Corporate Social Responsibility

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Fitting into the New Economy

Like other industries, construction companies feel the negative effects of the recent economic downturn. A decrease in new home construction and remodeling projects means contractors work less and make less money. There is hope, however. As the Great Recession recedes into history, the future holds bright possibilities for construction business growth. Hurricane Sandy might have […]

December 8th

Mandatory CSR spending a step closer

Mandatory CSR spending moved a step closer this week after and announcement by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs that it had received no objections to the controversial Clause 135 of the Companies Bill 2011.  This helps clear the way for the bill to become law sometime next year. Clause 135 states that all businesses […]

November 30th

Introducing the Biodiversity Offset standard

One of those projects I’ve kept an increasingly excited eye on is the Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP .. an acronym which always makes me want to dance!). This month is something of a BBOP milestone as they’ve published their very first standard.  This takes the initial 10 principles around which BBOP is based […]

November 9th

Who Builds Businesses

Many people argue vehemently about who builds businesses. Conservatives argue that CEOs built them from the ground up, and should be entitled to ample pay which is hundreds to thousands of percent more than that of most employees. Progressives argue that the pay of CEOs is severely inflated. In this article we will explore who […]

September 13th

Women in Focus Week: Day 4! Meet the top women sustainable CEOs: Gail Kelly (WestPac Bank)

This week, the Important Media Network has committed to highlighting some of the women that are making the world a better place. At Inspired Economist, we thought we’d take part by profiling a great sustainable woman CEO every day this week. See previous posts on Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods, Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium Brewing, […]

September 6th

Loca-vesting

The local first movement has a new frontier: locavesting.  Friday’s stronger than expected jobs report showed several indications of economic growth. Every sector grew, including construction, manufacturing, and agriculture. Image what would happen if we could actually drive investment capital to Main Street! One way to make that happen is embodied in a term I heard […]

August 6th

Love Letter to Banksters

First, context:  Homo sapiens is an actively interdependent species of agents with responsibilities as collaborative participants in this web of life: all our destinies are intertwined.  There is, in any healthy community a social contract, and its acknowledgement is emerging more and more vocally from our society’s closets and into our front yard again.  Thank […]

August 2nd

Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program (STEP) provides benefits to companies, customers

Sustainable tourism certification programs are increasingly important to safeguard tourism providers from loss of market position due to negative social and environmental impacts induced by their operations. With the plethora of certification systems and ecolabels proliferating in the tourism industry, it is difficult to distinguish the credible sustainable tourism certification programs from superficial ones. Among […]

July 27th