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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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McDonald’s & Customers’ Lives: The Responsible Business’s Performance Indices

May 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Health professionals and organizations have signed a letter to McDonald’s Corp, asking the maker of Happy Meals to stop marketing junk food to kids and to retire Ronald McDonald. McDonald’s has a responsibility for the health of children and that they expect the company to change many of its practices.

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Egypt, the Middle East, and Authentic Leadership

February 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

 As we watch Egyptian officials make statements for the purpose of stabilizing a very volatile situation, and as President Obama and members of Congress consider how the U.S. might intervene, we are reminded of the challenge of leadership—no matter what our persuasions and philosophy. I have been working with AFED, a not-for-profit in Beirut, which […]

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President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address and The Responsible Business

January 20th, 2011 · No Comments

In a joint press release Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner announced that Congressional leaders will mark the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration with a tribute today at noon. Reading this note and hearing President Kennedy’s address on NPR reminded me of what was without doubt the most memorable moment in that […]

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Founder Transition: Steve Jobs, Apple and Other Hard Handoffs

January 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Steve Jobs has taken a leave from Apple for his health. New York Times Story today by Miguel Helft and Clair Cain Miller lays out some details: “The sudden decision by the company’s chief executive to take a medical leave for the third time in less than a decade raises anxieties about the leadership of the […]

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Definitely The Next Adam Smith: Economic Recovery Is Not Enough

January 17th, 2011 · No Comments

I have read every posting on Umair Haque’s blog for about six months now. That is rare for me. Even though I am a loyal person, this is not about loyalty but about deep meaning, innovation and practicality in the business sphere.  Those three qualities are rarely found in the same mind, and it’s especially […]

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Why I Believe in Capitalism

January 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Gregory Zuckerman, Wall Street Journal special reporter, and author of The Greatest Trade Ever, just tweeted: “Spoke re my book at Peking University, great questions-Everyone’s a capitalist today in the East, even as capitalism is disparaged in West” @GZuckerman Zuckerman’s tweet, reminded me about why I still believe in capitalism even knowing it needs a […]

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Wikileaks Lessons for Business: Authenticity before transparency

December 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Wikileaks is offering real time transparency in policy making and statesmanship. Business may think this has nothing to do with them. You are next, I assure you.  Transparency is no longer a choice. Here is what you can do to defend yourself. And what the responsible business is doing.

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Political Donations without Transparency threatens democracy

November 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments

@AMOLMEHRA wrote an excellent piece for Forbes CSR blog. Until businesses see democracy, along with sustainability, as part of CSR, they do not represent The Responsible Business. Every action, including how they manage employees, promote democracy. Engaging in dialogue and building non-hierarchical organizations supports democracy. People learn to blame others when not in a self-organizing […]

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