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Posted: Jan 23, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, commercial and residential structures currently account for nearly 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions in our country. Given the increasing interest in environmental sustainability and carbon footprint reduction around the nation, industry critics are citing any number of shortcomings that are inherent to the construction process.
Posted: Jan 20, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
In the realm of business, “green” efforts are constantly molding and changing. As our understanding of global climate change shifts, so does our techniques to combat it.
After last year’s announcement from the United Nations that revealed their 15 year plan for Sustainable Development Goals, many businesses took the announcement to heart. The focus was shifting, this time to reducing waste and working on a more global level to make a dedicated effort to improve practices.
Posted: Jan 18, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Understanding personal values of CEOs informs employees and investors about a company’s commitment to ethics and corporate social responsibility. In a paper titled “Relation between personal values of CEOs and their commitment to corporate social responsibility”, Professor Erhemjamts and her student Sarah Maher examined corporate social responsibility (CSR) ratings of S&P500 companies along with social capital of the states their CEOs grew up in.
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Corporate houses and entrepreneurs are custodians of the future. They are responsible for creating a long lasting measurable change that could add value in the economic and social welfare arenas.
Companies involved in social welfare activities tend to have happier employees, loyal customers and more prosperity as compared to companies who don’t. This encourages the consumers to buy products from a Socially Responsible company.
Posted: Jan 09, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Simply put, recycling is a win-win industry. It takes products or commodities which have been previously used and turns them into something new, like plastic, or the same exact thing as it was before, like paper.
I recently spoke at the Recycle Confex in Dubai, where industry professionals from around the world over came together to discuss the present and future of recycling.
Posted: Jan 04, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The nation’s first privately-run electric bus fleet will begin service in Chicago this December, and its not run by the City of Chicago—it’s run by the owners of Aon Center and Prudential Plaza. The Fleet, as the buses will be known, represents how building owners are going beyond the walls of their properties to address the goals of their tenants’ corporate social responsibility platforms.
Posted: Dec 28, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
As 2016 comes to an end, many charities and nonprofits are preparing for their year-end campaign or planning a new strategy for next year. There is an abundance of statistics and data about the growth of giving, both locally and nationally. From these stats, we are able to predict what the new year’s philanthropic giving will look like.
Posted: Dec 21, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Business schools are gaining some competition. But it’s not from one another, it’s actually from corporations.
Corporations have set up "corporate universities" in order to serve upper level management, and sometimes the entire company. What they’re doing is educating their team on the essential principles, functions, and operations of how the company works. Even further, they’re giving business lessons, communications, and technical expertise that can be taught on this “corporate campus,” often negating the need for "B-School.”
Posted: Dec 19, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Today, the majority of our savings leave the local community, with the general exception of businesses we own directly. While we may sometimes avoid shopping at big-box stores that work to out-compete our local independent favorites, our savings, our retirement accounts, and our mutual funds often directly underwrite the growth and expansion of these mega-corporates. While we likely want more financing to be available for local businesses, sustainable innovations, and community infrastructure, our investments often speak otherwise. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The cornerstone in this context is the integration of sustainability criteria into investment decisions.
Posted: Dec 16, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
In today’s competitive landscape, brands need to be purpose-driven if they want to outperform their competitors and increase their bottom line. The same rule applies if they want to keep their employees happy and their customers loyal.
By maximizing partnerships with non-profit organizations, companies can create opportunities that allow their employees and customers to also play an important role in the company’s purpose.
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