Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Debate Over Financial Regulation Continues, But Can Investors Start By Claiming Their ‘Know Your Customer’ Rights?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
“32% of GDP Comes From Finance and Only 20% from Manufacturing, So What Does Wall-Street Actually Finance?”
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Supply Chain Experts Say Monitoring Does Not Improve Working Conditions, So Why Are They Optimistic?
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saint Patrick's Day Panic! Are Supply Shortages and Price Increases Caused by our Environmental Conscience?
Large breweries like Miller, are starting to own their source material by buying up farmable land. Seems smart, but it has the unfortunate affect of increasing the company’s water footprint: a big problem for breweries! In fact, the most expensive part of the brewing process is water. Water is the largest input into the process and largest output from the process. It takes a lot of energy and money to course water through the beer making system, not to mention the additional problem that every drop devoted to beer making is a drop not being used for making clean drinking water.
But wait, don’t turn from the pub now, there is some good news on the frontlines of the beer-to-suds wars. The industry tends to use terms like waste opportunities , microbial fuel systems and anaerobic digestive systems to describe some of the positive externalities related to the beer making – such as organic matter that turns solid wastes into energy producing material and processes that convert solid waste into reusable water. And beer activists will tell you (and yes, they actually exist) that rootlets, which are spawned from the malting of the barley, if collected, can be used for animal feed. Even reused hops, filtered from the finished wort, can be used as fertilizer, and, residual yeast has been touted as a good source for vitamin B and ends up in pharma products. These beer aficionados ( pardon, activists) will also tell you that the used beer cans and beer bottles can also be recycled. But we all know that recycling is trending down at a rate of 20% per decade, ensuring the beer industry will continue to be a menace to landfills for years to come.(http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Beer.html)
So is beer green or not? And if not, who among the brewers are greener than most?
The only economist who I would trust with this question is former Chief Economist for the City of New York and NYU Professor, John Tepper-Marlin in his Huffington Post Blog about the corporate social behavior scoring of three dominant players in the beer industry.
If professor Tepper-Marlin can save our Saint Patty’s day, perhaps he can next help us determine whether the beer industry really qualifies as an industry since the three largest players making up 80% market share or whether there might be something entirely different going on to drive up our beer prices!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Stanford Law Professor and social entrepreneur Lawrence Lessig challenges this notion, arguing that "there are times when it does make sense to think about the corporation as an entity and to allocate responsibility in that way." However, Lessig agrees that "there is something fundamentally wrong with trusting (corporations) to restrain the drive for profits in the name of doing the right thing... It is government's job to set the appropriate limits on corporations (and individuals) so that... they will not harm a public interest."
On the other hand, Roger Lowenstein questions the wisdom and likelihood of going back to regulation in order to tame the market and some of The Economist critics fear that Reich's approach is merely naive, ignoring the long history of government failures when it tries to, again, catch the government's own tail.
And CSR folks--from the right as well as from the left--respond that corporate social responsibility can satisfy both camps: it is about businesses genuinely becoming more attuned to social and environmental concerns just as much as it is about making a profit.
Monday, March 10, 2008
To learn more, go to http://www.socialinvest.org/news/releases/pressrelease.cfm?id=108.
To learn more, visit http://www.bcorporation.net/about/.
For a panel hosting the B-Corporation co-founders, go to http://edcorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=1907.
• 70 percent of workers don’t consider a prospective employer’s CSR program very important when it comes to evaluating job offers.
• 58 percent of workers at organizations with 500 or more employees said their organization has a CSR program. That’s true for 45 percent of all workers surveyed.
• About one-third of workers at companies with less than 100 employees say their organizations have CSR programs.
• 82 percent of workers at large companies said their organization arranges volunteer activities. That’s true for 70 percent of all workers.
To learn more, go to http://www.shrm.org/hrnews_published/archives/CMS_022820.asp.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Taking CSR out of the board room and putting it into the hands of managers and consumers is the quickest path to eliminating economic incentives that drive businesses to make decisions that are harmful to society.
CSR practices have been frustrated by the lack of integration into broader corporate and commercial strategies. The more we are able to create consumer-led demand that reflects the social values of individuals and managers, the stronger the connections between consumers and corporate behavior. By tightening these connections we ensure that socially harmful decisions will be exposed and socially beneficial decisions will be rewarded. Core to this idea is our ability to concisely deliver an accurate view of corporate social behavior not only to the commerce experience but embedding it at the point of sale.
From there...it's up to the market to decide!
Learn about the corporate reputation paradox why reputational risk management matters
Learn more about why connecting directly to corporate behavior matters and how we achieve our mission http://www.alonovo.com/community/about
and see as just one example a company whose business model expresses similar intents
Retail activist: The Body Shop
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Dongtan project brief
Hao Hao's take on whether eco-cities will persist...
learn about other social ramifications...
First up is China, where we take a look at communications as a key driver in mobilizing the connections between businesses and society and especially in the global context where buisness to society interfaces are increasing in number and in kind. The Review takes an in depth look at how to deal with these ongoing challenges for even the best intended.
See Bill Valentino's viewpoints at:
Next we look at the India Times coverage of how the demands of liberalization and openess in business calls for new paradigms for external relations. Changing realities of doing business are forging business models that couldn't exist without transparency.