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BSR Insight Archives: 2009 09

Hero for Troubled Waters: A Q&A with Sylvia Earle

September 29, 2009

Accounting for Nature

As both a scientist and an entrepreneur, Sylvia Earle, the subject of this week's feature article and also a speaker at the BSR Conference 2009, has an interesting take on accounting. She points out that the words "ecology" and "economics" have the same root—and both ecologists and corporate leaders need to be "bean counters" who recognize that one small change can impact the whole system.

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The Value of Using Environmental, Social, and Governance Criteria in Mainstream Investing

September 22, 2009

Solving Challenges—and Finding Opportunities—through ICT

Our feature article this week looks at sustainability challenges and opportunities for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector—a theme we examined previously with our feature article on sustainability solutions and a topic we'll explore at the BSR Conference in sessions such as one featuring "serial innovator" John Kao.

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The Value of Using Environmental, Social, and Governance Criteria in Mainstream Investing

September 15, 2009

Long-Term Value and Sustainability

Lehman Brothers' declaration of bankruptcy one year ago today was the de facto beginning of the global financial crisis. With today's hindsight, it's obvious that a focus on short-term returns played a significant role in creating the financial markets’ instability. It's no coincidence that last week, almost exactly a year after the crisis began, the U.S.-based Aspen Institute's Business & Society Program convened an influential group of business and other leaders to publish a call to action: It's time to shift from the rampant short-termism that symbolized the pre-crisis era to a long-term focus on value that will guarantee success in the reset economy.

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Winning Back the Public’s Trust in Business

September 8, 2009

Trust: Your Social License to Operate

In 2009, the public's trust in business hit a 10-year low. It's no surprise, really. Around this time last year, the economy itself took a nose dive, igniting fires that burned right through people's jobs, their savings, their faith.

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ICT as a Sustainability Solution: Moving from Theory to Practice

September 1, 2009

Is Innovation the Answer?

As we gear up for the BSR Conference 2009, our hallway discussions revolve around what it takes for business to succeed in a reset world—a theme we will continue to explore in the Insight until our Conference (October 20 to 23 in San Francisco).

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