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5 Business Models That Are Driving The Circular Economy

5 Business Models That Are Driving The Circular Economy | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it
Since the Industrial Revolution, humanity’s use of natural resources has been basically the same: take, make, throw away.
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Money Really Does Grow On Trees

Money Really Does Grow On Trees | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

Jan 14, 2013 - Business Green: Jessica Shankleman hails Tony Juniper's latest book as a must-read for sustainability executives and their colleagues

 

The word "nature" isn't usually written with a capital letter, but for the Prince of Wales' introduction to Tony Juniper's new book, "Nature" becomes a proper noun.

From the $3.7tr that could be saved through carbon capture by halving the deforestation rate, to the $81bn worth of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, What has Nature Ever Done for Us? vividly reminds readers about the economic value of our natural resources, and what we stand to lose by ignoring and eradicating them....  http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/review/2235992/what-has-nature-ever-done-for-us-the-answer-is-a-hell-of-a-lot

 

April 15, 2013 - CSRWire Talkback
NO NATURE, NO BUSINESS: THE COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE & THE FINANCIAL CRISIS http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/802-no-nature-no-business-the-costs-of-climate-change-the-financial-crises

 

April 15, 2013

FUTURE GENERATIONS TO PAY FOR OUR MISTAKES: BIODIVERSITY LOSS DOESN'T APPEAR FOR DECADES http://sco.lt/8F7dk9

 

HOW A SENSE OF SACRED CAN HELP SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS - RESTORING VALUES http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health/p/3994926408/how-a-sense-of-sacred-can-help-sustainable-business-restoring-values

 

WHY THE ECONOMY NEEDS NATURE http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health/p/3994804262/why-the-economy-needs-nature

 

TREE HEALTH, FOREST HEALTH LINKED WITH HUMAN HEALTH - OUR INTERCONNECTED LIVES http://sco.lt/85WZ2v

 

TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity http://www.teebweb.org/ @TEEB4me


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4 Lessons on Environmental Sustainability that Every Corporation Should Learn

4 Lessons on Environmental Sustainability that Every Corporation Should Learn | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

April 4, 2013 World Resources Institute

This is the last of a five-part blog series, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability. Each installment has explored key ingredients to help businesses overcome barriers that prevent them from integrating environmental sustainability into their everyday operations. Read the entire series.... http://insights.wri.org/news/2013/04/4-lessons-environmental-sustainability-every-corporation-should-learn?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=worldresources&utm_campaign=twitterfeed

 

April 3, 2013 Conservation International
PROTECTING NATURE IS CRITICAL TO MAINTAIN BUSINESS AND GLOBAL SECURITY - "Nations and businesses cannot last if the resources that they depend upon are unpredictable." http://blog.conservation.org/2013/04/protecting-nature-is-critical-to-maintain-global-security/

 

 

 

 


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Creating Advocates: A Values-Oriented Approach to Developing Brand Loyalty | Graziadio Business Review | Graziadio School of Business and Management | Pepperdine University

Creating Advocates: A Values-Oriented Approach to Developing Brand Loyalty | Graziadio Business Review | Graziadio School of Business and Management | Pepperdine University | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it
A maniacal dedication to authentic purpose is what separates the strong from the weak in the competitive brand landscape.
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Beyond CSR: Integrated external engagement - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking

Beyond CSR: Integrated external engagement - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it
Companies must incorporate interaction with stakeholders into decision making at every level of the organization. A McKinsey Quarterly Strategy article.
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Executive Report: Innovating for Sustainability

Executive Report: Innovating for Sustainability | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

This report answers the question: "What innovation activities help companies become sustainable?

This executive guide provides:

A 3-stage framework for assessing which stage of the sustainability journey your organization currently occupies.
39 practices for fostering innovation at each stage.
Case studies from leading organizations, large and small, that are actively finding innovative ways to serve people, profits and planet.


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Are Green Jobs “Better” Jobs?

Are Green Jobs “Better” Jobs? | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it
Research has found that environment-related work offers several advantages over employment in traditional sectors, including strong future growth prospects and higher median salaries.

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The unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy

The unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it
My work at REconomy Project has inspired me to believe that a credible alternative to our current system is now emerging at an incredible rate. In this 12 minute TEDx talk I explore the unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy.

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Green Walls: An alternative solution to improve air quality in cities

Green Walls: An alternative solution to improve air quality in cities | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

These vegetated surfaces don’t just look pretty. They have other benefits as well, including cooling city blocks, reducing loud noises, and improving a building’s energy efficiency.What’s more, a recent modeling study shows that green walls can potentially reduce large amounts of air pollution in what’s called a “street canyon,” or the corridor between tall buildings.

 

For the study, Thomas Pugh, a biogeochemist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and his colleagues created a computer model of a green wall with generic vegetation in a Western European city. Then they recorded chemical reactions based on a variety of factors, such as wind speed and building placement.

 

The simulation revealed a clear pattern: A green wall in a street canyon trapped or absorbed large amounts of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter—both pollutants harmful to people, said Pugh. Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

 

That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.


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Is Nature-Deficit Disorder a Real Thing?

Is Nature-Deficit Disorder a Real Thing? | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

Somewhere during the American experience, between Teddy Roosevelt and color TV, being outdoors and maybe even working up a sweat started to lose its universal appeal. There remain those who fetishize the outdoors, from Ted Nugent to REI shoppers, and the urge to connect with nature never vanished. But as Americans became more urban and more cocooned in their cars and air conditioning, the values of nature were honored more by their absence than in their activities.


The price of this disconnect is usually tallied via our bodies, with a simple equation that a lack of outdoor activity must surely be connected with the nation’s growing waistline and obesity-related maladies like diabetes. There’s an always-growing corpus of academic work that does make that correlation, and even causation, explicit. Last month, for example, a policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research noted that in California as a whole, about a third as many kids who live near parks get in an hour of physical activity a day (the recommended daily threshold) at least five times a week compared to kids who can’t get to a park easily.


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Kingfisher and Ikea among brands pioneering net positive strategy

Kingfisher and Ikea among brands pioneering net positive strategy | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

Horsemeat, corporate tax avoidance, and the financial crisis are stablemate scandals. Different breeds, yes. Reared by different factors, sure. But ultimately they trace their systemic failings back to the same cause: a corporate culture that in spite of everything is still secretly married to the economics of Adam Smith and Milton Friedman. The belief that commercial success necessarily means some kind of trade off between the interests of shareholders and society.

 

Yet the game has changed. Friedman's argument that businesses have "one and only one social responsibility" – to maximise profit for shareholders – now seems not so much wrong as built for another time. Today, businesses that pursue commercial interests without giving due consideration to the communities they're involved with are not competitively advantaged; they're embroiled in controversy, exposed to supplychain shocks, caught out by regulatory changes, and are well on their way to becoming socially irrelevant to customers.

 

All this is helping to move the debate on from businesses being merely "less bad, less rubbish, less evil", in the words of Kingfisher CEO, Ian Cheshire, to helping companies to become net positive contributors to society.


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The Essential Function of the Government In Our Pursuit of Sustainability - CSRwire.com (press release) (blog)

The Essential Function of the Government In Our Pursuit of Sustainability - CSRwire.com (press release) (blog) | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

The recent global financial crisis has raised widespread concern for the sustainability of the global economy and much has been written concerning the negative impacts of economic development on natural ecosystems and civil societies. Unfortunately, few viable alternatives to the prevailing economic paradigms have been suggested for consideration. Those that have been are typically little more than suggestions for fine tuning capitalist or socialist economies.


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Sustainable development, energy conservation high on corporate agenda - The Economic Times

Sustainable development, energy conservation high on corporate agenda - The Economic Times | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it
In a recent meet, industry leaders discussed the need to use technology to further the green agenda of businesses.
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Find Your Company's True Purpose - It's Not Just About Raking In The Money

Find Your Company's True Purpose - It's Not  Just About Raking In The Money | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

April 8, 2013 INC.

Running a successful business is about more than raking in the most profit. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and other entrepreneurs explain.

Ruthless capitalism isn't the road to building a brand customers love to buy and a company employees love to work for. According the executives behind Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, a softer, more conscious capitalism is required....

"[We are] moving away from corporate freedom because [business leaders] are seen as economic sociopaths," he said. As he told Inc. at SXSW in March, “Business will never be trusted if all it talks about is maximizing a profit.” Mackey and Sisodia both recommended that business owners get more transparent about their motivations http://www.inc.com/francesca-fenzi/4-ways-to-become-a-more-conscious-capitalist.html?utm_source=feedburner

 

March 22, 2013 - Development Crossing
HOW CSR ETHICS AND SUSTAINABILITY RATHER THAN PROFIT CAN DRIVE BUSINESS PRACTICES http://www.developmentcrossing.com/profiles/blogs/plans-in-zermatt-to-discuss-how-csr-ethics-and-sustainability

 

 

VIDEO REPORT - The Real News Network
IN AUSTRALIA, ACTIVISTS FIGHT COKE'S BID TO SHUT DOWN RECYCLE PLAN http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10046

 

February 20, 2013 - Common Dreams
PERPETUAL GROWTH MYTH LEADING WORLD TO MELTDOWN: EXPERTS - UN-SPONSORED PAPERS PREDICT SUSTAINED ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL MELTDOWN https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/20-5

 

 

 

April 8, 2013 - RSN

BIG PHARMA MADE $711 BILLION OVERCHARGING SENIORS AND DISABLED http://rt.com/usa/big-pharma-senior-disabled-576/

 

March 1,2013 Global Research
PREDATORY CAPITALISM AND THE RISE OF THE 'GLOBAL CORPORATOCRACY' http://www.globalresearch.ca/rise-of-the-global-corporatocracy-an-interview-with-john-perkins/5329456

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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New credit-risk models for the unbanked | McKinsey & Company

New credit-risk models for the unbanked | McKinsey & Company | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it
Lenders can use big data to create meaningful value for their enterprise, better outcomes for borrowers, and significant social impact. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Creating Advocates: A Values-Oriented Approach to Developing Brand Loyalty | Graziadio Business Review | Graziadio School of Business and Management | Pepperdine University

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EcoDesign strategy wheel - WikID, the Industrial Design Engineering wiki

EcoDesign strategy wheel - WikID, the Industrial Design Engineering wiki | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

The EcoDesign strategy wheel (also called Lifecycle Design Strategies) visualizes the strategies that can be fol­lowed for EcoDesign.


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Guide to Social Innovation

DGs REGIO and EMPL have together produced a “Guide to Social Innovation”, which is now available to download.

 

The guide describes how many pre-existing European Union initiatives, from the Digital Agenda to the Structural Funds, are working towards this end, and provides many good examples of relevant co-funded  projects, as well as placing them in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy.


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Unpacking Global 100's World's Most Sustainable Companies Ranking

Unpacking Global 100's World's Most Sustainable Companies Ranking | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it
Earlier this week Corporate Knights announced its Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable corporations for 2013. Is it possible to compare companies from different sectors like the Global 100 does?

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How The UN's New Data Lab In Indonesia Uses Twitter To Preempt Disaster

How The UN's New Data Lab In Indonesia Uses Twitter To Preempt Disaster | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

“About three weeks ago in Indonesia our lab was monitoring Twitter and we caught a discussion on whether vaccines were halal," says Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of the UN's Global Pulse initiative. The program tracks global well-being via digital data. "People were saying that vaccines contain pork products. You end up with kids paralyzed from the neck down because they haven't been given a vaccine," he says. The goal of the new UN lab is to try to preempt misfortune and misinformation by finding it first in conversations--before a chain reaction occurs. "If you can identify the province where these signals are coming from, you can send a team in to get the word out.”

 

This is the most recent evolution in the work of UN Global Pulse, a UN program introduced in 2010 to monitor global well-being via digital data: the first "Pulse Labs" in Asia. It's a local innovation center which pilots new ways for governments and UN agencies to use real-time data monitoring.


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Mark Zuckerberg Lays Out His Vision For The Future And How The Next 5 Billion People Will Use Computers

Mark Zuckerberg Lays Out His Vision For The Future And How The Next 5 Billion People Will Use Computers | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

When I think about the world today, what amazes me most is the number of people who are getting on the Internet every day and how it's improving their lives as they join this modern knowledge economy. I grew up with the Internet, and I can't really imagine a world without sharing, and messaging, and searching, but actually only about a third of the world is on the Internet today–a little more than two billion people. So we're really very close to the beginning of this. If you look out, maybe five or ten years, when all five billion people who have feature phones are going to have smart phones, we're soon going to be living in a world where the majority of people who have a smart phone–a modern computing device–will have never seen in their lives what you and I call a “computer.”


So, just think about that for a moment.

 

The very definition of what a computer is and what our relationship with it should be hasn't been set for the majority of the world. And when it is, I think a lot of that definition is going to be around people first. We're about to see the most empowered generation of people in history, and it's really an honor to be able to work on these problems.
This is a deeply technical problem and it's also a deeply social problem. This is the kind of problem that Facebook, our culture and our community, are uniquely built to work on. And we look forward to continuing to do it and to sharing what we come up with with all of you. Thank you.


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‘Global’ Carbon Market Goes Truly Global

‘Global’ Carbon Market Goes Truly Global | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

Until 2012, Europe was central to the global carbon market; heck, it was the only “real” market. Carbon offset project developers invested billions to earn Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and sold them to European companies and traders participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

 

Projects had sprung up in almost all parts of the developing world. Countries otherwise isolated in the weird geopolitical arena, like North Korea and Iran, were also hosting CDM projects. With too much supply, the quality had to be affected.

 

This fairy tale, however, came to end when the EU started implementing restrictions on the offsets it considered lacking environmental integrity. Billions of dollars were at stake, and still are, as developers stopped investing in new low-carbon infrastructure and started contemplating pulling investment from old projects.


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Companies that Practice "Conscious Capitalism" Perform 10x Better

Companies that Practice "Conscious Capitalism" Perform 10x Better | Business for a Better World | Scoop.it

Even today, "conscious" and "capitalism" remain unlikely bedfellows. Both are freighted words that have come to stand for fundamentally different worldviews. Capitalism is associated with individualism, personal ambition, the accumulation of wealth and power, and an identity grounded in external accomplishment. The word conscious, or more specifically consciousness, is associated with self-awareness, personal development, the greater good, and a worldview that eschews competition, hierarchy, and materialism.

 

The thesis of conscious capitalism — outlined in a new book of the same title by John Mackey, founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods, and his thought partner, Raj Sisodia, a business professor — is that capitalism can be a force both for economic and social good. Or as Bill George, former CEO of Medtronics, puts it in the book's introduction: "Well run, values-centered businesses can contribute to humankind in more tangible ways than any other organization in society."

 

I don't kid myself about the unenlightened and even cruel ways capitalism has been practiced by many companies: accumulating wealth for a few while paying most employees subsistence wages; fighting regulation while blithely degrading the environment; avoiding taxes and ignoring responsibilities for the communities in which they're based. The truth is I meet few CEOs or senior executives at large companies who seem to have a vision much beyond the next quarter's earnings, or a sense of responsibility and commitment to their employees, customers, suppliers, and communities that equals their focus on their shareholders.


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