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Consumer Education is Key Factor in Sustainability Success

More and more, big companies have a growing responsibility, not just to help their bottom line, but to promote significant positive behaviors that contribute to a healthier world. That often means going above and beyond company-wide sustainable initiatives—it means committing to consumer education programs and encouraging audiences to be a part of the responsibility we […]

December 18th

Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 2)

Oringally posted at the  SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability blog, cross posted with permission This blog is a follow up to my prior blog Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1) where I discuss the book Betterness: Economics for Humans, by Umair Haque as a new standard for how we measure the contributions of business to society. […]

July 22nd

Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1)

This blog originally posted to the SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability Blog, cross-posted with permission. Common Wealth Contributions By Business Much to the annoyance of some past bosses, I have a habit of asking in meetings, “Why are we doing this, and what are we hoping to achieve?” The economic turbulence of the last dozen years has led to […]

July 18th

Eco-crowdfunding: AMP's Learning & Sharing Platform to Help Sustainability Champions

Is too much of a good thing, bad? Not if it makes the world a better place. But it can present another problem. Here, at Ecopreneurist, we cover business and strategies that do social and environmental good and make profits along the way and trust us when we say – there are so many great things going on that it is hard to keep up. What if there was a way to document happenings in the world of social enterprise, CSR and eco-entrepreneurship on one platform? One that could help other do-gooders get all the information they need.

October 3rd

BioLite's Clean Stoves Help Campers and Bring Safe Energy to Developing World

How we can save two million lives a year by changing people’s cooking appliances? BioLite it explores a promising market-based solution to poverty and climate change. The company employs a very innovative business strategy. They use the same BioLite HomeStove Technology in their CampStoves that are sold in developed nations. These sales help fund capital needed to incubate self-sustained energy access for the people who need it most-in developing nations. This strategy helps with different problems in different markets.

August 15th

Empowered Consumers Can Change The World – But Will They?

Living Our Values: More Expensive? Sometimes. Inconvenient? Maybe. Worth it? The jury is still out. As a staunch believer in corporate responsibility and transparency, I recognize that there is a risk as well as a reward associated with transparency because it makes you vulnerable by exposing things that might cause stakeholder (customers, employees, owners/investors, suppliers, communities, government regulators and legislators and even competitors) backlash. At the same time, of course, the opportunity in being open is that it allows those stakeholders who share your values to offer their support.

July 24th

Bin Donated: Redefining the Charity Model Through a Triple Bottom Line Approach

Have you wondered what happens to the miniature, half-used shampoo bottles after your hotel stay? Do you have a better use for stationary at the end of the school year other than recycling or trashing? Millions of tons of useful items are sent to landfills every year while there are needy citizens with no access to them. What if the wasted but useful inventory was connected to charities helping these communities? No-brainer right? Right. Bin Donated is putting this common sense idea into practice.

June 25th

1% For the Planet Program: Network with Like-Minded Businesses

In 2002, Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia) and Craig Mathews started the 1% for the Planet Program as a way of bringing together companies that want to help the environment and help other companies do the same. Its mission is to “build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.” Member companies range from large corporate entities to small non-profits all over the world.

Benefit Corp vs. Certified B Corporation: What is the Difference?

Do Benefit corporations, B corps or Certified B Corporations mean the same thing? Benefit corporations and Certified B Corporations are often, and understandably, confused.  Both are sometimes called B Corps by mistake or as shorthand.  They share a mission statement but  have a few important differences.< Definitions: Certified B Corporation is a certification conferred by […]

March 18th

Climate Change: Good for Business?

While some see the threat of climate change as pitting the needs of the planet against those of progress and business, some brave entrepreneurs will seize the opportunity that efforts to build a more sustainable future will create.

Sir Richard Branson, billionaire-adventurer-entrepreneur, knows something about making money and about seizing opportunities. He founded the Carbon War Room because he sees the opportunities created by the threat. “I have described the increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as one of the greatest threats to the ongoing prosperity and sustainability of life on the planet,” he says. “The good news is that creating businesses that will power our growth, and reduce our carbon output while protecting resources is also the greatest wealth-generating opportunity of our generation.”

March 12th