Posts by This Writer

1 week 2 days ago

Guest blog by Katie Kross, Managing Director of the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), Duke University

Social entrepreneurship is one of those terms that means different things, depending on who's doing the defining. In general, though, it refers to the application of innovative entrepreneurial strategies to solve pressing problems.

Social entrepreneurs focus on a truly diverse set of social issues—education, health and human services, food and agriculture, water, energy, workforce and livelihood development, poverty alleviation, and others—and...

2 weeks 1 day ago

Guest Blog by Brendon Steele, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Future 500

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In recent years, increasingly savvy NGO advocacy campaigns and socially responsible investors (SRIs) have directly motivated fundamental change across sectors, by encouraging retailers and consumer brands to stake out new sustainability policies across their global supply chains.

For example, Greenpeace’s Detox campaign quickly prompted apparel brands to focus on eliminating the discharge of hazardous waste from their...

3 weeks 3 days ago

Guest Blog by Melissa Chase, Marketing Specialist, Sustainalytics

With all the different sustainability rankings being published, it can be difficult for companies and investors to make sense of the varying methodologies and results, potentially undermining the integrity and utility of such efforts.

Some lists rank companies across disparate sectors (i.e., energy and finance) on the same set of environmental, social and governance measures. Others, like the ...

1 month 1 week ago

Guest Blog by Lauren Mandel, green roof designer, author of Eat UP!

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Watch out America, there’s a new breed of affordable housing in town.  Nestled in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, the Arbor House is reshaping the way cities envision low-income housing projects.  The eight story apartment building opened its doors to New York City’s low-income population in February 2013 with designers, developers and policy makers watching with anticipation.  What’s so unique...

1 month 2 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Professor Jem Bendell, WCS Young Leader 2014; Founder, Iflas.info

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - “A smart city is a city that shares” concluded Singaporean Ambassador Burhan Gafoor, after a round of discussions at the Inaugural Symposium of Young Leaders, held recently at the World Cities Summit in Singapore. Fifty-seven leaders from 28 countries were discussing common challenges in our cities, and innovative new ideas for tackling them. Aged between 30 and 45, we comprised government officials, urban planners, industry experts, architects, economists and researchers (like myself). From this diversity, a...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Shannon Schuyler, PwC Principal and CR Leader 

Innovation is the watchword in business.  In a recent survey by PwC, business leaders said that growth depends on being ready to rethink everything from products and services to business and operating models.  This holds true for corporate responsibility (CR) as well.  A company fully committed to making a real difference through CR needs to invest time and resources to frequently reassess the progress and success of its programs.  As with any business initiative,...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO, Wallethub

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Things like wellness programs, catered organic meals and intramural sports are all en vogue right now among the new-age start-up crew.  And whether you see this as a genuine means of attracting talent in a competitive landscape or as an expensive attempt to replicate the Silicon Valley “campus” mentality, it’s clear that something major is missing:  financial literacy.

Yes, we are overweight and over-stressed and we should all listen to Michelle Obama’s advice about getting active.  But we...

2 months 1 week ago

Guest Blog by Thomson Reuters Sustainability

Dr. Harry Atwater of Caltech is one of the world’s leading researchers ofApplied Physics and Materials Science, specializing in technology related to photovoltaics and solar energy (1).   As...

2 months 2 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Marvin Smith, Future 500

When I search Google for “Chris Bosh is a…” the autofill feature suggests I complete the phrase with “a dinosaur,” or more specifically, “a velociraptor”.  Notwithstanding my usual confidence in Google’s expertise on all things Bosh, I beg to differ with auto fill. I say he’s a carbon tax.

I came to this conclusion while explaining the value of a price on carbon to my uninitiated friends. To accomplish my goal of making the concepts of environmental economics, negative externalities, and Pigovian taxes...

2 months 3 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Francis Quinn, Wdesk

It goes without saying that Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) pay a lot of attention to the financial performance of their company—in particular anything that could impact that performance in a positive or negative sense. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is increasingly on the mind of CFOs because it highlights various reputational and operational risks that shouldn't be overlooked, including compliance issues.

Clearly, the expectations of both customers and investors are evolving. CSR is becoming a business...