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      - 19 May 17, 6:47am -

    Responsibility INCorporated.

    • The circular economy: could it present a new way of doing business?
      Companies are turning to a new model of sustainable business in an effort to reduce their dependence on finite resources The sense that our planet is running out of the minerals, metals and organic matter required to sustain its rising human populati…
      - 25 Sep 13, 4:25pm -
    • Talk point: what value should we place on water in developing countries?
      Water is the essential ingredient for all kinds of products made in developing countries, yet assessing its value raises issues As American financier Warren Buffett once said, “price is what you pay, value is what you get”. Price is set by the ma…
      - 17 Sep 13, 10:25am -
    • Escape to the Country: is rural life healthier for workers?
      Flexible working has led to an exodus of people to the country. But does rural living really beat the city for health and wellbeing? It has been the dream of retirees for thousands of years: to escape the urban sprawl and settle down in the countrysi…
      - 30 Aug 13, 4:54pm -
    • Detroit: how can regeneration solve city bankruptcy and abandonment?
      Renewal that promotes sustainable business is vital for cities seeking to reverse a downward economic and social spiral You could be forgiven for thinking the 21st century had turned its back on Detroit: its once mighty industries have been hollowed…
      - 28 Aug 13, 4:56pm -
    • Will we ever see water footprint labels on consumer products?
      Displaying water inputs on consumer items is an idea floated frequently, but is it any closer to becoming reality? That 130 litres of water goes into making your average coffee is a statistic that amazes most people. Even more surprising is that…
      - 23 Aug 13, 4:58pm -
    • Tracking timber: could new technology help clean up the supply chain?
      Fears over timber traceability have created opportunities for technology startups – but also challenges for certification bodies The prized tropical hardwood merbau was once found in abundance from east Africa to Tahiti. It is beloved of homebuilde…
      - 14 Aug 13, 7:37pm -
    • An uneasy relationship: human rights charities and business
      Human rights charities and sustainable businesses are often working towards the same goal, but partnerships between the two remain controversial It’s the perfect match. A company grappling with a minefield of human rights issues and rules partners…
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    • The tech startups that believe happiness can be found in an app
      Developers of new digital apps designed to track and promote happiness hope to prove the haters wrong, but is the argument convincing? What is the cost of happiness? It’s free, the saying goes. How much is it worth? That’s an entirely different…
      - 29 Jul 13, 4:56pm -
    • Is it greener to travel by rail or car?
      Advances in research and technology challenge assumptions that trains are automatically greener than transport by road. Almost universally accepted by business, and rarely challenged, is the received wisdom that rail transportation is greener than tr…
      - 25 Jul 13, 4:54pm -
    • The new water technologies that could save the planet
      What are the new and emerging technologies that will help business overcome the scarcity of clean, fresh water? The well was a transformative invention, though it is often overlooked. This source of freshwater, vital for the expansion of inland commu…
      - 22 Jul 13, 4:51pm -

    Strat. Corp. Social Responsibility

    • Strategic CSR - Oatly
      Recently, I have made an effort to reduce the amount of milk that I consume and have started using oat milk, instead. This is not for medical or allergy reasons, I just thought it was a good idea to reduce my dairy intake and I really like the tast…
      - 4 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 12:26pm -
    • Strategic CSR - COVID-19
      The article in the url below argues that plastic is making a bit of a comeback. And not just any old plastic, but the dreaded single-use plastic. After being the bane of environmentalists for the past couple of years, people are beginning to recogn…
      - 7 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 11:43pm -
    • Strategic CSR - Scientists
      The article in the url below makes the case that scientists significantly under-estimated the threat posed by climate change. Although the potential scale was misunderstood, it was the pace of change that scientists most failed to predict: "Science…
      - 12 days ago, 19 Mar 20, 12:19am -
    • Strategic CSR - Microsoft
      The article in the url below reports on an interesting finding from a particularly progressive experiment conducted by Microsoft Japan: "Microsoft tested out a four-day work week in its Japan offices and found as a result employees were not only hap…
      - 14 days ago, 17 Mar 20, 12:41am -
    • Strategic CSR - Ads
      Under the heading of meaningful action, the article in the url below contains an interesting story: "The Guardian will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies, becoming the first major global news organisation to institute an outri…
      - 19 days ago, 12 Mar 20, 1:26am -
    • Strategic CSR - SASB
      The article in the url below contains some interesting information that I did not know about the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). First, is the organization's financial backers: "[Michael] Bloomberg bankrolled the outfit, which was…
      - 20 days ago, 10 Mar 20, 11:16am -
    • Strategic CSR - Recycling
      The article in the url below contains an interesting and detailed description of how our recycling industry is currently working following China's ("National Sword") decision to stop taking waste from the West in 2018. Given that this change has es…
      - 25 days ago, 5 Mar 20, 2:08pm -
    • Strategic CSR - EU Green Deal
      In December, while the UN's COP 25 meeting was failing in Madrid, the EU announced its own Green Deal. The article in the first url below presents the highlights: "It covers everything from housing and food to biodiversity, batteries, decarbonised s…
      - 27 days ago, 3 Mar 20, 1:10pm -
    • Strategic CSR - Privacy
      The article in the url below is interesting because it argues that data and privacy breaches are today's major oil spills. That is, for firms concerned about their reputations, data breaches should be punished the way that oil spills have previousl…
      - 33 days ago, 26 Feb 20, 10:56pm -
    • Strategic CSR - Donuts
      The blogpost in the url below is by an economist who has authored the book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a Twenty-first Century Economist. Doughnut economics is new to me but, broadly speaking, is a framework that allows for the anal…
      - 35 days ago, 24 Feb 20, 9:48pm -

    The Business Ethics Blog

    • Corporate Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic
      NOTE: this is, for now, a living document, being modified/updated regularly as of March 14, 2020. Here is a non-exhaustive list — just a sample, really — of corporate Covid-19 pages and statements responding to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic…
      - 16 days ago, 14 Mar 20, 9:45am -
    • Why It’s Essential to Treat Corporations as Persons, Except When It’s Not
      I’ve long held that you can’t understand much about business ethics if you don’t understand a bit about markets (their role and limits), corporations (their nature and purpose), and managers (their role and the limits on it). Of those three, it…
      - 23 Nov 19, 3:11pm -
    • Is the Polaris RZR the New ‘Ford Pinto’?

      Is the Polaris RZR the New ‘Ford Pinto’?

      For years, the ‘Ford Pinto Case’ was a staple of business ethics classrooms. As readers of a certain age will know, the Ford Pinto was discontinued in the early 1980s, in part due to controversy over safety. The potted version of the case, as stu…
      - 9 Sep 19, 10:14am -
    • Ethics in Sales — Across the Organization
      Walmart recently announced that it would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products at its stores across the United States, effective July 1. (See also their press release here.) The ethics of sales involves many different issues, including w…
      - 3 Jun 19, 11:39am -
    • Why I’m Not Buying Nikes This Week
      I’ll get right to the point. I’m not buying a pair of Nikes this week because I don’t need them. No, I’m not boycotting Nike. Far from it. I think Nike’s recent move to feature Colin Kaepernick in their ads is strategically very clever, and…
      - 10 Sep 18, 5:31pm -
    • Let’s Celebrate Business Integrity When We See It
      A friend-of-a-friend of mine runs a mid-sized construction company in Latin America. As many readers will know, that industry in that region has a reputation for a relatively high degree of corruption, and in particular bribery. This friend-of-a-frie…
      - 8 Jun 18, 3:33pm -
    • Starbucks is trying to please everyone, and it’s not going to work
      Should Starbucks care more about the homeless, or its employees? Should it care about them equally? Should it even be in the business of balancing such interests? More generally, how should a company prioritize its stakeholders? Should a company try…
      - 26 May 18, 1:40pm -
    • The buck stops here: why leadership requires taking responsibility
      When and Why are Leaders Responsible? The idea that leaders bear ultimate responsibility for the success or failure of their organizations is an old one. Maritime tradition has long held that “the captain goes down with the ship.” And US Harry Pr…
      - 1 May 18, 10:29am -
    • Unlike most boycotts, the #BoycottNRA campaign might really work
      If the NRA were a publicly-traded corporation, I’d be short selling its stock. Not because the organization is going away any time soon, or because I think Americans are going to repeal the Second Amendment any time soon. But because a group of hig…
      - 27 Feb 18, 4:16pm -
    • Ram Trucks and MLK
      It has to be admitted that the Ram Trucks ad featuring a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr, and played during this year’s Super Bowl, was in fact reasonably subtle. The company’s logo only appeared at the very end, and without much fanfare. In a w…
      - 8 Feb 18, 1:08pm -
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    • The End of Globalization and Renaissance of The Welfare State

      The End of Globalization and Renaissance of The Welfare State

      Globalization and its influence on state sovereignty has been undoubtedly a topic of broad discussions and hot debates among academics, experts and policy makers. A popular idea developed recently is “the end of the welfare state” concept echoin…
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    • The Long Arm of the National Security-Communications Industry Complex

      The Long Arm of the National Security-Communications Industry Complex

      This is a story about more than just the national security implications of government surveillance, but it begins there.The New York Times reported in a front page story earlier this month that the Central Intelligence Agency is paying AT&T in…
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    • Good Governance on the Ground in Ethiopia
      The concept good governance emerged as a development agenda by World Bank twenty years ago. The 1989 World Bank study, “Sub-Saharan Africa – from Crisis to Sustainable Growth” (1), indicated good governance as a public service that is efficient…
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    • The Digital Wake-up Call Europe and Asia Cannot Ignore
      After Europe, the « Snowden » revelations virus is now spreading to Asia. Like their European counterparts, Asian governments are discovering the extent of the digital surveillance put in place by the American NSA. When they meet in New Delhi on…
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    • When is Prime Time?
      When open source started, techies revolutionized not just the info tech space but also some of the rules of doing business and providing services and products to customers. In other words, they transformed economics.In the last decade, technology in…
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    • The Future of Nanotechnology in Warfare

      The Future of Nanotechnology in Warfare

      In April this year, the US Navy announced the deployment of a laser weapon on the USS Ponce. The YouTube image they posted at the same time demonstrates how effective it is to damage an unmanned aerial vehicle. The image might have excited some sci-…
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    • Theatrics surrounding the Uttarakhand Tragedy

      Theatrics surrounding the Uttarakhand Tragedy

           In India, tragic incidents have always been marked by theatrics and drama by the political class much to the chagrin of those who suffer at its hands. The mass tragedy caused by the Uttarakhand floods didn’t spared our eminent politicians…
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    • Accreditation: NGOs Journey towards Excellence

      Accreditation: NGOs Journey towards Excellence

      IntroductionThe accountability of not-for-profit organizations has been the subject of substantial debate and analysis. Today, NGO and voluntary sector are unorganised and unregulated and its credibility is in question. Many people, institutions and…
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    • Superbugs, Humans And The G8: A Global Reckoning
      Let's ask the G8 to consider the case of Ms. D.She was a mother of six, her youngest child two years old. She caught a cold on a Sunday. The cold weakened her and led to a bacterial pneumonia. It was 1943, and the world was busy making war. Ms. D st…
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    • Importance Of Bioenergy Should Not Be Underestimated

      Importance Of Bioenergy Should Not Be Underestimated

      Over the next decade millions of tonnes of biomass will burn in power stations across Europe. But if we are not careful many of the benefits of using biomass could also go up in smoke. This has polarised opinion and caused criticism from NGO’s. D…
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    Worldwatch Institute

    • Worldwatch Institute Europe Closes, Worldwatch in DC Continues Work

      Worldwatch Institute Europe Closes, Worldwatch in DC Continues Work

       After five years of crafting environmental strategies for European decision-makers, Worldwatch Institute Europe closes its doors. Worldwatch Institute in the United States continues its work.Copenhagen—Following a five-year run of communicating s…
      - 31 Jan 17, 4:36pm -
    • MEDIA ADVISORY: Worldwatch Presents Findings Assessing Evidence Linking Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability

      MEDIA ADVISORY: Worldwatch Presents Findings Assessing Evidence Linking Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability

      MEDIA ADVISORY Worldwatch Presents Findings Assessing Evidence Linking Family Planning and Environmental SustainabilityMedia Contact:Gaelle GourmelonPhone: +1 (202) 745-8092 x 510E-mail: ggourmelon@worldwatch.org WHAT:  The Wilson Center is hosti…
      - 28 Jun 16, 5:30pm -
    • Evidence Links Family Planning with Improved Environmental Outcomes

      Evidence Links Family Planning with Improved Environmental Outcomes

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact:Gaelle GourmelonPhone: +1 (202) 745-8092 x 510E-mail: ggourmelon@worldwatch.org Washington, D.C.---- A collaborative international assessment of hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers published since 2005 fin…
      - 28 Jun 16, 5:28pm -
    • Hundreds of Cities Commit to Combating Emissions

      Hundreds of Cities Commit to Combating Emissions

      PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For release: Tuesday, June 7, 2016Notes to Editors: To schedule interviews or to obtain a review copy of Can a City Be Sustainable?, please contact Gaelle Gourmelon at ggourmelon@worldwatch.org. Through bol…
      - 6 Jun 16, 4:33pm -
    • Cities Hold the Key to a Livable Future

      Cities Hold the Key to a Livable Future

      PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For release: Tuesday, May 10, 2016Notes to Editors: To schedule interviews or to obtain a review copy of Can a City Be Sustainable?, please contact Gaelle Gourmelon at ggourmelon@worldwatch.org. Worldwatch…
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    • First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched

      First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched

      PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For immediate releaseCaribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and AssessmentNotes to Editors: For more information: To download a free copy of the Caribbean Sustainable…
      - 28 Oct 15, 8:08am -
    • Land “Grabbing” Grows as Agricultural Resources Dwindle

      Land “Grabbing” Grows as Agricultural Resources Dwindle

      As global agricultural resources shrink or shift, countries are crossing border to obtain new farmlands For Immediate Release | October 6, 2015 | CONTACT GAELLE GOURMELONNotes to Editors: To schedule interviews, obtain a review copy of State of…
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    • Global Consumption Trends Break New Records

      Global Consumption Trends  Break New Records

      PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For release: Tuesday, September 15, 2015View the Tip Sheet here.Notes to Editors: To schedule interviews, obtain a review copy of Vital Signs, Volume 22, please contact Gaelle Gourmelon at ggourmelon@worl…
      - 14 Sep 15, 4:26pm -
    • Arctic Peoples Overlooked as GLACIER Conference Thaws Climate Discussions

      Arctic Peoples Overlooked as GLACIER Conference Thaws Climate Discussions

        Are climate discussions ignoring the self-determination of Arctic peoples?For Immediate Release | September 3, 2015 | CONTACT GAELLE GOURMELONNotes to Editors: To schedule interviews, obtain a review copy of State of the World 2015 or for m…
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    • Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats

      Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats

      Millions of people and billions of dollars depend on healthy oceans, but human actions create complex interactions that endanger oceansFor Immediate Release | August 18, 2015 | CONTACT GAELLE GOURMELONNotes to Editors: To schedule interviews, obt…
      - 17 Aug 15, 4:00pm -
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