting Artist with a New York dance organization — and her parents, who were here to visit her on their very first trip to the States. Not only did I have the pleasure of hanging out with some terrific houseguests, but I also ended up learning a lot about how one small Swedish city is showing the world how to go carbon free – without sacrificing robust economic growth.

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When the People Lead

History teaches us that ordinary citizens can – and do — change the course of history.

By David Korten

Through word and deed, the early American colonists who refused to accept the authority of a distant British monarch and his rapacious chartered corporations created a political imperative. Ultimately the formal political leaders we now call the founding fathers were forced to issue a Declaration of Independence and raise an army or risk being swept aside. The people led; the leaders followed.

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Accounting for Sustainability: A Charge to Professionals and Students

Guidance on reporting for students and sustainability professionals.

By Martha Woodman, MBA

I’ve got a simple formula for you: sustainable business practices + reporting = continued improvement and growth = better business and a better world.

How do I know? For more than 20 years I taught college students about accounting. That changed in 2001, under the guidance of an inspirational colleague. Now, I’m excited to teach students not only about accounting, but about how accounting plays a key role in analyzing business’s effect on the environment. It’s an exciting time to be in the numbers world.

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Beyond branding: CSR as a tool for competitiveness and productivity

Corporate social responsibility provides competitive advantage in an evolving business environment.

By Tatjana de Kerros

The current economic and social climate in the UAE has put competitiveness, sustainability and responsible business at the top of the agenda. Whilst corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices have been controversially associated with improving brand recognition and enhancing a company’s reputation, this has neglected CSR’s potential of improving efficiency, productivity and market orientation. Rather, having a CSR strategy embedded within a business model not only serves in gaining a competitive advantage by increasing reputational appeal; but responds to changing stakeholder demands in an evolving environment.

The Dubai Chamber and PepsiCo launched the first comprehensive study of CSR and corporate governance in the UAE, finding 42% of respondents believe CSR increases productivity. However, 66% of companies in Dubai cited that a lack of awareness and financial resources prevented them from taking part in CSR initiatives.

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Vampire Tax Havens: The Secret Drain on the Global Economy

Originally posted on the CSRwire website.

By Francesca Rheannon

Offshore tax havens are starving economies of the capital needed for productive investment and saddling governments with crippling deficits.

The headlines scream it every day: city, state and national budgets are being cut, cut, cut. Citizens are up in arms, outraged that needed government services are being eliminated, wages and pensions slashed and the national patrimony sold off. The poor in “developing” countries are getting poorer and the funds to repair aging infrastructure or adapt to climate change are drying up. A "silver tsunami" of boomers turning 65 is heading our way while politicians threaten to shrink government support for medical care for the elderly - if not eliminate it entirely. And young people are seeing their future dry up and blow away in the wind.

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Democracy’s Epic Moments

The colonists created the new institutions they needed in spite of Britain’s rule.

As part of the New Economy 2.0 series

 

By David Korten

The parallels between the independence movement that liberated thirteen colonies on the east coast of what is now the United States and the emerging independence from Wall Street movement are both revealing and instructive, as I wrote in Agenda for a New Economy:

As the economies of Britain’s thirteen colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America began to grow in their production of real wealth, their prosperity attracted the attention of the British Crown, which sought to increase its take through new taxes and the grant of a tea monopoly to the East India Company, in which the king held a financial interest.

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