10 reasons startups should be socially responsible from birth

March 20, 2018 by  
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It shouldn’t be regarded as a new burden but as a competitive differentiator right in the first presentations and brainstorms.

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California’s "Butt Lady picks up 1,000,000 littered cigarette butts in 3.5 years

February 26, 2018 by  
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Cigarette butts account for an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of trash produced worldwide annually, a good number of which never even find their way into proper trash receptacles. Instead, most of them are ingested by aquatic creatures, wildlife, and pets, or simply left to languish in streets everywhere as litter. Sick and tired of seeing her town of Auburn, California marred by the toxic trash , resident Sally Dawly decided that she would make it her aim to pick up every stray butt she encountered—and keep count while at it. Incredibly, after 3.5 years, Dawly has collected over one million thoughtlessly discarded cigarette butts. “I got tired of going on my walks and seeing cigarette butts everywhere,” Dawly told her local news station. “I’m just overwhelmed and shocked that I had to pick up this many. I keep track on a daily basis of how many I pick up and I just keep going.” Related: This startup is training crows to throw away cigarette butt litter To keep count, Dawly uses a clicker. In her tackle, she also carries a broom, a pair of tongs, and a dustpan, all of which are put to good use daily. “I’ve had days where I’ve picked up 3,000 butts, in one day,” she says, “and it’s like, come on people. Don’t throw your butts, better yet, stop smoking.” The anti-littering activist picked up her first butt in October, 2014, and on  Valentine’s Day , she hit her historic milestone of 1 million cigarette butts. But she has no plans on stopping there and has already set a new goal to collect 2 million cigarette butts. Her story has also inspired countless others to join the effort to keep streets butt-free. In Auburn, cigarette receptacles have been installed outside bars and around the city, and locals consider her a bit of a local hero. As she approached 1 million butts, a number came out to cheer her on. They are also the ones who lovingly bestowed the name “Butt Lady” upon her. Via Oddity Central Lead image via Deposit Photos , others screencaps via CBS news

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Here’s how companies can have both values and profits

February 24, 2018 by  
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It’s actually easier to avoid profit-killing shareholder initiatives and consumer boycotts and to promote environmentally responsible behavior.

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The great coal cleanup is everybody’s business (with opportunity for all)

February 23, 2018 by  
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Coal isn’t dying? That’s a “fool’s gold” illusion, and even coal miners say so.

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This could make or break commercial net zero energy

February 23, 2018 by  
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Leases are a critical lever to scale net zero energy (NZE) in commercial buildings, which are crucial to mitigating the built environment’s carbon footprint.

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Sustainability is the future of management

February 5, 2018 by  
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In the long run, we shouldn’t need silos between sustainability functions and the rest of a company’s management.

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Circular water management: Still a drop in the bucket

February 5, 2018 by  
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For many large companies, water-related risks are still not a key factor in strategic decision-making.

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Companies from DuPont to Microsoft drive social innovation

January 18, 2018 by  
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Profit with purpose is the new face of business.

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Why Larry Fink isn’t waiting on Washington

January 18, 2018 by  
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Blackrock’s CEO is waging a bold, long-term bet on sustainability with his threat to 1,000 CEOs. Yet there’s more beneath the surface.

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We are all social entrepreneurs

January 13, 2018 by  
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We need to foster people using business for a higher purpose. The good thing is, people don’t need to start or own a business to participate.

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