When talking to Jamila Smith, the young entrepreneur who created the eco-friendly streetwear line, Be Th3 Change, an old saying comes to mind. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Smith has struggled to make a go of her line, with even two failed Kickstarter campaigns under her belt. But that hasn't stop her.
FROM THE EDITOR
CSR and Sustainability at the Bottom Line: New Report
The question comes up often: “Does CSR add to the bottom line?” A new report says definitely, and in ways that can be quantified. “Project ROI: Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability,” initiated by Verizon and Campbell Soup Company to measure the benefits of their ESG programs, was carried out by IO Sustainability and Babson College. A Forbes blog lists the study's potential ROI numbers for large, publicly traded companies. Highlights include an increase in market value by four to six percent; increased valuation for companies with strong stakeholder relationships of forty to eighty percent; and an increase in revenue of up to twenty percent. Those numbers would be a welcome "add" to any bottom line.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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