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Getting Readers for Your CSR Report - The Minute

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As Editorial Director for 3BL Media, I see many CSR and sustainability reports published on our several channels and in our Alerts and Newsletters. They contain much compelling and innovative news—but that worthy information comes in very large quantities. The sheer volume of this news can make getting your report read—not just published—a real challenge.

Selling Sustainability: Organic Startup Honest Company in Talks with Unilever - The Minute

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Unilever is in talks to acquire the Honest Company, the organic personal care products business co-founded by actress Jessica Alba. According to the Wall Street Journal, the price is rumored to be north of $1 billion. That’s for a company with a reported $300 million in annual revenue. The sums involved are truly impressive. But even more significant is what the potential sale represents.

Renewable Energy Update: Investment and Capacity Rise, Costs Fall - The Minute

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Investments in renewable energy have reached record levels and added capacity has set new highs, while costs have fallen. Last year, $286 billion was invested in renewable sources. That’s three percent higher than the previous record in 2011, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

CSR as a Formal Force for Good: The B Corp Model - The Minute

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CSR has traditionally been a voluntary practice. It underlines a company’s sense of purpose with basic ethical standards, generally accepted norms of corporate behavior, and the spirit as well as the letter of law.

New Healthcare Policy Means Changes in Hospital Business Models - The Minute

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“Bundled payments” is the latest innovation in US healthcare to affect providers’ business models. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have proposed a new policy that includes new categories of care under mandatory experiments with this concept.

Employee Dis-Engagement: Sabbaticals Benefit Workers and Companies - The Minute

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In the area of employee engagement, the current trend is to connect programs with a company’s core business. But there’s a new, opposite strategy as well: encouraging employees to take time away from work to explore personal goals.

Strategy and Practice: Mars Reports on Targets and Issue - The Minute

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Here’s a headline you don’t see very often: “Company Restates Sustainability Pledge After Missing Packaging Target in 2015.” The idea that a goal might be very ambitious, that achieving it might encounter unforeseen issues—is one often talked about among businesses, but rarely publicly.

Transparency at Stake in Hospital Ratings Debate - The Minute

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How much do you know about the quality of the hospital you would use, if necessary? If it’s up to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, soon you’ll know a lot. The CMS has proposed a rating system to measure the overall quality of hospitals. On a scale of one to five stars, with five being the best, a single number will score each facility. The CMS believes that’s the easiest way for consumers to understand the value for hospital-delivered healthcare services. But there’s a problem, reports Modern Healthcare.

Green Bond Action Heats Up Global Investment Market - The Minute

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Green bonds—financial instruments with a socially responsible investment aspect baked into their DNA—are red-hot. So far this year, global green bond issuance totals $28.7 seven billion, up 78% from the $12.1 billion issued last year in the same time period, reports Business Insider.

Brexit’s Impact on Environmental Policy: The Pros and Cons - The Minute

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The outcome of this week’s referendum about whether Great Britain should leave the European Union—the so-called “Brexit”— is uncertain. So are the potential environmental policy consequences.

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