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Sustainablity: Moving from “Less Harm” to “Deep Good”

June 20th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Lately there’s a lot of conversation among business people about “doing good” in the world, rather than settling for doing “less bad.” Two weeks ago, at Sustainable Brands 2011 in Monterey, California, the conversation became a little louder and more intense—partly because Jeffrey Hollender was present. He has been using this language for the last few […]

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Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! What is Business’s Responsibility?

June 14th, 2011 · No Comments

There is a loud and escalating cry for businesses to create jobs in order to put people to work—and an equally strong debate about why businesses aren’t doing it and what their responsibility is in periods of high unemployment. This week’s post looks at what businesses can do and what they should take responsibility for. […]

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Reimagining Management and Teams

May 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Management is still pretty traditional in most business. Teams are talked about but rarely implemented in deep ways. And there are few who use the principle of what Responsible Management looks — which improved democracy, capitalism, EArth and community regeneration, while improve customer lives and giving enduring ethical returns.

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Responsible Social Entrepreneurship: What Egypt and Social Businesses Can Teach Us

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Fred Allen, Leadership Editor at Forbes, offered a short piece on February 26 called How Entrepreneurs Led the Way to Revolution in Egypt in which he cited a post by Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres’ at The New York Times and an opinion post at Politico co-written by Ayres with his fellow professor Jonathan […]

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Why A Bahrain Protest? Aren’t They Rich?

February 18th, 2011 · No Comments

It’s true that the average income in Bahrain is much higher than in Egypt and Tunisia. But we make a mistake in thinking that the citizens’ movements in Egypt and Tunisia are about jobs and higher incomes. Or even food prices. These are serious concerns but not likely the most compelling reasons to risk one’s […]

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Microlending failures: How to ensure success and ethical practice.

January 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The New York Times reports that, “Micro lending is losing its halo in many countries”. It was the darling of the economic development world and its greatest advocate won a Nobel Prize.  The idea is excellent and is still working in many places. But there are two challenges that are often not taking into account […]

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How much tax is considered Responsible? The Brain decides

November 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Jonah Lehrer, my hands down favorite neuroscientist, explains the role of altruism and greed in the tax debate and gives a surprise answer to why responsible is innate to our human experience. In his piece in the Wall Street journal entitled: Are we hardwired to love taxes?, he shared recent brain research that suggest that […]

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From Fair Trade to Economic Vitality: IEA Study Issues Bad Report Card

November 8th, 2010 · No Comments

The Institute of Economic Affairs took a hard look at Fair Trade Practice and found it wanting in its Fairtrade without Froth Report. Its critique looked at whether it is different than Free Trade. It is not. It is a philosophy of Free Trade. It creates an alternative distribution channel for a particular niche of […]

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Seventh Generation’s Founder Jeffrey Hollender Fired by Board of Directors

November 4th, 2010 · 7 Comments

The stickiest challenge in being a responsible business is the relationship with investors. Hands down. In publically held companies it is easier to see what is happening because it has to be made transparent to the public. But in privately held companies, there are far fewer requirements. I am a shareholder in Seventh Generation who […]

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Employee Productivity and The Responsibility Business

October 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Responsible Business is most often associated with sustainability and philanthropy. But one aspect of Responsibility is working with employees in a way that is not only fair but supports what it means to be fully human. Included in that is the pursuit of meaning. A recent study correlates attention to meaning with improved effort on […]

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